Mariano Rivera writes HOF history

Many expected it but it never was sure. Would former Yankees' closer Mariano Rivera make the 2019 Hall of Fame class unanimously? Tonight the long wait was over. Mo was introduced as the fourth player in the 2019 class, the first ever to appear on all sent in ballots. It remained a question if he …

WBSC appoints Olympic Qualifier to Italy

The World Baseball and Softball Confederation announced today it has appointed the  European Olympic Qualifier to Bologna and Parma in Italy. Where in the recent past, Spain was mentioned as a possible candidate, the WBSC went into a different direction. As mentioned in the prologue, Spain was a possible candidate but at some point the …

ABL: Semifinals set

Today was the last day of the regular competition in the ABL. Only two games were played. The Perth Heat fell to the Canberra Cavalry 4-5 and the Brisbane Bandits beat Geelong-Korea 4-3. With these results, the following playoff schedule will be effective: The Canberra Cavalry will face the Melbourne Aces in the wild-card game …

ABL: Auckland clinches historic win, another outing for Loek van Mil

The Auckland Tuatara managed to clinch a historic win today as they beat the Melbourne Aces 8-4 in game two of a doubleheader. With this win, the Tuatara managed to win its first series of their inaugural season. Even in the series vs Geelong-Korea, Auckland did not manage to clinch a win as the series …

Loek van Mil back on the mound

After a bit more than a month (after he hit a rock with his head during a hiking accident), Loek van Mil made his appearance on the mound for the Brisbane Bandits in Thursday's 21-5 win over Geelong-Korea.  In the slugfest, Brisbane collected eighteen hits of which three were doubles and nine (9!) were home …

Tennessee Smokies offer small consolation to those affected by government shutdown

Those who are affected by the shutdown of the government will receive Opening Day tickets by the Tennessee Smokies.  The club announced this today. Opening Night for the Smokies (AA, Southern League, Chicago Cubs) is scheduled for April 4 when they will host the Mississippi Braves. If somebody has been affected by the current Government …

The Dutch Baseball Hangout interviews Benjamin Hill

Say the name Benjamin Hill in a Minor League ballpark and everybody knows who you are talking about. Benjamin Hill is my big example when it comes to blogging. Ben is working for MiLB for a long time so he is inextricably linked to that part of the baseball landscape. Luckily Ben was so nice to …

Nashville makes pitch for MLB team

With MLB commissioner Rob Manfred being positive about an eventual expansion of the number of MLB clubs from 30 to 32, businessman John Loar is leading an attempt to bring MLB to the country and western capital. To explore the possibility of an MLB team in Nashville, Loar has formed Music City Equity Group to …

National Hat Day. My 10 favorite MLB/MiLB hats

Today it is National Hat Day in the USA (who comes up with days like this anyway?). Here is a list with my 10 favorite MLB/MiLB hats. 10. Ogden Raptors Many don't like this cap but I think this is a great one. This cap is way better than the previous home cap the Raptors …

Minor League history: Michigan State League

Through the decades, there have been seven leagues that adopted the name Michigan State League. The first one ran two seasons from 1889 through 1890. The second run was during the 1895 season. In 1897 the third edition lasted only one season. The 1902 run was the fourth one. From 1902, it lasted nine years …

ABL: Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra, and Perth clinch playoff berth

In close playoff spot races, it will not come down to the final weekend as all four playoff spots were clinched this weekend by the Blue Sox, the Bandits, the Aces, the Cavalry, and the Heat. After the Blue Sox lost the first game against the Auckland Tuatara 6-0, the club bounced back with close …

Future Wichita AAA ball club writes out name-the-team contest

With the New Orleans BabyCakes moving to Wichita in 2020, the future ball club needs a new name. As a result, the future AAA club has organized a name-the-team contest. The time to enter a name of your choice is rather short as the contest only runs through January 21st. According to the Wichita Eagle, …

MLB complex on Curaçao not dead yet

Some time ago you could read here that the MLB complex that was planned on the Isle of Curaçao wasn't going to be built. But now a local newspaper, het Antilliaans Dagblad, comes with a completely different story.  Back in 2015, the minister of Economic Affairs, Stanley Palm was euphoric about the project. Now, his …

ABL: Sydney down to earth after sweep by Canberra

Last week things really seemed to go the Blue Sox way as they had taken a 4.5 game lead over the Brisbane Bandits in the standings. But after this weekend's sweep by the Canberra Cavalry, things have become much more interesting again. In the first game between the two teams, Alessandro Maestri, who was mostly …

Minor League history: Mandak League

The Mandak League (Man-Dak League) or Manitoba Dakota League was a refuge for former Negro League players that got too old to be picked up by MLB clubs. The league's teams were located in the Canadian province of Manitoba and the US state of North Dakota. The Mandak League was founded in 1950 as a …

Mike Bolsenbroek leaves Regensburg, Jan Tomek fills the void

According to the website of the Regensburg Legionäre, their ace Mike Bolsenbroek turns his back on the club to join the three-time German champion, Heidenheim Heideköpfe. According to head coach Tomas Bison the Legionäre have tried everything to change his mind but the offered contract wasn't financially attractive to continue his stay with Regensburg.  "It …

2019 final season of Globe Life Park in Arlington

With a special logo, the Texas Rangers herald the final season of Globe Life Park in Arlington, the ballpark that was their home since 1994. According to Ballparkbiz.wordpress.com, the logo show on the picture below is slightly different than the logo the Rangers wear on their uniform. The actual logo mentions the name Globe Life …