Today in Baseball: Game Cancelled Due To Ash

On this day in 1980, a game of the Spokane Indians was cancelled because the ballpark was covered with a layer of Ash. This was the day that Mount St. Helens erupted and destroyed a big part of the surrounding area. The eruption was predicted by geologists who had registered several tremors on their seismographs …

Sherten Apostel to start at AA

After making his MLB debut in 2020 with the Texas Rangers, Sherten Apostel has to get used to being sent down to the minors again. After spending the first two years of his professional career in the Dominican Summer League in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, Sherten moved up to the Appalachian League, where he played …

With Cleveland changing its moniker, there is another team named Indians and it is about to stick

Two years ago, the Cleveland Indians decided to ban the Chief Wahoo logo. Yesterday the club announced to change its moniker as well. But with that, the name Indians hasn't disappeared from professional baseball completely. There is still a minor league club sporting that name and it will stick for sure. We are talking about …

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 …

1962, the year Don Newcombe went to Japan

Don Newcombe, the legendary pitcher of the Brooklyn Dodgers, who recently passed away, had a "secret" I did not know about. In the final year of his baseball career, Newcomb played in Japan. Not as a pitcher but as a position player. In 1962, the year the New York Yankees won their last World Series …

Padres and Chihuahuas extend PDC

The San Diego Padres and the El Paso Chihuahuas have extended their Player Development Contract through the 2022 season. This new extension adds two years to a still running contract that expires after the 2020 season. In a press release that announced the appointment of Edwin Rodriguez as the Chihuahuas new manager, the new PDC …

Las Vegas 51s to rebrand in 2019

If everything goes according to plan, 2018 will be the final season for the Las Vegas 51s. Next year the club will move into a new ballpark in Summerlin and according to the club, this will be a perfect occasion to rebrand. According to their website and their Instagram account, the name 51s will be …

Spokane Indians to help Redband Trout

The Spokane Indians (A-Short Season affiliate of the Texas Rangers) will wear a special uniform in an attempt to help the Redband Trout, whose numbers are dwindling, rally back in the Spokane River. Five times this season the team will don Redband Trout themed jerseys: July 8, 27, August 8, 19 and September 2. In …

Spokane Indians land in Hall of Fame

The Spokane Indians have earned a spot in the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Since 2006 the team is cooperating with the Spokane Tribe of Indians. This cooperation now has earned a place in the HOF.  The Spokane Indians (A-Short Season affiliate of the Texas Rangers in the Northwest League) signed a deal with the …

Rangers and Indians extend PDC

The Texas Rangers and the Spokane Indians (A Short Season, Northwest League) have extended their player development contract with two more years through the 2018 season. The cooperation between the two clubs started in 2003. Since the two clubs became partners the Indians have won three Northwest League titles. One in the inaugural year of …

My top ten of Minor League jerseys

After posts about my favorite MLB caps, MiLB caps and MLB jersey, it is time to post my ten favorite Minor League jerseys (past and present). 10. Spokane Indians alternate jersey The Spokane Indians are the A Short Season affiliation of the Texas Rangers. The club honors the local Salish tribe with a jersey that …

Summing up the Dutchies per MLB organization: Texas Rangers

In today's episode of "Summing up the Dutchies" a team with a fair number of Dutchies in its organization:      Number of Dutchies: 4 Jurickson Profar: Jurickson Profar was signed by the Texas Rangers on July 2, 2009. The Curacao native made his first steps as a professional with the Spokane Indians where he played …

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 …

Dutchies in the Minor League playoffs

Most Minor Leagues have started their playoffs. Here is an overview of the Dutch and Netherlands Antillian players that are participating in the several playoffs.A AdvancedIn game one of the Carolina League's playoffs, the Potomac Nationals (Nationals organization) took on the Lynchburg HillCats (Braves). Potomac's Randolph Oduber hit a solo shot in the sixth inning …

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