Personal Stories About Ballcaps: Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

This series is inspired by the must read book “All Caps, Stories That Justify an Outrageous Hat Collection” by Craig Colby. Craig wrote this book about the many caps he has and the stories behind it. Anyhow, this series will be about the caps I own and the stories behind them.This episode of "Personal Stories …

MLB loses its credibility… if it still had any

The other day, Joe Kelly of the Los Angeles Dodgers tried to bean Alex Bregman of the Astros.  After retiring the final batter of the inning, he made some remarks to Carlos Correa. As a result, the benches cleared. No punches were thrown but it was enough for MLB to take steps.... Steps... Joe Kelly …

Baseball is struggling with COVID-19 shutdown

Throughout the world, baseball is shut down due to the coronavirus. The sole exception is Taiwan, where the CPBL started this week without fans in the stands. But elsewhere clubs struggle to stay afloat. Take Europe for example. Baseball season hasn't started yet and the question remains if there WILL be any baseball in 2020. …

Today in Baseball: Spot start marks the start of Fernandomania

Today thirty-nine years ago, a 20-year old Mexican rookie made a spot start for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day. The kid would pitch a complete game shutout, limiting the Houston Astros to five hits, as he walked two and struck out five. This would be the start of what was called Fernandomania. The …

Tortugas Dodgerized for the occasion

In the past few years, you could read several posts about my aversion to minor league clubs adopting the identity of the parent club. Good examples are the Dodgers' and Braves' farm teams. But sometimes adoptions like that are inevitable.  On April 17, 18, and 19 the Daytona Tortugas will be Dodgerized for the occasion …

Dodgers to sign another Aruban talent

They have to wait until July 2nd but then the Los Angeles Dodgers will sign another player from Aruba to a minor league contract. Rolando Petronia from Oranjestad will likely be sent to the Dominican Summer League before he will start to play on the American mainland. The infielder spent most of his years with …

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 …

Raptors and Dodgers extend PDC

The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Ogden Raptors have extended their PDC through the 2020 season. The announcement was made jointly by Los Angeles Dodgers President and CEO Stan Kasten and Director of Player Development Brandon Gomes. Raptors team president Dave Baggott confirmed the agreement is a standard two-year deal, something the Dodgers did not mention. The new extension …

Reds return to Chattanooga

After an absence of ten years, the Cincinnati Reds have returned to Chattanooga. The MLB club signed a two year Player Development Contract with the local Lookouts (AA Southern League) that will run through the 2020 season. When the Reds moved on after the 2008 season, the Dodgers jumped in and stayed in Chattanooga for …

Athletics sign two year PDC with Las Vegas

With a new ballpark for the upcoming season, Las Vegas (Summerlin to be exact) became a very attractive location for the Oakland A's to locate their AAA team. Las Vegas is much closer to home than Nashville. Last year it was announced that the New York Mets would leave Las Vegas as they had bought the …

Shawn Zarraga signs with Atlantic League team

Aruban catcher Shawn Zarraga has found a new club. After a long absence in professional baseball since his release by the Los Angeles at the start of the season, he finally signed a contract with a team. The Summerset Patriots of the Atlantic League will be his new club. Since Zarraga has experience at AAA …

Why are some MiLB teams so eager to lose their own identity?

In the fifties, sixties, and seventies it was a common thing to name a minor league club after the parent club. Slowly things changed and nowadays most of the minor league clubs have a moniker other than the parent club. But since the start of the 2010s, there is an ongoing trend. A trend regarding …

Misja Harcksen called up for Dutch team

Yesterday, Misja Harcksen got a phone call from the new manager of the Dutch national team Evert-Jan 't Hoen. In this call, Van 't Hoen told Misja he had been selected for the Dutch squad that will participate in the 2018 Baseball Week Haarlem (previously known as Haarlem Baseball Week). I got a soft spot …

Spencer Kieboom gets his first MLB hit

In his first start behind the dish, Spencer Kieboom collected his first MLB hit. The 27-year old catcher was called up last week but saw action for the first time today.  Spencer caught the first game of a doubleheader vs the Los Angeles Dodgers. In the bottom of the third inning, Spencer got his first …

Kenley Jansen helps out MS patient

A 25-year old MS patient from Rijswijk (near The Hague) in the Netherlands was in desperate need of funds to pay for a stem cell treatment. But this treatment is not available in the Netherlands, so he has to go to Russia, which makes it very expensive. Too much for him to pay. But he got …

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