Yankees acquire prospect Barbato in exchange for Shawn Kelly

According to Twitter and several Yankee blogs, the New York Yankees have sent 30-year old reliever Shawn Kelly to San Diego in exchange for relief prospect Johnny Barbato. My first thoughts were "who?" and "why?" When I googled on Johnny Barbato, I found his stats on baseball-reference.com. Last season Barabato pitched at the AA San …

Groups set for 2015 European Cup for clubs

From June 1st through June 7th 2015, the European Cup will be played in Paris and Rotterdam. The following teams will play in Paris at the home field of PUC (Paris Université Club): L&D Amsterdam Pirates (Netherlands) PUC Paris (France) T&A San Marino (San Marino) Morth Stars Moscow (Russia) Solingen Alligators (Germany) Fortitudo Bologna (Italy) …

Rick van den Hurk officially a Hawk now.

The Fukuoka Softbank Hawks officially announced that Rick van den Hurk has signed a two year contract worth 400,000,000 Yen. The 29-year old Dutch pitcher will wear uniform number 44. According to Yakyubaka.com Van den Hurk said the following: "I am honored and happy for this opportunity to sign a contract with the Fukuoka Softbank …

Curt Smith goes Indy again

Curt Smith, first baseman of the Dutch National team became a free agent after the 2014 season. He had spent the season with the Cardinals' AA affiliation in Springfield MO of the Texas League. Smith signed a deal with the independent Lincoln SaltDogs of the American Association. Smith played for the SaltDogs before. In 2011 …

Rockies sign Bernadina to a minor league contract

In a blog that is (mainly) about Dutch baseball, there wasn't much Dutch baseball news lateley. Finally there is something to mention here.  Roger Bernadina during the 2013 World Baseball Classic The Colorado Rockies have signed Dutch/Netherlands Antillian player Roger Bernadina to a minor league contract, according to Baseball America. The club has not confirmed …

Portland Mavericks, the odd one out

When the Portland Beavers left Portland for Spokane at the end of the 1972 season, ex minor leaguer and tv actor Bing Russell, father of Kurt Russell, jumped in with an independent team. This was not a coincidence. Russell starred for years in the TV series Bonanza, which was cancelled in 1972. The team joined …

No new hitting coach for Yankees until the end of the holidays

The New York Yankees have put their search for a hitting coach on hold until the end of the holidays, according to Brian Cashman. Somehow the name of Jeff Pentland has popped up. Pentland has not been approached by the Yankees' organization yet, but he is quite positive on joining the team: "It is a …

Atlantic League baseball in Cuba?

Today I bumped into an article about Peter Kirk, president of the independent Atlantic League. In an interview Kirk stated that he is interested in placing an Atlantic League team in Cuba. It is not that this idea comes all of a sudden due to the recent diplomatic developments between the USA and Cuba. Two …

John Heyman, please cut the crap!!!

In the last 24 hours there is a rumour floating around that the Yankees are weighing their options to acquire Troy Tulowitzki, shortstop of the Colorado Rockies. This story was brought by John Heyman of CBS. I really don't know where he got this information from, but in the meantime at least one source from …

What to do with the hefty contracts, Cashman?

This morning I bumped into this article about the Yankees who would be ready to dump A-Rod in the first months of the season, pending on his performance. I don't know if it is true. It appears highly speculative to me. But it made me think about what the Yankees should do with the hefty …

Martin Prado traded for pitching….

I one of my previous posts I wrote about the option of trading Martin Prado for pitching. Well it appears that Cashman has read my post. But the trade is not quite the way I expected it to be. The Yankees opted Martin Prado and pitcher David Phelps to Miami in exchange for Nathan Eovaldi, …

1955, the season that was next year

                                                                          After the New York Giants won the World Series in the previous year, the Dodgers started the season hopeful as ever. How many World Series had they played without winning one? 1916 and 1920 as the Robins, 1941, 1947, 1949, 1952 and 1953. In five of these World Series appearances, the hated Yankees were …

How will the renewed relationship with the US affect Cuban baseball?

Now president Obama has re-established the diplomatic ties with Cuba, you can wonder what the effect on Cuban baseball will be. For decades, Cuban players were not allowed to play in the US, resulting in many players fleeing the country directly or during internationals tournaments abroad (like Aroldis Chapman did in 2009, when a Cuban …

What to think of the Yankees’ off season so far?

The Yankees signed Chris Capuano to a one year deal, yesterday. I know that the Bronx Bombers are in desperate need of a starting pitcher, but I cannot imagine that Capuano is the guy they are waiting for. He is a guy for the number five slot in the rotation, the part of the team …

Why not trade Prado for a pitcher?

Earlier today I made a joke on Twitter about a trading Prado to the Giants in exchange for Bumgarner. But afterall this may be not such a bad idea. If the Yankees bring Rob Refsnyder to play second base and he lives up to the expectations, Prado will be a spare part. Sure he can …

New sponsor for Neptunus

After sixteen years DOOR will not be the sponsor of current Dutch champion Neptunus anymore. The team from Rotterdam has struck a deal with Curacao foundation Fondashon bon Intenshon (Foudation good intention). This foundation was founded in 1990 and is trying to put Curacao on the map internationally. It  is active in the areas of …

Yanks sign Headly to four year deal. Another mysterious move by Cashman ?

The Yankees reportedly signed Chase Headly to a four year deal worth a bit North of $50 million, as MLB.com stated. Sure the guy wanted to play in New York and it is good to have a player aboard that really wants to play with your team, but I still don't understand this move. Why …

Rick van den Hurk’s numbers with KBO stats at the background

Rick van den Hurk had a marvelous 2014 season in the KBO. As we all may know by now, the former Major Leaguer (Marlins, Orioles, and Pirates) won the league's awards for lowest ERA  and most strikeouts. When you know that the  KBO is a very offensive league with an average of 5.71 runs per …