Owen Ozanich to return to Parma for the season

According to Grandeslam.net, French national team player Owen Ozanich will return to Parmaclima for the 2020 season. Originally, Ozanich had signed with the Montpellier Barracudas for 2020 but as the French season has been cancelled due to the coronavirus, he is free to join any club he wants. It was Ozanich himself who approached Parmaclima …

Minor League History: Montana State League

In today's episode of Minor League History, we pay attention to the Montana State League. This league started in 1887 and played on until 1960. Not continuously and mostly as an independent league. With the Wild West still around, baseball made its first steps in Montana in the second half of the nineteenth century. Eventually, …

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: “The Man With the Broom (epilogue)” by Brocker Way

In today's episode of "Baseball Related Songs," we pay attention to "The Man With the Broom (Epilogue)" performed by Brocker Way. This is the final piece of music of the Netflix documentary "Battered Bastards of Baseball." Brocker Way is an is an actor and composer, known for #TAKEMEANYWHERE (2018), Passport to Paris (1999) and Battered …

Gianfranco Wawoe returns to Miners

The Southern Illinois Miners (Frontier League, independent) announced today they have re-signed infielder Gianfranco Wawoe for the 2020 season. Gianfranco, born in Curaçao, played seven years in the Seattle Mariners organization, batting .270 with 17 doubles, six triples, 15 stolen bases in 23 attempts, and 62 RBIs in 97 games at A-Advanced Modesto in 2017. …

Indy Leagues to merge

Today, the independent Frontier League announced it will merge with the independent CanAm League. The Canam League will cease to exist and five of its teams will move to the Frontier League. The merger is with immediate effect. When you google on Canamleague.com, you are directed to the website of the Frontier League. In times …

New Indy league scheduled for 2020

The other day, the Western Association of Professional Baseball Clubs (“WAPB”) announced it would add a club to its lineup: The Henderson Hoo. This made me realize it is a new independent league that is about to start. I realize this is old news but it is always interesting to read about a new league.  …

Rockers trade Kalian Sams to Miners

The High Point Rockers of the independent Atlantic League have traded Dutch outfielder/slugger Kalian Sams to the Sussex County Miners of the CanAm League. The trade completed a trade made on January twelve. Back then, the Rockers took over Breeland Almadova for a player to be named later, which appeared to be Sams. Sams' numbers …

Nice debut for Gianfranco Wawoe in Frontier League

Curaçao born Gianfranco Wawoe will play in the Frontier League in 2019. Last week, the league started its season and so far, Wawoe makes his presence felt. The Southern Illinois Miners' infielder is leading the league when it comes to batting average. Last year, Gianfranco signed a deal with the New Jersey Jackals of the …

CanAm League looking to expand

The Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball (CanAm League for short) is looking for ways to expand its territory. Currently, the league is fielding six teams. Executive Director Kevin Winn is looking for ways to grow the CanAm League. This should be done by raising the league's salary cap and to expand the rosters from …

Roger Bernadina finds a new team

Curaçao native Roger Bernadina has found a new club in an independent circuit in Japan. Bernadina joined the Ishikawa Million Stars of the independent BC League (Baseball Challenge League).  The BC League started to play in 2007 as the Hokushinestu Baseball Challenge League. The Ishikawa MillionStars are one of the four charter teams of the …

High Point Rockers sign Kalian Sams

After the website of L&D Amsterdam Pirates stated that Kalian Sams would play for an independent team in North Carolina, it only needed a little bit of research to find out that would be the Atlantic League team the Highland Rockers. It still took until today until the official confirmation came out. The High Point …

Gianfranco Wawoe joins Southern Illinois Miners

Curaçao native Gianfranco Wawoe has signed a deal for the 2019 season with the independent Southern Illinois Miners (Frontier League). The 24-year old infielder announced this through his Facebook account and through Instagram. According to his Facebook account, Wawoe thought about quitting baseball as he had not played the entire 2018 season. Last season, he …

Curt Smith earns postseason All-Star team honors

Curaçao born Curt Smith has been named postseason All-Star in the American Association. The 31-year old DH/1B has spent his sixth season in the independent league. Smith had another stellar season as he hit above .300 (.315) and was tied for fourth place with five triples. With seventeen dingers Smith was tied for seventh place …

Shawn Zarraga signs with Atlantic League team

Aruban catcher Shawn Zarraga has found a new club. After a long absence in professional baseball since his release by the Los Angeles at the start of the season, he finally signed a contract with a team. The Summerset Patriots of the Atlantic League will be his new club. Since Zarraga has experience at AAA …

Dashenko Ricardo on Saltdog’s disabled list

The Lincoln Saltdogs of the independent American Association has placed their catcher Dashenko Ricard on the disabled list, retroactive to August 13. The Curaçao native and player of team Kingdom of the Netherlands injured his foot last Sunday as he fouled off a pitch in the first at-bat of the third inning. After being examined by …

U15 World Cup 2018: Dutch crush South Africa

The Kingdom of the Netherlands needed only five innings to seal the fate of South Africa as they outhit them 17-4 and outscored them 18-2. In the first inning, South Africa boldly took a 2-0 lead when Philip Escreet tripled to deep center field and thus allowed Luca Wentzel to score and Escreet scored on …

Dutchies Around the World 2018

In this edition of Dutchies around the World, we pay attention to Didi Gregorius, Juremi Profar, Chris Pieters, Isranel Wilson, Kalian Sams, Rick van den Hurk, and Gilmer Lampe. After a hot start in which Didi Gregorius hit well above .300 his numbers have declined significantly. In his last 22 games, he hit a sub-par …