Spencer Kieboom gets his first MLB hit

In his first start behind the dish, Spencer Kieboom collected his first MLB hit. The 27-year old catcher was called up last week but saw action for the first time today.  Spencer caught the first game of a doubleheader vs the Los Angeles Dodgers. In the bottom of the third inning, Spencer got his first …

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Kenley Jansen helps out MS patient

A 25-year old MS patient from Rijswijk (near The Hague) in the Netherlands was in desperate need of funds to pay for a stem cell treatment. But this treatment is not available in the Netherlands, so he has to go to Russia, which makes it very expensive. Too much for him to pay. But he got …

Dutchies Around the World

In this episode of Dutchies around the world we pay attention to Andrelton Simmons, Ademar Rifaela, Ray-Patrick Didder, Kirvin Moesquit, Wladimir Balentien and Kevin Kelly. MLB Andrelton Simmons is still one of the best shortstops in the game. He is capable of the most amazing plays. In the past few years, his fielding percentage was in …

Blue Jays and Bisons extend PDC

The Toronto Blue Jays and the Buffalo Bisons have extended their player development contract with two more years. The extension runs through the 2020 season. The Blue Jays and the Bisons (AAA, International League) have been partners since 2013 after the Blue Jays fled Las Vegas as the team was not happy with the distance …

Yawkey Way will soon be history

Boston city officials approved to rename Yawkey Way back to its original name, Jersey Street after the Boston Red Sox petitioned to change it in an attempt to distance the team from former owner Tom Yawkey’s racist past. Even though he Yawkey Foundation and other community leaders opposed the renaming, arguing that it would bad for the foundation and its charitable …

Debuting and being DFA’d on the same day?

The head of this article sounds somewhat unbelievable, doesn't it? Still, it is what happened to David Hale last night.  David Hale, a 30-year old reliever, broke into the Majors with the Atlanta Braves in 2013. In that year he started in two games and recorded a win with a microscopic ERA of 0.82. Even after …

Dutchies around the World 2018, part 2

In this week's edition of Dutchies around the World 2018, we pay attention to Xander Bogaerts, Chadwick Tromp, Tom de Blok, Eugene Helder and Rick van den Hurk.  MLB Before getting on the 10-day DL, Xander Bogaerts was red hot. In nine games he hit a whopping .368 with seven doubles and two home runs. …

Rangers’ injury bug also hits Jurickson Profar

In a freak accident, Rangers utility player Jurickson Profar got injured yesterday. Even though Profar will be re-evaluated on Tuesday, it is believed he is suffering from a concussion. In this link, the accident can be seen. During the bottom of the second inning of the game vs the Tampa Bay Rays, Profar collided with …

Baseball in Portland (OR), a good idea or not?

According to a report at Oregonlive.com, a potential ownership group is gaining momentum in their attempt to lure Major League Baseball to Portland. With Portland's history with professional baseball, you may wonder if that is a good idea. The potential owners have been talking with the city in private. Even though the city has faced …

Dutchies around the World 2018

A new baseball season, a new round of updates about players of the Dutch Kingdom. With the Minor League season a week old now, it is time to shed a light on my fellow countrymen. MLB Even before the season started, it was clear that Ozzie Albies would be the everyday second baseman of the Atlanta …

Braves are high on Ray Patrick-Didder

Yesterday, the Atlanta Braves played their last exhibition game before Opening Day. In a nine-inning event, they took on their most promising minor league players. One of those future stars, as the team was called in the box score, was Aruba born Ray Patrick-Didder. This spring training Ray-Patrick had six at-bats with the MLB squad. Unfortunately, he …

Yankees and Red Sox close to play in London in 2019

The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox are nearing an agreement on facing each other in London in 2019. This as part of a regular season series, which was agreed in the latest collective bargain agreement between MLB and the players union. Location for this event would be London Stadium, the home of …

Final Big League Weekend at Cashman Field

Last weekend, the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians took on each other in the annual Las Vegas Big League Weekend. This event is organized every year and hosts two MLB clubs to play a set of spring training games in Sin City. This year's edition was the very last held at Cashman Field as …

D-Backs bring back the bullpen car

It was a phenomenon that started in the 50s and disappeared after 1995: The bullpen car. But since MLB is trying everything to speed up the game, bullpen cars came to mind not so long ago when commissioner Rob Manfred proposed to bring them back. Now the Arizona Diamondbacks will bring back the bullpen car. The …

Yawkey morse code to stay on Fenway Park’s scoreboard

Recently the Boston Red Sox ownership requested a name change for Yawkey Way, the street that runs next to Fenway Park which is named after one of the previous owners of the Bosox, Tom Yawkey. But despite this request, the club is not seeking to remove the name of Yawkey and his wife in Morse …