Why Daytona should not be contracted

Recently MLB unfolded new plans to contract 42 minor league teams. The made-up reason by MLB is that many MiLB facilities do not live up to today's standards. One of those teams is the Daytona Tortugas, the A-Advanced affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. This is a plea why Daytona should NOT be contracted. First of …

New threads for Milwaukee Brewers

Recently the new logo of the Milwaukee Brewers was leaked. Last night the National League club presented its new logo and new uniforms. As one news outlet stated: Brewers head to the future by going back to the past. Next to the main logo, four alternate logos were presented. The main logo will be slightly …

Analytics is killing Minor League Baseball

Recently, MLB presented plans to contract forty-two teams in the minor leagues. The intention is to realign several leagues and to keep one hundred and eighteen teams. Two new markets should be added: St. Paul and Sugarland, markets that are currently operating in independent leagues. The initiator of this plan is the Houston Astros. The …

Hoofdklasse transition period a traditional mad race

After separate blog posts about the acquisitions and players that left L&D Amsterdam Pirates, Curaçao Neptunus, Oosterhout Twins, and HCAW, here is an overview of the other four clubs in the hoofdklasse. Perhaps the team that had to deal with some huge blows is Silicon Storks. The club lost seven players but got only two …

A lot of transfers for L&D Amsterdam Pirates

Once again, L&D Amsterdam saw several players go and added a lot of new players to its roster. Three of those players come from their farm team and one was playing for them last year more or less. Of the players that turned their back on the club, the name of Kevin Heijstek is the …

Not many roster moves for Neptunus

Runner up in the Holland Series, Curaçao Neptunus has made a few roster moves. The club from Rotterdam saw four players leave the club and added as many to their 2020 roster. The first player that will turn his back on the club is Jochem Koedijk, who returns to his hometown Haarlem. He will join …

Not many changes for Oosterhout Twins

Oosterhout Twins that didn't make it to the playoffs last season, has added several new players to its roster. The club has added two players from Curaçao Neptunus, one from DSS, one from HCAW and one from Quick Amersfoort. The club saw four players leave: one to Curaçao Neptunus, one to HCAW and two to …

Marlins new AAA team announces name, unveils logos

The AAA affiliate of the Miami Marlins, that played as the New Orleans BabyCakes in the past few years, will move to Wichita, KS next season. As a team needs a name, the "new" club announced its new name yesterday: The Wichita Wind Surge. The name Wind Surge can be traced back to Wichita calling …

2019 Premier 12: USA clinches surprising win vs Japan

Throughout the tournament, the USA had a 2-2 record; two wins and a los in the opening round and a loss in the Super round. Today the Americans faced Samurai Japan that had a 4-0 record so far. But today, the USA, that fields a team with minor leaguers of several levels, took an early …

Ballparks around the World: League Stadium

It has been a while but in this episode of Ballparks around the World we pay attention to League Stadium in Huntingburg, Indiana. Just like Bosse Field in neighboring Evansville, League Stadium served as a backdrop for A League Of Their Own. The original grounds were opened in 1894 and served as a fairground as …

San Diego Padres: Brown is back

Last night, the San Diego Padres unveiled their new uniforms. With a promotional campaign #BrownIsBack the team prepared its fans for the upcoming change. The change was so much anticipated that tickets for the promotional show were sold. With the presentation of the club's new manager, a few days ago, the new cap was shown …

Baseball related songs: “Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z

In this episode of baseball-related songs, we pay attention to "Empire State of Mind" performed by Jay-Z. In this song, Alicia Keys is featured as she does the singing of the chorus. Empire State of Mind was released on October 20, 2009, about a week before the World Series that was played by the New …

Mike Bolsenbroek to join Brisbane Bandits

According to mister-baseball.com, Dutch pitcher Mike Bolsenbroek will join the Brisbane Bandits of the Australian Baseball League for the 2019/2020 season. The 32-year old Bolsenbroek joined the Regensburg Legionäre in 2008 and except for the two years he spent in the US with the organization of the Philadelphia Phillies, he played with the Legionäre ever since. …

Today in baseball: Girls allowed to play Little League

Today, 46 years ago, a decision by a hearing examiner for the New Jersey Civil Rights Division, will allow girls to play in Little League Baseball from now on. In 1972, Little League Baseball had ruled that a 12-year old girl, named Maria Pepe, was not allowed to play in Little League Baseball, a boys …

WBSC, a chromium-plated package of scrap

Recently you could read my opinion about the World Baseball and Softball Confederation. The global governing body for baseball and softball is nothing more than a Riccardo Fraccari show. This year's Premier 12 shows this even more. The governing body that is boasting it is promoting baseball does more harm than it does good. Why …

2019 Premier 12: Dutch go 0-3, eliminated

Last night, the Kingdom of the Netherlands faced Mexico in its final game of the tournament. As Mexico beat the USA on Sunday, the Dutch were eliminated already. Vs Mexico, the Dutch didn't fare much better as they lost 10-2. Manager Hensley Meulens started Tom Stuifbergen, who normally is a reliever. As Stuifbergen announced he …