Tampa Bay Rays sign Aruban talent

Another MLB club has discovered the pool of talent of the Dutch Caribbean islands. This time the Tampa Bay Rays have signed catcher Nigel Calmes to a six-year contract.  Calmes did a tryout during a so-called High Player Profile tryout in front of 30 MLB teams. In the recent past, the Baltimore Orioles followed Nigel as …

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How the Red Sox made the Yankees a dynasty

Many may think that the sale of Babe Ruth to the Yankees led to the downfall of the Red Sox. That isn't entirely true. In the following years, Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert would raid the Red Sox for more players that laid the foundation of a dynasty and changed the Red Sox from contenders to …

Groups for European Champions Cup set

The European Baseball Confederation (CEB) has drawn the teams for the two groups for the upcoming European Champions Cup which will be played in Rotterdam next year. Reigning champion Curaçao Neptunus will face two opponents from the Italian Serie A1 (recently the Italian Baseball Federation (FIBS) decided to fold the Italian Baseball League). Neptunus will be …

Baseball related songs: “Satchel Paige said” by The Baseball Project

In today's edition of Baseball related songs we pay attention to one of the many baseball songs of the Baseball Project: "Satchel Paige said." The song comes from the band's debut album Volume 1: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails. The Baseball Project is what they call a supergroup. The group was founded by two members …

Does Rob Manfred lie about the Marlins acquisition?

The other day MLB commissioner Rob Manfred was interviewed by ESPN's Dan Le Batard. Like many Marlins fans, Le Batard is furious about how the Marlins hold another fire sale. He clearly suspects Manfred to have known about the new ownership group's plans when they acquired the team from Jeffrey Loria. In a radio interview, …

Loek van Mil earns save in ABL All-Star Game

The World All-Stars beat team Australia in the ABL All-Star Game as they snapped a three-game losing streak against the Aussies. After trailing most of the game, the World All-Stars bounced back late in the game and eventually won 6-4. The World All-Stars took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Delmon Young scored …

Chadwick Tromp gets invitation for MLB Spring Training camp

Aruban catcher Chadwick Tromp has received an invitation to the MLB Spring Training camp of the Cincinnati Reds in 2018. In his fifth year with the Reds organization, Chadwick has worked his way up to AA (Southern League) Pensacola Blue Wahoos. This invitation is a reward for his hard work both at bat and behind …

RiverDogs release anniversary logo with a different touch

Next season, the Charleston RiverDogs will celebrate its 25th anniversary. Yesterday the single A team of the New York Yankees released the anniversary logo. But it is not quite how one would expect it would look like. The anniversary logo doesn't show the dog that is in the main logo. Instead, it shows a collar …

Loek van Mil makes ABL All Star Game

33-year old Dutchie, Loek van Mil, has been selected for the World All-Stars roster for the 2017 ABL All-Star Game. The World All-Stars will take on team Australia in this year's friendly of the Australian Baseball League.  This season is Van Mil's third season in the ABL. In the previous two seasons, also with the Adelaide …

Michael Jordan’s year in baseball may be immortalized in a Hollywood production

After Michael Jordan retired from the NBA for the first time, he tried another sport. In 1994, the greatest basketball player of all time signed a minor league deal with the Chicago White Sox. Not a surprise as the owner of the Chicago Bulls also owned the Southsiders.  In that 1994 season, Jordan played for …

Baseball related songs: “Glory Days” by Bruce Springsteen

In this episode, we pay attention to "Glory Days" sung by Bruce Springsteen. The song comes from the 1984 album "Born in the USA" and is about men who try to recapture youth again. Even though "Glory Days" was recorded in 1982, the song appeared two years later on the Boss' album "Born in the …

Rockies and Yard Goats extend PDC

The Colorado Rockies and the Hartford Yard Goats (AA Eastern League) have extended their Player Development Contract through the 2020 season. Both franchises have been cooperating since 2015. Of course, representatives of both clubs exchanged pleasantries. “We are delighted to extend our affiliation with the Colorado Rockies,” Yard Goats President Tim Restall said. “The Yard …

Tampa Yankees go throwback

The Tampa Yankees are no more. Today the club announced a name change.With this name change, the club, owned by the parent club in New York attempts to celebrate the city's long baseball history. From 1957 -1987 Tampa fielded a Florida State League team with the name Tarpons. General manager Vance Smith stated the club …

Kevin Kelly a signature away from joining A.S.D. Rimini Pirates

Just like a few other clubs from the Italian Baseball League, A.S.D. Rimini Pirates will acquire a player from the Dutch hoofdklasse. Will... because the contract hasn't been signed yet. If everything goes according to plan, Kevin Kelly will sign tomorrow to join Rimini for the 2018 season. Kelly won't be the first player from …

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 …

Dreaming of a modern era Murderers’ Row

The internet is swirling with rumors about the Yankees being close to a trade for Giancarlo Stanton. Several baseball journalists on Twitter have said it is almost a done deal. Think about the lineup the Yankees would have. You can wonder if Stanton is what the Yankees need. Nope. They don't need him at all. …