St. Paul Saints joins Minnesota Twins organization

Over the past days, several news outlets talked about the fact that the St. Paul Saints will join the Minnesota Twins organization. But only one outlet announced the teams have hammered out a deal. With the deal in place, this gives the Twins a big flexibility regarding roster moves and dealing with players on the …

Rick van den Hurk donates for charity

In a tweet and on his own website, Rick van den Hurk announced that he will have a weekly auction, to raise money for the Ronald McDonald Foundation. The Dutch-born pitcher from Eindhoven will donate game-used baseball items and equipment from teams he played for. Since his MLB debut with the Florida Marlins in …

Fort Myers goes Major League

No, no, no. Major League Baseball isn't going to expand to Fort Myers. The local minor league club, the Miracle, will have a Major League themed day coming Saturday. Major League as in the movie Major League. Actor Corbin Bernsen, who played the role of Roger Dorn will make a special appearance at Hammond Stadium, …

Several MLB clubs to celebrate anniversary in 2018

The Miami Marlins and the Tampa Bay Rays will celebrate an anniversary this season.  The Marlins will celebrate their 25th season and the Rays their 20th. But next to these two clubs, the Rockies (also 25) and the Diamondbacks (20) will also celebrate a milestone. With the firesale fresh in their memory, it is likely …

Like it or not, but Loria has the last laugh

He may end up in the history books as one of the worst owners in Major League Baseball: Jeffrey Loria, soon, former owner of the Miami Marlins. An owner that hijacked and blackmailed a city into paying 80% of the costs of a ballpark. A former owner who hijacked a Canadian team and was responsible …

Baseball writers in limbo

Perhaps you have seen several HOF voting ballots on Facebook on Twitter lately. Several baseball writers and journalists, who are organized in the Baseball Writers Association of America, have put their ballot on the world wide web. For the first time,  you can see a heavy shift towards voting for several PED users. Voting for PED …

Trevor Hoffman to join UK WBC staff

And now for something completely different. This time no news about players from the Netherlands, Curacao or Aruba, nor about the Minor Leagues or the Yankees. With the World Baseball Classic Qualifier 4 (in Brooklyn NY) getting near rapidly, the Twitter account of the WBC (retweet) and the website of UK Baseball announced that former …

Jim Leyland to guide team USA in 2017 WBC announced today that former manager, Jim Leyland will be at the helm of team USA during the World Baseball Classic in 2017. It will be the first time since the 2013 ALCS that Leyland will guide a team. In that year the Tigers fell to the Boston Red Sox. As a manager, Leyland has …

Minor League history: Cocoa Rookie League

After a lot of leagues that are defunct for a long time, now a piece of more recent history. The Cocoa Rookie League was a (like the name says) a rookie league that lasted for only one season in 1964. The league was situated in Cocoa and Melbourne in Florida and was one of the …

Now these are the promotions that I like

I have written posts about silly promotions in the Minor Leagues, about the silly jerseys that they will sport this season and about the food that they offer. It is all nice, but those are not the promotions that get me excited. No, the promotions that I like will be at MLB ballparks this year. …

Rick van den Hurk’s numbers with KBO stats at the background

Rick van den Hurk had a marvelous 2014 season in the KBO. As we all may know by now, the former Major Leaguer (Marlins, Orioles, and Pirates) won the league's awards for lowest ERA  and most strikeouts. When you know that the  KBO is a very offensive league with an average of 5.71 runs per …

Despite having signed Matsuzaka, Van den Hurk still on Hawks’ radar

    The current Japanese champion, the Softbank Hawks, are still interested in Dutch pitcher Rick van den Hurk. After the winner of the Nippon Series signed Daisuke Matsuzaka they are still looking to improve their rotation. But the team from Fukuoka aren't the only team in Japan that want him. The Yomiuri Giants from Tokyo …

Why Jeffrey Loria is a disgrace for the game of baseball

I have written this article for the Cuban Baseball Magazine Universo Beisbol, which you can find at my favorite links bottom left of this blog. In this piece, I’d like to point out why I think Jeffrey Loria is a pest for the game of baseball. I keep him responsible for the demise of the …

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