Cracks in concrete of Woodpeckers’ ballpark

Less than a year after its opening, Segra Stadium, home to the Fayetteville Woodpeckers (A-Advanced affiliate of the Houston Astros in the Carolina League) is already showing cracks in certain spots of the concrete. The ballpark opened on April 18, 2019. Even though experts claim that the cracks are not dangerous, it is pretty quick …

MLB knows to find Dutch Baseball Hangout

Normally, I don't post about the achievements of this blog. Sometimes about the number of posts or hits, but that's about it. But this morning I found out something that I am really thrilled about. Even this thrilled, I needed to write a note about it. In the past days, the Dutch Baseball Hangout wrote …

Baseball Related Songs: “The Man With the Broom (epilogue)” by Brocker Way

In today's episode of "Baseball Related Songs," we pay attention to "The Man With the Broom (Epilogue)" performed by Brocker Way. This is the final piece of music of the Netflix documentary "Battered Bastards of Baseball." Brocker Way is an is an actor and composer, known for #TAKEMEANYWHERE (2018), Passport to Paris (1999) and Battered …

Baseball in the countryside

On March 28, 2020, the ballpark of the Drachten Diamonds will be home to a game between two Dutch hoofdklasse clubs. HCAW from Bussum will take on Oosterhout Twins. HCAW reached the playoffs for the third year in a row but was swept in a best-of-five semi-final series against L&D Amsterdam Pirates, the team that …

Is MLB still credible?

A lot has been written about the sign-stealing scandal of the Houston Astros already. Yesterday, former Astros manager A.J. Hinch was interviewed by Tom Verducci. In this interview, he confessed he tolerated too much. Hinch claimed to be sorry for what happened. You may wonder if he is not only sorry for the fact they …

Manny has offered himself, still negotiating with Parma

The other day you could read a blog post about persistent rumors of Manny Ramirez coming to Parma. According to gazzetta.it, the former MLB star has offered himself and is still negotiating. In the previous blog post, you could read that it would be the third time that Ramirez would come out of retirement. It …

Persistent rumors Parma will land “Manny being Manny”

According to the Italian baseball website Baseballmania.eu, there are persistent rumors coming from the United States about Manny Ramirez coming to Italy and to Parmaclima Parma (Serie A1) in particular. After having announced his retirement twice, it would be the second time that he returns to baseball. In 2017, the former Boston slugger went to …

Baseball for Blind and Visually Impaired slowly growing

One an a half years ago, the Italian League for Blind and Visually Impaired Baseball was founded. The league is supported by the Italian Baseball and Softball Federation (FIBS) and is run by the AIBXC (Italian for Italian Association for Baseball Played by the Blinds).  Even though the League for Blind and Visually Impaired Baseball …

Montpellier Barracudas acquire Desi Relaford

Some stunning baseball news from France. Former Major Leaguer Desi Relaford will reinforce the ranks of French Division 1 club Montpellier Barracudas. It is not the first reinforcment for the club from the South of France. A few weeks ago, the club announced the acquisition of Andy Cosgrove, who spent the past few years at …

The 1913/1914 Baseball World Tour

Shortly after the 1913 World Series, that was won by the Philadelphia Athletics with its A$100,000 infield, the owner of the Chicago White Sox, Charles Comiskey and the manager of the New York Giants, John McGraw, started a promotional tour around the globe. According to the legend, Charles Comiskey and John McGraw made the plan …

Renderings of downtown Kansas City ballpark presented

Yesterday, Kansas City-based design company Pendulum has presented its vision on a downtown ballpark in Kansas City. In the past months, there have been rumors about several locations in downtown Kansas City. But so far the club hasn't made a decision on leaving Kauffman Stadium. The renderings unveiled by Pendulum showed a 30,000 seater in …

Baseball Related Songs: “My oh my” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

In today's episode of "Baseball Related Songs," we pay attention to "My oh my" performed by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. The song is about the magical year 1995 in which the Seattle Mariners made it to the ALCS after beating the Yankees in the ALDS. Macklemore is the stage name of Benjamin Hammond Haggerty, a …

Pedro Strop to Cincinnati

After seven years with the Chicago Cubs, Dominican-born Pedro Strop has signed a one-year contract with division rival Cincinnati. The deal is worth $1.825 million and Strop can earn an additional $1.5 million in incentives. The reliever with a father from Curaçao and a mother from the Dominican Republic will earn $1,825,000 and an additional …

Tortugas Dodgerized for the occasion

In the past few years, you could read several posts about my aversion to minor league clubs adopting the identity of the parent club. Good examples are the Dodgers' and Braves' farm teams. But sometimes adoptions like that are inevitable.  On April 17, 18, and 19 the Daytona Tortugas will be Dodgerized for the occasion …

Calten Daal signs with Twins

Curaçao shortstop Calten Daal has signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins. After seven years with the Cincinnati Reds he opted for free agency. Daal broke into professional baseball in 2013 as he made his first steps with the AZL Reds (rookie). Later that season, Calten was promoted to Advanced Rookie-level (Pioneer League, …

Baseball Related Songs: “Tiger Stadium’s Lament” by Russ Franzen

In this episode of Baseball Related Songs, we pay attention to "Tiger Stadium's Lament" performed by singer-songwriter and balladeer Russ Franzen. The nice part about this song is that it is written from the point of view of Tiger Stadium itself. As said in the prologue, Russ Franzen is a singer-songwriter and balladeer from the …