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 …

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 …

Minor League Affiliation News

In the last few days, there has been a lot of PDC extensions. The Baltimore Orioles extended the player development contracts with five of their affiliations and the Cincinnati Reds did the same with their Advanced Rookie team of the Pioneer League, the Billings Mustangs. The Baltimore Orioles extended the PDCs with the Norfolk Tides …

Sharlon Schoop back at AAA

Sharlon Schoop is back with the Norfolk Tides. The Curaçaoan infielder was placed on the roster of the Aberdeen IronBirds at the start of the Minor League season.  After he was added to the Tides roster, Sharlon was put in the lineup immediately. In the 7-3 loss vs the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies), Sharlon …

Shairon Martis added to Tides roster

It has been a while since the Orioles acquired the contract of Shairon Martis from the Lincoln Saltdogs (independent, American Association), but finally, he has been added to the roster of the Norfolk Tides. On April 6, the Orioles acquired the contract of Shairon Martis. It took a while before he could join the team's extended …

Dutchies around the world, part 7

In this week's edition of Dutchies around the world, we pay attention to Kenley Jansen, Jair Jurrjens, Sharlon Schoop, Ray-Patrick Didder, Chris Pieters and Roger Bernadina.  Kenley Jansen The stud closer from Curaçao is having a helluva season. So far his ERA is the lowest of his career but one as it stands at 1.50. …

Sharlon Schoop back with the BaySox

After a long period of no news about the older brother of Jonathan Schoop, Sharlon was in the center of the attention in the past few days. First Sharlon was added to the roster of the Norfolk Tides (AAA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles in the International League). After one game with the Tides, on …

Sharlon Schoop extends contract with O’s

Yesterday it was announced that Sharlon Schoop, older brother of Jonathan, has extended his stay with the Baltimore Orioles by another year. The 29-year old infielder from Curacao will return on a minor league contract. 2017 will be Schoop's fourth year in the organization of the Orioles after he spent time in the farm systems of …

Sharlon Schoop remains with O’s

Sharlon Schoop, the older brother of Jonathan, signed a one year deal with the Baltimore Orioles. After the 2015 season, the 28-year old opted to become a minor league free agent, but until a few days ago, he wasn't signed by any team. Eventually Sharlon decided to rejoin the O's again so he could prepare …

Another rebranding, this time the Norfolk Tides

Another team that announces a rebranding this off sesason. This time the Norfolk Tides (AAA International League affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles). The colors of the team turn from blue into green, warship grey, orange (representing the Orioles) and black. The new logo, jersey and caps continue to show the nautical theme that the Tides …

Dutchies in the Minor League play offs

Last night a couple of Dutchies participated in the various minor league play offs agian. Here is an overview. AAA The Norfolk Tides tied the series at one with a 6-1 victory over the Columbus Sharlon Schoop went 1 for 3 with a double, a walk and a run scored. In the bottom of the third …

Dutchies in the Minor League play offs

The season is nearing its end. In the minors the play offs have started. In general most of the Dutchies did not fare well with their teams yesterday. AAA Sharlon Schoop went 1 for 3 for the Norfolk Tides in a 5-2 loss vs the Columbus Clippers. Sharlon drove the ball towards center field for a single. …

Jonathan Schoop back on O’s 25-man roster

After a throrough rehab assignment that started in Frederick (A Advanced), Jonathan Schoop is back with the Baltimore Orioles. After a long knee injury, the infielder from Curacao played two games with the Frederick Keys in which he collected three hits in nine at bats before he would move up to AA Bowie. With the BaySox …

Jonathan Schoop has started his rehab games, close to return

Good news about Jonathan Schoop. The 23-year old infielder has started his rehab games. He has been appointed to the Bowie Baysox, where his older brother Sharlon played before he was promoted (again) to AAA Norfolk on June 17. Since his first rehab game at AA level, Jonathan wasn't hitting very well. In his first …

Origins of Minor League team names: N

Since 2004 I am addicted to Minor League baseball. Not that it is easy to attend a game when you live in the Netherlands, but I love the way those clubs are more focused on families, children and the related entertainment. In 2008 I attended my first Minor League game at Adelanto, CA. The High …

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