Astros and MLB sued by Tri-City ValleyCats

The Tri-City ValleyCats that joined the independent Frontier League last week, are suing the Houston Astros and MLB for more than $15 million because of the decision by the two to exclude the Short-Season A team from the shrunken 120-team Minor League Baseball system in 2021. As part of the New York-Penn League, the ValleyCats …

Baseball Related Songs: “I Hope this gets to You” by the Daylights

In this episode of "Baseball Related Songs" we pay attention to "I hope this gets to you" performed by the Daylights, the defunct alternate rock band from Los Angels that was formed in 2004. The Daylights was a a trio that was fronted by the brothers Ran Jackson and Ricky Jackson, with Svend Lerche on …

Today in Baseball: No MLB and yet a perfect game

Today the MLB season is shortly put on hold due to the Allied invasion in Normandy. But still, a perfect game is thrown. How? Read on and you will find out.  In the year the St. Louis Cardinals will win it all, MLB is putting the season on hold because of the Allied invasion in …

2021 World Baseball Classic very unlikely

According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, the 2021 World Baseball Classic will not be played. When it will take place is not clear yet. Rojas added that the organizers think the tournament cannot be played before 2023. Games for the fifth World Baseball Classic were set to be held in Taiwan, Japan,  and the …

Rob Manfred: “MiLB owners do not want to negotiate”

Yesterday, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred took aim at Minor League Baseball owners, saying that they are not willing to negotiate about  an acceptable new PBA or upgrade their facilities. In the presented plans, MLB wants to contract 42 MiLB clubs, dissolve rookie ball and A short season ball. All this under the guise of reducing …

Five years Dutch Baseball Hangout

This month, the Dutch Baseball Hangout celebrates its fifth anniversary. Five years ago, shortly before I went on vacation, I was "struck by lightning" and got the idea of starting my own blog next to writing for several magazines and websites. After I blew out my arm in 2007 during a warmup, I fell into …

Curaçao baseball complex seems to be at a dead end

In 2015 you could read here about the plans of International Baseball Partners to build a baseball complex on the island of Curaçao that would be home to a new summer league that would replace the Venezuelan Summer League. According to a reliable source, the plans will not be carried out because of the lack …

Ballparks around the world: ETO Ballpark

This time in Ballparks around the world I will pay attention to the newest ballpark in the Netherlands. Newest but also most controversial. The ETO ballpark in Hoofddorp, home of the Hoofddorp Pioniers and host to the 2016 European Championship.   In 2014 the ETO ballpark was opened and in the inaugural year the stadium …

ELB to start with four teams in 2016

The other day I read a short note at the Twitter account of EBM+, the European Baseball Magazine. https://twitter.com/BaseballEBM/status/678136740276797440 This made me curious about the reason why. The general manager of the Bonn Capitals confirmed to me that they have withdrawn for the 2016 season. The reason for this withdrawal is the financial risk that …

Serious interest in Dae-Ho Lee

Korean first baseman Dae-Ho Lee, who won the inaugural Premier12 last week with the Korean national team, will visit the USA in December to see if he can sign a contract wtih an MLB club. According to his representative Montis Sports Management Group, several big league clubs are interested in the slugger. That Lee is eager …

New baseball complex to be build on Curaçao

The American corporation IBP LLC (which stands for International Baseball Partners) has announced a plan to build a brand new baseball complex on the island of Curaçao. IBP is chartered in the United States with designs to build, own, lease and manage multiple professional baseball complexes around the world. The website of the Limited Liability …

Balentien sets foot on Japanese soil

Current single season record holder Wladimir Balentien arrived at Narita Airport with his wife and daughter today. He told the press that he is focusing on a complete recovery after he underwent surgery to his left achilles tendon. He said he will rather rehab and focus on getting healthy soon than rehab and being used …

Cardines Field in Newport, Rhodes Island

In my post about Rickwood Field I wrote that that was the oldes still standing ballpark in the US. Well, today I learned that that is not the case. I have made a correction. It is the oldest standing ballpark where professional baseball is played, even though it is only once per year. The (arguably) …

Logo and schedule Premier 12 presented

Today, the World Baseball and Softball Confederation (WBSC) presented the logo of the new "world championship tournament" called the Premier 12. This tournament will be played in Taiwan and Japan and the best twelve baseball countries of the world will participate. The first round and the quarter-finals will be staged in Taiwan. The semi-finals and …

How will the renewed relationship with the US affect Cuban baseball?

Now president Obama has re-established the diplomatic ties with Cuba, you can wonder what the effect on Cuban baseball will be. For decades, Cuban players were not allowed to play in the US, resulting in many players fleeing the country directly or during internationals tournaments abroad (like Aroldis Chapman did in 2009, when a Cuban …

How to get through the baseball off season?

Now the Dutch baseball season, the MiLB season and MLB season are over, I slowly start to realize that it is time for baseball hibernation. But the problem is that I don't want to hibernate. I try to postpone that moment as long as possible. What can you do to get through the off season …

Dutchies in the US part 4

I am a keen follower of Dutch players and players from the Netherlands Antilles who chase their big league dreams in the USA. Somehow the Dutch are stockpiling infielders: Andrelton Simmons, Jonathan Schoop, Didi Gregorius and Xander Bogaerts. This time an overview of players who play at MLB, AAA and AA level. MLB Roger Bernadina …