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. …

Only in the minors: Christmas in July

Every year, at least one minor league club is celebrating Christmas during the baseball season. This year it is up to the Inland Empire 66ers. The club from San Bernadino will adopt a special Christmas moniker for the occasion on July 20. The 66ers will play the game on July 20 as the Inland Empire …

Curaçao Neptunus adds American pitcher

Reigning Dutch champion,  Curaçao Neptunus, has added a left-handed pitcher to their roster. American Trevor Reckling will be the extra arm the club desperately needed after Loek van Mil and Orlando Yntema hit the disabled list.  With the current wave of pitchers hitting the DL, one could wait for the move by the Rotterdam based …

More heavenly PDC news

And the PDC news keeps coming. This time it is the Angels, who are announcing the extension of a player development contract. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have extended the PDC with their A Advanced affiliate in the California League, the Inland Empire 66ers, with two years through the 2018 season. Angels General Manager …

How Minor League baseball is closely interwoven

With the Colorado Springs Sky Sox not even gone yet, it remains to be seen if they will leave any time soon, the city of Colorado Springs and Dave Elmore, owner of the Sky Sox, are discussing the possibility to keep minor league baseball in the city with a downtown ballpark. But this downtown ballpark will not …

Still baseball in the High Desert this season

The High Desert Mavericks will play at Stater Bros Stadium in 2016. Early January, the city of Adelanto nullified the lease contract that both parties signed in 2012. According to the contract, the Mavs had to pay only one dollar rent per year. According to the city this was an abuse of public money, a …

AAA baseball close for the Alamo City

“I can confirm that I have been in detailed discussions for months with the San Antonio Missions. The Missions are committed to being a partner in a downtown baseball project and are exploring every option available to bring a Triple-A baseball club to San Antonio,” Taylor said. “However, Minor League Baseball will have to approve …

What to expect from the Dutchies this year? Kenley Jansen

With Spring Training around the corner 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 …

Dutchie baseball news: Jansen agrees on one year deal

The Dodgers have avoided salary arbitration with their star closer Kenley Jansen. They signed the 28-year old closer from Curacao, who filed for salary arbitration on Tuesday and who was the last of those Dodgers players that remained unsigned. This was the third time in a row that Kenley avoided salary arbitration by signing a …

Lynchburg HillCats on the brink of being sold

At the moment, the baseball Winter Meeting is going on. One of the teams that is on the market to be sold/bought is the Lynchburg HillCats. The HillCats are still owned by the Lynchburg Baseball Corp, but soon that will change. The Elmore Sports Group is hammering out a deal with the LBC and a …

Summing up the Dutchies per MLB organization: Los Angeles Dodgers

After a few short episodes, this time a rather long one. In this epidose of  "Summing up the Dutchies per MLB organization": Number of Dutchies: 7 Kenley Jansen: Kenley was signed by the Dodgers in 2005 as an undrafted free agent. In the first two years of his career he played for the Gulf Coast …

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