MLB Clubs Are Pleading Ignorance Aloud

Recently, you could read a blog post about Advocates for Minor Leaguers. In that blog post, it was mentioned how bad the Los Angeles Angels are treating their minor leaguers. A spokesman of the club stated that it was an outrage and that the club would address it...In other words, the Angels pretended like they …

How the Angels were ripped off by Walter O’Malley

On this date, Gene Autry was awarded an American League franchise in Los Angeles. It would be the start of a four year strained relationship between Autry and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley. O'Malley called Autry his friend invariably. But in the meantime he did everything to make the latter's life impossible. Walter O'Malley …

Ray-Patrick Didder signs with Angels

No, Ray-Patrick Didder is not ascending to higher atmospheres. He was signed to a minor league contract by the Los Angeles Angels. In seven seasons in affiliated ball, Didder's numbers never really panned out. One exception: his 2018 stint with the Mississippi Braves, the Atlanta Braves' AA franchise. In 46 games, Ray-Patrick batted .275 but …

Jack Lelivelt, a lesser-known baseball Dutchie

We Dutch like to refer to the Dutch heritage of baseball players in the US. You can think of Bert Blyleven or Reinie Wolters (both born in the Netherlands but learned the game in the USA). You can also think of Win Remmerswaal, who learned the game in his country of birth. But there is …

Mike Trout $430 million????

According to insiders, the Los Angeles Angels and their star outfielder Mike Trout are finalizing a 12-year deal worth a reported $430 million. Yes, you read it right. $430 million. This contract would break Bryce Harper's record-breaking contract by $100 million even though the contract is a year shorter. This contract will keep the 27-year …

1962, the year Don Newcombe went to Japan

Don Newcombe, the legendary pitcher of the Brooklyn Dodgers, who recently passed away, had a "secret" I did not know about. In the final year of his baseball career, Newcomb played in Japan. Not as a pitcher but as a position player. In 1962, the year the New York Yankees won their last World Series …

Padres and Chihuahuas extend PDC

The San Diego Padres and the El Paso Chihuahuas have extended their Player Development Contract through the 2022 season. This new extension adds two years to a still running contract that expires after the 2020 season. In a press release that announced the appointment of Edwin Rodriguez as the Chihuahuas new manager, the new PDC …

Hainley Statia new infield coordinator for Angels

Curaçao native Hainley Statia announced through his Instagram account that the Los Angeles Angels hired him as their infield coordinator. After serving a few years as hitting coach in the Brewers' farm system, Statia returns to the club where it all began for him. In this job as infield coordinator, Statia will be responsible for …

A heavenly PDC extension

A heavenly PDC extension in more than one way. The Los Angeles Angels extended their PDC with the Orem Owlz (advanced rookie, Pioneer League) through the 2020 season, the Owlz announced on its Instagram account.  Both teams have been partners since 2001 when the club was still in Provo (Utah) and named after the parent …

Angels and BayBears extend PDC

The Los Angeles Angels and the Mobile BayBears have extended their Player Development Contract. The contract will now run through the 2022 season. A notable detail is that the BayBears will not exist by then anymore.  The usual pleasantries were exchanged when Ralph Nelson, the Managing Partner & CEO of BallCorps stated that the owning …

Surprise, surprise. Angels land Ohtani

As many "experts" expected he would sign with a big name West Coast team like the Giants or the Dodgers, Shohei Ohtani has decided to sign with the Los Angeles Angels. And with that many big name teams are missing out. Many clubs courted the two-way Japanese star. Those who could afford him were sent a …

Simmons wins third gold glove

Curaçao native Andrelton Simmons has won his third gold glove for the position of shortstop. The 28-year old player of team Kingdom of the Netherlands won his third gold glove in general, his first since being an Angel and his first since 2014. The stellar shortstop of the Angels won two consecutive gold gloves in …

Minor League history: How a dead guy won the PCL batting title

This is one of those special stories of the dead ball era. In 1912, Heinie Heitmuller of the Los Angeles Angels won the batting crown of the Pacific Coast League with a batting average of .335. Nothing special you would say. But this batting title had a bizarre twist. Heinie Heitmuller was a career minor leaguer, …

Damon Berryhill PCL manager of the year

One doesn't need to be a great player to become a good manager....  Damon Berryhill proved this yesterday as he was voted the best manager of the Pacific Coast League. Atlanta Braves fans will remember Berryhill as the catcher that caught for the Braves during the 1992 World Series vs the Toronto Blue Jays in …

The Pacific Coast League

The Pacific Coast League is one the oldest still existing minor leagues. The league was    founded in 1903. Unlike the International League and the American Associaton, the Pacific Coast League ran its own business without the interference of MLB. Until 1958 there was no Major League baseball West of St. Louis, so the league was …

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