Oh, the Irony: Some MLB teams not happy with MiLB alignment.

As MLB teams are informed about their 2021 (and beyond) affiliations, several teams are not happy with the new alignments. The San Francisco Giants for example are losing their A-Short Season (previously A Full Season) team in Augusta and their AA team in Richmond. The new ballpark of the Augusta GreenJackets was constructed after the …

Origin of Minor League Team Names, a Reprise: S

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: S Sacramento …

More Curaçaoan reinforcements for Fortitudo Bologna

Reigning Italian champion Fortitudo Bologna has acquired another player from the Dutch kingdom. Next to Alex Rodriguez and Jarreau Martina, Curaçaoan infielder John Polonius has been added to their ranks. Players from Curaçao are popular in Italy as they have a Dutch passport and thus are regarded members of the European Union according to the …

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 …

John Polonius promoted to AAA

After Eugene Helder was promoted from the DSL Mariners to AAA Tacoma the other day, the same somewhat mind-boggling move was made by the San Francisco Giants organization as they promoted John Polonius to AAA Sacramento RiverCats from extended spring training. At the start of the 2017 season, John was placed on the roster of …

Reshuffling AAA baseball, worth a thought?

At the end of last season, two California League teams were moved to the East coast to join the Carolina League. The ten team CAL League shrunk to eight teams, while the Carolina League grew to a ten. The reason for this move was purely financial, as the two teams that were moved, the High …

Affiliation news

Today it was announced that the Sacramento RiverCats (AAA Pacific Coast League) and the San Francisco Giants extended their Player Development Contract with 4 years through the 2020 season. River Cats General Manager Chip Maxson will make the official announcement at today’s Preseason Party at 12:30 p.m.(Pacific Time Zone) in front of loyal fans at …

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 …

Rebranding season is here again

My favorite part of the baseball off season has arrived. During the off season there will always be clubs that unveil new logos, uniforms and caps. 🙂 Recently two minor league teams came up with new jerseys/ new logos for the 2016 season. The Sacramento RiverCats unveiled their new alternate uniform for the 2016 season. …

How the Fresno Grizzlies turned from an ailing PCL franchise into a champion

When Phoenix was awarded an MLB franchisein 1998, the local PCL team the Phoenix Firebirds had to move. The San Francisco Giants affliliate moved to Tucson and became the Tucson Sidewinders. Next to moving to Tucson, the team changed affiliations and became the Arizona Diamondbacks' AAA affiliate. The team that was located in Tucson, the …

Talking about silly MiLB promotions

I have written several times that Minor League Baseball is not about winning, especially for the Minor League clubs. Main goal for the clubs is to attract as many fans as possible with between inning games, give aways and weird promotions. Well, the last couple of weeks several club have given a preview of those …

Origin of Minor League team names: S

S Sacramento RiverCats: The word River refers to the Sacramento river. It isn’t the first ball club where a characteristic of the area and the word “cat” are put together to create a name for the club. Salem Red Sox: Another fine example of a club run and owned by the parent club with the …

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