And the PDC news keeps coming

A couple of surprising moves at A ball level as the Greensboro Grasshoppers shifted to the Pittsburgh Pirates after being affiliated to the Miami Marlins since 2003. Another surprising move is the shifting of the Clinton LumberKings from the Seattle Mariners to the Miami Marlins. After spending sixteen years in the South Atlantic League, the …

Super 6 2018: Italy needs five innings to beat Czech Republic

In a rather ridiculous game, Italy was much too strong for the Czech Republic. Italy has a couple of power hitters on its squad but with the strong wind, almost every Italian player turned into a power hitter. The result was that eleven home runs were hit in this game. Nine by Italy, two by …

Super 6 2018: Belgium bests Germany in slow game

In one of the slowest games of the tournament, Belgium stayed at the right side of the score vs Germany. Germany came close in the final inning of the game but eventually, their offense fell short as Belgium beat the Germans 7-6. Germany took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning on …

Round Rock joins Astros’ organization

As expected, the Houston Astros and the Round Rock Express have signed a new Player Development Contract. The Astros are filling the void the Texas Rangers left as they signed with the Nashville Sounds. With the signing of the PDC comes a new set of logos made by Brandiose. The new logos are a better …

Super 6 2018: Narrow escape for the Dutch

In the game between Italy and team Kingdom of the Netherlands, most runs were scored on home runs. In fact, many Dutch batters swung for the fences with the results that several flied out or popped out. But eventually a single proved to be the game-winner for the Dutch in extra innings as the Dutch …

Super 6 2018: Germany no match for Spain

Even though it wasn't a clubbing like the previous two games, team Germany was no match for team Spain which is stocked with players from Central America. Spain outhit the Germans 14-5 and beat them 9-1. By the time the Germans scored their sole run in the game, in the third inning, they trailed 4-0 …

Super 6 2018: Czech Republic beats Belgium in slugfest

An entertaining game in which a lot happened. The score went back and forth and eventually, the Czech Republic stepped off the field as a victor as it beat Belgium 15-10.  Perhaps pitching wise it wasn't the best game of the tournament as both pitching staffs gave up many runs. But it was a game …

Mariners and AquaSox stick together

The Seattle Mariners has extended its Player Development contract with the Everett AquaSox (A Short Season, Northwest League). The new commitment will run through the 2022 season. You may wonder if these two clubs will ever part as they are linked together for twenty-four years. The current PDC still has to finish as it runs …

Brewers stay with Elmore Sports Group

Yesterday you could read here about the signing of several AAA player development contracts. In that blog post a possibility about the Milwaukee Brewers to stay with their AAA team that will move from Colorado Springs to San Antonio next year. Well, that is what happened. As many experts expected the Texas Rangers would leave …

Super 6 2018: Day one

Since the WBSC Europe pushed back the European Championship to 2019 because it will serve as pre-qualifier for the Olympic Games, the Super 6 tournament was organized. This tournament hosts the six best baseball and softball countries in Europe. The six best baseball countries are Italy, Spain, the Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium and the Kingdom …

Athletics sign two year PDC with Las Vegas

With a new ballpark for the upcoming season, Las Vegas (Summerlin to be exact) became a very attractive location for the Oakland A's to locate their AAA team. Las Vegas is much closer to home than Nashville. Last year it was announced that the New York Mets would leave Las Vegas as they had bought the …

2018 Minor League Champions overview

The minor league season came to an end yesterday as the Bowling Green HotRods beat the Peoria Chiefs in the fourth game of the Midwest League championship series. Here is an overview of the winners of each affiliated minor league. AAA Both in the International League and the Pacific Coast League last year's champions repeated. …

San Antonio Missions: An era comes to an end

With the 3-0 sweep by the Tulsa Drillers in the championship series, a Texas League era in San Antonio comes to an end. An era that began in 1888 and with some hiatuses, the city was a long-lasting member of the Texas League until yesterday. Until yesterday as the AA San Antonio Missions are no …

Rainiers and M’s extend PDC

Slowly all remaining not extended Player Development Contracts are signed. Only a handful of minor league clubs are up for grabs. The latest signing was in the Northwest of the United States as the Seattle Mariners and the Tacoma Rainiers extended their cooperation through the 2022 season. Not a surprise the two clubs stick together. …

Buies Creek Astros say goodbye with Carolina League championship

Due to the hurricane Florence that is heading to the Carolinas, the Carolina League (A Advanced) decided to reduce the five-game championship series to a winner take all championship game. The Buies Creek Astros took on the Potomac Nationals and beat them 2-1 in eleven innings. Yesterday's championship game ended a two-year arrangement that brought …