Baseball Related Songs: “Tiger Stadium’s Lament” by Russ Franzen

In this episode of Baseball Related Songs, we pay attention to "Tiger Stadium's Lament" performed by singer-songwriter and balladeer Russ Franzen. The nice part about this song is that it is written from the point of view of Tiger Stadium itself. As said in the prologue, Russ Franzen is a singer-songwriter and balladeer from the …

First official Baseball5 World Cups to be played in December

The WBSC (World Baseball and Softball Confederation) announced yesterday that the first official Baseball5 World Cups will be played in Mexico in December of this year. Both the WBSC Baseball5 World and the WBSC Youth Baseball5 World Cup will be played in teams of eight persons with an even number of males and females. The …

Baseball Related Songs: “Laughing River” by Greg Brown

In this episode of Baseball Related Songs, we pay attention to "Laughing River" performed by Greg Brown. The song is about a minor leaguer who hangs up his spikes after a twenty-year career. | Greg Brown is an American folk musician from Iowa. He was born into a musical family so the apple didn't fall …

Pittsburgh Pirates unveil new jerseys

Today, on the first day of their fanfest, the Pittsburgh Pirates presented their 2020 jerseys. Like so many clubs, the Bucs lifted the veil a little bit at Instagram as they showed their alternate black jersey first. https://www.instagram.com/p/B7rrzkdnff5/?utm_source=ig_embed The new black alternate road jersey shows the script the Pirates' jerseys of the nineties were sporting. …

Kinheim and DSS on merger course

According to the website of Baseball and Softball Club Kinheim from Haarlem, an important step towards a merger with DSS has been made. Both DSS' and Kinheim's members decided to work on a merger proposal in the coming months. With the meeting at DSS, there was a unanimous vote, at Kinheim, a vast majority of …

Meulens not hired as Mets manager

Where we wrote earlier today that Hensley Meulens was still in the running for the job of manager of the New York Mets, the Score.com announced that the NL franchise will hire Luis Rojas on a multi-year contract. According to Mets GM Brody van Wagenen, Rojas is very well qualified. "We anticipate him to be …

Meulens still in the running for becoming Mets skipper

After Carlos Beltran decided to step back as manager of the New York Mets because of the Astros' sign stealing scandal, the Mets are looking for a new skipper. According to MLBtraderumors.com, the National League team is narrowing its search in its own ranks with three names remaining. Next to Luis Rojas, Tony DeFrancesco and …

Collecchio, ugly duckling of Serie A1?

The Italian Serie A1 will have several new teams in the upcoming season. Next to Hotsand Macerata Angels, Grizzlies Torino 1948 and Nettuno Baseball City 2, which has played in the IBL before, Collecchio Baseball Club will return in Italy's highest baseball league. Collecchio Baseball Club is relatively young as it was founded in 1973. …

“Moonlight” Graham’s career not as dramatic as portrayed

If there is one player made famous by a novel and/or a movie, it must be Archibald "Moonlight" Graham. The obscure ballplayer played an important part in the novel "Shoeless Joe" and the movie that was made after the novel "Field of Dreams. Graham was made famous for his one game in the 1905 season …

Czech Republic not represented by Eagles Praha in CEB Cup

This year, the Czech Republic will not be represented by the runner up of the Czech championship. Eagles Praha has announced to denounce participation. As a result, multiple Czech champion Draci Brno will take the place of Eagles Praha. According to the Czech baseball website Milujeme baseball, which is Czech for we love baseball, Eagles …

Toronto Blue Jays unveil new alternate uniform

Rather unexpected, the Toronto Blue Jays presented a new uniform on their Fanfest today. An alternate powder blue uni and corresponding cap. The uni is a nod to the powder blue road unis the Blue Jays wore at the end of the seventies and in the eighties.  "Powder blue is hot", the Blue Jays must …

Baseball Related Songs: “Paint it, black” by the Rolling Stones

In today's episode of Baseball Related Songs, we pay attention to "Paint it, black" performed by the British rock formation the Rolling Stones. Even though the song itself isn't about baseball, it is related to our beautiful sport in more than one way. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were credited for the lyrics of the …

CEB announces groups of European Champions Cup

As we already knew which clubs would participate in the European Champions Cup, it was waiting for the grouping. Yesterday the CEB unveiled both groups A and B of the event in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Group A contains of the following clubs: Curaçao Neptunus (Ned) Fortitudo Bologna (Ita) Heidenheim Heideköpfe (Ger) Rouen Huskies (Fra) Group …

Kingdom of the Netherlands rises a spot in World Ranking

The WBSC (World Baseball and Softball Confederation) revealed the new World Rankings today. The Kingdom of the Netherlands rose one spot and overtook Cuba. Compared to the previous world ranking, the Dutch gained 269 points to get on a total of 2690. The Australians, that were on spot in front of the Dutch in the …

WBC Qualifier groups known

According to the Nicaraguan website BeisbolNic, the group of the first WBC Qualifier has been revealed by MLB. The first Qualifier will take place in Tucson Arizona, at the former spring training facility of the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Chicago White Sox from March 12-17. The countries in that first qualifier will be: Brazil France …

Minor League History: Mississippi Valley League

In today's episode of Minor League History, we pay attention to the Mississippi Valley League. This was a class D league that ran from 1922 through 1933. Only in its last year of operation, the league got the B classification. In its first year of operation, the league contained six teams; five from Iowa and …