Mets gamble on big crowds with spring training

Yesterday the New York Mets announced the names of their spring training invitees. To be honest, I didn't know most of them but the one person I know doesn't deserve this invitation at all. It is clear that the Mets want to draw big crowds at St. Lucie with Tim Tebow on their Grapefruit League …

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Loek van Mil bounces back from two poor outings

After two previous two games in which he gave up five runs (four earned) and in which his ERA skyrocketed, Loek van Mil bounced back today with a decent outing. In a no-save situation, Loek kept the Melbourne Aces from scoring. In a game that was a lot closer than the final score made it …

Detroit extends PDC with Connecticut

Today the Detroit Tigers and their A Short Season affiliate the Connecticut Tigers announced the extension of their Player Development Contract through the 2020 season. The current contract was about to expire after the 2018 season. The two clubs are affiliated since 2010 when the Oneonta Tigers moved to Norwich CT and filled the void …

Jan Tomek joins Munich-Haar Disciples for 2018

German First Bundesliga club Munich-Haar Disciples announced today they have signed Czech national team player Jan Tomek for the 2018 season. Last year, Tomek joined Curaçao Neptunus to pitch for the farm team, but due to many injuries, Tomek pitched the biggest chunk of the season for the flagship team. A few weeks ago, a …

Minor League history: Kentucky-Illinois-Tennessee League (1922-1924 and 1937-1942)

In this episode of Minor League history we pay attention to the fourth and fifth run of the Kentucky-Illinois-Tennessee League (KITTY League). After the previous edition folded in 1916, President Dr. Frank H. Bassett made another attempt to revive the league in 1922.  In 1922 and 1923 the league contained eight teams but in the …

Baseball related songs: “We didn’t start the fire” by Billy Joel

In this episode of Baseball related songs, we pay attention to "We didn't start the fire" performed by Billy Joel. This song describes the cause of history from 1949 until the late eighties. You may wonder why the song starts in 1949. Well, that's quite simple. It is Billy Joel's year of birth. Next to …

Ballparks around the world: Armin-Wolf-Arena, Regensburg

In this episode of Ballparks around the world, we pay attention to the home of the Regensburg Legionäre (with 700 members, the biggest baseball club in Germany), the Armin-Wolf-Arena. The ballpark was constructed from September 1997 through July 1998. On September 8, 1996, the members of the Bavarian Baseball Federation held a special meeting in …

Randolph Oduber and Dashenko Ricardo return to Lincoln SaltDogs

The Lincoln SaltDogs announced the other day, they have re-signed Curaçaoan catcher Dashenko Ricardo for a second season. Also, Randolph Oduber from Aruba will call Lincoln home for the 2018 season. Both players were teammates last season already and even in the Dutch hoofdklasse they played together on the squad of Curaçao Neptunus, the eighteen-time Dutch champion, …

Kingdom of the Netherlands gains a spot in world ranking

Today, the World Baseball and Softball Confederation presented the new world rankings baseball. In this ranking, the Dutch moved one place up, from the ninth to the eighth thanks to several good performances of several national teams. The other European top team, Italy, lost two places and dropped to the twelfth spot in the rankings, …

Ballparks around the World: Montpellier Recreation Field

In this episode of Ballparks around the World, we pay attention to one of those little gems you hardly can find nowadays. Montpellier in the state of Vermont is home to such a little gem: Recreation Field. Constructed in 1940 and currently the home of the Montpellier Mountaineers of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. …

Scout who discovered several Dutchies passes away

    Most European baseball fans may not know him, but the person who scouted several European players for the Mariners has passed away. Wayne Norton scouted Italy's own Alex Liddi and Dutchies like Greg Halman, Kalian Sams and Tom de Blok. Norton died as the result of ALS. Wayne Norton was a career minor …

What’s a bigger accomplishment: A 56 game hitting streak or a .406 batting average?

Ever since Ted Williams hit .406 and Joe DiMaggio set a 56 game hitting streak, fans discuss what is the biggest accomplishment. Is it the .406 BA of the Splendid Splinter or is it the 56 game hitting streak of Joltin' Joe? Here is my take on it. In that magical season of 1941, both …

Red Sox extend PDC with two affiliates

The Boston Red Sox have extended the Player Development Contracts with two of their minor league teams. For both the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Lowell Spinners the club extended the contract through the 2020 season. With the extension of the PDC with the PawSox, the Red Sox continue one of the longest lasting cooperations between …

Baseball related music: “Talkin’ baseball” by Terry Cashman

In today's edition of Baseball related music, we pay attention to "Talkin' baseball, sung by Terry Cashman. The song is describing the history of baseball from the 1950s to the beginning of the 80s. The song was released in 1981, the year the regular MLB season was shortened by a player strike. The song was …

Minor League History: Kentucky-Illinois-Tennessee League (1903-1906 and 1910-1916)

In today's edition of Minor League History, we pay attention to the Kentucky-Illinois-Tennessee League or KITTY League. The KITTY League had various runs. The first edition ran from 1903 through 1906, the second one from 1910 through 1914, the third edition lasted only one season (1916), edition four lasted three seasons from (1922-1924), the fifth …

Cubs sued for lack of wheelchair room

A wheelchair-using Cubs fan has sued the Chicago Cubs for the lack of enough wheelchair space at Wrigley Field. According to David F. Cerda, the Wrigley Field renovations have eliminated or excluded some disabled accessible spaces at the Friedly Confines, thus violating federal law. Cerda, who is using a wheelchair since he was ten years old, …

Baseball related songs: “Tessie” by the Dropkick Murphys

In this episode of baseball-related songs, we pay attention to Tessie performed by the Dropkick Murphys. Many European baseball fans may not have  heard of the group. The music genre the group is making is called Celtic Punk so it is a bit noisy at times. In 1902 another song named Tessie was performed in …