Origin of Minor League Team names, a Reprise: F

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: F Fayetteville …

Despite Opening Day set, Italian Baseball Season still questionable

Parmaclima appears to have a hard time to put together a team in time for the 2020 season. In fact, Parma has made clear that it rather steps back this year and organizes some local tournaments. But Parma isn't the only team that has threatened not to play this season. A few weeks ago, the …

Origin of Minor League Team names, a Reprise: E

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.  Even though there are no additions …

Switzerland is next to start the competition

After the Czech Republic started its competition last week and Finland and Lithuania announced to start their competition soon as well, the Swiss are the next to announce the start of their baseball season. After months of limitations, the word everyone was waiting for came on May 29 in a video conference. The Swiss Olympic …

KNBSB guarantees 2021 ECC spot to L&D Amsterdam Pirates and Curaçao Neptunus

Last month, when the CEB announced that the European Champions Cup was canceled due to the coronavirus, the KNBSB (Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation) made clear that both Dutch champion L&D Amsterdam Pirates and runner up Curaçao Neptunus would be guaranteed a spot in the 2021 ECC. This can be read on the website …

Rick van den Hurk’s take on Minor League Baseball

Most of you will know by now that I would regret the contraction of 42 minor league teams by Major League Baseball, especially for the (IMO) made-up reasons. So I thought "What's better to have a former minor leaguer have his say about the minors to (perhaps) cast some new light on the issue?" And …

MLB owners cause a bloodbath

Several news outlets announced that MLB owners are releasing minor leaguers en masse. Normally it happens that minor leaguers are released during the season, partially because they don't live up to the expectations, partially to make room for new players. But this is nothing more than a cost-cutting move. Recently the owners were in a …

Dutch Professor: “Playing baseball should be possible again”

In the past few weeks, you could read plenty of articles about baseball and the coronavirus, especially about the virus and not being able to play baseball. For now, it looks like the Dutch can only start their "season" after September 1st. But a comment by a medical professor sheds new light on the situation …

Today in Baseball: Giants explain promotion of Willie Mays in almost apologetical ad

Today, 69 years ago, the New York Giants placed a large ad in the Minnesota Sunday Times that was almost apologetical to the Minneapolis Millers fans. In the ad, the Giants explain why they promoted Willie Mays to the New York Giants.  At the time of his promotion, Mays was the best player on the …

KNBSB is lobbying hard for early start of season

With the current rules set by the Dutch government, the Dutch baseball season will not start before September 1st due to the coronavirus. But the Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation (KNBSB) is lobbying to move the starting date forward. Through the Dutch Olympic Committee/Dutch Sporting Federation, the KNBSB is trying to convince the Dutch …

Japanese season will take off on June 19

NPB commissioner Atsushi Saito announced in an online press conference that the NPB will start the 2020 season on June 19. The season will be reduced to 120 games. The teams will play no interleague games and will face each league opponent 24 times. This year, no All-Star Game will be played. Practice games will …

Today in Baseball: Babe Ruth hits final Home run of his Career

Today, Babe Ruth hit a mammoth home run that clears the roof of Forbes Field. It would be the Great Bambino's final (714th) home run of his career, only to be broken by Hank Aaron 39 years later. During the game vs the Pittsburgh Pirates, Ruth hit three dingers and a single. Nevertheless, the Boston …

After three days of rainouts in Taiwan, there are finally two games going on

In the last three days, the CPBL has been hit by rainouts. But today two game could continue. The league-leading Rakuten Monkeys host the doormat of the league Uni Lions. Currently, the Monkeys are having an improbable winning percentage of .727 and have a 5.5 game lead over the second-place CTBC Brothers. The Uni Lions …

Nicaragua suspends baseball season

So far, the Nicaraguan LBPN (Liga Nicaragüense de Beisbol Profesional) was one of the few baseball leagues in the world that played despite the coronavirus. But since yesterday, the league has put the season on hold. During the season, players were afraid to get contaminated. Eventually, one of the coaches of the league, Carlos Aranda …

Combined no-hitter in Czech Extraliga

Today, history was written in the Czech Extraliga. Four pitchers threw a combined no-hitter, the second combined no-hitter in the history of the Extraliga and the ninth overall. Honza Novak started on the mound for Kotlarka Praha in the local Prague derby against Tempo Praha. Novak lasted seven innings, struck out twelve and walked two. …