CEB pushes back European cups

In an official statement, the CEB (European Baseball Confederation announced the various European Cups will be pushed back due to the situation around COVID-19. Originally planned for May 25/26 through May 29/30, the European Champions Cup and the CEB cup will be pushed back to July 14 through 18. Nothing changes regarding the locations. The …

Burlington Bees join Prospect League as well

Yesterday you could read here about the Clinton LumberKings joining the Prospect League. But with the addition of the LumberKings, the league would have an odd number of teams. That problem is solved now by adding the Burlington Bees, also a former Minor League team that did not get an invitation by one of the …

LumberKings go collegiate too

Two days ago, one could read about the Batavia MuckDogs joining the Perfect Game Collegiate League. Today, it was announced that another former minor league club has found a new home after the money grab move by MLB. The Clinton LumberKings announced that it will join the Prospect League, a wood bat collegiate league, for …

Newest Atlantic League member unveils name and logos

Today the newest member of the independent Atlantic League unveiled its name. The city of Gastonia has a history of professional baseball but had a team in the collegiate Coastal Plain League in the past years. But the team did not draw well, partially because of poor management. But today, a new chapter in Gastonia …

Batavia goes collegiate

When the Batavia MuckDogs did not get an invitation by one of the MLB clubs last month, it was another New York-Penn League whose future was not clear. Today, the city announced it will join the Perfect Game Collegiate League. Former pro hockey player in the American Hockey League and International Hockey League, the 56-year-old …

Italian Serie A1 and A2 likely to merge

Since Italian baseball has a problem to come to a twelve-team league, like the FIBS (Italian Baseball and Softball Federation) would like, the FIBS has now made four proposals for a new format of the Italian baseball championship. According to the local newspaper Corriere Romagna, the two most likely plans to be accepted are dealing …

Manny claims to be released due to injury

Earlier today, the Sydney Blue Sox announced to have released twelve-time MLB All-Star and two-time World Series Winner, Manny Ramirez without further disclosure of the reason. Now Ramirez is telling the Sydney Morning Herald that he was released due to an obligue injury and that the ongoing medical issue had nothing to do with drugs. …

Sydney Blue Sox release Manny Ramirez

With a lot of fanfare, the Sydney Blue Sox announced the acquisition of former MLB star Manny Ramirez some time ago. But shortly before the ABL season started, the outfielder got injured and wasn't able to play. Besides his injury, Manny was sidelined due to an undisclosed medical issue. Up till today, he hasn't played …

Baseball Shorts: Emerald Age

In today's episode of "Baseball Shorts," we pay attention to the term Emerald Age. Yours truly wasn't familiar with the term until he bumped into it on a search for the item of today's episode. The true baseball lover may think of the Eugene Emeralds, when hearing the term Emerald Age. The Emeralds are named …

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 …

Andruw Jones joins effort for new Little League Ballpark in Curaçao

Former MLB star Andruw Jones will join an effort by the Curaçao Government and the ARBJ Foundation to build a new Little League Ballpark on the Caribbean Island. Jones, the Curaçao Government and the ARBJ Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU for short) for the construction of this state of the art ballpark. A …

Covid Spoils Start of (Part of) MiLB Season

In a memo sent by MLB to all minor league clubs that are left, it was announced that the start of AA and A Ball will be delayed in 2021 as a result of Covid-19. The memo said that Spring Training for the aforementioned levels cannot start until after MLB and AAA players have left …

Today in Baseball: John McGraw and Charles Comiskey honored by French Baseball Federation

During a world tour in which several European Countries were visited, the French Baseball Federation honors New Giants manager John McGraw and Chicago White Sox owner Charles Comiskey with a medal for their efforts to promote the game of baseball in France. The Chicago White Sox (left) and the New York Giants during their 1924-1925 …

Battle At The Castle calls it quits

Sad news. The organization of the Battle At The Castle (BATC for short) baseball and softball tournament has announced to cease the activities of the highly touted youth baseball tournament after seven editions. For seven years, this tournament was played at the facility of Oosterhout Twins. What started as a U12 tournament, quickly turned out …

Top three blog posts with most hits in 2020

To conclude 2020, the year we likely like to forget as soon as possible, the Dutch Baseball Hangout will sum up the top three of most popular blogposts in 2020. The funny thing is that the top article wasn't even written in 2020 but in the year before. 3. Manny has offered himself, still negotiating …