DSS acquires Juan Carlos Sulbaran

Juan Carlos Sulbaran, who played partially for Silicon Storks in 2018 has jumped ships and moved to DSS from Haarlem. Thanks to the manager of team Kingdom of the Netherlands, Evert-Jan 't Hoen, the Curaçaoan pitcher was able to make the move to Haarlem. Last season, Sulbaran joined Silicon Storks from The Hague after the …

Riccardo Fraccari is ruining our sport

After the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokio, when baseball will be part of the Olympic program, baseball games in international tournaments will last seven innings instead of the nine we are used to. President of the WBSC, Riccardo Fraccari presented that idea during a visit to the Cuban capital Havanna. With this draconian move, Fraccari …

“Peanuts” and baseball

If there is one comic intertwined with baseball, it is Peanuts by Charles M. Schultz. The comic that first appeared on October 2nd, 1950 and ran 50 years until February 13, 2000, the day after Schultz passed away, paid attention to baseball about ten percent of all episodes.  A comic about American kids should contain …

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 …

Posting system between MLB and CPBL

In imitation of the NPB, the Taiwanese Baseball League, CPBL, will sign a deal regarding a posting system. CPBL commissioner Wu Chih-Yang and MLB senior vice president Jim Small will both sign the agreement on March 8.  In previous years MLB teams were unable to bid on Taiwanese players and since MLB believes CPBL’s “international …

Today in baseball: 1970, Curt Flood files lawsuit vs MLB

Today in 1970, Gold Glove outfielder Curt Flood, after refusing to report at Spring Training of the Philadelphia Phillies after he was traded by the St. Louis Cardinals, filed a lawsuit against MLB's commissioner Bowie Kuhn and all 24 MLB teams. Flood's case even made it to the U.S. Supreme Court. Three-time All-Star, seven-time Gold …

MLB teams sport 150-anniversary logo

This year, MLB will celebrate the 150th anniversary of professional baseball. In 1869, the Cincinnati Reds were baseball's first fully paid team. All 30 MLB teams will wear the special patch on the right sleeve of their jerseys all season long. Next to the patch on the right sleeve, all 30 clubs will wear a …

Jakob Syrén signs with Solingen

About two weeks ago you could read an article about Jakob Syrén, who was looking for a new club. Thanks to that blog post quite some clubs contacted him. As a result, he has signed a contract with one of the premier German clubs.  After the aforementioned blog post, the Swedish reliever was approached by …

Japanese pitchers defy laws of nature

On the first day of Spring Training in Japan, several Japanese relief pitchers defied the laws of nature as they threw ridiculously long bullpen sessions.  Relief pitcher Yuma Ohshita of the Yakult Swallows threw a bullpen session of 106 pitches. He almost repeated that feat on the second day as he threw a hundred pitches. …

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 …

ABL: Auckland clinches historic win, another outing for Loek van Mil

The Auckland Tuatara managed to clinch a historic win today as they beat the Melbourne Aces 8-4 in game two of a doubleheader. With this win, the Tuatara managed to win its first series of their inaugural season. Even in the series vs Geelong-Korea, Auckland did not manage to clinch a win as the series …

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 …

Nashville makes pitch for MLB team

With MLB commissioner Rob Manfred being positive about an eventual expansion of the number of MLB clubs from 30 to 32, businessman John Loar is leading an attempt to bring MLB to the country and western capital. To explore the possibility of an MLB team in Nashville, Loar has formed Music City Equity Group to …

2019 final season of Globe Life Park in Arlington

With a special logo, the Texas Rangers herald the final season of Globe Life Park in Arlington, the ballpark that was their home since 1994. According to Ballparkbiz.wordpress.com, the logo show on the picture below is slightly different than the logo the Rangers wear on their uniform. The actual logo mentions the name Globe Life …

Baseball related songs: “America’s Favorite Pastime” by Todd Snider

In today's episode of Baseball related songs, we pay attention to America's Favorite Pastime performed by singer-song writerTodd Snider. For this song, Snider, who fought drug addiction several times, was inspired by Dock Ellis' 1970 no-hitter that he threw after he took LSD.   In June 1970, Pirate righty Dock Ellis threw nine innings of no-hit …