Overview of Teams That Have Been Kicked out of MiLB So Far

It all started with a list of 42 teams that should be kicked out of affiliated ball. Now a year later, what is the status? How many of these 42 teams have really been kicked out of Minor League Baseball? The following leagues and their teams are not affiliated anymore. They have been demoted to …

MLB announces Draft League

Major League Baseball came out with a press release, presenting a new league, the so called Draft League. In this league, the former AA Trenton Thunder and three New York-Penn League members (West Virginia Black Bears, State College Spikes, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, and the Williamsport CrossCutters) will participate. Talks about a sixth team are …

MLB cuts ties between Minnesota Twins and Rochester Red Wings

The minor league landscape is slowly changing. After the agreement between MLB and MiLB expired, MLB has taken controle and it shows. The other day, the Yankees announced to adopt two new MiLB franchises, leaving their former farm teams in Staten Island , Charleston and Trenton behind. Now it is the turn for the Minnesota …

Changes in Minor Leagues starting to show at club level

Recently you could read here about the upcoming changes of the Minor League landscape. Those changes are starting to show at the club levels as well. The New York Yankees informed their AA and A-Short Season teams they will move elsewhere. But no official announcement about the new affiliations whatsoever. The team that played under …

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 …

The Yankees’ difficult situation at first base

It is going well with the call-ups of the New York Yankees. Recently a couple of youngsters were called up from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to debut with the MLB squad and in the blink of an eye, they ended on the DL. The latest example is Dustin Fowler, whose debut lasted just one inning after a season-ending …

Huge setback for Yankees

With an already injury riddled first baseman, the Yankees were hit by a big setback as the Yankees' future 1B torn the labrum of his right shoulder. Bird will undergo season ending surgery. A major setback as current first baseman Mark Teixeira missed substantial parts of the last few seasons due to injuries as well. Bird …

Yankees get Chapman. More trades in store?

The Yankees have reportedly traded for Aroldis Chapman. The Reds get pitchers Caleb Cotham and Rookie Davis (what's in a name?) and low profile infielders Eric Jagielo and Tony Renda. Besides Cotham the damage is not too big. Cotham is considered a big talent by many even though his ERA told a different story last season. …