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 …

Mariners and AquaSox stick together

The Seattle Mariners has extended its Player Development contract with the Everett AquaSox (A Short Season, Northwest League). The new commitment will run through the 2022 season. You may wonder if these two clubs will ever part as they are linked together for twenty-four years. The current PDC still has to finish as it runs …

Dutchies around the World 2018, part 2

In this week's edition of Dutchies around the World 2018, we pay attention to Xander Bogaerts, Chadwick Tromp, Tom de Blok, Eugene Helder and Rick van den Hurk.  MLB Before getting on the 10-day DL, Xander Bogaerts was red hot. In nine games he hit a whopping .368 with seven doubles and two home runs. …

Eugene Helder promoted to A Full Season

Aruba native Eugene Helder has been promoted to the Clinton LumberKings by the Seattle Mariners organization. Last year, Helder spent most part at A-Short Season with the Everett AquaSox. Next to the seventy games with Everett, Helder also had a cup of coffee with the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA, Pacific Coast League) but that promotion was …

Lots of PDC news

Because of my stay at the European Baseball Championship, I have missed quite some moves regarding several extensions of player development contracts. Yesterday, September 11 was the deadline to extend player development contracts, so in the last couple of days there have been a lot of signings at the eleventh hour. Five extensions have been …

Kalian Sams named MVP of the Quebec Capitales

Dutch national team player Kalian Sams has been named the MVP of the Quebec Capitales of the independent CanAm League. After a slow start with the team, Kalian's batting average rose to a respectable .282. By far Kalian was the best slugger of his team with 16 homeruns. Kalian was also the swiftest player with …

Lars Huijer calls it a (professional) career….

This just came in through Facebook. Lars Huijer has decided to turn his back from professional baseball. He says that he has decided to go back to school and to focus on a different career. Lars was signed by the Mariners in 2011. He debuted in the same year for the Arizona League Mariners for …

Lars Huijer mentioned in article about Cubs’ farm system

Dutch RHP Lars Huijer was mentioned in an artcle about the Cubs farm system for 2015. The 21- year old pitcher from Hoofddorp in the Netherlands is mentioned to have the best sinker in the Cubs' farm system. Huijer was acquired in the off season by the Cubs in a trade with the Seattle Mariners. …

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 …