Sharlon Schoop back at AAA

Sharlon Schoop is back with the Norfolk Tides. The Curaçaoan infielder was placed on the roster of the Aberdeen IronBirds at the start of the Minor League season.  After he was added to the Tides roster, Sharlon was put in the lineup immediately. In the 7-3 loss vs the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies), Sharlon …

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Dutchies around the World 2018

A new baseball season, a new round of updates about players of the Dutch Kingdom. With the Minor League season a week old now, it is time to shed a light on my fellow countrymen. MLB Even before the season started, it was clear that Ozzie Albies would be the everyday second baseman of the Atlanta …

Tom De Blok tabbed with loss in A-Advanced debut

Last night, Dutch RHP Tom de Blok made his A-Advanced debut in the Florida State League. It was one he won't fondly remember. Tom lasted only three innings in which he gave up four runs, of which three were earned, as the Lakeland Flying Tigers lost to the Bradenton Marauders 7-3. Tom started the game …

Dutchies on Minor League Opening Day rosters

You may have noticed that the Minor League season started yesterday. I have been roaming the internet to find out where players of the Dutch kingdom would be placed. Here is an overview of those players. A lot of players from the Dutch Kingdom, are playing in the Minor Leagues. Some did not get playing time …

Nationals send Carter Kieboom up to A Advanced

Despite being hit by the injury bug, Carter Kieboom had a splendid season in 2017. Even this good that the Washington Nationals decided to move him up one level to the A Advanced Potomac Nationals. Carter got injured on May 13 and it took him until August 15 to return on the roster of the …

“Save America’s pastime act” may be the death blow for indy leagues

Earlier this week, US Congress approved the "Save America's pastime act". This act will keep grossly underpaid affiliated minor league players underpaid. Major League Baseball lobbied and spent about $1,320,000 to get this bill passed. For years, former minor league players are trying to start a case against MLB to force them to pay minor …

Curaçao Neptunus acquires Japanese pitcher

After De Glaskoning Twins, Curaçao Neptunus will be the second Dutch hoofdklasse club who will use a pitcher from Japan in 2018. In a press release, the club announced the signing of left-hander Riki Saito. After pitcher Kevin Kelly unexpectedly decided to join A.S.D. Rimini Pirates from the Italian Serie A, a void needed to be …

Another food themed promotion in MiLB

With many Minor League clubs having a food-themed promotion, the Omaha StormChasers are doing the same. On June 9, the AAA farm team of the Kansas City Royals will adopt the name Omaha Runzas as they name themselves after a typical Nebraskan snack. A Runza is a warm bun stuffed with peppery beef, wilted cabbage, …

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 …

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 …