Tampa Bay Rays pick up contract of Dashenko Ricardo

Curaçao native Dashenko Ricardo will play for the Tampa Bay Rays organization the upcoming season. The Rays picked up his contract from the independent Sioux Falls Canaries. It will be the first time Ricardo will play in affiliated baseball since 2013, when he was playing for the Great Lakes Loons (A Full Season Midwest League), …

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 …

Today in baseball: Female ump files civic lawsuit against MiLB

Today (March 19) in 1969 a woman filed a lawsuit against what is known today as Minor League Baseball, as the governing body refused to give her a job because of her gender. Bernie Gera, a secretary from Jackson Heights, New York, filed a lawsuit against Major League Baseball today in 1969. The baseball-crazed woman …

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 …

Rochester Red Wings to sport jersey with name in sign language

After the Myrtle Beach Pelicans were the first ever to do so in 2018, the Rochester Red Wings will also pay attention to deaf culture with a special day on which they wear jerseys with their team name "written" in sign language. Also special caps will be worn. The Red Wings will team up with …

Aruban talent signs with Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles have acquired another talent from the Isle of Aruba. The youngster from Paradera signed a seven-year contract with the Birds. According to Baseball Aruba, left-handed pitcher Adrion Lacle was signed out of the international draft as the best pitching prospect from Aruba. According to Sports Zone Aruba, it is the first time, …

Ballparks around the world: Isotopes Park

Isotopes Park, home of the Albuquerque Isotopes is a state of the art ballpark even though it is almost sixteen years old. The earth colors fit very well in the New Mexico desert landscape. A lot in this ballpark breathes Simpsons. This all is linked to an episode of the Matt Groening cartoon. In that …

Minor League history: Middle Atlantic League (1925-1930)

In this edition of Minor League history we are talking about the Middle Atlantic League. The league a continuous run from  1925 - 1942 and later from 1946-1951. The league was mainly located in Ohio and southwestern Pennsylvania but also had offshoots in New York, Maryland and West Virginia. The first edition of the Middle …

Sod Poodles unveil more jerseys

Last year you could read here about the Amarillo Sod Poodles unveiling their home jersey. Today, the club unveiled their road jersey and alternate jersey as well. The home jersey was described in the aforementioned blog post already. The road jersey and alternate jersey have the same feature the home jersey has as well. Blue …

Today in baseball: Texas League quits during WWII

Today in 1942, the Texas League announced it would cease activities as a result of the Second World War. A little less than three months after the US has been dragged into the war because of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the Texas League was one of the first minor leagues to cease activities. …

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 …

Minor League history: Michigan Ontario League

The Michigan Ontario League was a Class B league that started in 1919 and lasted for six and a part of a seventh season. The end of the league came halfway 1926 when it merged with the Central League to form the Michigan State League. The Michigan Ontario League or Mint League (MIchigan-oNTario) as it …

Padres and Chihuahuas extend PDC

The San Diego Padres and the El Paso Chihuahuas have extended their Player Development Contract through the 2022 season. This new extension adds two years to a still running contract that expires after the 2020 season. In a press release that announced the appointment of Edwin Rodriguez as the Chihuahuas new manager, the new PDC …

Another rebranding ahead in MiLB

After the Missoula Osprey announced they will rebrand for the 2020 season, another club has announced to change its identity in 2020 due to a new stadium the club will move in. The Kannapolis Intimidators will change their name and as a result, their logo as well. Today the team called fans to submit new …

Railriders celebrating 30 years of Minor League baseball in SWB area

The upcoming season will one to be remembered in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. At least according to the SWB Railriders. Even though the club isn't around that long yet, it will celebrate the existence of Minor League Baseball in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area. Personally, I think it is taking credit for what other wizards have done but on the …