Baseball related songs: “Glory Days” by Bruce Springsteen

In this episode, we pay attention to "Glory Days" sung by Bruce Springsteen. The song comes from the 1984 album "Born in the USA" and is about men who try to recapture youth again. Even though "Glory Days" was recorded in 1982, the song appeared two years later on the Boss' album "Born in the …

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Rockies and Yard Goats extend PDC

The Colorado Rockies and the Hartford Yard Goats (AA Eastern League) have extended their Player Development Contract through the 2020 season. Both franchises have been cooperating since 2015. Of course, representatives of both clubs exchanged pleasantries. “We are delighted to extend our affiliation with the Colorado Rockies,” Yard Goats President Tim Restall said. “The Yard …

Tampa Yankees go throwback

The Tampa Yankees are no more. Today the club announced a name change.With this name change, the club, owned by the parent club in New York attempts to celebrate the city's long baseball history. From 1957 -1987 Tampa fielded a Florida State League team with the name Tarpons. General manager Vance Smith stated the club …

Kevin Kelly a signature away from joining A.S.D. Rimini Pirates

Just like a few other clubs from the Italian Baseball League, A.S.D. Rimini Pirates will acquire a player from the Dutch hoofdklasse. Will... because the contract hasn't been signed yet. If everything goes according to plan, Kevin Kelly will sign tomorrow to join Rimini for the 2018 season. Kelly won't be the first player from …

It is not dreaming anymore, the Yanks will have a new Murderers’ Row

In the previous blog post, I was dreaming about a possible addition of Giancarlo Stanton to the lineup of the New York Yankees. Well, according to MLB.com, the Yankees have reached an agreement with the Marlins about getting Stanton. It is clear the Yankees will get Giancarlo Stanton. Who they have to give up is …

Dreaming of a modern era Murderers’ Row

The internet is swirling with rumors about the Yankees being close to a trade for Giancarlo Stanton. Several baseball journalists on Twitter have said it is almost a done deal. Think about the lineup the Yankees would have. You can wonder if Stanton is what the Yankees need. Nope. They don't need him at all. …

Surprise, surprise. Angels land Ohtani

As many "experts" expected he would sign with a big name West Coast team like the Giants or the Dodgers, Shohei Ohtani has decided to sign with the Los Angeles Angels. And with that many big name teams are missing out. Many clubs courted the two-way Japanese star. Those who could afford him were sent a …

Baseball related songs: “Subway” by Jim Nuzzo

In today's episode of Baseball related songs, we pay attention to Subway by Jim Nuzzo. To many Dutch baseball fans (including myself) this will be an unknown song. The song is about the New York Subway Series, a name for the World Series between New York teams, which happened a lot during the golden age of …

Gwinnett Braves turn into Gwinnett Stripers

Finally. After a long wait, the Gwinnett Braves (Atlanta Braves AAA affiliate in the International League) unveiled their new identity today. In an attempt to boost their attendance the club changed its name to Gwinnett Stripers. Remarkably as the name wasn't one of the six names that were on the final six in the name-the-team contest. …

Augusta GreenJackets unveil new logo

The Augusta GreenJackets, single-A farm team of the San Francisco Giants in the South Atlantic League, will move into a new ballpark next year. The club wanted a new logo to reflect the new ballpark. Even though the previous logos were nice, the new ones are a major upgrade over the old ones. This new …

T&A San Marino signs Belgian slugger

Mister-baseball and the Mannheimer Morgen wrote about this already but in both cases, there was very little information. But now the move has been confirmed by the website of T&A San Marino and baseball.it. T&A San Marino has signed Thomas de Wolf from Belgium. The 27-year old player from Wilrijk in Belgium played in Germany …

HV Renegades change look again

Next season the Hudson Valley Renegades (A short-season affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays) will celebrate its 25th anniversary. For the occasion, the team has changed its look once more. The biggest change can be found in the caps. The home/road cap has a similar look as the previous one but still, there is a …

Baseball related songs: Catfish by Bob Dylan

Today we pay attention to a relatively unknown song by Bob Dylan, who is mainly known for his protest songs. The song "Catfish" was written by him and Jacques Levy. It is about former Kansas City and Oakland Athletics and New York Yankees great Jim "Catfish" Hunter. This wasn't the first time Dylan wrote about …

Baseball related songs: Sweet Caroline

In Baseball related songs, we pay attention to perhaps the greatest hit for Neil Diamond: Sweet Caroline. The song was released in 1969.  The explanation of how Neil Diamond got the inspiration for this song is rather contradictory as you will learn later in this blog post. The song reached the fourth spot in the …

Yankees opt for puppet as new manager

After weeks of interviews and speculation by the press and the fans, the New York Yankees have chosen their new manager. Instead of a manager with experience, the team opted for unexperienced Aaron Boone, the guy that helped the Yankees beat the Red Sox in the 2003 ALCS with a walk-off home run. The search …

Durham Bulls remain Rays AAA affiliate

Yesterday the Durham Bulls and the Tampa Bay Rays announced they have extended their Player Development Contact with two more years through the 2020 season.  The current contract is still running and will end after the 2018 season. The 2018 season will be the 21st of the cooperation between the two teams. The Bulls don't know …

Baseball related songs: “Go Cubs Go” by Steve Goodman

  In the third episode of Baseball related songs, we pay attention to the victory song of the Chicago Cubs: Go Cubs Go. Every time the Cubs win, they fly the W flag and play this song.  The life of the songwriter Steve Goodman, related to this song is rather tragic. The song was written prior …

Asia Winter Baseball League 2017: WBSC keeps CPBL in check for second win

After a 10-5 loss vs the NPB East delegation, the WBSC took on the CPBL today. For five innings the WBSC kept the Taiwanese in check as they allowed three runs on six hits. Final score 5-3. Pitcher Joshua Kimborowicz kept the Taiwanese limited to two hits and struck out five in six innings of work. The …