One of Those Wacky MiLB promotions

Minor League Baseball is known for its wacky promotions to lure fans to the ballparks. Next week, the Missoula Paddleheads will have one that includes a certain alcoholic beverage. The Missoula Paddleheads of the “independent” Pioneer League (you know, one of those leagues that that were cut by MLB to save the greedy MLB owners …

Pioneer League releases 2021 schedule

The "independent" Pioneer League has released its first schedule as a not affiliated league. In November last year, it was announced the league would become a partner league of MLB but it would not be part of affiliated ball anymore. The eight teams of the league will each play a 96-game schedule (20 more that …

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 …

Pioneer League Becomes “Independent” Partner League of MLB

Next to the announcement of the Draft League, earlier today, MLB came with another press release today. In this press release it was unveiled that the Pioneer League will continue to exist. Not as an affiliated league but as an independent partner league of MLB. According to the press release, the Pioneer League will transition …

Origins of Minor League Team Names, a Reprise: M

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 M …

Missoula PaddleHeads unveil uniforms

Tonight the Missoula PaddleHeads (former Osprey) unveiled their new uniforms for the 2020 season. The team will sport five different jerseys, perhaps a bit much for an Advanced Rookie ball team. The team of the Pioneer League launched a video in which it shows the new jerseys to the baseball world. A fashion show was …

Missoula Osprey become PaddleHeads

In January 2019, the Advanced Rookie affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Missoula Osprey announced it wanted to change its name. After a name the team contest, PaddleHeads earned the most votes of the remaining names. What is a PaddleHead?, I hear you ask. Well, the antlers of a moose are called paddles. And that …