Rockies and Yard Goats extend PDC

The Colorado Rockies and the Hartford Yard Goats (AA Eastern League) have extended their Player Development Contract through the 2020 season. Both franchises have been cooperating since 2015. Of course, representatives of both clubs exchanged pleasantries. “We are delighted to extend our affiliation with the Colorado Rockies,” Yard Goats President Tim Restall said. “The Yard …

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Tampa Yankees go throwback

The Tampa Yankees are no more. Today the club announced a name change.With this name change, the club, owned by the parent club in New York attempts to celebrate the city's long baseball history. From 1957 -1987 Tampa fielded a Florida State League team with the name Tarpons. General manager Vance Smith stated the club …

Gwinnett Braves turn into Gwinnett Stripers

Finally. After a long wait, the Gwinnett Braves (Atlanta Braves AAA affiliate in the International League) unveiled their new identity today. In an attempt to boost their attendance the club changed its name to Gwinnett Stripers. Remarkably as the name wasn't one of the six names that were on the final six in the name-the-team contest. …

Augusta GreenJackets unveil new logo

The Augusta GreenJackets, single-A farm team of the San Francisco Giants in the South Atlantic League, will move into a new ballpark next year. The club wanted a new logo to reflect the new ballpark. Even though the previous logos were nice, the new ones are a major upgrade over the old ones. This new …

T&A San Marino signs Belgian slugger

Mister-baseball and the Mannheimer Morgen wrote about this already but in both cases, there was very little information. But now the move has been confirmed by the website of T&A San Marino and baseball.it. T&A San Marino has signed Thomas de Wolf from Belgium. The 27-year old player from Wilrijk in Belgium played in Germany …

HV Renegades change look again

Next season the Hudson Valley Renegades (A short-season affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays) will celebrate its 25th anniversary. For the occasion, the team has changed its look once more. The biggest change can be found in the caps. The home/road cap has a similar look as the previous one but still, there is a …

Durham Bulls remain Rays AAA affiliate

Yesterday the Durham Bulls and the Tampa Bay Rays announced they have extended their Player Development Contact with two more years through the 2020 season.  The current contract is still running and will end after the 2018 season. The 2018 season will be the 21st of the cooperation between the two teams. The Bulls don't know …

Worcester in the mix to lure PawSox too

Just days after Yale architect students shared their point of view on a future ballpark for the Pawtucket Red Sox, a local Worcester MA newspaper spread the news about the city discussing a possible move of the PawSox. Several city and state officials and several team executives met on Monday to discuss the possibility of …

Rather unique baseball cooperation on both sides of US-Mexican border

This may something the current president of the United States may not like 😉 but Laredo TX and Nuevo Laredo, just across the border in Mexico will have a rather unique baseball cooperation. Both cities will be the host of a Mexican League team. To make this cooperation possible, a team in the Mexican League …

Yale students unveil PawSox ballpark renderings

Even though nothing is engraved in stone yet regarding the location of the future ballpark of the Pawtucket Red Sox, two students of the renowned Yale University have shown their vision on the future ballpark. The two students who are in their third year studying for master’s degrees in architecture presented their conceptual ideas for …

Madison developer in new BayBears owner group

The chance the BayBears will stay in Mobile has diminished as it became clear that the new ownership group of the club contains a real estate developer from Madison, the city that is in the mix to become the new home of the BayBears. The Madison real estate developer is Louis Breland, who is developing a …

Jair Jurrjens is a minor league free agent as well

Yesterday you could read about three Dutchies becoming minor league free agents. It appears that Jair Jurrjens joined them after he filed for free agency as well. After a solid World Baseball Classic, Jurrjens signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers, who sent him to AAA Oklahoma City. With the local Dodgers, Jurrjens had a somewhat …

Three Dutchies become minor league free agents

Two minor league players from Curaçao and one from Aruba have become free agent. In all cases, their contract expired. Sharlon Schoop's one year contract with the Baltimore Orioles expired, so he will be a free agent again. Last season he split time with the AAA Norfolk Tides and the AA Bowie BaySox. The 30-year …

Sale of BayBears approved by Minor League Baseball

The acquisition of the Mobile BayBears by an Arizona based investment group has been approved by Minor League Baseball. Next to this news comes the confirmation that the city of Madison, AL is interested in attracting an affiliated minor league team. The Arizona-based BallCorps, LLC has been working to complete a purchase of the BayBears, with the …

Future 51s ballpark approved by county

The plans for the future Las Vegas 51s ballpark have been approved by the Clark County commissioners. This approval opens the road to Summerlin, where the Howard Hughes Corporation wants to build a 10,000 seat ballpark. “This is a big green light in the project,” company spokesman and vice president Tom Warden said after the …

International League PDC extensions

Yesterday, two AAA farm teams announced the extension of their PDC with the parent clubs. Both PDC were extended with two years through the 2020 season. The Louisville Bats and their parent club the Cincinnati Reds announced the extension of their PDC. The contract was set to expire after the 2018 season. “The Reds are …

Myron Noodleman passes away

Baseball clown Myron Noodleman or Rick Hader as his real name goes had passed away today. Noodleman suffered from a rare and destructive form of cancer. Due to the illness, he wasn't able to perform during the 2017 season. Myron Noodleman was a barnstorming act in the minor leagues. He has performed throughout the United …