PDC/affiliation news

Yesterday, two minor league clubs announced the extension of the Player Development Contract (PDC) with their parent club. The El Paso Chihuahuas extended the PDC with the San Diego Padres and the Harrisburg Senators did so with the Washington Nationals. The San Diego Padres extended the contract through the 2020 season. A major reason for …

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Curaçao to be installed as official member of Latin American Baseball Association

After their debut at the Series Latinoamericana, in which they won one game, the board of the Latin American Baseball Association (Asociación Latinoamericana de Béisbol) will add Curaçao as an official member of the organization. In the press release, the Latin American Baseball Association called Curaçao a great opponent with a good level of competitiveness. Together …

Themajors.eu and the Dutch Baseball Hangout team up in tactical partnership

The Dutch Baseball Hangout is proud to announce it has found a new partner. This time we have teamed up with The Majors.eu. The Majors.eu is a webstore that is trying to bring fitted minor league caps on the Dutch and European market. But next to those minor league caps the owner is designing fitted …

New 51s stadium may be blow for Las Vegas’ MLB aspirations

With the Las Vegas 51s moving into a brand new 10,000 seat, $150 million ballpark, the arrival of a possible MLB team may be a lot more difficult. Even though Rob Manfred has named Sin City as a possible candidate for an MLB club, that club may have to buy out the 51s or agree with …

Amsterdam Pirates go green

Dutch hoofdklasse baseball club Amsterdam Pirates have decided to go green as they have installed solar panels on the roof fo their clubhouse. By installing these solar panels, the club will save quite some money and become less dependent on the power companies. When asked, the club secretary explained what made Pirates, of which the flagship …

Mets gamble on big crowds with spring training

Yesterday the New York Mets announced the names of their spring training invitees. To be honest, I didn't know most of them but the one person I know doesn't deserve this invitation at all. It is clear that the Mets want to draw big crowds at St. Lucie with Tim Tebow on their Grapefruit League …

Minor League history: Kentucky-Illinois-Tennessee League (1922-1924 and 1937-1942)

In this episode of Minor League history we pay attention to the fourth and fifth run of the Kentucky-Illinois-Tennessee League (KITTY League). After the previous edition folded in 1916, President Dr. Frank H. Bassett made another attempt to revive the league in 1922.  In 1922 and 1923 the league contained eight teams but in the …

It is not dreaming anymore, the Yanks will have a new Murderers’ Row

In the previous blog post, I was dreaming about a possible addition of Giancarlo Stanton to the lineup of the New York Yankees. Well, according to MLB.com, the Yankees have reached an agreement with the Marlins about getting Stanton. It is clear the Yankees will get Giancarlo Stanton. Who they have to give up is …

Dreaming of a modern era Murderers’ Row

The internet is swirling with rumors about the Yankees being close to a trade for Giancarlo Stanton. Several baseball journalists on Twitter have said it is almost a done deal. Think about the lineup the Yankees would have. You can wonder if Stanton is what the Yankees need. Nope. They don't need him at all. …

Baseball related songs: “Subway” by Jim Nuzzo

In today's episode of Baseball related songs, we pay attention to Subway by Jim Nuzzo. To many Dutch baseball fans (including myself) this will be an unknown song. The song is about the New York Subway Series, a name for the World Series between New York teams, which happened a lot during the golden age of …

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 …

Fortitudo Bologna acquires Gilmer Lampe

Today, Italian powerhouse Fortitudo Bologna announced through its website it has acquired Aruban outfielder Gilmer Lampe. Lampe played for L&D Amsterdam Pirates in the past two seasons. Lampe is the first foreign player that Bologna acquires so far, but according to the website, the club pulled off a big coup. During the Holland Series in …

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 …

Balentien likely to extend his stay with Swallows

Good news for baseball fans from Curaçao and the Netherlands. Curaçao native Wladimir Balentien and the Yakult Swallows are on the verge of signing a one-year contract extension. According to Yaoo.com, the 33-year old outfielder decided yesterday to stay with the team. Currently, both parties are working on the finishing touches of the contract, which is …

Bite falls to Blue Sox despite good performance by Bas Nooij

Going 0-3 after the first three games of the season, the Adelaide Bite are close to being swept by the Sydney Blue Sox.  A good performance by Dutchie Bas Nooij, could not prevent the Blue Sox beating the Bite 10-1 on Friday, and 4-3 and 5-4 in today's double header. Adelaide Bite @ Sydney Blue …

Hensely Meulens to be interviewed for Yankees’ manager job

Several New York-based media are reporting that the former Yankee outfielder and current bench coach of the San Francisco Giants Hensley Meulens will be interviewed for the position of manager of the New York Yankees. The 50-year old Curaçao native will be one of a long list of candidates that apply to fill the void that …

Lineup of Curaçao Baseball Week presented

The organization of the Curaçao Baseball Week has announced the lineup of the 2017 event. Quite some Major League Players will show up again this year. Next to MLB players from Curaçao, there will be players from the Dutch hoofdklasse and two non-Curaçaoan MLB players. The players from the Dutch hoofdklasse are Diegomar Markwell and …