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 …

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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 …

The Dutch Baseball Hangout interviews Lenny Randle

Former MLB player Lenny Randle was so kind to answer several questions in an interview. Lenny Had an extensive baseball career. He had a twelve-year MLB career, spent time with the Washington Senators AAA teams and went to Italy after his MLB career. In 1967 Lenny had the option to sign with the St. Louis …

Ozzie Albies earns G-Braves MVP honors

After a successful season in the International League, in which he was named the International League's midseason and postseason All-Star, Ozzie was awarded the MVP honors of the Gwinnett Braves. The 20-year old Albies had an award winning season with Gwinnett. He batted a team-best .285 with 21 doubles, 8 triples, 9 home runs, 67 …

Chris Dickerson calls it a career

He may not be the best-known player in baseball as he spent the final years of his career in the Minors, but he spent seven years in the Majors. Breaking into the Bigs with the Cincinnati Reds, the path of his career led to Milwaukee, New York, Baltimore, and Cleveland. After a fifteen-year professional career …

Astros acquire Justin Verlander in surprising move.

The Houston Astros have acquired a big prize just before the trading deadline of September 1st. In exchange for three top talented minor leaguers, the American League West team hauled in Justin Verlander. By getting the 34-year old right hander before September 1st, he can be placed on the Astros' post season roster. Another nice …

Astros fans call for removal of Texan flag from Rangers uniform

The Houston Astros were forced to move their series against the Texas Rangers to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. The reason was the refusal of the Texas Rangers to swap a set of series. The Astros asked the Rangers to take the series, that was eventually played at Tropicana Field, as their home series …

Williamsport Crosscutters to host MLB game

BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field will be home to the MLB Little League Classic, a regular season game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates. As you may know, Williamsport is home to the Little League World Series. It was in March 2017 that the MLB Little League Classic was announced. MLB …

Like it or not, but Loria has the last laugh

He may end up in the history books as one of the worst owners in Major League Baseball: Jeffrey Loria, soon, former owner of the Miami Marlins. An owner that hijacked and blackmailed a city into paying 80% of the costs of a ballpark. A former owner who hijacked a Canadian team and was responsible …

Oakland A’s to use fan input for ballpark location

The Oakland Athletics have launched a website to gather community feedback. The website contains a fan survey. Something quite remarkable. On Thursday, the club announced the launch of a new website: oaklandballpark.com. In a statement on the club's website, it was said that the community's feedback is critical to the A's ballpark's success. "We need to understand …

Pete Rose not to participate in wall of fame induction

The Philadelphia Phillies announced today, that All-time hits leader, Pete Rose, will not participate in the upcoming wall of fame induction. Both parties fear that other matters will overshadow the goodwill associated with the Alumni Weekend at Citizens Bank Park on August 10-13.  The All-time hits leader would attend his induction to the Phillies wall …

Ozzie Albies to make his debut tonight

The Atlanta Braves tweeted tonight that Ozainho Albies will make his debut with the team tonight after being called up today. With Dansby Swanson sent down to AAA Gwinnett, it was a matter of time before Ozzie would get the call.  Wearing uniform number 1, Ozzie will be the youngest player in the Majors at …

Jeremy Guthrie calls it a career

Yesterday, in a post at the Players Tribune, the website started by Derek Jeter, Jeremy Guthrie has announced his retirement from baseball. After a career that spanned fourteen years in the majors and six years in the minors, the 2002 first round draft pick decided to hang up his spikes. So why an article about …

Red Sox sign another Aruban talent

Apparently, the Boston Red Sox are very happy with their Aruban shortstop Xander Bogaerts. Even this happy they signed another Aruban talent. According to Baseball Aruba, the Sox signed Brandon Rincones to a professional contract. Brandon can play shortstop and he can pitch as well, so it is up to the Red Sox how they …

No MLB games in the Netherlands in the coming years

Yesterday MLB released the new collective bargaining agreement, something that has never been done before. In this CBA, it is announced MLB plans to move thirteen regular-season series to various international sites. It doesn't come as a surprise the United Kingdom is favored over the Netherlands, which, in fact, is old news already, but one …

Dutchies around the World, part 13

In this week's edition of Dutchies around the world, we pay attention to Kenley Jansen, Shairon Martis, Jiandido Tromp, Ademar Rifaela, Ryan Oduber, Paul Brands, Wladimir Balentien and Kalian Sams. Kenley Jansen The best earning Curaçaoan/Dutch sporter is having a top season so far. In his seventh full season with the Dodgers, Kenley is on …