Origin of Minor League team names, a reprise: I

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. We continue with the letter I. …

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 …

Today in baseball: One game, four attempts

Today 106 years ago, an American Association game between the Minneapolis Millers and the Indianapolis Indians finally finish after four attempts as the Millers beat the Indians 11-2. The Indianapolis Indians weren't quite successful in that 1913 season. At the end, the team finished dead last with a 68-99 record, thirty-two games out of first …

Pittsburgh adds Lithuanian pitcher to 40-man roster

For the first time in MLB history, a player from Lithuania has been placed on a team's 40-man roster. The Pittsburgh Pirates placed Dovydas Neverauskas on their 40-man roster to keep him safe from the upcoming Rule 5 Draft. Apparently the Pirates are very high on him. Neverauskas was signed by the Pirates, directly from Vilnius, …

Minor League History: American Association

After the original American Association, which was considered a Major League, folded in 1891, it lasted until 1902 before a new league with the same name was founded. Only this time it would be a minor league. The league started as an outlaw circuit with teams from the Midwest. The charter members were the Kansas …

First PDC news of the off season

Today it was announced that the Pittsburgh Pirates have extended the Player Development Contract with their AAA affiliate Indianapolis Indians. The Indians are the Pirates AAA team since 2005 and will stay with the Bucs through the 2020 season. The Pirates' farm system currently ranks 6th. The club is stockpiling talent. Since the Indians joined …

Kiwi attending Pittsburgh Pirates’ Spring Training

This post isn't about Dutch baseball, but I thought it was worth writing about it. I bumped into an article about a pitcher from New Zealand that debuted with the Pittsburgh Pirates last year. My first reaction was: Wow, I  wasn't aware that baseball in New Zealand had developed this far that a pitcher from …

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