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 …

Baseball Shorts: The Longest Perfect Relief Outing

Normally, relief outings last only a few innings with one exception: When a long man is brought in. In that case, a starting pitcher that didn't make the rotation, is sent to the mound because the actual starter's stuff isn't working. 114 years ago, something similar happened with a notable feat that the game ended …

Round Rock Express likely to reunite with Texas Rangers, AAA landscape practically set

After the Houston Astros announced they would drop their AAA affiliate Round Rock Express in favour of the then independent Sugar Land Skeeters, the question arose who would fill the void the Astros left. Several sources are saying that the Texas Rangers are close to hammer out a deal with the AAA Pacific Coast League …

MLB puts Fresno in the stocks

MLB showed its true colors, if it had not done that already, by putting Fresno in the stocks. According to the Fresno Bee, MLB has told the city of Fresno and the local (former) AAA team Grizzlies to accept a demotion to Low A or not having affiliated ball at all. Understandably, both the Grizzlies …

Jack Lelivelt, a lesser-known baseball Dutchie

We Dutch like to refer to the Dutch heritage of baseball players in the US. You can think of Bert Blyleven or Reinie Wolters (both born in the Netherlands but learned the game in the USA). You can also think of Win Remmerswaal, who learned the game in his country of birth. But there is …

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 …

New look for Fresno Grizzlies

In the second year of a new ownership, the Fresno Grizzlies have changed their looks. The new look is built upon the Growlifornia look, the club used during themed days in the past few seasons. The new look contains new colors, new logos and new uniforms. The scarlet, black, gold and beige scheme will be …

RiverCats present new alternate cap to celebrate 20th season

Founded in 2000, the Sacramento RiverCats will exist 20 years in 2019. To celebrate this milestone, the club has presented a new alternate cap with a logo that dates back to the original logo of 2000. The new hat has an element of the original 2000 logo. That logo showed a RiverCat stepping over a …

Brewers stay with Elmore Sports Group

Yesterday you could read here about the signing of several AAA player development contracts. In that blog post a possibility about the Milwaukee Brewers to stay with their AAA team that will move from Colorado Springs to San Antonio next year. Well, that is what happened. As many experts expected the Texas Rangers would leave …

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. …

BabyCakes on the move. Place taken by Southern League team

Yesterday you could read here about the possibility of the New Orleans BabyCakes moving to Wichita. According to kwch.com, the mayor of Wichita, Jeff Longwell announced the upcoming move today. After the stadium lease expires (2020) the team will head to Kansas. In minor league baseball circles, the move was a public secret. Negotiations with …

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 …

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 …

Name-the-team contest in Colorado Springs

With the Colorado Springs SkySox moving to San Antonio and the Helena Brewers filling the void in 2019, the owner of both teams, the Elmore Sports Group, has organized a name-the-team contest for the new Colorado Springs team. There is only one catch; to participate you have to be a Colorado citizen. So with a …

Final 5 names for Amarillo baseball team unveiled

After an overwhelming response to the name-the-team contest, the future Amarillo baseball team has unveiled the five best names. Fans can vote for the very best name from May 30 through June 13. The future club is looking for a name that is telling the story of Amarillo and perfectly captures everything that makes the …

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 …

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