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 …

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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 …

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 …

Andruw Jones on 2018 HOF ballot

Today, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced the newbies on the 2018 ballot. Next to players like his namesake Chipper Jones, Trevor Hoffman, first-timers Omar Vizquel and Jim Thome, Curaçao native Andruw Jones is also on the ballot. Andruw Jones broke into the majors at the age of  19. He was the youngest player to …

Major change in BP caps in 2018

Today, MLB presented the new batting practice/spring training caps for all 30 MLB teams for the 2018 season. The new New Era caps, which will be known as the “PROLIGHT 59FIFTY” are replacing the Diamond Era caps worn for five seasons from 2013 to 2017. As a cap nerd, this is totally my thing. In general …

“All Rise” named AL Rookie Of The Year

Tonight the 2017 Rookie Of The Year award was unanimously given to Aaron Judge. The 25-year old right fielder of the New York Yankees beat Andrew Benintendi of the Boston Red Sox and Trey Mancini of the Baltimore Orioles. After Judge struggled during his first steps in the Majors in 2016, he made some adjustments …

Another player leaves Cuba for MLB

In past few years, Cuba has suffered from many baseball players leaving the island to try their luck in America. As a result, Cuban baseball is deteriorating. Proof of that? What about the 14-1 defeat by the Kingdom of the Netherlands during the 2017 WBC? A new player has decided to leave the socialist republic …

Lineup of Curaçao Baseball Week presented

The organization of the Curaçao Baseball Week has announced the lineup of the 2017 event. Quite some Major League Players will show up again this year. Next to MLB players from Curaçao, there will be players from the Dutch hoofdklasse and two non-Curaçaoan MLB players. The players from the Dutch hoofdklasse are Diegomar Markwell and …

Simmons wins third gold glove

Curaçao native Andrelton Simmons has won his third gold glove for the position of shortstop. The 28-year old player of team Kingdom of the Netherlands won his third gold glove in general, his first since being an Angel and his first since 2014. The stellar shortstop of the Angels won two consecutive gold gloves in …

Kenley Jansen recovers from two unfortunate outings

With Kenley Jansen retiring the side in the ninth inning, the Los Angeles Dodgers have forced a seventh game in the 2017 World Series. In another pitching matchup, the pitching staff of the Dodgers outdueled the staff of the Astros as the Dodgers beat the Astros 3-1. Once again a run was scored on a home …

Dodgers tie series despite Jansen being human

Game four of the World Series was a nailbiter. It had all the drama you'd expect the Fall Classic to have. It was only decided in the ninth inning when the bullpen of the Astros collapsed and gave up five runs as the Astros fell to the Dodgers 6-2. Throughout the game the Astros were …

Kenley Jansen earns reliever of the year award

With the season he had, this doesn't really come as a surprise. Kenley Jansen has earned the Trevor Hoffman award as the best reliever of the National League for the second year in a row. In 65 appearances, Kenley had 42 save opportunities of which he converted 41 into saves. On top of that, he …

Jansen has a share in bad night for Dodgers’ bullpen

Until the ninth inning, it looked like the Dodgers would win game two as well when they had a 3-1 lead. But from there, their bullpen faltered and gave away the chance of taking a 2-0 lead in the World Series. It is clear the Dodgers are located near Hollywood as the team made a …

Jansen wraps up first victory for Dodgers

After the family of legend Jackie Robinson threw out the ceremonial first pitch, two aces battled for the win but the Dodgers stayed at the right side of the score. A vastly dominating Clayton Kershaw was practically unhittable as he bested Houston's ace Dallas Keuchel. Kenley Jansen did what he normally does: shut the door …

Will realignment save baseball?

The other day, I read an interesting article on Baseball America. It was a proposal for a realignment of Major League Baseball, possibly caused by the expansion with two teams. The article opted a realignment by geographical divisions. This may be a shocker for the baseball purists among us. The proposed realignment would dissolve the …

Enough interest to replace Greeneville Astros

After the Houston Astros said goodbye to Greeneville and the Appalachian League after the 2017 season, three clubs have shown interest in replacing the Texas-based team in the Appalachian League. The Philadelphia Phillies, the Cincinnati Reds, and the Cleveland Indians have made clear they are willing to replace the Astros in Greeneville. It is a …

Finally: Maricopa County takes care of needed Chases Field repairs

Finally, the cat is out of the bag. Maricopa County has freed $3.75 million for the much-needed repairs of Chase Field.  The Maricopa County Stadium District has approved a $3.75 million contract for additional improvements to Chase Field. The contract was approved Wednesday and will contain steel and concrete repair work which is expected to …