Origin of Minor League Team Names, a Reprise: T

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: T Tacoma …

Rainiers and M’s extend PDC

Slowly all remaining not extended Player Development Contracts are signed. Only a handful of minor league clubs are up for grabs. The latest signing was in the Northwest of the United States as the Seattle Mariners and the Tacoma Rainiers extended their cooperation through the 2022 season. Not a surprise the two clubs stick together. …

Eugene Helder promoted to A Full Season

Aruba native Eugene Helder has been promoted to the Clinton LumberKings by the Seattle Mariners organization. Last year, Helder spent most part at A-Short Season with the Everett AquaSox. Next to the seventy games with Everett, Helder also had a cup of coffee with the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA, Pacific Coast League) but that promotion was …

John Polonius promoted to AAA

After Eugene Helder was promoted from the DSL Mariners to AAA Tacoma the other day, the same somewhat mind-boggling move was made by the San Francisco Giants organization as they promoted John Polonius to AAA Sacramento RiverCats from extended spring training. At the start of the 2017 season, John was placed on the roster of …

Eugene Helder promoted to AAA out of the blue

So far the professional career of Aruban infielder Eugene Helder never got any further than Summer League baseball. But now all of a sudden, Eugene was called up to AAA Tacoma and played a game with the Rainiers. In 2014 Eugene played in the VSL, and in 2015 and 2016 he played in the DSL. …

Reshuffling AAA baseball, worth a thought?

At the end of last season, two California League teams were moved to the East coast to join the Carolina League. The ten team CAL League shrunk to eight teams, while the Carolina League grew to a ten. The reason for this move was purely financial, as the two teams that were moved, the High …

Gianfranco Wawoe promoted to AA

Curacaoan infielder Gianfranco Wawoe has been promoted by the Seattle Mariners. I realize that this is a bit old news, but since I focused on the European Cup, I have totally missed this news. Wawoe, who played a variable season at A Full Season level with the Clinton LumberKings of the Midwest League, has been promoted …

Dutchies in the Minor Leagues, Wednesday April 15

AAA Roger Bernadina played his sixth game of the season and collected 2 basehits out of four at bats. In his first at bat of the game he hit an RBI line drive. He drove in one of the five runs that the Isotopes scored in the first inning. Eventually they beat the Tacoma Rainiers …

Another team with a new look

The Tacoma Rainiers was the next Minor League team to rebrand. The script goes back to the original Rainiers when they were located in Seattle. In 1966 the team was renamed Seattle Angels after it was sold to the California Angels. After the 1969 season when MLB's Seattle Pilots moved to Milwaukee, the city was …

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