Overview of teams cut from Affiliated Ball

Recently, you could read here about the teams that were kicked out of affiliated Minor League Basebal alreadyl. After roaming the internet in the past week, checking out several major baseball websites, the Dutch Baseball Hangout came to the conclusion which other teams will not be in affiliated ball anymore. Here is a quick overview …

Origin of Minor League team names, a reprise: H

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: H The …

MLB is throwing away its own future

In the past decade, MLB suffered from a lack of interest of younger generations. Fewer kids are playing baseball as they have more sports to choose from. Next to football, soccer (real football) is emulating baseball. But with the proposed contraction of 42 minor league clubs, MLB will shoot itself in the foot in the …

Carter Kieboom selected for the Futures Game

A son of a Dutch father has been selected to play in the 2018 All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, July 15 which is part of the All-Star Weekend. The 20-year old Carter Kieboom is having a very solid season. Carter started the 2018 season with the A-Advanced Potomac Senators. In the first weeks, he struggled …

The life of a (Dutch) MLB Scouting Bureau employee

This blog post is about Leon de Winter who is working for the MLB scouting bureau. It is quite a unique feat that a Dutch guy, a former Dutch hoofdklasse player, is working for MLB. This blog post describes the way he got into (minor league) baseball and worked his way up to what he …

Nationals send Carter Kieboom up to A Advanced

Despite being hit by the injury bug, Carter Kieboom had a splendid season in 2017. Even this good that the Washington Nationals decided to move him up one level to the A Advanced Potomac Nationals. Carter got injured on May 13 and it took him until August 15 to return on the roster of the …

Spencer Kieboom designated for assignment

The Washington Nationals signed free agent RHP Joe Blanton today. To make room for him on the roster, the team designated catcher Spencer Kieboom for assignment in a surprising move. It remains to be seen if the Dutchie can prepare himself for the upcoming season with the Nats. 2017 would be the sixth season in …

Nationals PDC news

Once again an MLB club extended the Player Development Contract with its minor league affiliate with two more years through 2018. The number of two years seems to be rather standard. Extensions for longer terms only seem to happen halfway the contracts. Anyhow, the Washington Nationals and their A Full Season affiliate of the Sally League (South …

What to expect from the Dutchies this year? Spencer Kieboom

With Spring Training in full swing it is time to see how the players from the Kingdom of the Netherlands will do in the upcoming season. Of course there is no crystal ball and it is still up in the air, but in general you can make a decent prediction based on the performance of previous …

Why are some MiLB clubs moving and others not?

Through the decades minor league clubs have been moving from one town to another. But it appears to me that teams are (still) moving rather easily when other towns try to lure them with public funded stadiums. Often other public funded stadiums are left behind and so is the community. Sometimes independent leagues jump in to fill …

Hagerstown Suns not moving for the time being

The Hagerstown Suns (A Full Season, South Atlantic League affiliate of the Washington Nationals) have tried to get out of town in the past few years. Several attempts to move to Celebrate Virginia South, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania, but in all cases the plans fell through somehow. In Fredericksburg, the stadium plan was balked when it …

Spencer Kieboom added to Nats 40-man roster

Spencer Kieboom, the US born catcher with a Dutch father has been added to the 40-man roster of the Washington Nationals. This will prevent him from being drafted in the rule 5 draft. As a result of this, he will receive an invitation to the Nats' Spring Training camp next year. Throughout his short career, …

Summing up the Dutchies per MLB organization: Washington Nationals

Today in "Summing up the Dutchies " the organization that used to be known as Montreal Expos. Since 2005 they are know as:       Number of Dutchies:  3 Matt den Dekker: Matt den Dekker was born in the USA, but there are close ties with Dutch ancestors. Matt was drafted by the New York …

Another reshuffling of minor league clubs at hand?

Suns to Spotsylvania County? The Hagerstown Suns (former club of Dutchie Spencer Kieboom) are in the attention of Spotsylvania County. A proposed ballpark deal with Fredericksburg fell through, so the team is looking for a new place to move to. Eventhough Hagerstown has made a proposal, the Suns favored Fredericksburg's offer. But now the deal …

Spencer Kieboom invited to MLB Spring Training camp

Dutch-American (or is it American-Dutch?) prospect Spencer Kieboom received an invitation by the Washington Nationals to attend MLB ST camp, the website of the club says. Spencer Kieboom, who played at A Full Season with the Hagerstown Suns, has been promoted to AA Harrisburg, so he skips one level. This year Kieboom has entered the …

Dutchies in the US, part 6

The season is really nearing its end. Only two Dutchies are active in the Arizona Fall League. And there is some news about a former pitcher of the Atlanta Braves. Jair Jurrjens It has been a while since we heard something about Jair. But the other day, the Rockies announced that they have signed Jair …

Origin of Minor League team names: H

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 …