Batavia goes collegiate

When the Batavia MuckDogs did not get an invitation by one of the MLB clubs last month, it was another New York-Penn League whose future was not clear. Today, the city announced it will join the Perfect Game Collegiate League. Former pro hockey player in the American Hockey League and International Hockey League, the 56-year-old …

A few more moves in the Minor League affiliation “dance”

Today and yesterday, some news was published about new Minor League affiliations of the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals. The news about the first one doesn't really come as a surprise. Yesterday, the (still) independent Sugarland Skeeters, the club with arguably one of the worst logos in baseball, announced that they will leave the …

MLB cuts ties between Minnesota Twins and Rochester Red Wings

The minor league landscape is slowly changing. After the agreement between MLB and MiLB expired, MLB has taken controle and it shows. The other day, the Yankees announced to adopt two new MiLB franchises, leaving their former farm teams in Staten Island , Charleston and Trenton behind. Now it is the turn for the Minnesota …

Origin of Minor League Team Names, a Reprise: R

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.  This time the letter: R Rancho …

Zander Wiel added to Southern League Post Season All-Star team

Zander Wiel has received the honor to be added to the Southern League Post Season All-Star team. The son of a Curaçao born father was in the top two of the rankings in two offensive categories. After a decent season at A Advanced last year he got a promotion to AA and he never betrayed …

Loek van Mil to play in ABL again

The Adelaide Bite announced its roster for the new Australian Baseball League season, that will start tomorrow. One of the familiar faces is Loek van Mil. The Dutch right handed pitcher joined the Bite in the course of the 2015/2016 season. Van Mil has quite some experience under his belt. Before he returned to the …

Twins PDC news

The Minnesota Twins and the Rochester RedWings have extended their Player Development Contract with two more years through the 2018 season. Both clubs are cooperating since 2003 when the Twins took over the affiliation from the Baltimore Orioles. Accoring to the Twins' interim General Manager Rob Anthony "It’s been a tremendous partnership that we’ve had …

Move of MuckDogs to Waldorf falls through

Recently you could read here about a possible move of the Batavia Muckdogs (A Short Season, New York-Penn League) to Waldorf in Maryland, where the team would play in the stadium of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. The team would be the first one owned by an Afro-American since the Savannah Cardinals. The owner group …

New Minor League move in the making

In the ever changing landscape of Minor League Baseball, a new move is about to come. The Batavia MuckDogs are about to move to Waldorf MD for the 2017 season. The MuckDogs are operated by the Rochester Redwings but without much of a profit. So the team has been for sale for a couple of …

Max Kepler called up by Twins

German native Max Kepler have been called up by the Minnesota Twins. Within a week after the Minor League season had started, the contract of the 23-year old was acquired from the Rochester RedWings because of a hamstring injury of center fielder. Danny Santana. Max is more versatile than Santana because he can also play …

Mixed results for Dutchy pitchers in MiLB

Today two Dutchies had their season debut at AAA level. Loek van Mil appeared in one game of a double header for the Rochester RedWings (Minnesota Twins) vs the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (New York Yankees), in an International League matchup. In a Pacific Coast League matchup, Juan Carlos Sulbaran took the mound as a starter for …

Loek van Mil and Max Kepler will be team mates

Since I didn't hear much about Loek van Mil and his preparation for the upcoming season, I decided to check the roster of the Minnesota Twins' AAA affiliate, the Rochester RedWings. Of course it was announced earlier this week that the Twins had sent Max Kepler to theirAAA farm team, but it didn't ring a …

Loek van Mil returns at AAA

Loek van Mil who returned to the Netherlands after spending the major part of the 2014 season in the minors of the NPB in Japan, has played his first game in the affiliated Minor Leagues since 2013. Yesterday the 30-year old debuted with the Rochester RedWings in a game vs division rival Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. After …

Origin of Minor League team names: R

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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