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 …

Swallow’s interest in minor leaguer may diminish Balentien’s chances

Now the Yakult Swallows have announced that a new contract for Wladimir Balentien isn't sure yet, it remains to be seen if the slugger from Curacao will sign with the club. His (according to the club) questionable defense, his injury record and weak arm may lead to both parties parting ways.  The Swallows have expressed …

Lloyd McClendon gets new managerial job

Recently released by the Seattle Mariners, Lloyd McClendon already has a new job as a manager. With the Toledo MudHens, the AAA International League affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. After five losing seasons with the Pirates from 2001 through 2005, McClendon was hired as a manager of the Seattle Mariners in 2014. In his first …

Minor League History: American Association

After the original American Association, which was considered a Major League, folded in 1891, it lasted until 1902 before a new league with the same name was founded. Only this time it would be a minor league. The league started as an outlaw circuit with teams from the Midwest. The charter members were the Kansas …

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