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 …

Cracks in concrete of Woodpeckers’ ballpark

Less than a year after its opening, Segra Stadium, home to the Fayetteville Woodpeckers (A-Advanced affiliate of the Houston Astros in the Carolina League) is already showing cracks in certain spots of the concrete. The ballpark opened on April 18, 2019. Even though experts claim that the cracks are not dangerous, it is pretty quick …

Pedro Strop to Cincinnati

After seven years with the Chicago Cubs, Dominican-born Pedro Strop has signed a one-year contract with division rival Cincinnati. The deal is worth $1.825 million and Strop can earn an additional $1.5 million in incentives. The reliever with a father from Curaçao and a mother from the Dominican Republic will earn $1,825,000 and an additional …

Tortugas Dodgerized for the occasion

In the past few years, you could read several posts about my aversion to minor league clubs adopting the identity of the parent club. Good examples are the Dodgers' and Braves' farm teams. But sometimes adoptions like that are inevitable.  On April 17, 18, and 19 the Daytona Tortugas will be Dodgerized for the occasion …

Calten Daal signs with Twins

Curaçao shortstop Calten Daal has signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins. After seven years with the Cincinnati Reds he opted for free agency. Daal broke into professional baseball in 2013 as he made his first steps with the AZL Reds (rookie). Later that season, Calten was promoted to Advanced Rookie-level (Pioneer League, …

Baseball Related Songs: “Laughing River” by Greg Brown

In this episode of Baseball Related Songs, we pay attention to "Laughing River" performed by Greg Brown. The song is about a minor leaguer who hangs up his spikes after a twenty-year career. | Greg Brown is an American folk musician from Iowa. He was born into a musical family so the apple didn't fall …

“Moonlight” Graham’s career not as dramatic as portrayed

If there is one player made famous by a novel and/or a movie, it must be Archibald "Moonlight" Graham. The obscure ballplayer played an important part in the novel "Shoeless Joe" and the movie that was made after the novel "Field of Dreams. Graham was made famous for his one game in the 1905 season …

Minor League History: Mississippi Valley League

In today's episode of Minor League History, we pay attention to the Mississippi Valley League. This was a class D league that ran from 1922 through 1933. Only in its last year of operation, the league got the B classification. In its first year of operation, the league contained six teams; five from Iowa and …

Minor League History: MINK League

In this episode of Minor League History, we pay attention to the Missouri-Iowa-Nebraska-Kansas League or MINK League for short. The league was rather short-lived and lasted for three and a half seasons. The Class D MINK League started in 1910 and ran until mid-June 1913 before if folded. In the first three seasons, the league …

Padres sign Dutchie

The San Diego Padres have signed Aruban infielder Ray-Patrick Didder to a minor league contract. He is not the first player from the Kingdom of the Netherlands that will play for the Padres. Kalian Sams preceded him and also Jurickson Profar has joined the Padres recently after he was traded by the A's.   After …

MLB is on the verge of ruining its own future

About a month ago, MLB announced some rigid plan in which they wanted to contract forty-two Minor League teams. MLB claims it is for the sake of their minor league players: less travel time, better facilities and even better pay.    This new plan got a lot of criticism, not only by the fans and …

Rob Manfred: “MiLB owners do not want to negotiate”

Yesterday, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred took aim at Minor League Baseball owners, saying that they are not willing to negotiate about  an acceptable new PBA or upgrade their facilities. In the presented plans, MLB wants to contract 42 MiLB clubs, dissolve rookie ball and A short season ball. All this under the guise of reducing …

Connecticut Tigers rebrand

It's clearly that time of the year again. The Connecticut Tigers are the sixth team this offseason to rebrand. Tonight the club unveiled its new name and new logos. From now on the Connecticut Tigers will be known as Norfolk Sea Unicorns. Sea Unicorn refers to a Narwhal, a whale species, that is also called …

Florida State League rebrands

Today, the Florida State League presented a brand new logo. Except for the outline of the State of Florida, the logo doesn't look like the former logo at all. Last year the league introduced a 100th-anniversary logo that replaced the old logo temporarily. As the State of Florida served as the background of a picture …

Fort Myers Miracle drops moniker

After twenty-eight seasons as the Miracle, the Fort Myers Florida State League franchise has adopted a new identity. From today, the club will be known as Fort Myers Mighty Mussels.  The name and the logos were unveiled to the public during a ballpark news conference on Tuesday morning. According to the new owner, Andrew Kaufman, …

Buckwalter Stadium: A ballpark left to rot

I bumped into this Youtube video the other day. It is about the former ballpark in Meridian MS, Buckwalter Stadium.  The ballpark was built in the 1930s and after several runs of the Cotton States League, it was left alone as nature slowly took over. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Sy7NUlFGtY Professional baseball was played in Meridian since 1905 for …

Senator Sanders (VT) steps into the breach for MiLB

MLB's plans to contract 42 minor league teams for the 2021 season has caused a lot of turmoil. Many disagree with this: Fans, MiLB owners, MiLB towns and even politicians. One of the foremost politicians that slams MLB for the plans is Vermont Senator and Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. According to Sanders, this move would …

AAA Red Sox affiliate unveils name and logo

Last night, the future AAA affiliate of the Boston Red Sox presented its new name and logo. The name was expected, the logo perhaps not so much.  https://twitter.com/WooSox/status/1199119759343792130 As soon as the Pawtucket Red Sox announced their move to Worcester, the name WooSox swirled around. So that name didn't come as a surprise. The name …