51s will move into new ballpark in 2019

Last night, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Board of Directors approving a marketing partnership that gives LVCVA naming rights and thus opens the way for a new downtown ballpark in Summerlin as a new home for the Las Vegas 51s. The stadium will have a capacity of 10,000 (minimum standard of AAA baseball) and …

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Mets leave Las Vegas, buy Syracuse Chiefs

Despite the big chance, the Las Vegas 51s will get a new ballpark in the imminent future, the New York Mets have decided to turn their back on the team and buy the Syracuse Chiefs. This leaves the Washington Nationals without an AAA team after the 2018 season. It was a public secret the Mets were …

Smokies release 2018 caps

2018 The AA farm team of the Chicago Cubs, the Tennessee Smokies (Southern League), have released the new caps for the 2018 campaign. The logos are familiar, only the colors of the caps differ from those of this year. The Tennessee Smokies announced on Friday the release of the club's new official home and road …

New 51s ballpark seems to be close

A sign that a new ballpark for the Las Vegas 51s is at hand is a naming rights deal that is about to be signed. A $80 million 20-year deal could be approved by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority this week. The naming-rights deal with Clark County Las Vegas Stadium LLC, the 51s owner, …

Montreal Mayor faces opposition regarding MLB ballpark

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre has been vocal about MLB returning to Montreal lately. But a political party does not agree with the multi-million dollar blank cheque Coderre is giving to MLB to land a team. The political party, Projet Montréal, to a possible free spending on a new downtown ballpark. Projet Montréal Leader Valérie Plante says "not a …

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 …

Stadium lease deal in place in Amarillo

Earlier this month you could read a post about an eventual move of the San Antonio Missions to Witchita even though very unlikely. Well, we can scratch Wichita as possible Texas League city as the Elmore Sports Group has signed a stadium lease deal with the city of Amarillo. The Elmore Sports Group committed to …

Two A short season teams extend PDC

It is that time of the year again. The time in which MLB clubs start looking for a PDC extension with their farm teams or even jump ships to another MiLB team. Yesterday, two MLB clubs extended the PDC with their A short season farm clubs. The Colorado Rockies extended the existing PDC with the …

Astros leave void in Appalachian League

The Houston Astros announced they will not return to the Appalachian League next year, thus leaving a hole in the ten-team league. The Greeneville Astros joined the Appy League in 2004 and reached the championship series twice, winning one in 2015. All teams in the Appy League are owned by their MLB name sakes. Astros …

Season over for Tom de Blok

Don't worry, this isn't about a season ending injury. But the season for Tom de Blok is simply over because his team, the West Michigan WhiteCaps was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. In the first round of the Midwest League play offs, the West Michigan WhiteCaps faced the Dayton Dragons. The best …

Two minor leagues cancel championship series due to Irma

Both the Florida State League and the Southern League have announced to cancel their championship series due to the upcoming hurricane Irma. Irma will likely hit Florida on Sunday. The Florida State League announced that the winners of both Division Series will be declared co-champions. As the Dunedin Blue Jays won the North Division by …

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 …

Tom de Blok pitches gem in final game

It looks like Tom de Blok has straightened the ship after a couple of poor outings.  In the final game of the regular season, Tom de Blok shutout the Fort Wayne TinCaps as he lasted seven innings for the West Michigan WhiteCaps. The game review on MiLB.com, headed: de Blok leads West Michigan to 4-1 …

Wichita an affiliated city again?

The other week, Mayor Jeff Longwell of Wichita, KS, stated the city will announce a minor league affiliation by the end of the year. A bold statement. Is Wichita playing bluff poker or does the city have a trick on its sleeve? After I read the announcement, I have been thinking: "Which team of which …

Ademar Rifaela named Carolina League’s MVP

The A Advanced Carolina League announced yesterday that Curaçao native Ademar Rifaela has been named MVP of 2017. But it wasn't the only way Rifaela was laureled. He was also added to the Carolina League Postseason All-Star Team, together with another player from the Dutch Caribbean (the island of Aruba in this case), Sicnarf Loopstok. In …

De Blok bounces back from couple of bad starts

Yesterday, Tom de Blok made another start for the West Michigan WhiteCaps. After several bad starts, he seemed to have found his groove again as he lasted seven innings and did not allow a run. After being transformed into a starting pitcher, Tom de Blok put up some promising numbers as he mowed down the …

Minor League Baseball enters its final week

One week to go and the regular season of most of minor league baseball is over.  Only the New York - Penn League and the Pioneer League will play a week longer than the rest. Here is an overview of the standings in each league from AAA to Advanced Rookie. AAA International League Two teams …