“Independent” Pioneer League rebrands

As the Pioneer League will enter a new phase in its life, the league has decided to rebrand. The league presented its new logo yesterday. The Pioneer League now has a more stylized logo, showing the P of Pioneer, the year it was established and the states the teams (The Rocky Mountain Vibes and Grand …

Set of rule changes in Pioneer League, says goodbye to free baseball

The now "independent" Pioneer League has announced a set of rule changes. The most eye catching is the rule that bans extra innings. The first rule change is a "check swing" appeal from the home plate umpire after the base umpire (first or third) has made a call on a check swing appeal by the …

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 …

Missoula PaddleHeads unveil uniforms

Tonight the Missoula PaddleHeads (former Osprey) unveiled their new uniforms for the 2020 season. The team will sport five different jerseys, perhaps a bit much for an Advanced Rookie ball team. The team of the Pioneer League launched a video in which it shows the new jerseys to the baseball world. A fashion show was …

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 …

Helena Brewers/ Colorado Springs SkySox rebrand

Ever since the Elmore Sports Group initiated one of the biggest overhauls in Minor League Baseball, three teams traded places. The AAA Colorado Springs SkySox moved to San Antonio to become the Missions. The AA San Antonio Missions moved to Amarillo to become the Sod Poodles and the Helena Brewers (Advanced Rookie) has replaced the …

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. …

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 …

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 …

Orem Owlz reportedly on the move

The Orem Owlz, the advanced rookie team of the Los Angeles Angels, will leave Orem and head to Pueblo, CO. The local news channel News 5 comes with this news even though the city council of Pueblo hasn't approved the funding of the future ballpark yet. According to the news channel, an official announcement will …

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 …

AAA baseball to San Antonio in 2019

With 112 seasons of play in the Alamo City, the AA San Antonio Missions announced today the team will move up to AAA ball in 2019. The owner of the team, the Elmore Sports Group is thrilled to see their AA team move up from the Texas League to the Pacific Coast League. Missions president …

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 …

Reds PDC news

In the ever moving world of player development contracts and affiliations there some news to tell. The Cincinnati Reds and their Pioneer League (Advanced Rookie) affiliate, the Billings Mustangs have extended their PDC with two more years through the 2018 season. When the new contract expires the cooperation between the two teams will have lasted …