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 …

Why are some MiLB teams so eager to lose their own identity?

In the fifties, sixties, and seventies it was a common thing to name a minor league club after the parent club. Slowly things changed and nowadays most of the minor league clubs have a moniker other than the parent club. But since the start of the 2010s, there is an ongoing trend. A trend regarding …

Tom de Blok earns first Midwest League win

Tonight in the matchup between the South Bend Cubs vs the West Michigan WhiteCaps, Tom de Blok earned his first win in the Midwest League. De Blok pitched six shutout innings. In the six shutout innings, Tom limited his opponent to three hits and gave up three walks. The first hit was given up in …

Solid outing Tom de Blok vs Yu Darvish

Last night Tom de Blok pitched for the West Michigan WhiteCaps in a game vs the South Bend Cubs who had Yu Darvish, who is on a rehab assignment, on the mound. Tom didn't get the win but had a good outing nevertheless. In this pitching matchup against Yu Darvish, De Blok lasted one inning …

Chris Pieters moves up one level

Another player from the Dutch kingdom has earned a promotion. Last season, Chris Pieters played with the South Bend Cubs in the Midwest League. Today the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (A-Advanced Carolina League) announced its Opening Day Roster on which Chris is mentioned. Chris is also moving fast through the Cubs' minor league system. The 23-year …

Dutchies around the world, part 7

In this week's edition of Dutchies around the world, we pay attention to Kenley Jansen, Jair Jurrjens, Sharlon Schoop, Ray-Patrick Didder, Chris Pieters and Roger Bernadina.  Kenley Jansen The stud closer from Curaçao is having a helluva season. So far his ERA is the lowest of his career but one as it stands at 1.50. …

Zephyrs new name finalists and PDC extension

A combined article about the finalists in the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA, Miami Marlins)  name-the-team-contest and a PDC extenstion. As you all could read here, the New Orleans Zephyrs are about to change their name through a name-the-team-contest. The name Zephyrs dates back to the days that the team was still located in Denver and …

Biscuits owner signs deal with SL rival

No, no, it is not as shocking as the head tells you. But the head of this blog post is true nevertheless. Tom Dickson, owner of the Montgomery Biscuits is also owner of PCL, a professional catering company specialized in catering and concessions at minor league ballparks. In this case PCL has struck a deal …

Cubs’ South Bend affiliate will be named…. Cubs

It starts to look like a trend. Parent clubs naming their farm teams after themselves. Instead of keeping the old name that the team had during the liaison with the Arizona Diamondbacks (Sout Bend SilverHawks), the new parent opted for the name Cubs. The Cubs have named more teams after themselves. Until last season, they …

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 …

Final Minor League affiliation news

With the Braves signing a new PDC with the Carolina Mudcats , the complete Minor League affiliation landscape is set. The only team that remains without a PDC is the High Desert Mavericks, but since the Texas Rangers haven't been able to make a deal with the Mudcats, they are expected to sign a two …

A bit more of Minor League affiliation news

Some more news about PDC extensions or about new PDC contracts. A Full Season: The Cubs Midwest League affiliate in South Bend will be called the South Bend Cubs. What a lack of inspiration here. Was it really too hard to think of a new name that is related to the area? More news from …

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