Dodgers to sign another Aruban talent

They have to wait until July 2nd but then the Los Angeles Dodgers will sign another player from Aruba to a minor league contract. Rolando Petronia from Oranjestad will likely be sent to the Dominican Summer League before he will start to play on the American mainland. The infielder spent most of his years with …

Today in baseball: Names on jerseys make debut

Bill Veeck was always known as an inventor in the baseball world. He was responsible for the ivy at the outfield wall at Wrigley Field. He promoted the game in every possible way. Today in 1960, Bill Veeck came up with something that would become the standard in MLB. On March 13, 1960, then the …

Aruban talent signs with Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles have acquired another talent from the Isle of Aruba. The youngster from Paradera signed a seven-year contract with the Birds. According to Baseball Aruba, left-handed pitcher Adrion Lacle was signed out of the international draft as the best pitching prospect from Aruba. According to Sports Zone Aruba, it is the first time, …

Fortitudo Bologna signs Alex Rodriguez

The title of this blog post may sound very sensational but the reigning Italian champion did not sign A-Rod, they signed Curaçaoan first baseman Alexander Rodriguez who spent several years in the minor league systems of the Colorado Rockies and the Tampa Bay Rays. The 25-year old first baseman started his professional career with the Colorado …

Rick van Dijck takes step back

Dutch pitcher Rick van Dijck, who has spent several years in the highest Czech league will not be seen in the Czech Extra League in 2019 but will play one level lower with SaBaT Prague.   According to Milujeme-Baseball.cz, the Dutch pitcher will reinforce the ranks of the second division club from Prague. In the …

Ballparks around the world: Isotopes Park

Isotopes Park, home of the Albuquerque Isotopes is a state of the art ballpark even though it is almost sixteen years old. The earth colors fit very well in the New Mexico desert landscape. A lot in this ballpark breathes Simpsons. This all is linked to an episode of the Matt Groening cartoon. In that …

Minor League history: Middle Atlantic League (1925-1930)

In this edition of Minor League history we are talking about the Middle Atlantic League. The league a continuous run from  1925 - 1942 and later from 1946-1951. The league was mainly located in Ohio and southwestern Pennsylvania but also had offshoots in New York, Maryland and West Virginia. The first edition of the Middle …

Rimini not saved after all

Unlike the blog post of last week in which was written that A.S.D. Rimini Pirates appeared to be saved, the curtain has fallen for the three-time Italian champion. Today it was announced the club will be put back to the Italian third division. Last week, RiminiToday had a positive article about the club in which …

Time to stop buying New Era caps?

Normally, with this blog, I stay away from politics or social issues. Unless it is baseball related like the MiLB salary dispute. In the case of this blog post, it is baseball related (in)directly. As a baseball cap nut, it is time for me to write an accusal against New Era cap co. For decades …

Posting system between MLB and CPBL

In imitation of the NPB, the Taiwanese Baseball League, CPBL, will sign a deal regarding a posting system. CPBL commissioner Wu Chih-Yang and MLB senior vice president Jim Small will both sign the agreement on March 8.  In previous years MLB teams were unable to bid on Taiwanese players and since MLB believes CPBL’s “international …

Rimini baseball appears to be saved (for this season)

After many players turned their back on A.S.D. Rimini Pirates it looked like the club would not be able to field a team for the upcoming season in the Serie A1. This would mean it would be demoted to one of the lower Italian leagues. But according to RiminiToday, the flagship team is almost ready. …

This day in baseball: The highest paid player

In the wake of the Bryce Harper lunacy, today a blog post about two players that were the highest paid players in their days. Regarding the money they got, none could stand in the shadow of Harper's $330 million. On this day in 1927, a certain Yankee player became the highest paid player ever as …

Today in baseball: Sac fly rule implemented

Today, 111 years ago, MLB introduced the sacrifice fly rule. It would take some attempts before the rule was reinstated for good. In 1908 MLB introduced the sac fly rule. But after 23 years the rule was abolished again only to be reintroduced in 1939. This stay was rather short as the rule was cut …

Yanks want to extend Didi’s contract

After extending Aaron Hicks' contract for seven years, the Yankees are reportedly looking to keep Didi Gregorius in their ranks. The only right decision of course. Didi Gregorius joined the Yankees after a trade on December 5, 2014. He had the ungrateful task to replace Derek Jeter, a big fan favorite. The comments about the …

Sod Poodles unveil more jerseys

Last year you could read here about the Amarillo Sod Poodles unveiling their home jersey. Today, the club unveiled their road jersey and alternate jersey as well. The home jersey was described in the aforementioned blog post already. The road jersey and alternate jersey have the same feature the home jersey has as well. Blue …

Today in baseball: Texas League quits during WWII

Today in 1942, the Texas League announced it would cease activities as a result of the Second World War. A little less than three months after the US has been dragged into the war because of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the Texas League was one of the first minor leagues to cease activities. …