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 …

Railriders celebrating 30 years of Minor League baseball in SWB area

The upcoming season will one to be remembered in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. At least according to the SWB Railriders. Even though the club isn't around that long yet, it will celebrate the existence of Minor League Baseball in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area. Personally, I think it is taking credit for what other wizards have done but on the …

A promotion that fuels the rivalry

The AAA Pawtucket Red Sox will have a promotion that fuels the rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. It is all based on the bench-clearing brawl that was sparked by Tyler Austin's slide at second base and the brushback pitch by Joe Kelly. In that particular game between the two hated …

The Yankees’ difficult situation at first base

It is going well with the call-ups of the New York Yankees. Recently a couple of youngsters were called up from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to debut with the MLB squad and in the blink of an eye, they ended on the DL. The latest example is Dustin Fowler, whose debut lasted just one inning after a season-ending …

SWB RailRiders unveil alternate logo

Not that their current logo was that old. The moniker of the overall AAA champion was adopted in 2013, when the club moved into their new stadium PNC FIeld, after having played the entire 2012 sesaon "on the road" as the Empire State Yankees. The unveiling of the new alternative logo was held during the …

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 …

Huge setback for Yankees

With an already injury riddled first baseman, the Yankees were hit by a big setback as the Yankees' future 1B torn the labrum of his right shoulder. Bird will undergo season ending surgery. A major setback as current first baseman Mark Teixeira missed substantial parts of the last few seasons due to injuries as well. Bird …

Yankees get Chapman. More trades in store?

The Yankees have reportedly traded for Aroldis Chapman. The Reds get pitchers Caleb Cotham and Rookie Davis (what's in a name?) and low profile infielders Eric Jagielo and Tony Renda. Besides Cotham the damage is not too big. Cotham is considered a big talent by many even though his ERA told a different story last season. …

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 …

Second rehab start Tanaka worrisome

Yesterday, Masahiro Tanaka had his second rehab start with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. In Pawtucket, home of the AAA Red Sox, Tanaka threw three innings in which he allowed three earned runs on four hits. He walked two and fanned four. Four strikouts sounds good, but giving up three runs in only three innings of work …

Tanaka throws first rehab game after being put on DL

Masahiro Tanaka threw his first rehab game after being put on the DL with an elbow strain. Last night he pitched three innings with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the AAA team of the Yankees. Eventhough he claimed to have pitched pain free, he wasn't really special, but good enough to keep the Durham Bulls at bay. …

Why not call up Refsnyder Mr. Cashman?

Rob Refsnyder earned the AAA batter of the week honor after hitting .400 with six extra basehits. Among those two homeruns on Sunday in the week of May 11 through May 17. But then again there is his defense at second base. So far he committed nine errors in the short season with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. At …

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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