Diamondbacks extend PDC with Rawhide

More affiliation news. The Arizona Diamondbacks have extended their Player Development Contract with the Visalia Rawhide with two years. The new contract will run through the 2020 season. Several MLB players have called Visalia home for a while: Paul Goldschmidt, Max Scherzer, Archie Bradley, Trevor Bauer and Mitch Haniger. From 2013 through 2016, the Rawhide …

Didi Gregorius reaches 700 game mile stone

Last night, Didi Gregorius played his 700th MLB game. In the 7-2 win over the Seattle Mariners, Didi went 1 for 4.  With that 700th game, Didi set a record of most MLB games played by a Dutch-born player, overtaking Bert Blyleven, who participated in 699 games in his extensive career. Next, to the 692 …

D-Backs and Aces extend PDC

Through Twitter, the Reno Aces announced the extension of their Player Development Contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks through the 2020 season. https://twitter.com/Aces/status/1002253026378199040   Even though the Diamondbacks signed a four-year extension in 2012 prefered to sign two-year deals with this extension and the previous one. The two clubs cooperate since 1998 when the Aces still …

D-Backs bring back the bullpen car

It was a phenomenon that started in the 50s and disappeared after 1995: The bullpen car. But since MLB is trying everything to speed up the game, bullpen cars came to mind not so long ago when commissioner Rob Manfred proposed to bring them back. Now the Arizona Diamondbacks will bring back the bullpen car. The …

Several MLB clubs to celebrate anniversary in 2018

The Miami Marlins and the Tampa Bay Rays will celebrate an anniversary this season.  The Marlins will celebrate their 25th season and the Rays their 20th. But next to these two clubs, the Rockies (also 25) and the Diamondbacks (20) will also celebrate a milestone. With the firesale fresh in their memory, it is likely …

Finally: Maricopa County takes care of needed Chases Field repairs

Finally, the cat is out of the bag. Maricopa County has freed $3.75 million for the much-needed repairs of Chase Field.  The Maricopa County Stadium District has approved a $3.75 million contract for additional improvements to Chase Field. The contract was approved Wednesday and will contain steel and concrete repair work which is expected to …

Dutchies at MLB Spring Training

The spring training exhibition games are well underway. How do the players from Aruba, Curacao and the Netherlands perform? Here is an overview of yesterday’s games. A short one this time, as all but one MLB players from the Dutch Kingdom have left for Korea to prepare for the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Two minor leaguers …

18-year old Aussie signs with Diamondbacks

18-year old Jordan McArdle, who hit a grandslam homerun last Saturday vs the Sydney BlueSox, has signed a contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Adelaide Bite announced on their Twitter account. McArdle , who is 185 centimeters tall and weighs 93 kg, was on the Bite's roster as their DH. In 27 games he hit …

Didi Gregorius and Jim Kaat to visit Kiwis

Amsterdam born shortstop of the New York Yankees Didi Gregorius and former Minnesota Twins pitcher and Yankees announcer Jim Kaat will pay a visit to New Zealand. Both will have their own schedule as Kaat already arrived and Didi will arive on January 9. Jim Kaat will tour the country to motivate youngsters to play …

D-Backs sue Maricopa county, may leave Chase Field

Yesterday, KTAR.com, published the news that the Arizona Diamondbacks are suing Maricopa County in the Chase Field case. This lawsuit may lead to the team leaving Chase Field. The case about Chase Field is a long running one. The Diamondbacks blame Maricopa County to neglect the stadium and that there is a lot of deferred …

Grizzlies, 20 seasons in Fresno

The Fresno Grizzlies will be in Fresno for their twentieth season this year. The team landed in Fresno in 1998 where the team played at the stadium of the University of Fresno in the first four years before they moved to Chukchansi Park. The history of the Grizzlies started in Tucson AZ. The Phoenix Firebirds …

Chase Field replaced?

Maricopa County, owner of the Arizona Diamondbacks' home Chase Field is negotiating with Stadium Real Estate Partners II LLC about a possible sale of the ballpark. If both parties can srike a deal, it would relieve Maricopa County from the ongoing dispute with the D-Backs about the maintenance of the ballpark. Even if both parties can …

D-Backs leave Mobile and look for greener pastures in Jackson

The Arizona Diamondbacks have announced that they have left the Mobile BayBears to look for new AA partner in the Southern League. During the last decade, the team was linked to the Mobile BayBears, but after ten years the club has decided to sign a player development contract with the Jackson Generals, who were the AA affiliate …

Lots of PDC news

Because of my stay at the European Baseball Championship, I have missed quite some moves regarding several extensions of player development contracts. Yesterday, September 11 was the deadline to extend player development contracts, so in the last couple of days there have been a lot of signings at the eleventh hour. Five extensions have been …

Chase Field up for sale

Yes, you read it well. Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, is up for sale. Maricopa County offcials took an important step to sell the stadium. The county's Stadium District Board of Directors unanimously voted to sign a letter of intent to open negotiations with Integral Group LLC to sell the ballpark. The minimum price …

Yankees did right thing by throwing the towel

By trading away their most valuable assets, the Yankees have officially given up on the season. Until the trade deadline the situation wasn't quite as hopeless as many thought it would be. In fact, trailing by seven games at this part of the season, gives a team still a chance to reach the play offs, …

Here we go again. Another MLB team threatens to leave

When the Arizona Diamondbacks signed a deal with the Maricopa County Board about their new stadium, part of the deal was that the county would upgrade and maintain the BOB or Chase Field as it is called now, in a regular fashion. I guess you can guess what has happened. Maricopa County has not upgraded …