What to expect from the Dutchies this year? Juan Carlos Sulbaran

With Spring Training in full swing it is time to see how the players from the Kingdom of the Netherlands will do in the upcoming season. Of course there is no crystal ball and it is still up in the air, but in general you can make a decent prediction based on the performance of previous …

Minor League history: East Texas League

Through the decades there have been six editions of the East Texas League. The first edition was founded in 1916 and lasted only a part of the 1916 season. The second run lasted from 1923 through 1926. The 1931 edition was very short lived as it lasted only one week. The fourth edition lasted five …

Dutchie baseball news: Bogaerts, Smith, Sulbaran and Seferina

A lot of news about players from Curacao and Aruba came out today. First of all Xander Bogaerts received the MVP trophy of the Boston Red Sox. To me it doesn't come as a surprise after I wrote about the possibility of Bogaerts being the AL MVP. The BWAA writers of the Boston region voted for …

Juan Carlos Sulbaran to Cardinals

After becoming a minor league free agent after the 2015 season, Juan Carlos Sulbaran from Curacao signed a minor league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, the cross state rivals of his former MLB organization, the Kansas City Royals. Last season, Sulbaran played most part for the Royals' AA farm team, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals …

Cardinals: Ouch! Second player that heads to bitter rival within a week

The other day, the Chicago Cubs announced that they had signed RHP John Lackey to a two-year deal worth $32 million. Lackey played the 2014 and  2015 season for the Cardinals, who made him a qualifying offer in the off season. In parts of two seasons with the Cards, Lackey went 16-13 with a 3.11 …

Summing up the Dutchies per MLB organization: St. Louis Cardinals

In today's edition of "Summing up the Dutchies per MLB organization" I will turn to: Number of Dutchies: 1 Darren Seferina: Darren Seferina is the sole Dutchie in the organization of the Cardinals. The 21-year old shortstop from Curacao signed a deal with the Cards in 2014 after he was drafted as 165th player. Apparently …

Cardinals suspect in espionage case

This is some serious stuff. The FBI is investigating officials of the St. Louis Cardinals who hacked the computer system of the Astros. In this system they tried to enter a special database with player information, internal discussions about trades, proprietary statistics and scouting reports. The Feds are keeping their mouth shut about with Cardinals officials are …

Now these are the promotions that I like

I have written posts about silly promotions in the Minor Leagues, about the silly jerseys that they will sport this season and about the food that they offer. It is all nice, but those are not the promotions that get me excited. No, the promotions that I like will be at MLB ballparks this year. …

Memphis Redbirds unveil new logo

You could wait for this after the St. Louis Cardinals bought their AAA Pacific Coast League franchise last year. The Memphis Redbirds have changed their logo into a more Cardinal like one. I know that I have not been too keen on adopting the parent club's identity in the recent past, but I think this …

Curt Smith goes Indy again

Curt Smith, first baseman of the Dutch National team became a free agent after the 2014 season. He had spent the season with the Cardinals' AA affiliation in Springfield MO of the Texas League. Smith signed a deal with the independent Lincoln SaltDogs of the American Association. Smith played for the SaltDogs before. In 2011 …

Worst World Series ever?

ESPN published this article on the upcoming World Series. According to ESPN the 2014 edition would be the worst World Series ever.... Why? Because there are two Wild Card teams in it and their win-loss record isn't quite something to write home about. Both teams had fewer than 90 wins in the regulars season. Why …

Dutchies in the MLB play offs: NLCS game 5

    vs  The game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the team of batting coach Hensley Meulens went back and forth a couple of times. Both teams had a lead before it was tied in the eighth on a solo homer by Michael Morse; the Giants relied on the long ball very much last …

Dutchies in the MLB playoffs: NLCS game 3

          vs   In game three in San Francisco, the score was tied after nine innings, so extra innings were needed. The team of hitting coach Hensley Meulens took a 4-0 lead in the first inning. But when the game continued, the Cardinals inched closer and eventually they scored the tying run in the …

Dutchies in the MLB playoffs: NLDS game 2

             vs  The Giants took on the Washington Nationals yesterday. I can hear you think: "Dutchies in that game?" Not players but San Francisco's hitting coach Hensley Meulens is a Dutchy as well. Meulens was the first player from Curacao that made it to the bigs. He is also responsible …

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