New Appy League team sports logo with local twist

A few months ago, it became clear the Cincinnati Reds would replace the Houston Astros in the Appalachian League. With the Reds jumping in, they fill a void in Greenville that was left after the Astros pulled out of the Appalachian League. Yesterday the Cincinnati Reds presented their Rookie affiliate in the Appalachian League.  Since every …

Kenley Jansen recovers from two unfortunate outings

With Kenley Jansen retiring the side in the ninth inning, the Los Angeles Dodgers have forced a seventh game in the 2017 World Series. In another pitching matchup, the pitching staff of the Dodgers outdueled the staff of the Astros as the Dodgers beat the Astros 3-1. Once again a run was scored on a home …

Dodgers tie series despite Jansen being human

Game four of the World Series was a nailbiter. It had all the drama you'd expect the Fall Classic to have. It was only decided in the ninth inning when the bullpen of the Astros collapsed and gave up five runs as the Astros fell to the Dodgers 6-2. Throughout the game the Astros were …

Jansen has a share in bad night for Dodgers’ bullpen

Until the ninth inning, it looked like the Dodgers would win game two as well when they had a 3-1 lead. But from there, their bullpen faltered and gave away the chance of taking a 2-0 lead in the World Series. It is clear the Dodgers are located near Hollywood as the team made a …

Jansen wraps up first victory for Dodgers

After the family of legend Jackie Robinson threw out the ceremonial first pitch, two aces battled for the win but the Dodgers stayed at the right side of the score. A vastly dominating Clayton Kershaw was practically unhittable as he bested Houston's ace Dallas Keuchel. Kenley Jansen did what he normally does: shut the door …

Astros acquire Justin Verlander in surprising move.

The Houston Astros have acquired a big prize just before the trading deadline of September 1st. In exchange for three top talented minor leaguers, the American League West team hauled in Justin Verlander. By getting the 34-year old right hander before September 1st, he can be placed on the Astros' post season roster. Another nice …

Astros fans call for removal of Texan flag from Rangers uniform

The Houston Astros were forced to move their series against the Texas Rangers to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. The reason was the refusal of the Texas Rangers to swap a set of series. The Astros asked the Rangers to take the series, that was eventually played at Tropicana Field, as their home series …

Astros affiliate will get its stadium

The A Advanced affiliated of the Houston Astros, now playing in Buies Creek, will get its new stadium in Fayetteville. Today the groundbreaking will take place at 11.00 AM local time. While the rest of the state of North Carolina is waiting for the solar eclipse, people in Fayetteville have more important things to do. …

Astrodome will be around for ever

Yesterday, the Texas Historical Commmission voted in favor of the Houston Astrodome to designate the stadium as a State Antiquities Landmark, joining the ranks of the Alamo, the State Capitol, the Cotton Bowl and other notable sites. Like we all know, the Astrodome was the home of the Houston Astros from its opening in 1965 …

Grizzlies, 20 seasons in Fresno

The Fresno Grizzlies will be in Fresno for their twentieth season this year. The team landed in Fresno in 1998 where the team played at the stadium of the University of Fresno in the first four years before they moved to Chukchansi Park. The history of the Grizzlies started in Tucson AZ. The Phoenix Firebirds …

A Advanced Astros to play in temporary home

The A Advanced affiliation of the Houston Astros in the Carolina League will play in a temporary home for the 2017 and 2018 season. Only after the 2018 season the team will move to a projected facility in Fayetteville. The team will move to Jim Perry Stadium of the Campbell University Campus, home of the …

High Desert and Bakersfield to Carolina League

Sad news today. According to a source within Minor League Baseball, the California League will announce the contraction of the Bakersfield Blaze and the High Desert Mavericks later today. In the past few months, you could read here several posts with speculations about possible moves. Now it appears that those speculations were pretty close to …

More Astros PDC news

The Houston Astros and their A Short Season affiliate, the Tri-City ValleyCats have extended their player development contract with two more years through the 2018 season. The announcement was made by Bill Gladstone, the ValleyCats President / Principal Owner and Astros President of Business Operations Reid Ryan at a press conference on Saturday afternoon. The cooperation between …

Fayetteville a step closer to MiLB ballpark

The city council of the city of Fayetteville has unanimously agreed on a memorandum of understanding with the Houston Astros, continuing the city’s and the MLB team’s discussion about a new ballpark to support an Advanced A Carolina League team and outlining a basic framework as they move towards a more permanent agreement. In the agreement …

Cal League affiliation change in the making

A surprising move by the Seattle Mariners. The team acquired a 51% stake in the Modesto Nuts, now the Advanced A team of the Colorado Rockies. The Mariners on their turn are affiliated with the Bakersfield Blaze, which is currently leading the California League North Division. The reason behind this move is that the Mariners …

Heavenly PDC news

The Anaheim Angels and the Houston Astros have extended the Player Development contract with one of their minor league affiliates. The Angels extended their PDC with their A Full Season affiliate in the Midwest League, the Burlington Bees. The both parties are cooperating since 2013 and this time the contract has been extended through the …

Astros PDC news

Another blog post about a PDC extension. Yes it's that time of the year again. The Quad Cities RiverBandits (A Full Season, Midwest League) and the Houston Astros have extended their cooperation for two more years, through 2018. The Quad Cities is a region of four counties in northwest Illinois and Southeastern Iowa.The urban core consists …

Impressive Appalachian League debut for Van der Meer

It doesn't look like Stijn van der Meer is impressed by the opposing pitchers so far. In two games at Gulf Coast League level, Van der Meer collected four hit in six at bats, of which one was a triple. Next to his .667 BA he put up the following numbers: OBP .667, slugging percentage …

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