The Dutch Baseball Hangout interviews Benjamin Hill

Say the name Benjamin Hill in a Minor League ballpark and everybody knows who you are talking about. Benjamin Hill is my big example when it comes to blogging. Ben is working for MiLB for a long time so he is inextricably linked to that part of the baseball landscape. Luckily Ben was so nice to …

National Hat Day. My 10 favorite MLB/MiLB hats

Today it is National Hat Day in the USA (who comes up with days like this anyway?). Here is a list with my 10 favorite MLB/MiLB hats. 10. Ogden Raptors Many don't like this cap but I think this is a great one. This cap is way better than the previous home cap the Raptors …

Minor League history: Michigan State League

Through the decades, there have been seven leagues that adopted the name Michigan State League. The first one ran two seasons from 1889 through 1890. The second run was during the 1895 season. In 1897 the third edition lasted only one season. The 1902 run was the fourth one. From 1902, it lasted nine years …

Future Wichita AAA ball club writes out name-the-team contest

With the New Orleans BabyCakes moving to Wichita in 2020, the future ball club needs a new name. As a result, the future AAA club has organized a name-the-team contest. The time to enter a name of your choice is rather short as the contest only runs through January 21st. According to the Wichita Eagle, …

Minor League history: Mandak League

The Mandak League (Man-Dak League) or Manitoba Dakota League was a refuge for former Negro League players that got too old to be picked up by MLB clubs. The league's teams were located in the Canadian province of Manitoba and the US state of North Dakota. The Mandak League was founded in 1950 as a …

Minor League history: Lone Star League (1947-1948)

In this edition of Minor League history, we pay attention to the second run of the Lone Star League. The Lone Star League was one of the many upstart leagues that reared up after World War II. In contrast to other contemporary leagues, the Lone Star League didn't last longer than two years. The Lone …

Ballparks around the World: Stade Canac, Québec

It has been a while but in this episode of Ballparks around the World we pay attention to the home of the Québec Capitales (independent CanAm League), Stade Municipal in Québec, North America's only walled city. In 1937, Canada suffered from the great depression, just as most other countries of the world. Prime Minister of …

Hainley Statia new infield coordinator for Angels

Curaçao native Hainley Statia announced through his Instagram account that the Los Angeles Angels hired him as their infield coordinator. After serving a few years as hitting coach in the Brewers' farm system, Statia returns to the club where it all began for him. In this job as infield coordinator, Statia will be responsible for …

Sod Poodles “unveil” home jersey

In a Tweet, Chris Creamer of Sportslogos.net showed a big part of the new Amarillo Sod Poodles jersey. Unlike the name, the jersey isn't that outrageous. In fact, it is on the sober side. Naturally, the home jersey is white. It sports the name Sod Poodles on the front in a blue font with a …

51s adopt new name: Las Vegas Aviators

Since 2.00 PM (Pacific Time), the Las Vegas 51s are no more. The team will move into a new stadium in Summerlin in 2019 and as a result, the team has rebranded. The team has adopted the name Aviators. https://www.facebook.com/AviatorsLV/videos/2241642819413083/ Of five names the name Aviators was chosen because of the history of the company …

Minor League history: Lone Star League (1927-1929)

Through the decades, there have been many minor leagues in the state of Texas. The Lone Star League was one of them. The first one saw the light in 1927 and would last two seasons before disbanding during the 1929 season. The Lone Star League that started in 1927 was rated as a class D …

Helena Brewers/ Colorado Springs SkySox rebrand

Ever since the Elmore Sports Group initiated one of the biggest overhauls in Minor League Baseball, three teams traded places. The AAA Colorado Springs SkySox moved to San Antonio to become the Missions. The AA San Antonio Missions moved to Amarillo to become the Sod Poodles and the Helena Brewers (Advanced Rookie) has replaced the …

Nashville Sounds rebrand

The Miami Marlins were not the only baseball club presenting new logos and uniforms. So did the Nashville Sounds. Pretty soon after the club signed a PDC with the Texas Rangers, the Sounds announced a rebranding that would link the club more to the parent club. New Nashville Sounds logos, marks and branding were unveiled yesterday, as …

RiverCats present new alternate cap to celebrate 20th season

Founded in 2000, the Sacramento RiverCats will exist 20 years in 2019. To celebrate this milestone, the club has presented a new alternate cap with a logo that dates back to the original logo of 2000. The new hat has an element of the original 2000 logo. That logo showed a RiverCat stepping over a …

More minor league name/logo changes to come

With the presentation of Amarillo's team name, the Sod Poodles, the tsunami of new team names/logos for the 2019 season is far from over yet. At least three are about to come. Two teams are about to change their name and one is about to change its logos. The two teams that will change their names …

San Diego AA affiliate named Amarillo Sod Poodles

The AA Texas League franchise of the San Diego Padres presented its new name and logos, today. After a long search during a name-the-team contest, five names were picked. Of those five names, Sod Poodles prevailed.  Sod Poodle is a name for a prairie dog. The name was used by the pioneers that moved west …

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers unveil new logos and caps

Through their website and Facebook, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers unveiled new logos a new set of caps. It is not a major overhaul but merely a refinement. With the new logos, there comes a new home cap, a new road cap, a new BP cap and an alternate cap. The video in the added tweet …