Spring Training funnies

Yesterday, yankees.com came up with a clip in which Dellin Betances, Brian McCann, CC. Sabathia, Jacoby Ellsbury and Didi Gregorius played a part of the kids movie "The Sandlot", shot in 1993. Compare the Yankee version with the original version.  I hope that the Yankees' baseball skills are better than their acting skills. 😉  For …

Yankees and Dutchies in Spring Training, Tuesday March 24

Didi Gregorius went 1 for 3 with a double that scored Ramon Flores in New York's 9-8 win over the Tigers. Esmil Rogers pitched a tough game in which he allowed five runs (one earned) on five hits in only three innings. Trailing 8-2 after the top of the seventh, the Yankees scored two in …

Savannah SandGnats to be the new team in Columbia, SC

Those who follow Minor League Baseball a bit, knew that Columbia in South Carolina would get a new team. The construction of the new stadium is well underway and it is supposed to be ready in 2016. In the meantime there was a name the team contest organized and the new name of the team …

Themed jersey craze goes on

The other day I wrote about crazy promotions at Minor League clubs and the silly jerseys that are linked to these promotions. Well the end of this jersey craze doesn't seem to be near. Yesterday the Durham Bulls announced that they will sport a Game of Thrones jersey on April 23.  About three weeks ago …

CanAm League struggles up again

After a few tough years the independent CanAm League is on it's way back. During the last few years several teams folded (Newark Bears and Pittsfield Colonials ) or moved to different leagues (Brockton Rox) so the league only contained four teams. In 2011 the league announced that it would have an interlocking schedule with …

Yankees and Dutchies in Spring Training, Saturday March 21

Runs did not come cheap in this game between the Astros and the Yankees. The Astros scored two runs in the top of the first with Michael Pineda on the mound when Chris Carter hit a two run homerun. Pineda settled down and allowed one more hit and fanned six in total. He lasted 3.2 …

How the Orioles became the Yankees

Ever wondered how the New York Yankees came into exsitence? Believe it or not, but the club that would become the New York Yankees has it's origin in Baltimore. In 1900 the National League contracted from twelve teams to eight. Together with the Washington Senators, Louisville Colonels, St. Louis Perfectos, the Baltimore Orioles were dissolved. …

2015 Southern League All Star Game to be played in Montgomery

The 2015 edition of the Southern League All Star Game will be played at Riverwalk Stadium, home of the 2006 and 2007 Southern League champions Montgomery BIscuits (AA affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays) on June 23rd. Of course this is old news, but I haven't mentioned it before. The All Star Game, which will …

Baseball Miscellaneous 3

New Britain Rock Cats unveil new name for 2016 The New Britain Rock Cats will be renamed in 2016 when the team moves into a new stadium in Hartford, just around the corner. A name the team contest was organized and eventually five names went to the final selection: Hedgehogs, Praying Mantis, River Hogs, Whirlybirds …

Yankees and Dutchies in Spring Training, Friday March 20

Against the Detroit Tigers the Yankees flexed their muscles with seven extra basehits, eleven runs on eleven hits in total. Jose Pirela hit a bases clearing triple in the first with runner on third and second. Rob Refsnyder hit his first homerun in the first inning and took Jose Pirela with him. A-Rod took him …

Yankees and Dutchies in Spring Training, Wednesday March 18

The Braves were no match for the Yankees last night. Mike Foltynewicz got through two innings without problems but could not get out of the third inning. He gave up a bloop broken bat single to Didi Gregorius in the third before he retired Jose Pirela and Brett Gardner on strike outs. Chase Headley broke …

New speed up rules in Atlantic League…. Don’t complain about Rob Manfred anymore

For those who have complained about the new speed up rules in Major League Baseball, introduced by the new commish Rob Manfred, I recommend to read the following. The independent Atlantic League, said by many to be at AAA level, will try out some speed up rules in an exhibition game. When it comes to …

Yankees and Dutchies in Spring Training, Tuesday March 17

A bit late. But better late than never. Due to health issues I will post a little bit les frequent in the coming days/weeks. The Yankees fell to the Blue Jays 4-2. The only regular big leaguers that collected a hit were Carlos Beltran (1 for 3 with a double) and Mark Teixeira who hit …

Billy Beane gets involved in soccer

Baseball news and yet not. Oakland Athletics' general manager Billy Beane has accepted a job with Dutch soccer club AZ from Alkmaar. AZ stands for Alkmaar (the renowned cheese city) and Zaanstreek (Zaan area. The Zaan is a small river in the area just north of Amsterdam). Recently the club acquired former Yankee shortstop and …

The new baseball complex on Curacao seems to be a big thing

My blog post about the new baseball complex on Curacao has gotten many hits the last couple of days. It has been shared on Facebook over a thousand times. Even the Prime Minister of the island, Ivar Asjes, shared it. Now even the local newspaper Antilliaans dagblad is mentioning the new project, referring to this …

Yankees thinking about a six-man rotation

The Yankees are mullling a six-man rotation. Six? Yup, according to the New York Post and then it must be true. 😉 The Bronx Bombers are trying everything to keep Masahiro Tanaka healty. He was bothered by a small ligament tear in his right elbow, which still may not be healed completely. Even though Tanaka …

Yankees and Dutchies in Spring Training, Saturday March 14

In a 4-1 victory over the TIgers, Didi Gregorius batted in the lead off position once again. He went 1 for 2 and his batting average jumped from a .100-ish to .200. In the third inning after Mason Williams hit a triple, Didi hit a sac fly to right field and recorded an RBI. In …

Red Sox stuck with two second basemen?

A blog post on Blleeding Yankee Blue about the Red Sox' acquisition of Yoan Moncada made me think. The Sox signed the kid to a contract with a signing bonus of $31.5 million. Add another $31.5 million tax, imposed by MLB, so that makes a total of $63 million spent on a player who has …