Personal Stories About Ballcaps: Ogden Raptors

This series is inspired by the must read book “All Caps, Stories That Justify an Outrageous Hat Collection” by Craig Colby. Craig wrote this book about the many caps he has and the stories behind it. Anyhow, this series will be about the caps I own and the stories behind them.In this episode of “Personal Stories …

Pioneer League releases 2021 schedule

The "independent" Pioneer League has released its first schedule as a not affiliated league. In November last year, it was announced the league would become a partner league of MLB but it would not be part of affiliated ball anymore. The eight teams of the league will each play a 96-game schedule (20 more that …

Overview of Teams That Have Been Kicked out of MiLB So Far

It all started with a list of 42 teams that should be kicked out of affiliated ball. Now a year later, what is the status? How many of these 42 teams have really been kicked out of Minor League Baseball? The following leagues and their teams are not affiliated anymore. They have been demoted to …

Pioneer League Becomes “Independent” Partner League of MLB

Next to the announcement of the Draft League, earlier today, MLB came with another press release today. In this press release it was unveiled that the Pioneer League will continue to exist. Not as an affiliated league but as an independent partner league of MLB. According to the press release, the Pioneer League will transition …

Origins of Minor League Team Names, a Reprise: O

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 O …

National Hat Day. My 10 favorite MLB/MiLB hats

Today it is National Hat Day in the USA (who comes up with days like this anyway?). Here is a list with my 10 favorite MLB/MiLB hats. 10. Ogden Raptors Many don't like this cap but I think this is a great one. This cap is way better than the previous home cap the Raptors …

Raptors and Dodgers extend PDC

The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Ogden Raptors have extended their PDC through the 2020 season. The announcement was made jointly by Los Angeles Dodgers President and CEO Stan Kasten and Director of Player Development Brandon Gomes. Raptors team president Dave Baggott confirmed the agreement is a standard two-year deal, something the Dodgers did not mention. The new extension …

A heavenly PDC extension

A heavenly PDC extension in more than one way. The Los Angeles Angels extended their PDC with the Orem Owlz (advanced rookie, Pioneer League) through the 2020 season, the Owlz announced on its Instagram account.  Both teams have been partners since 2001 when the club was still in Provo (Utah) and named after the parent …

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 …

Misja Harcksen called up for Dutch team

Yesterday, Misja Harcksen got a phone call from the new manager of the Dutch national team Evert-Jan 't Hoen. In this call, Van 't Hoen told Misja he had been selected for the Dutch squad that will participate in the 2018 Baseball Week Haarlem (previously known as Haarlem Baseball Week). I got a soft spot …

Reds promote Hendrik Clementina

Hendrik Clementina has been promoted to A Full Season Dayton Dragons by the Cincinnati Reds. Last season he played at A Short Season with the Billings Mustangs. The 20-year old catcher will play his fifth season in 2018. Curaçao native Clementina made his first steps with the Dodgers in the Dominican Summer League. After two …

Jair Jurrjens placed on Ogden Raptors roster

The Los Angeles Dodgers have made a couple of roster moves on April 17. One of them was the removal of Jair Jurrjens off the roster of the Oklahoma City Dodgers. Jair Jurrjens got off a good start at the AAA OKC Dodgers. In two starts he clinched one win and a no-decision, posted a …

Misja Harcksen released by Dodgers

Just returned from the US after not making it to the championship series of the Pioneer League with the Ogden Raptors, Misja Harcksen has been told by the Dodgers that they will not extend his contract. In the past three years Misja played in the Arizona League and in the Pioneer League. In his first …

Belated PDC news

Last Sunday was the deadline for clubs to sign a player development extension. Just in time two MLB clubs signed an extension with their affiliation. The San Diego Padres signed a two year extension with the San Antonio Missions. The new contract will run through the 2018 season. The Missions (AA, Texas League) are a …

Ogden Raptors / Misja Harcksen clinch play off spot

Last night, the Ogden Raptors faced the Grand Junction Rockies in the third game of a four game series. The previous two games were won by the Raptors, one with a clear 6-2 vicory, the second with a rather close score of 12-10. Yesterday's game was even more close. The Rockies needed to win the …

Misja Harcksen: So far, so good

The other week, Dutch pitcher Misja Harcksen was promoted to the Ogden Raptors (High Rookie, Pioneer League) again. Just like last year he spent most of the time at Arizona League Level and was promoted early August. As reported earlier, Misja was hit hard in his first appearance of the AZL season which made his …

Misja Harcksen promoted to Ogden again

Thanks to his relatives I learned that Dutch pitcher Misja Harcksen was promoted by the Los Angeles Dodgers. But unlike earlier expectations, Misja has been promoted to the Ogden Raptors (high Rookie, Pioneer League). Just like last year, Misja spent most of the season in Glendale AZ with the AZL Dodgers. With the AZL Dodgers, …

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