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 …

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 …

New ballpark for San Jose Giants?

With their current ballpark, San Jose Municipal Stadium, turning 75, there is a chance that the San Jose Giants (A Advanced Affiliate of the San Francisco Giants) will get a new ballpark in the near future. Santa Clara County is looking for ideas to rejuvenate the local Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. Right now the discussions …

Dutchies in the Minor League play offs

After an absence of a few days, here is a summary of what happened with the Dutchies in the various play off games of the last days. A Advanced After falling behind 2-1 vs the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, the High Desert Mavericks won game four, forcing a decisive game five. In game four the Mavs …

Summing up the Dutchies per MLB organization: San Francisco Giants

Today another MLB organization that has only one Dutchie in it's ranks:       Number of Dutchies: 1 John Polonius: The 24-year old John Polonius broke into the pro leagues in 2012 when he played 32 games for the AZL GIants. In that short number of games he collected 36 hits in 120 at …

Dutchies in the Minor Leagues, Thursday April 16

For most of the Dutchies in the minors it was a bad day. Many of them didn't see the ball well. AAA The Tacoma Rainiers needed eleven innings to beat the Albuquerque Isotopes 3-1. Roger Bernadina went 0 for 2 but did draw two walks. AA Randolph Oduber got a pinch hit appearance for the …

Schoop returns to Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles have signed Sharlon Schoop to a minor league contract. Sharlon is the older brother of Orioles' infielder Jonathan Schoop. Sharlon played for the Bowie Baysox in the Eastern League (O's AA affiliate) last season. In 77 games and 267 at bats he collected 58 (.217)hits of which thirteen doubles and three homeruns. …

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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