Lancaster JetHawks cease operations

Almost three months after not being noticed by the Colorado Rockies about not being part of the former parent club's farm system, the Lancaster JetHawks are still waiting for being contacted by MLB. After the club made a statement on December 10, 2021 about not being invited to any MLB club's farm system, the club …

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 …

Overview of Teams That Have Been Kicked out of MiLB So Far

It all started with a list of 42 teams that should be kicked out of affiliated ball. Now a year later, what is the status? How many of these 42 teams have really been kicked out of Minor League Baseball? The following leagues and their teams are not affiliated anymore. They have been demoted to …

Origin of Minor League Team Names, a Reprise: L

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 L: …

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 …

National Hat Day. My 10 favorite MLB/MiLB hats

Today it is National Hat Day in the USA (who comes up with days like this anyway?). Here is a list with my 10 favorite MLB/MiLB hats. 10. Ogden Raptors Many don't like this cap but I think this is a great one. This cap is way better than the previous home cap the Raptors …

Rockies and JetHawks team up

Even though the teams did not make an official announcement, the Colorado Rockies and the Lancaster JetHawks (A Advanced, California League) signed a player development contract as new partners. The JetHawks sent out a tweet about the new PDC earlier today. https://twitter.com/JetHawks/status/782000158418407424 The strange thing is that on their website, the club is still marked as …

Braves sign PDC with new organization

With the Atlanta Braves almost unwanted at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, the team was looking for an other facility and thus for a new partnership with a minor league team. They found that team in the former Brevard County Manatees, who moved to Central Florida and will play at the Osceola County …

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 …

Stadium in Fayetteville feasible, dark clouds above Cal League teams

A feasibility study about the possibility of a minor league ballpark in Fayetteville had a positive outcome for the city. According to the study 4,500 seat ballpark could be created. The study also stated that 88% of the interviewed persons said that they would likely go to a game in the new ballpark in the …

Mavericks California League days seem to be numbered

Yesterday it became clear that the city of Kinston in North Carolina has signed a stadium lease deal with the Texas Rangers to bring a A Advanced team to historic Grainger Stadium, former home of the Kinston Indians. According to the lease, signed in July 2015, the Rangers had two years until the start of …

Dutchies in the Minor League play offs

Last night a couple of Dutchies participated in the various minor league play offs agian. Here is an overview. AAA The Norfolk Tides tied the series at one with a 6-1 victory over the Columbus Sharlon Schoop went 1 for 3 with a double, a walk and a run scored. In the bottom of the third …

Origin of Minor League team names: L

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 …