Old League Names Return to Minor League Baseball

In the past year, the various leagues in Minor League Baseball had sterile names like AAA-West, and AAA-East) after MLB took over in a money grab move. Today, MiLB/MLB announced that the old names will return for the 2022 season. At the same time, a new logo for the Pacific Coast League was presented. In …

Smokies exploring downtown ballpark

On their Instagram account, the Tennessee Smokies announced they will be looking for a new downtown ballpark. The lease of the current stadium is expiring in 2024, a good moment to look beyond the horizon according to the club. The current ballpark, Smokies Stadium, opened its doors in 2000. So by the time the lease …

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 …

Tennessee Smokies offer small consolation to those affected by government shutdown

Those who are affected by the shutdown of the government will receive Opening Day tickets by the Tennessee Smokies.  The club announced this today. Opening Night for the Smokies (AA, Southern League, Chicago Cubs) is scheduled for April 4 when they will host the Mississippi Braves. If somebody has been affected by the current Government …

Finally, Trash Pandas unveil logos

An event that was planned somewhere in September but was postponed because the South East was hit by Hurrican Florence, eventually took place yesterday. The Rocket City Trash Pandas from Madison, AL, unveiled its logos at Madison's Dublin Park. Currently still the Mobile BayBears, the team will move to Madison, a suburb of Huntsville in …

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. …

BabyCakes on the move. Place taken by Southern League team

Yesterday you could read here about the possibility of the New Orleans BabyCakes moving to Wichita. According to kwch.com, the mayor of Wichita, Jeff Longwell announced the upcoming move today. After the stadium lease expires (2020) the team will head to Kansas. In minor league baseball circles, the move was a public secret. Negotiations with …

Major overhaul in minor league landscape may be at hand

According to http://www.kake.com, the city of Wichita may have reached a deal with a Pacific Coast League club to move to that city. A part of the deal is that the owners of the AAA team will buy a Southern League team and move it to their current market. The current ballpark in Wichita, Lawerence-Dumont …

Tromp drives in walk-off run

He may not be known by many Cincinnati Reds fans, but Aruban Chadwick Tromp drove in the winning (walk off) run for the Reds vs the Chicago White Sox in yesterday's Cactus League game. The (almost) 23-year old Aruban, is in his fifth professional season. Last year he was promoted to AA Pensacola, where he spent …

BayBears leaving Mobile almost a done deal

With the approval of the construction of a $48 million ballpark in Madison, AL, it has become clear the BayBears will leave Mobile after the 2019 season.  Future Madison ballpark funding of the 7,000 seat AA ballpark was approved by the Madison City Council on Monday night. The Huntsville suburb plans a lot of activities next …

Chadwick Tromp gets invitation for MLB Spring Training camp

Aruban catcher Chadwick Tromp has received an invitation to the MLB Spring Training camp of the Cincinnati Reds in 2018. In his fifth year with the Reds organization, Chadwick has worked his way up to AA (Southern League) Pensacola Blue Wahoos. This invitation is a reward for his hard work both at bat and behind …

Michael Jordan’s year in baseball may be immortalized in a Hollywood production

After Michael Jordan retired from the NBA for the first time, he tried another sport. In 1994, the greatest basketball player of all time signed a minor league deal with the Chicago White Sox. Not a surprise as the owner of the Chicago Bulls also owned the Southsiders.  In that 1994 season, Jordan played for …

Madison developer in new BayBears owner group

The chance the BayBears will stay in Mobile has diminished as it became clear that the new ownership group of the club contains a real estate developer from Madison, the city that is in the mix to become the new home of the BayBears. The Madison real estate developer is Louis Breland, who is developing a …

Mobile not willing to give up on BayBears yet

Even though an Arizona based owner group has acquired the Mobile BayBears and the group is looking for a possible relocation, the city of Mobile says it doesn't want to give up on the ball club.  The new ownership group, BallCorps LLC, wants to move the club to Madison AL, a part of the Huntsville …

Two minor leagues cancel championship series due to Irma

Both the Florida State League and the Southern League have announced to cancel their championship series due to the upcoming hurricane Irma. Irma will likely hit Florida on Sunday. The Florida State League announced that the winners of both Division Series will be declared co-champions. As the Dunedin Blue Jays won the North Division by …

Wichita an affiliated city again?

The other week, Mayor Jeff Longwell of Wichita, KS, stated the city will announce a minor league affiliation by the end of the year. A bold statement. Is Wichita playing bluff poker or does the city have a trick on its sleeve? After I read the announcement, I have been thinking: "Which team of which …

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