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 …

Gianfranco Wawoe returns to Miners

The Southern Illinois Miners (Frontier League, independent) announced today they have re-signed infielder Gianfranco Wawoe for the 2020 season. Gianfranco, born in Curaçao, played seven years in the Seattle Mariners organization, batting .270 with 17 doubles, six triples, 15 stolen bases in 23 attempts, and 62 RBIs in 97 games at A-Advanced Modesto in 2017. …

Only in the minors: Christmas in July

Every year, at least one minor league club is celebrating Christmas during the baseball season. This year it is up to the Inland Empire 66ers. The club from San Bernadino will adopt a special Christmas moniker for the occasion on July 20. The 66ers will play the game on July 20 as the Inland Empire …

Gianfranco Wawoe joins Southern Illinois Miners

Curaçao native Gianfranco Wawoe has signed a deal for the 2019 season with the independent Southern Illinois Miners (Frontier League). The 24-year old infielder announced this through his Facebook account and through Instagram. According to his Facebook account, Wawoe thought about quitting baseball as he had not played the entire 2018 season. Last season, he …

Gianfranco Wawoe wins with North All Stars

One of the Dutchies that was selected for a minor-league All-Star Game, Gianfranco Wawoe played with the North Division All-Stars. Gianfranco entered the game as a defensive substitution in the sixth inning. This year's California League All-Star Game was played at Recreation Park, home of the Visalia Rawhide. At the time Gianfranco entered the game in …

Four Dutchies invited for MiLB All-Star Games

Several players from the Dutch Kingdom are playing such good seasons, they have received an invitation for the various minor league All-Star Games.  Gianfranco Wawoe, Sicnarf Loopstok, Darren Seferina and Carter Kieboom are the ones who received invitations. Three of the four players will appear in A-Advanced All-Star Games: Darren Seferina, Sicnarf Loopstok and Gianfranco …

Dutchies around the World, part 5

In this week's edition of Dutchies around the World, we pay attention to Andrelton Simmons, Jair Jurrjens, Spencer Kieboom, Gianfranco Wawoe, Tom de Blok and Mike Bolsenbroek. Andrelton Simmons After a good start, Andrelton Simmons' batting average dropped to .246, 14 points lower than his career average. In the month of April, Andrelton was hitting very …

Dutchies around the world: the minor leagues

Yesterday it was opening day in the minor leagues (AAA, AA, A-Advanced and A Full Season). Quite some players from Aruba, Curacao and the Netherlands have made their first strides in the 2017 season. Here is an overview of those who played yesterday. Ozhaino Albies batted leadoff for the Gwinnett Braves vs the Durham Bulls. Unfortunately, his season …

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. The strange thing is that on their website, the club is still marked as …

Mariners buy majority share in Nuts

No, the Mariners will not become nut traders. The team has bought a majority share in the Modesto Nuts baseball club (A Advanced, California League). In the previous years, the Mariners spent time in Adelanto (High Desert Mavericks) and in Bakersfield (Blaze), the two cities that will be out of affiliated baseball next year. Both …

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 …

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