New ballpark may loom at the horizon for Las Vegas 51s

After months, if not years, of talk about possible locations for a new 51s ballpark, there is some positive news to announce as the 51s are "cautiously optimistic about a new stadium deal." This is what the Las Vegas Review-Journal headed. After years of insecurity, the owners of the 51s seem to be optimistic to …

Minor League History: Kansas State League

In this edition of Minor League History, I pay attention to the Kansas State League. The league had several runs of which the first was in 1887. The last started in 1909 and would last three seasons. After the league folded for the final time, the Central Kansas League adopted the vacant name in 1913. …

AAA baseball may be very shortlived in San Antonio

The Elmore Sports Group may have picked the wrong horse when they announced to move their AAA team from Colorado Springs to San Antonio. The mayor of San Antonio recently said that investing in minor league sports is not in the interest of the city. About a month ago you could read here that several …

Tom de Blok hit hard for the change

For the first time since becoming a starting pitcher in the Detroit Tigers organization, Tom de Blok did last less than four innings. Not because he was limited to a pitch count, but because he was hit hard. Nevertheless, the West Michigan WhiteCaps beat the Fort Wayne TinCaps 9-7. It was a night to forget …

Ozzie Albies to make his debut tonight

The Atlanta Braves tweeted tonight that Ozainho Albies will make his debut with the team tonight after being called up today. With Dansby Swanson sent down to AAA Gwinnett, it was a matter of time before Ozzie would get the call.  Wearing uniform number 1, Ozzie will be the youngest player in the Majors at …

Another great outing for Tom de Blok

It starts to get annoying  😉 , but last night Dutch pitcher Tom de Blok had another great performance for the West Michigan WhiteCaps. Also thanks to this performance, the WhiteCaps beat the Lake County Captains 3-0. After his last appearance, which wasn't a start but a three inning relief appearance, this one was of …

Bowie BaySox rename themselves, Bowie BaySox (for one night)

The Bowie BaySox announced they will rename themselves the Bowie BaySox on Friday, July 28 in a game vs the Akron Aeros. This as a part of a David Bowie promotion... This promotion is held for the second year in a row. This promotion is held to honor the legendary British rock star, David Bowie. As …

Dutchies around the World, part 13

In this week's edition of Dutchies around the world, we pay attention to Kenley Jansen, Shairon Martis, Jiandido Tromp, Ademar Rifaela, Ryan Oduber, Paul Brands, Wladimir Balentien and Kalian Sams. Kenley Jansen The best earning Curaçaoan/Dutch sporter is having a top season so far. In his seventh full season with the Dodgers, Kenley is on …

BayBears leaving Mobile?

According to reports, an Arizona investment group has acquired the Mobile BayBears (AA affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels in the Southern League) and is willing to move the team elsewhere. As a matter of fact, the BayBears are the only team the Southern League is willing to approve a possible move for. An investment …

Tom de Blok flat out dominant in second win

In his fourth start with the WhiteCaps, Tom de Blok dominated the opposing lineup. The WhiteCaps let him pitch one inning more than in his previous outing. Unlike his previous start, Tom got plenty of run support as he shut out the Quad Cities River Bandits and the WhiteCaps won 7-0. Since his return to …

Shawn Zarraga not long without a club

A week after the independent Cleburne RailRoaders released Aruban catcher Shawn Zarraga, he has been picked up by the Los Angeles Dodgers, the club he played for in 2015 and 2016. With the RailRoaders of the American Association, Zarraga collected 37 hits in 136 at-bats (.272), hit three home runs, eight doubles and drove in …

San Antonio AAA baseball may hit a snag

Two weeks ago, the Elmore Sportsgroup announced they will move their AA team to Amarillo and their AAA team from Colorado Springs to San Antonio. All in good faith the city of San Antonio would spend on a new AAA ballpark. Now it seems that several prominent politicians prefer Major League Soccer over Minor League …

Gwinnett Braves unveil name-the-team-finalists

The G-Braves, AAA farm team of the Atlanta namesake in the International League, asked their fans to enter names in a name-the-team-contest from May 22 through June 2 in an attempt to get a new name with a tie to the area. In the time span 4,024 entries and 900 different names were entered. Today …

Ademar Rifaela earns player of the week honor

The Frederick Keys announced Curaçaoan outfielder Ademar Rifaela has been named player of the week of the Carolina League for July 3-9.  Ademar is the sixth Keys player in eight weeks to earn the player of the week honors. In the week of July 3rd - July 9th, Ademar went 12-for-19 with a home run, …

Bob Ross night with Daytona Tortugas

Some of the older readers may remember him. Bob Ross. The painter with his own TV show in which he painted landscapes with just a few brushstrokes (happy little trees). The Daytona Tortugas (A-Advanced Affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds in the Florida State League) will have a Bob Ross night in order to honor the late painter …

Dutchies around the world, part 12

In this week's edition of Dutchies around the world, we pay attention to Xander Bogaerts, Spencer Kieboom, Juremi Profar, Chadwick Tromp, Eugene Helder, Hendrik Clemencia, Rick van den Hurk and Dashenko Ricardo. Xander Bogaerts Despite having a good season so far, Xander did not make the final cut in the voting of the All-Star game as …

Tom de Blok clinches first win as a starter

"Captains get "de Blok-ed" in 2-0 Shutout" headed the website of the West Michigan WhiteCaps. Dutch pitcher Tom de Blok earned his first win in a dominant outing vs the Lake County Captains.  At Classic Park, home of the Lake County Captains, the fans saw Tom de Blok finish off the home team in a …

Spokane Indians to help Redband Trout

The Spokane Indians (A-Short Season affiliate of the Texas Rangers) will wear a special uniform in an attempt to help the Redband Trout, whose numbers are dwindling, rally back in the Spokane River. Five times this season the team will don Redband Trout themed jerseys: July 8, 27, August 8, 19 and September 2. In …