Minor League history: Michigan Ontario League

The Michigan Ontario League was a Class B league that started in 1919 and lasted for six and a part of a seventh season. The end of the league came halfway 1926 when it merged with the Central League to form the Michigan State League. The Michigan Ontario League or Mint League (MIchigan-oNTario) as it …

Today in baseball: 1970, Curt Flood files lawsuit vs MLB

Today in 1970, Gold Glove outfielder Curt Flood, after refusing to report at Spring Training of the Philadelphia Phillies after he was traded by the St. Louis Cardinals, filed a lawsuit against MLB's commissioner Bowie Kuhn and all 24 MLB teams. Flood's case even made it to the U.S. Supreme Court. Three-time All-Star, seven-time Gold …

2019 will be Sabathia’s last season

Today, New York Yankees' starting pitcher C.C. Sabathia announced his retirement after the 2019 season. The tall lefthander will have spent a total of nineteen seasons in the Major Leagues then. During a press conference in Tampa, during the Yankees' Spring Training, Sabathia told the attendants he will hang up his spikes after the 2019 …

Baseball related songs: “1976” by The Baseball Project

In this episode of Baseball related songs a second song of the Baseball Project, "1976." In one of the previous posts about Baseball related songs, we paid attention to "Satchel Paige said".  The Baseball Project was former in 2007 by Peter Buck, Mike Mills (both R.E.M.), Scott McCaughey (The Young Fresh Fellows and The Minus 5), Steve Wynn …

MLB teams sport 150-anniversary logo

This year, MLB will celebrate the 150th anniversary of professional baseball. In 1869, the Cincinnati Reds were baseball's first fully paid team. All 30 MLB teams will wear the special patch on the right sleeve of their jerseys all season long. Next to the patch on the right sleeve, all 30 clubs will wear a …

Posada joins Marlins’ front office

With a partial owner and a manager with a Yankee past already, the third former Yankee will join the Miami Marlins. Even though it is not official yet, former Yankee catcher Jorge Posada is spotted at the Marlins' Spring Training camp already. According to sources, Posada will join the Marlins as a special advisor to …

Jakob Syrén signs with Solingen

About two weeks ago you could read an article about Jakob Syrén, who was looking for a new club. Thanks to that blog post quite some clubs contacted him. As a result, he has signed a contract with one of the premier German clubs.  After the aforementioned blog post, the Swedish reliever was approached by …

Today in 1920, the spitball was banned

99 years ago, Major League Baseball officially banned the spitball. Only 17 pitchers that depended on the pitch for their livelihood were allowed to use it for the remainder of their career until they retired. The seventeen pitchers that were allowed to use the spitter were Red Faber, Burleigh Grimes, Jack Quinn, Urban Shocker, Stan Coveleskie, Bill Doak, Ray Caldwell, Clarence Mitchell, Dutch …

Padres and Chihuahuas extend PDC

The San Diego Padres and the El Paso Chihuahuas have extended their Player Development Contract through the 2022 season. This new extension adds two years to a still running contract that expires after the 2020 season. In a press release that announced the appointment of Edwin Rodriguez as the Chihuahuas new manager, the new PDC …

Didi wins Thurman Munson Award

Together with Yankees' manager Aaron Boone and third baseman Miguel Andujar, Amsterdam born Didi Gregorius was honored with the Thurman Munson Award. This award is given to professional and Olympic athletes in recognition of their athletic achievements and their contributions to the community. The Thurman Munson Award event raised money to benefit the AHRC New …

Another rebranding ahead in MiLB

After the Missoula Osprey announced they will rebrand for the 2020 season, another club has announced to change its identity in 2020 due to a new stadium the club will move in. The Kannapolis Intimidators will change their name and as a result, their logo as well. Today the team called fans to submit new …

Two Europeans chosen in ABL team of the year

Players of the Australian Baseball League have voted for the ABL team of the year. This year two players from Europe have been chosen: German native Markus Solbach and Dutch Dwayne Kemp. Solbach, voted as best starting pitcher, played for the Adelaide Bite, posted a 5-3 record and the second lowest ERA in the ABL …

Japanese pitchers defy laws of nature

On the first day of Spring Training in Japan, several Japanese relief pitchers defied the laws of nature as they threw ridiculously long bullpen sessions.  Relief pitcher Yuma Ohshita of the Yakult Swallows threw a bullpen session of 106 pitches. He almost repeated that feat on the second day as he threw a hundred pitches. …

ABL: Brisbane Bandits fourpeats

With an easy victory over the Perth Heat (9-4), the Brisbane Bandits have clinched their fourth consecutive ABL championship. The victory never was endangered as the Bandits took an early 8-0 lead before the Heat could do something back. Perth hit four home runs but as they were all solo shots it did not have …

Railriders celebrating 30 years of Minor League baseball in SWB area

The upcoming season will one to be remembered in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. At least according to the SWB Railriders. Even though the club isn't around that long yet, it will celebrate the existence of Minor League Baseball in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area. Personally, I think it is taking credit for what other wizards have done but on the …

ABL: Van Mil and Bandits one win away from fourth consecutive championship

The Brisbane Bandits made an important step towards their fourth consecutive championship as they beat the Perth Heat 3-2 in Perth. Both teams collected seven hits but Brisbane appeared to be a bit more effective. In the second inning of the game, the Brisbane Bandits took a 2-0 lead thanks to two doubles and a …