Transitions of bottom four hoofdklasse clubs

After pointing out the transitions of the top four teams, this article will describe which players came and went to and from the teams that ended the regular hoofdklasse season in the bottom four. DSS Finishing in fifth place, missing the playoffs by a nose hair, DSS had to play to prevent relegation. The club …

Lots of changes for L&D Amsterdam Pirates

At the end of the transition period, it becomes clear that L&D Amsterdam Pirates has lost quite some players that left a mark on the team. Of course the club acquired plenty of players to fill those gaps. The biggest surprise of them all is the fact that Nick Urbanus, son of manager Charles Urbanus …

Quiet transition period for Neptunus

Reigning European and Dutch champion Curaçao Neptunus did not make a lot of moves during this year's transition period. Even though the club saw four players leave, the club added only two players from outside the club to its roster.  According to manager Ronald Jaarsma, it was hard to give three of his younger players …

Quite some changes for De Glaskoning Twins

This year the transaction period was extended with two weeks. In the past years, the period ended on November 1. This year the clubs had time until November 15. De Glaskoning Twins saw several players leave and several players join the club. Starting with the biggest blow, Misja Harcksen decided to return to Neptunus. Harcksen …

HCAW loses several key players, add six

Dutch hoofdklasse club HCAW from Bussum announced which players have left the club and which ones will join the club for the 2019 season. Three players hung up their spikes, five moved elsewhere and the team got six new players in return. The three players that decided to call it quits are Vince Rooi, Bryce …

Dutch success on Opening Day of 2018/2019 ABL season

Only two games were scheduled today. But in those two games, there was plenty of success for the teams with Dutch players on their roster. The Brisbane Bandits won a close one vs the Adelaide Bite (5-3) and the Sydney Blue Sox won vs the debuting Geelong-Korea team (8-1). The Bandits took a 2-0 lead …

RiverCats present new alternate cap to celebrate 20th season

Founded in 2000, the Sacramento RiverCats will exist 20 years in 2019. To celebrate this milestone, the club has presented a new alternate cap with a logo that dates back to the original logo of 2000. The new hat has an element of the original 2000 logo. That logo showed a RiverCat stepping over a …

Several players from Dutch hoofdklasse in 2018/2019 ABL

Today all ABL clubs presented their opening day roster. Three clubs have players from the 2018 Dutch hoofdklasse on their roster: Sydney Blue Sox, Brisbane Bandits and Perth Heat. Let's start with the Brisbane Bandits. The team from Brisbane has acquired Dutch reliever Loek van Mil. Van Mil who has been pretty dominant in the …

More minor league name/logo changes to come

With the presentation of Amarillo's team name, the Sod Poodles, the tsunami of new team names/logos for the 2019 season is far from over yet. At least three are about to come. Two teams are about to change their name and one is about to change its logos. The two teams that will change their names …

San Diego AA affiliate named Amarillo Sod Poodles

The AA Texas League franchise of the San Diego Padres presented its new name and logos, today. After a long search during a name-the-team contest, five names were picked. Of those five names, Sod Poodles prevailed.  Sod Poodle is a name for a prairie dog. The name was used by the pioneers that moved west …

Baseball related songs: “Negro League Baseball” by Jean Grae ft. Natural Resource

In this episode of Baseball Related Songs, we pay attention to Negro League Baseball performed by Jean Grae and Natural Resource, a rap group from the nineties that recorded only a handful of singles. The song "Negro League Baseball" was released in 1996 on the Ekapa RPM Label -owned by Jean Grae’s father, famous South African …

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers unveil new logos and caps

Through their website and Facebook, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers unveiled new logos a new set of caps. It is not a major overhaul but merely a refinement. With the new logos, there comes a new home cap, a new road cap, a new BP cap and an alternate cap. The video in the added tweet …

Harper turns down $300MM deal. Really?

Yesterday it was announced that Free Agent outfielder Bryce Harper has turned down a $300 million offer by the Washington Nationals. One can only wonder why someone turns down a record-setting offer (at least for the Nats that is).  Perhaps it was the lack of an opt-out clause. Perhaps Harper simply doesn't want to play …

Roger Bernadina has to look for new club

The Kia Tigers announced they will not extend the contract of Curaçaoan outfielder Roger Bernadina. The main reason is the fact that the numbers he produced in 2018 were not as good as in 2017. After spending the 2016 season with the Las Vegas 51s (then a Mets farm team), Bernadina opted to sign with …

A lot of throwback unis next year in Cincinnati

Uniform lovers will enjoy the 2019 season as the Cincinnati Reds will sport fifteen different throwback uniforms next year. The reason? The club will celebrate its 150th anniversary or a sesquicentennial.  Next to the uniforms, the club has unveiled a commemorative logo. In 1869, the (then) Cincinnati Red Stockings became the very first professional baseball …

New Marlins team colors unveiled bit by bit.

Recently you could read here about a possible change of colors by the Miami Marlins. Bit by bit the club is unveiling pictures in the very same colors that you could see in the previous article. Thanks to these teasers it becomes more clear the new colors of the club will be black, baby blue and …

Fayetteville A-Advanced team unveils its colours

The A-Advanced team of the Houston Astros that was moved from Bakersfield in California two years ago and then temporarily operated as the Buies Creek Astros in the Carolina League in the past two years, has presented its new look. The team will now be known as the Fayetteville Woodpeckers. During a name-the-team contest, about …

Minor League history: Kentucky-Illinois-Tennessee League (1946-1955)

In today's chapter of Minor League history we pay attention to the sixth and final run of the KITTY League. The game returned after WWII but like many minor leagues it did not survive the advance of television and folded in 1955. Just like the previous editions, the 1946-1955 KITTY League was a Class D …