Another year in the Majors for Andruw Jones unlikely or not?

After two years in the NPB (Nippon Professional Baseball League) Andruw Jones is trying to sign a deal with a Major League team. According to his agent Scott Bora$$, at least two teams have shown interest. The 37-year old outfielder probably has to settle with a minor league deal. In two years with the Tohoku …

Dutchies in the US: Where will they start the 2015 season?

With spring training around the corner, I thought it would be nice to give an overview of Dutch and Netherlands Antillian players who play in the US at various levels. I will drag those players into the spotlight that play on MLB, AAA, AA, A Advanced, A Full Season, A Short Season and Rookie (Appalachian …

Van den Hurk reports at new club

Rick van den Hurk arrived in Japan yesterday to join his new team, the Softbank Hawks from Fukuoka. Shortly after his arrival he joined a training session and introduced himself to his new team members. Today the six time Japnanese champion organized a press conference to introduce the 29-year old Dutch RHP. During the last …

Biloxi Shuckers’ owner planning to play vs Cuban teams

The first signs of a thawed relationship between Cuba and the USA are getting visible. Tim Bennett is negotiating with a Cuban delegation to play a few exhibition games vs Cuban teams. The intention is to have two Cuban teams to come over to Biloxi. The intention is to play the games in late summer …

Dreaming about MLB International

In an article built around an interview with the Baltimore Sun, previous commissioner of Major League Baseball Bud Selig, said the following: After nearly 22 1/2 years that began with unprecedented labor unrest, unfolded with rapid innovation and ended with unparalleled prosperity,he predicted a future filled with more transformation, perhaps with expansion to other countries. …

Some good sounds from the Commissioner’s Office at last

New MLB commissioner, Rob Manfred, sees Montreal as a viable city for Major League baseball under the right circumstances. Thanks to the Jeffrey Loria/ Bud Selig combo, the Expos disappeared from the baseball map and moved south of the border to become the Washington Nationals. Last year the two game exhibition series between the Toronto …

A-Rod is becoming a persona non grata with Yankees

Remember when the Yankees robbed Alex Rodriguez away from the Red Sox back in 2003? The Red Sox were close in striking a deal with the Rangers when the Yankees made a better offer. Rodriguez was laureled as a new hero. How things can change. After serving a year of suspension after being accused of …

Strassburg on the trading list?

We all know by now that the Washington Nationals have signed Max Scherzer to a seven year contract. Since then there are a lot of specualtions about the odd pitcher out in the Nats' rotation. For long, Jordan Zimmerman was named as the most likely candidate, but since a week the name of Stephen Strassburg …

New commissioner suggests ban on shifts

The new commissioner of Major League Baseball, Rob Manfred has suggested a ban on defensive shifts in the infield during an interview. This kind of shifts are used against hitters that pull the ball. So banning a shift like this would be a major advantage for pulling hitters. Defensive shifts are not something new. Lou …

Schoop returns to Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles have signed Sharlon Schoop to a minor league contract. Sharlon is the older brother of Orioles' infielder Jonathan Schoop. Sharlon played for the Bowie Baysox in the Eastern League (O's AA affiliate) last season. In 77 games and 267 at bats he collected 58 (.217)hits of which thirteen doubles and three homeruns. …

Jurrjens invited for Spring Training Camp

Curacao native Jair Jurrjens who signed a Minor League deal with the Colorado Rockies in November, has received an invitation to the Rockies Spring Training Camp in Arizona. After a long absence he had a rocky start (sorry for the pun) with the Rockies. In two starts he went 0-1 with a 10.61 ERA. After …

Mariners turn back the clock and yet not

The Seattle Mariners have unveiled their new alternate Sunday uniform. The lettering and logo (on the sleeve) are the same than those at their home jersey. But the new uniform has the same colouring as the Mariners had in the seventies and eighties. The Mariners say that the past meets the present. If you see …

Marlins sign Ichiro to one year deal

The Miami Marlins signed Ichiro Suzuki to a one-year deal worth around $2 million. Buster Olney expects that no kind of option will be added. Ichiro, 41 years old, will be the Marlins' fourth outfielder. In that role he will probably not reach 3,000 hits this season, since the Marlins outfield is containing three young …

Mariners in the center of the attention this week

The Seattle Mariners are in the center of the attention this week. Not with things that have to do with baseball directly though. On Tuesday they announced that they will replace the common light bulbs that light the playing surface with LED lights. LED lights are more durable than regular light bulbs (a longevity of …

“Rebranding” day in baseball

It was a day where two baseball clubs showed their new team colours. First of all, the Nashville Sounds of the AAA Pacific Coast League. They will move into a new ballpark at the start of this season, which is an excellent reason to rebrand. They had already shown their new logo, but at that …

Baseball in the Netherlands: Not always a story about heroics, part 2

A few months ago I wrote about a small club in the Netherlands that was forced to dissolve because the town it was situated tore down it's ball field. Today I read a tweet from the Dutch hoofdklasse club AdoLakers from The Hague, about an upcoming special members meeting. The tweet said the following: Invitation …