Luis Sojo at the helm of Spanish national team

After Paco Figueroa was appointed as the Phillies outfield and baserunning coach of the Philadelphia Phillies, the Spanish national team was without a manager. But the Spanish baseball federation has found a successor who is more than capable. Former Major Leaguer Luis Sojo. Sojo had a thirteen-year career that brought him to Toronto Blue Jays, …

Mike Trout $430 million????

According to insiders, the Los Angeles Angels and their star outfielder Mike Trout are finalizing a 12-year deal worth a reported $430 million. Yes, you read it right. $430 million. This contract would break Bryce Harper's record-breaking contract by $100 million even though the contract is a year shorter. This contract will keep the 27-year …

MLB seems to follow the Blue Jays

Hell has frozen over. Yesterday you could read here that the Toronto Blue Jays will raise the salary of their minor leaguers with 50%. According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, MLB appears to follow suit. According to Passan, Major League Baseball has reportedly suggested changes that would improve minor league playing conditions during a collective-bargaining …

Blue Jays raise minor league salary

Where the "Save America's Pastime Act" was designed to keep the salaries of Minor Leaguers low after a thorough lobby by MLB, the Toronto Blue Jays have chosen to go another way. Instead of keeping the salaries of their minor leaguers low, the club has decided to raise them. According to sources, the club will …

Today in baseball: Cincinnati Greens

The title of this blog post may tell you it is about St. Patrick's Day. Next, to being the very first professional baseball team, the Cincinnati Reds had another first in the history of baseball. In 1978 during a St. Patrick's Day practice game, the team donned Green jerseys instead of their traditional red ones. …

Today in baseball: Names on jerseys make debut

Bill Veeck was always known as an inventor in the baseball world. He was responsible for the ivy at the outfield wall at Wrigley Field. He promoted the game in every possible way. Today in 1960, Bill Veeck came up with something that would become the standard in MLB. On March 13, 1960, then the …

Time to stop buying New Era caps?

Normally, with this blog, I stay away from politics or social issues. Unless it is baseball related like the MiLB salary dispute. In the case of this blog post, it is baseball related (in)directly. As a baseball cap nut, it is time for me to write an accusal against New Era cap co. For decades …

Posting system between MLB and CPBL

In imitation of the NPB, the Taiwanese Baseball League, CPBL, will sign a deal regarding a posting system. CPBL commissioner Wu Chih-Yang and MLB senior vice president Jim Small will both sign the agreement on March 8.  In previous years MLB teams were unable to bid on Taiwanese players and since MLB believes CPBL’s “international …

This day in baseball: The highest paid player

In the wake of the Bryce Harper lunacy, today a blog post about two players that were the highest paid players in their days. Regarding the money they got, none could stand in the shadow of Harper's $330 million. On this day in 1927, a certain Yankee player became the highest paid player ever as …

Today in baseball: Sac fly rule implemented

Today, 111 years ago, MLB introduced the sacrifice fly rule. It would take some attempts before the rule was reinstated for good. In 1908 MLB introduced the sac fly rule. But after 23 years the rule was abolished again only to be reintroduced in 1939. This stay was rather short as the rule was cut …

Yanks want to extend Didi’s contract

After extending Aaron Hicks' contract for seven years, the Yankees are reportedly looking to keep Didi Gregorius in their ranks. The only right decision of course. Didi Gregorius joined the Yankees after a trade on December 5, 2014. He had the ungrateful task to replace Derek Jeter, a big fan favorite. The comments about the …

1962, the year Don Newcombe went to Japan

UDon Newcombe, the legendary pitcher of the Brooklyn Dodgers, who recently passed away, had a "secret" I did not know about. In the final year of his baseball career, Newcomb played in Japan. Not as a pitcher but as a position player. In 1962, the year the New York Yankees won their last World Series …

Today in baseball: 1970, Curt Flood files lawsuit vs MLB

Today in 1970, Gold Glove outfielder Curt Flood, after refusing to report at Spring Training of the Philadelphia Phillies after he was traded by the St. Louis Cardinals, filed a lawsuit against MLB's commissioner Bowie Kuhn and all 24 MLB teams. Flood's case even made it to the U.S. Supreme Court. Three-time All-Star, seven-time Gold …

2019 will be Sabathia’s last season

Today, New York Yankees' starting pitcher C.C. Sabathia announced his retirement after the 2019 season. The tall lefthander will have spent a total of nineteen seasons in the Major Leagues then. During a press conference in Tampa, during the Yankees' Spring Training, Sabathia told the attendants he will hang up his spikes after the 2019 …