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 …

Baseball Shorts: The Mudville Nine and “Casey at the Bat”

Most baseball fans will know the poem by Wallack Thayer "Casey at the Bat" in which the local hero Casey strikes out in the final at-bat of the Mudville Nine. Now it appears that the town that is called Stockton nowadays, was called Mudville before its incorporation. Ernest Thayer moved west after he graduated from …

National Hat Day. My 10 favorite MLB/MiLB hats

Today it is National Hat Day in the USA (who comes up with days like this anyway?). Here is a list with my 10 favorite MLB/MiLB hats. 10. Ogden Raptors Many don't like this cap but I think this is a great one. This cap is way better than the previous home cap the Raptors …

Unique milestone for Stockton Ports

Last night, one of the charter members of the California League, the Stockton Ports, reached a rather unique milestone. The franchise that was founded in 1941 along with the California League, won its 5000th game. Three swings of the bat, all homers, clinched a 3-1 victory over the San José Giants last night. With this …

Ports and Athletics extend PDC

The minor league season barely has started or there is news about another extension of a player development contract. This time the Oakland Athletics and the Stockton Port (A-Advanced affiliate in the California League) extended their cooperation through the 2020 season. The current contract will expire after this season, so apparently the A's are very …

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 …

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