R.I.P. John Calvagno

Just a few minutes ago, I learned that fellow (minor league) blogger John Calvagno passed away. Six days ago, John was hospitalized because of sepsis, a blood infection. He was kept in a coma but eventually lost the battle. John was a valued member of the baseball community and writer/owner of the blog "Notes from …

Today in Baseball: Ty Cobb makes professional debut

Today 116 years ago, Ty Cobb made his first steps in professional baseball. On this day in 1904, the Georgia Peach debuted for the Augusta Tourists of the South Atlantic League (no ties with the current league that operates under the same name). At the age of 17, Cobb debuted for the Tourists with a …

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 …

Another rebranding ahead in MiLB

After the Missoula Osprey announced they will rebrand for the 2020 season, another club has announced to change its identity in 2020 due to a new stadium the club will move in. The Kannapolis Intimidators will change their name and as a result, their logo as well. Today the team called fans to submit new …

Kannapolis Intimidators will get new stadium

In a Tweet, by local station WSOCTV, it was announced the Kannapolis Intimidators (A Full Season South Atlantic League, Chicago White Sox affiliate) will get a new stadium. The pitch for a new ballpark started in 2016. Lots of debates and city council meetings were needed to get the decisive vote for the $52 million …

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. …

Double C PDC extension

The Cleveland Indians and the Lake County Captains have announced the extension of their Player Development Contract today. The new contract will run through the 2020 season. The Cleveland Indians are the only team the Captains have been affiliated with during their existence. Even when the team still played at Columbus, Georgia in the South …

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 …

Rockies and Tourists extend affiliation

The Colorado Rockies and its A Full Season affiliate Asheville Tourists announced they have extended their Player Development Contract (PDC) through the 2020 season. The two teams are affiliated since 1994, one year after the Rockies debuted in MLB. Since their affiliation with the Rockies, the Tourists have won two Sally League (South Atlantic League) …

Orioles promote Kirvin Moesquit to A Full Season

The Delmarva Shorebirds announced their 2018 Break Camp roster, which is actually the opening day roster for the upcoming minor league season. New on this roster is 23-year old Curaçao native Kirvin Moesquit. Kirvin spent the previous two seasons with the A Short Season Aberdeen Ironbirds in the New York-Penn League. He hit .276 for the …

RiverDogs release anniversary logo with a different touch

Next season, the Charleston RiverDogs will celebrate its 25th anniversary. Yesterday the single A team of the New York Yankees released the anniversary logo. But it is not quite how one would expect it would look like. The anniversary logo doesn't show the dog that is in the main logo. Instead, it shows a collar …

Tim Tebow big hit for Fireflies

Recently you could read here that former quarterback of the Denver Broncos and the New York Jets, Tim Tebow, would be added to the roster of the Columbia Fireflies (A Full Season affiliation of the New York Mets in the South Atlantic League) and that the team could expect a lot of extra fans. If the …

Columbia Fireflies can count on a lot of fans

The Columbia Fireflies will have a lot of extra fans visiting their ballpark. Why? Well, the New York Mets assigned former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow to their A Full Season affiliation. The New York Mets announced today that Tebow will be sent to the Sally League team. According to Mets manager Terry Collins, nobody is …

Augusta GreeJackets to move to new stadium

In a third and final hearing of the Master Development Agreement about the new ballpark of the August GreenJackets (Single A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants in the South Atlantic League), the city council of North Augusta has agreed to the stadium plans with a 6-1 vote. With the approval, the new stadium, named …

Hickory Crawdads turn 25

More news from the Sally League (South Atlantic League). The Hickory Crawdads are preparing to celebrate their 25h anniversary. This seasons there will be a lot of giveaways and you can win $25,000. The Crawdads will celebrate their 25th anniversary in Hickory. The team came to Hickory in 1993 when the team was moved from …

Peace, love, baseball in Asheville

Time for another nice promotion. The Asheville Tourirsts (Single-A affiliation of the Colorado Rockies in the South Atlantic League) will become the Asheville Hippies for one day. On June 29, McCormick Field, home of the Asheville Tourists will turn into a Woodstock-like environment when the Asheville Hippies will take the field. The team will wear special …