Astros and MLB sued by Tri-City ValleyCats

The Tri-City ValleyCats that joined the independent Frontier League last week, are suing the Houston Astros and MLB for more than $15 million because of the decision by the two to exclude the Short-Season A team from the shrunken 120-team Minor League Baseball system in 2021. As part of the New York-Penn League, the ValleyCats …

ValleyCats go independent

Good news!! The Tri-City ValleyCats, treated like dirt by MLB, has found a possibility to stay alive. The team will join the independent Frontier League for the 2021 season. As the Valley Cats were excluded from participating in one of the remaining Minor Leagues, the club from the capital region had to look for other …

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 …

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 …

2018 Minor League Champions overview

The minor league season came to an end yesterday as the Bowling Green HotRods beat the Peoria Chiefs in the fourth game of the Midwest League championship series. Here is an overview of the winners of each affiliated minor league. AAA Both in the International League and the Pacific Coast League last year's champions repeated. …

More Astros PDC news

The Houston Astros and their A Short Season affiliate, the Tri-City ValleyCats have extended their player development contract with two more years through the 2018 season. The announcement was made by Bill Gladstone, the ValleyCats President / Principal Owner and Astros President of Business Operations Reid Ryan at a press conference on Saturday afternoon. The cooperation between …

Stijn van der Meer debuts with GCL Astros

Dutch shortstop Stijn van der Meer has made his professional debut in the organization of the Houston Astros. Unlike the recent announcement on this blog that he would be playing with the Tri-City ValleyCats, Stijn debuted with the Gulf Coast League Astros, the low rookie team of the Houston based MLB club. The intention is …

Stijn van der Meer signs with Astros

In the meantime this is kinda old news as it was published on the Facebook page of Curacao Neptunus, but I totally missed it. The Dutch shortstop Stijn van der Meer, who was drafted in the 34h round of this year's amateur draft, has signed a deal with the Houston Astros. According to the article …