Round Rock Express likely to reunite with Texas Rangers, AAA landscape practically set

After the Houston Astros announced they would drop their AAA affiliate Round Rock Express in favour of the then independent Sugar Land Skeeters, the question arose who would fill the void the Astros left. Several sources are saying that the Texas Rangers are close to hammer out a deal with the AAA Pacific Coast League …

Fresno Backs Grizzlies in Search for AAA Ball

With a joined statement of the current Mayor and the Mayor-Elect of Fresno, the city made clear that it is backing the Fresno Grizzlies in their quest for AAA baseball. In the statement, both local politicians claim that thanks to the award winning seasons the club had and thanks to the investments the club made …

MLB puts Fresno in the stocks

MLB showed its true colors, if it had not done that already, by putting Fresno in the stocks. According to the Fresno Bee, MLB has told the city of Fresno and the local (former) AAA team Grizzlies to accept a demotion to Low A or not having affiliated ball at all. Understandably, both the Grizzlies …

MLB cuts ties between Minnesota Twins and Rochester Red Wings

The minor league landscape is slowly changing. After the agreement between MLB and MiLB expired, MLB has taken controle and it shows. The other day, the Yankees announced to adopt two new MiLB franchises, leaving their former farm teams in Staten Island , Charleston and Trenton behind. Now it is the turn for the Minnesota …

Dramatic Changes in Minor League Landscape become clear

Even though no new deal is in place yet, several changes in the minor leagues slowly become clear. Not only will some clubs move to different levels, even complete leagues will switch to different levels. Especially at the various A ball levels, there will be quite some changes. The California League and Florida State League …

Origin of Minor League Team names, a Reprise: F

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. This time the letter: F Fayetteville …

Minor League Baseball about to fall for the con artists of MLB

According to Baseball America, there will be a video conference between Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball on Wednesday. According to the baseball magazine, a source with insight into the thinking of both parties, MLB and MiLB have already agreed on a number of the major outstanding issues regarding the contraction of 42 MiLB …

Hensley Meulens debuted in MLB 30 years ago

Hensley Meulens, the Curaçao-born bench coach of the San Francisco Giants made his first step in Major League Baseball, today 30 years ago. With the New York Yankees, Meulens became the first player from Curaçao to make it to the bigs. Meulens was signed by the Yankees as an undrafted free agent in 1985. After …

Fresno Grizzlies kowtowing after AOC video

Thanks to the lack of checking the content of a video, the Fresno Grizzlies are under fire. The team showed a vid that sketched House of Representatives member Alexandra Octavio Cortez as an enemy of freedom.  During Memorial Day, the Fresno Grizzlies showed a video between two doubleheaders. The video started as a Memorial Day …

Carter Kieboom to debut with Nats

According to multiple sources, the Washington Nationals have called up top farmhand Carter Kieboom for Friday's home game vs the San Diego Padres. So far this season, Carter spent time with the AAA Fresno Grizzlies and put up some nice numbers. Thanks to handling a good bat, Kieboom is slashing .379/.506/.636 with three homers and …

New look for Fresno Grizzlies

In the second year of a new ownership, the Fresno Grizzlies have changed their looks. The new look is built upon the Growlifornia look, the club used during themed days in the past few seasons. The new look contains new colors, new logos and new uniforms. The scarlet, black, gold and beige scheme will be …

Upcoming changes in Minor League Baseball

With the MiLB season nearing its end, there will be several changes for the 2019 season. Of course, there will be some affiliation changes as many PDCs expire after the 2018 season but there will several moves of teams due to the big overhaul by the Elmore Sports Group. And another team will move into …

Ode to (Simpsons’) Springfield in Fresno

The Fresno Grizzlies will have a tribute to Springfield promotion on June 29 when they take on the Albuquerque Isotopes. With this promotion, the Grizzlies will wear the Simpsons based jerseys with drawings in the style of the cartoon series. Likely it is no coincidence the Grizzlies are wearing these jerseys as they take on …