A few more moves in the Minor League affiliation “dance”

Today and yesterday, some news was published about new Minor League affiliations of the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals. The news about the first one doesn't really come as a surprise. Yesterday, the (still) independent Sugarland Skeeters, the club with arguably one of the worst logos in baseball, announced that they will leave the …

Origin of Minor League Team Names, a Reprise: N

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: N …

Nashville makes pitch for MLB team

With MLB commissioner Rob Manfred being positive about an eventual expansion of the number of MLB clubs from 30 to 32, businessman John Loar is leading an attempt to bring MLB to the country and western capital. To explore the possibility of an MLB team in Nashville, Loar has formed Music City Equity Group to …

Nashville Sounds rebrand

The Miami Marlins were not the only baseball club presenting new logos and uniforms. So did the Nashville Sounds. Pretty soon after the club signed a PDC with the Texas Rangers, the Sounds announced a rebranding that would link the club more to the parent club. New Nashville Sounds logos, marks and branding were unveiled yesterday, as …

More minor league name/logo changes to come

With the presentation of Amarillo's team name, the Sod Poodles, the tsunami of new team names/logos for the 2019 season is far from over yet. At least three are about to come. Two teams are about to change their name and one is about to change its logos. The two teams that will change their names …

Major overhaul in minor league landscape may be at hand

According to http://www.kake.com, the city of Wichita may have reached a deal with a Pacific Coast League club to move to that city. A part of the deal is that the owners of the AAA team will buy a Southern League team and move it to their current market. The current ballpark in Wichita, Lawerence-Dumont …

Four MiLB clubs to play during the eclipse

Unless you have been living underneath a rock, you will have read there will be a solar eclipse in the United States today. Minor League Baseball wouldn't be Minor League Baseball when there would not be teams promoting this eclipse. Four teams will play during today's eclipse. Those four are in the path of totality. …

Jurrjens still makes his projected start at AAA

Yesterday you could read here that Jair Jurrjens was placed on the roster of the Ogden Raptors (Advanced Rookie, Pioneer League). Now it is clear the move was meant to make room for someone on the roster of the OKC Dodgers as Jair made his projected start with the Dodgers yesterday. In a couple of …

Nashville Sounds unveil new Friday look

The Nashville Sounds (AAA affiliate of the Oakland Athletics in the Pacific Coast League) unveiled a new look yesterday. The new jersey and cap will be worn on Friday home games. In the past, the Sounds have worn several specialty jerseys on a specific night of the week. Perhaps the best example is the team’s Throwback …

Reshuffling AAA baseball, worth a thought?

At the end of last season, two California League teams were moved to the East coast to join the Carolina League. The ten team CAL League shrunk to eight teams, while the Carolina League grew to a ten. The reason for this move was purely financial, as the two teams that were moved, the High …

Hainley Statia appointed to Brew Crew minor league coaching staff

In the mean time this is old news, but nowhere in the Dutch press there was given any attention to this feat so far. Long time Brewers farmhand Hainley Statia has been added to the coaching staff of one of the Brewers' minor league teams; in this case the Arizona Brewers. Hainley will become one …

More themed jerseys

In the past few weeks, many MiLB clubs presented their promotional schedule. There will be a variety of promotions like giving away bobbleheads or refrigerator magnets. Also varioius themed jerseys will be part of these promotional nights. I think that the Fort Myers Miracle come up with the best themed jersey so far this season. …

What to expect from the Dutchies this year? Shawn Zarraga

With Spring Training at full swing now, it is time to see how the players from the Kingdom of the Netherlands will do in the upcoming season. Of course there is no crystal ball and it is still up in the air, but in general you can make a decent prediction based on the performance of …

Dutchie baseball news: Shawn Zarraga non roster invitee

Yesterday it was announced that Aruban Catcher, Shawn Zarraga, got an invitation for the Dodgers' Spring Training camp at the Camelback Ranch in Arizona. Zarraga split the 2015 season between AA Tulsa and AAA Oklahoma City. In the 2014-2015 off season he was traded by the Milwaukee Brewers, where he played most of the time …

Shawn Zarraga placed on temporary inactive list by OKC

Shawn Zarraga, who was acquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers from the Milwaukee Brewers in an off season trade, has been placed on the temporary inactive list by the Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA farm team). Despite a good Spring Training at the MLB camp, where he hit .375 in eight games, Zarraga did not make …

Baseball Miscellaneaous 2

Another post that merges a few short news items. The Nashville Sounds will add an exhibition about the Negro League past of Nashville. On the councourse, photos and artefacts will be displayed to show the fans what the history of Nashville baseball is about. That history covers a period of 130 years. But not only …

Final Minor League affiliation news

With the Braves signing a new PDC with the Carolina Mudcats , the complete Minor League affiliation landscape is set. The only team that remains without a PDC is the High Desert Mavericks, but since the Texas Rangers haven't been able to make a deal with the Mudcats, they are expected to sign a two …

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