Ballparks Around The World: PK Park

In today's episode of "Ballparks Around The World," we pay attention to PK Park in Eugene, Oregon, home of the NCAA's (Pac-12 Conference) Oregon Ducks and MiLB's Eugene Emeralds. photo: goducks.com After three decades of being nothing more than a club sport, the baseball program at the University of Oregon was revived in 2009. A …

Old League Names Return to Minor League Baseball

In the past year, the various leagues in Minor League Baseball had sterile names like AAA-West, and AAA-East) after MLB took over in a money grab move. Today, MiLB/MLB announced that the old names will return for the 2022 season. At the same time, a new logo for the Pacific Coast League was presented. In …

Vancouver Canadians Opting For Hillsboro As Their Hometown To Start The Season.

In a statement on Twitter, the Vancouver Canadians (High A, Toronto Blue Jays) have announced they will start the season in Hillsboro instead of Vancouver. Due to the corona measures of the Canadian government, which closes the US-Canadian border, the only Canadian team in the Northwest League was forced to look for a home south …

Northwest League upped to High A, a good Thing?

With the realignment of Minor League Baseball, yours truly mostly sees a negative outcome. But is the promotion of the Northwest League to high A, a bad thing perse? Not really. Here is my take on the development. Northwest League promoted to High A Personally, I think the main challenge the Northwest League will deal …

2019 Minor League Champions

With the Minor League season over more a bit more than a month, it is time for an overview of the champions of each league, varying from AAA to Advanced Rookie. International League (AAA) With a three-run home run by Brady Zimmer, the Columbus Clippers (Cleveland Indians affiliate) took the lead in the championship clincher …

2018 Minor League Champions overview

The minor league season came to an end yesterday as the Bowling Green HotRods beat the Peoria Chiefs in the fourth game of the Midwest League championship series. Here is an overview of the winners of each affiliated minor league. AAA Both in the International League and the Pacific Coast League last year's champions repeated. …

The PDC extensions continue

After the PDC extensions of the Detroit Tigers and the West Michigan WhiteCaps and the Minnesota Twins and the Rochester RedWings, another Player Development Contract has been extended. The Chicago Cubs and the Eugene Emeralds have extended their cooperation. The Major League club and its A-Short Season affiliate in the Northwest League extended their PDC with …

Baseball in Portland (OR), a good idea or not?

According to a report at Oregonlive.com, a potential ownership group is gaining momentum in their attempt to lure Major League Baseball to Portland. With Portland's history with professional baseball, you may wonder if that is a good idea. The potential owners have been talking with the city in private. Even though the city has faced …

Eugene Helder promoted to A Full Season

Aruba native Eugene Helder has been promoted to the Clinton LumberKings by the Seattle Mariners organization. Last year, Helder spent most part at A-Short Season with the Everett AquaSox. Next to the seventy games with Everett, Helder also had a cup of coffee with the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA, Pacific Coast League) but that promotion was …

Two A short season teams extend PDC

It is that time of the year again. The time in which MLB clubs start looking for a PDC extension with their farm teams or even jump ships to another MiLB team. Yesterday, two MLB clubs extended the PDC with their A short season farm clubs. The Colorado Rockies extended the existing PDC with the …

Boise Hawks owner to buy ground for stadium

In a move that you hardly see in (minor league) baseball, Chris Schoen the managing partner of the Boise Hawks (A Short Season affiliate of the Colorado Rockies in the Northwest League), wants to buy an 11-acre piece of ground in downtown Boise ID and donate it to the city, so the latter can build …

All Canadian PDC extension

The only affiliated minor league club in Canada, the Vancouver Canadians (A Short Season, Northwest League) has signed a PDC extension with the only MLB club in Canada, the Toronto Blue Jays through the 2018 season. In the past season, the Canadians set an attendance record with 215,595 fans that passed the turnstiles of Nat …

Lars Huijer mentioned in article about Cubs’ farm system

Dutch RHP Lars Huijer was mentioned in an artcle about the Cubs farm system for 2015. The 21- year old pitcher from Hoofddorp in the Netherlands is mentioned to have the best sinker in the Cubs' farm system. Huijer was acquired in the off season by the Cubs in a trade with the Seattle Mariners. …

Schoop returns to Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles have signed Sharlon Schoop to a minor league contract. Sharlon is the older brother of Orioles' infielder Jonathan Schoop. Sharlon played for the Bowie Baysox in the Eastern League (O's AA affiliate) last season. In 77 games and 267 at bats he collected 58 (.217)hits of which thirteen doubles and three homeruns. …

Portland Mavericks, the odd one out

When the Portland Beavers left Portland for Spokane at the end of the 1972 season, ex minor leaguer and tv actor Bing Russell, father of Kurt Russell, jumped in with an independent team. This was not a coincidence. Russell starred for years in the TV series Bonanza, which was cancelled in 1972. The team joined …

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