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 …

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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 …

What to expect from the Dutchies this year? Didi Gregorius

With Spring Training around the corner it is time to see how the players from the Kingdom of the Netherlands will do in the upcoming season. Of course there is no crystal ball and it is still up in the air, but in general you can make a decent prediction based on the performance of …

Dutchie baseball news: Yankees avoid salary arbitration with Didi

The New York Yankees and shortstop Didi Gregorius have come together to avoid salary arbitration. Both parties have reached agreement on a $2.425 million one-year salary for 2016. Didi was part of a three team trade that sent Shane Greene to the Tigers, and LHP Robbie Ray and infielder Domingo Leyba Diamondbacks. Gregorius had to replace Derek Jeter, who hung …

Maeda to be posted

After the Hiroshima Toyo Carp listened to the wish of their starting pitcher, Kenta Maeda, they said that they would carefully weigh the options. In the past week they announced that they would likely post him but today the word came out. Major League Baseball on Wednesday morning that the Hiroshima Carp of the Japan Central …

Summing up the Dutchies per MLB organization: New York Yankees

I have been looking forward to do this one. Not only because it is about my favorite team but most of all because it is about my favorite  player on that team by far. Today in "Summing up the Dutchies per MLB organization":       Number of Dutchies: 1 Didi Gregorius: Didi Gregorius has the very same …

Damon Berryhill PCL manager of the year

One doesn't need to be a great player to become a good manager....  Damon Berryhill proved this yesterday as he was voted the best manager of the Pacific Coast League. Atlanta Braves fans will remember Berryhill as the catcher that caught for the Braves during the 1992 World Series vs the Toronto Blue Jays in …