Baseball Shorts: Dugout Diplomacy

In today's episode of Baseball Shorts, we pay attention to the term Dugout Diplomacy. The term refers to baseball being used as a tool to bridge a gap between two countries. A good example of this was the 1999 series that was played between the Baltimore Orioles and the Cuban national team. Orioles' owner Peter Angelos lobbied …

Rays and Bulls extend affiliation

The Tampa Bay Rays have extended their Player Development Contract with their AAA team, the Durham Bulls with three more years through the 2022 season. Next year the cooperation will enter its 23rd year. The Bulls have not known any other parent club since entering the International League. The Durham Bulls became an AAA team …

Tampa Bay Rays pick up contract of Dashenko Ricardo

Curaçao native Dashenko Ricardo will play for the Tampa Bay Rays organization the upcoming season. The Rays picked up his contract from the independent Sioux Falls Canaries. It will be the first time Ricardo will play in affiliated baseball since 2013, when he was playing for the Great Lakes Loons (A Full Season Midwest League), …

Fortitudo Bologna signs Alex Rodriguez

The title of this blog post may sound very sensational but the reigning Italian champion did not sign A-Rod, they signed Curaçaoan first baseman Alexander Rodriguez who spent several years in the minor league systems of the Colorado Rockies and the Tampa Bay Rays. The 25-year old first baseman started his professional career with the Colorado …

Nashville makes pitch for MLB team

With MLB commissioner Rob Manfred being positive about an eventual expansion of the number of MLB clubs from 30 to 32, businessman John Loar is leading an attempt to bring MLB to the country and western capital. To explore the possibility of an MLB team in Nashville, Loar has formed Music City Equity Group to …

Jurickson Profar to A’s as part of a three-way deal

Curaçao native Jurickson Profar is not a Texas Ranger anymore. The 25-year old was part of a three-way deal between the Texas Rangers, the Oakland Athletics and the Tampa Bay Rays. Profar, who has been injury prone during his career as he missed most of the 2014 and 2015 season due to a nagging injury …

Blue Jays hire new manager in Montoyo

The Toronto Blue Jays presented their new manager. The Canadian team went to a division rival to get their new skipper. In Charlie Montoyo, the Blue Jays have an experienced manager who guided teams at all levels of the Tampa Bay Rays organization. You may wonder why I pay attention to this news since I …

Biscuits extend PDC, unveil alternate jerseys

The Montgomery Biscuits and the Tampa Bay Rays have extended their PDC through the 2020 season. The player development contract was set to expire after the 2018 season. The teams cooperate for 15 years now.  Both teams joined forces in 1997 when the Biscuits did not exist yet. The team operated under the name of …

Tampa Bay Rays unveil throwback anniversary jersey

This year the Tampa Bay Rays will celebrate their 20th anniversary. For the occasion, the club will wear a throwback jersey that goes back to the early days of the club. The jersey was presented today. The jersey is similar to the ones the Devil Rays wore in the first three years of their …

Several MLB clubs to celebrate anniversary in 2018

The Miami Marlins and the Tampa Bay Rays will celebrate an anniversary this season.  The Marlins will celebrate their 25th season and the Rays their 20th. But next to these two clubs, the Rockies (also 25) and the Diamondbacks (20) will also celebrate a milestone. With the firesale fresh in their memory, it is likely …

Tampa Bay Rays sign Aruban talent

Another MLB club has discovered the pool of talent of the Dutch Caribbean islands. This time the Tampa Bay Rays have signed catcher Nigel Calmes to a six-year contract.  Calmes did a tryout during a so-called High Player Profile tryout in front of 30 MLB teams. In the recent past, the Baltimore Orioles followed Nigel as …

Durham Bulls remain Rays AAA affiliate

Yesterday the Durham Bulls and the Tampa Bay Rays announced they have extended their Player Development Contact with two more years through the 2020 season.  The current contract is still running and will end after the 2018 season. The 2018 season will be the 21st of the cooperation between the two teams. The Bulls don't know …

Marathon inside Fenway Park

Marathon runners don't usually mean the Big Green Monster at Fenway Park when they talk about hitting the wall. But today, 50 runners will circle the outfield 116 times to cover the classic 26.2-mile distance in a race being billed as the first marathon held entirely within the confines of a major league ballpark. While the …

New Rays ballpark may hit another snag

The Tampa Bay Rays are still looking for a new ballpark. In the past year, the team has been looking for a suitable location in the St. Petersburg area. Now it seems that the funding of an eventual ballpark has hit another bump. The Rays have been exploring locations in the Pinellas and Hillsborough counties …

Dutchies around the world, part 3

In this week's edition of Dutchies around the world, we pay attention to Jonathan Schoop, Juremi Profar, Sicnarf Loopstok, Ademar Rifaela, and Wladimir Balentien. Jonathan Schoop Jonathan had a rusty start of the season as he only went 2 for 19 in his first six starts. Since then he is slowly recovering. From that low …

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