Northwest League upped to High A, a good Thing?

With the realignment of Minor League Baseball, yours truly mostly sees a negative outcome. But is the promotion of the Northwest League to high A, a bad thing perse? Not really. Here is my take on the development. Northwest League promoted to High A Personally, I think the main challenge the Northwest League will deal …

Origin of Minor League Team names, a Reprise: E

Back in 2014, I wrote a series of blog posts about the origin of minor league team names. Since then, the minor league landscape has changed a lot. Clubs moved, adopted new names. All reasons to have a new series in which the new names are added and explained.  Even though there are no additions …

National Hat Day. My 10 favorite MLB/MiLB hats

Today it is National Hat Day in the USA (who comes up with days like this anyway?). Here is a list with my 10 favorite MLB/MiLB hats. 10. Ogden Raptors Many don't like this cap but I think this is a great one. This cap is way better than the previous home cap the Raptors …

2018 Minor League Champions overview

The minor league season came to an end yesterday as the Bowling Green HotRods beat the Peoria Chiefs in the fourth game of the Midwest League championship series. Here is an overview of the winners of each affiliated minor league. AAA Both in the International League and the Pacific Coast League last year's champions repeated. …

The PDC extensions continue

After the PDC extensions of the Detroit Tigers and the West Michigan WhiteCaps and the Minnesota Twins and the Rochester RedWings, another Player Development Contract has been extended. The Chicago Cubs and the Eugene Emeralds have extended their cooperation. The Major League club and its A-Short Season affiliate in the Northwest League extended their PDC with …

Dutchies in the minor league play offs

In the mean time the minor league play offs are on their way. In many leagues, the championship series are about to start or have started already. AAA Shawn Zarraga and the Oklahoma City Dodgers have made it to the championship series of the Pacific Coast League. The team beat the Nashville Sounds in five games. …

AAA baseball close for the Alamo City

“I can confirm that I have been in detailed discussions for months with the San Antonio Missions. The Missions are committed to being a partner in a downtown baseball project and are exploring every option available to bring a Triple-A baseball club to San Antonio,” Taylor said. “However, Minor League Baseball will have to approve …

Lynchburg HillCats on the brink of being sold

At the moment, the baseball Winter Meeting is going on. One of the teams that is on the market to be sold/bought is the Lynchburg HillCats. The HillCats are still owned by the Lynchburg Baseball Corp, but soon that will change. The Elmore Sports Group is hammering out a deal with the LBC and a …

Pat Murphy returns as El Paso Chihuahuas manager

The El Paso Chihuhuas, AAA team of the San Diego Padres in the Pacific Coast League, have announced that Pat Murphy will return as their manager in 2015. Murphy has a very long resume in the baseball world. From 1988 through 1994 he managed the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. In that period the team had …

Final Minor League affiliation news

With the Braves signing a new PDC with the Carolina Mudcats , the complete Minor League affiliation landscape is set. The only team that remains without a PDC is the High Desert Mavericks, but since the Texas Rangers haven't been able to make a deal with the Mudcats, they are expected to sign a two …

Origin of Minor League team names: E

Since 2004 I am addicted to Minor League baseball. Not that it is easy to attend a game when you live in the Netherlands, but I love the way those clubs are more focused on families, children and the related entertainment. In 2008 I attended my first Minor League game at Adelanto, CA. The High …