Origin of Minor League Team Names, a Reprise: V

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:VUnfortunately, no new …

Baseball Shorts: The Mudville Nine and “Casey at the Bat”

Most baseball fans will know the poem by Wallack Thayer "Casey at the Bat" in which the local hero Casey strikes out in the final at-bat of the Mudville Nine. Now it appears that the town that is called Stockton nowadays, was called Mudville before its incorporation. Ernest Thayer moved west after he graduated from …

Two Europeans chosen in ABL team of the year

Players of the Australian Baseball League have voted for the ABL team of the year. This year two players from Europe have been chosen: German native Markus Solbach and Dutch Dwayne Kemp. Solbach, voted as best starting pitcher, played for the Adelaide Bite, posted a 5-3 record and the second lowest ERA in the ABL …

Diamondbacks extend PDC with Rawhide

More affiliation news. The Arizona Diamondbacks have extended their Player Development Contract with the Visalia Rawhide with two years. The new contract will run through the 2020 season. Several MLB players have called Visalia home for a while: Paul Goldschmidt, Max Scherzer, Archie Bradley, Trevor Bauer and Mitch Haniger. From 2013 through 2016, the Rawhide …

Gianfranco Wawoe wins with North All Stars

One of the Dutchies that was selected for a minor-league All-Star Game, Gianfranco Wawoe played with the North Division All-Stars. Gianfranco entered the game as a defensive substitution in the sixth inning. This year's California League All-Star Game was played at Recreation Park, home of the Visalia Rawhide. At the time Gianfranco entered the game in …

Lots of PDC news

Because of my stay at the European Baseball Championship, I have missed quite some moves regarding several extensions of player development contracts. Yesterday, September 11 was the deadline to extend player development contracts, so in the last couple of days there have been a lot of signings at the eleventh hour. Five extensions have been …

70 years of pro ball in Visalia

This year the Visalia Rawhide will celebrate seventy years of professional baseball in the city of Visalia. Visalia is located a bit Southeast of Fresno and Northwest of Sequoia National Park. In fact the team is celebrating that Visalia saw professional baseball for the first time in 1946 because it has not been a 70-year …

Mavericks and Blaze finally on the move?

Yesterday in the article about the history of the California League, I wrote about 2010 plans that optioned a move of the High Desert Mavericks and the Bakersfield Blaze to the Carolina League. Both teams have a difficult time to stay afloat and currently it is hard to move elsewhere as city councils are not …

Dutchies in the Minor League play offs

After an absence of a few days, here is a summary of what happened with the Dutchies in the various play off games of the last days. A Advanced After falling behind 2-1 vs the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, the High Desert Mavericks won game four, forcing a decisive game five. In game four the Mavs …

Origin of Minor League team names: V

Since 2004 I am addicted to Minor League baseball. Not that it is easy to attend a game when you live in the Netherlands, but I love the way those clubs are more focused on families, children and the related entertainment. In 2008 I attended my first Minor League game at Adelanto, CA. The High …

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