Fans seem not to be important for MLB anymore

Since a month or so, MLB is under attack due to the way it handles the Astros sign-stealing scandal. But the way it is treating fans may even lead more to a declining interest in Major League Baseball. What's the case? Well, first of all the Oakland Athletics have canceled their on air radio station. …

Today in Baseball: Ebbets Field demolition starts

On this day, sixty years ago, a wrecking ball, adorned as a baseball, will start the demolition of the home of the former Ebbets Field. After forty-seven years, the legendary ballpark will be erased. The iconic ballpark was opened on April 9, 1913. In the previous years, Dodgers' owner Charlie Ebbets, bought pieces of land …

Peanuts Baseball Comic on Friday

The Dutch Baseball Hangout will post a random baseball comic of Peanuts on Friday. In total Charles M. Schultz created about 1,800 baseball comics, 10% of all the Peanuts episodes. Two days late. Sorry about that. But I didn’t want you letting wait for another week. Now I have put an item in my agenda, …

Baseball Related Songs: “Wild Thing” by the Troggs

In today's episode of Baseball Related Songs, we pay attention to the song "Wild Thing" performed by the Troggs. The song originally dates from 1965 as it was performed by the Wild Ones but it wasn't a hit. Only when the song was released by the Troggs, it became an instant hit. The song was …

Health problems may surround the final Olympic Qualifier

The final Olympic Qualifier, which will take place from April 1 - 5 in Taichung, Taiwan, may be bothered by health issues because of the coronavirus epidemic. It may lead to a ban of the People's Republic of China. Taiwan has denied access to people from China and to people who visited China recently. Since …

MLBPA is entering the sign-stealing argument

All over the internet, Houston Astros fans are getting irky about the attention that the sign-stealing by their team is getting. How do they expect this to blow over like that when people are still talking about the 1919 Black Sox scandal or about the 1990s PED scandal. People will remember this for decades and …

New metal bat with less pop to be introduced in Japanese high school baseball

Through the years, aluminum baseball bats have developed into powerful weapons thanks to combinations of metal and fiber. But the Japanese High School Baseball Federation has introduced a new metal bat with less pop to take away the advantage the batters had.  The Takanoren (Japanese High School Baseball Federation) has introduced a new bat which …

L&D Amsterdam Pirates bolsters pitching staff

After a transition period in which quite some pitchers left the club, L&D Amsterdam Pirates needed some reinforcements. They found one in former Major Leaguer Shairon Martis. The 32-year old pitcher from Curaçao has signed a deal for one season. After Tom Stuifbergen, Jhan Rifaela, Maikel Rietel, and Kevin Heijstek left the club, Pirates needed …

Second Super6 tournament scheduled in two years

In 2018 the first Super6 tournament was played in the Netherlands. This tournament served as a substitute for the postponed European Championship, that was pushed back to serve as a qualifier for the EMEA Olympic Qualifier. According to Mister-baseball.com, the Super6 tournament is scheduled for 2022.  The 2018 Super6 tournament wasn't quite a success. First …

Rob Manfred is looking for excuses for the way he “punished” the Astros

In an interview with ESPN's Karl Ravech, Rob Manfred defended MLB's "punishment" of the Astros' sign-stealing. In a long interview, he explained why he did not punish the players. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=yq1bX6F1FwU&feature=emb_logo In this interview, Manfred made a couple of statements that must make fans and non-Astros players shake their heads. Take this one for example: "Yeah, …

MLB’s lame attitude towards Astros likely will lead to retaliation by pitchers.

Yesterday, new Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker, pleaded MLB to protect his players from being beaned by their opponents. If MLB would have acted the way it should, this plea would not even have been necessary. With Thursday's press conference by the Astros in which José Altuve and Alex Bregman apologized and also owner Jim …

Some players just can’t stop

Through the years there have been quite some examples of former MLB players that kept on playing baseball, although on a lower level. The most recent example is Bartolo Colon. After a 21-year career in the Bigs, he has signed a deal with a team in the Mexican League. Previous examples of players that could …

Baseball Related Songs: “Chin Music” by The Baseball Project

In this episode of "Baseball Related Songs" we pay attention to "Chin Music" performed by the Baseball Project. It isn't the first song by this group we pay attention to. After "Satchel Paige Said", "1976", "To the Veterans Committee", and "Fernando" "Chin Music" is the fifth song of the group we place into the limelight. …

Sign-stealing scandal cesspit is getting bigger by the day

Yesterday José Altuve and Alex Bregman made their apologies to the baseball world for their role in the Astros' sign-stealing scandal. Also, Astros owner, Jim Crane made a statement. In both cases, fans must have raised their eyebrows. A local Los Angeles news station, KTLA 5, broadcasted the Astros' press conference and labeled José Altuve …

French Division one will have 11 teams in 2020

Last year, the highest French League, Division 1, expanded to twelve clubs for the first time in its existence. As one team dropped in the offseason and no other teams could be found to fill the void, Division 1 will contain eleven teams in 2020. After a first season in which the Rouen Huskies, the …

Today in Baseball: Negro National League founded

Today a hundred years ago, the first professional negro league was founded. On the first day of a two-day meeting, eight team owners meet at the YMCA in Kansas City to create one of the most successful Negro League Baseball entities. Next to establishing the Negro National League, its governing body the National Association of Colored …

Changes ahead in European Baseball

Interesting news from the European Baseball Front. Fellow blogger Extra Innings published an interesting article about upcoming changes in European baseball. Below, I will expound what exactly. First of all the European Championship. The CEB announced that the bi-annual tournament may expand. In the past edition (2019) there were twelve participating countries. If it is …