Today in Baseball: Ted Turner’s one Game Stint

Today, 43 years ago, Atlanta Braves owner took over as the team's manager in an attempt to halt a 16-game losing streak. 1977 wasn't the Braves' year. In their 12th year in Atlanta, the team served as the doormat of the Nationals League West. After a losing streak of 16 games, owner Ted Williams had …

Today in Baseball: Bulls play home opener in road unis

Today, forty years ago, the Durham Bulls returned from a season-opening road trip to Durham Athletic Park for their home opener. But something was going on during that first home game of the 1980 season. As the team's home uniforms were stolen two days prior to the season, Hank Aaron, the Braves' Minor League director, …

Padres sign Dutchie

The San Diego Padres have signed Aruban infielder Ray-Patrick Didder to a minor league contract. He is not the first player from the Kingdom of the Netherlands that will play for the Padres. Kalian Sams preceded him and also Jurickson Profar has joined the Padres recently after he was traded by the A's.   After …

Baseball related songs: “To the Veterans’ Committee” by the Baseball Project

In this episode of Baseball related songs, we pay attention to another song by the Baseball Project: “To the Veterans’ Committee” In previous episodes we already paid attention to two other songs of the Baseball Project: "Satchel Paige said" and "1976." The Baseball Project was formed in 2007 by Peter Buck, Mike Mills (both R.E.M.), Scott McCaughey …

County tries to buy out FireFrogs

Indeed this is stunning news. The measure was added to the consent agenda and briefly discussed and approved at Monday’s meeting. According to the Osceola News-Gazette, Osceola County has approved a measure that will pay the Florida FireFrogs $500,000 if the team will leave Osceola County Stadium after this season. If the team accepts the offer, …

Atlanta Braves sign Dutch talent

The Atlanta Braves have signed Dutch (Aruban born) catcher Denzel Bryson to a minor league contract. The 17-year Aruban born comes from a modest season with HCAW in the Dutch hoofdklasse. Denzel broke into hoofdklasse baseball through the (now defunct) Bixie baseball academy. He debuted in the hoofdklasse with De Glaskoning Twins in Oosterhout in 2016 …

Why are some MiLB teams so eager to lose their own identity?

In the fifties, sixties, and seventies it was a common thing to name a minor league club after the parent club. Slowly things changed and nowadays most of the minor league clubs have a moniker other than the parent club. But since the start of the 2010s, there is an ongoing trend. A trend regarding …

Dutchies around the World 2018

A new baseball season, a new round of updates about players of the Dutch Kingdom. With the Minor League season a week old now, it is time to shed a light on my fellow countrymen. MLB Even before the season started, it was clear that Ozzie Albies would be the everyday second baseman of the Atlanta …

Braves are high on Ray Patrick-Didder

Yesterday, the Atlanta Braves played their last exhibition game before Opening Day. In a nine-inning event, they took on their most promising minor league players. One of those future stars, as the team was called in the box score, was Aruba born Ray Patrick-Didder. This spring training Ray-Patrick had six at-bats with the MLB squad. Unfortunately, he …

The HOF voting from a different point of view: Andruw Jones stays on ballot

With Jim Thome, Vladimir Guerrero, Trevor Hoffman and Chipper Jones voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, the Walhalla of baseball adds four great players. But most important, from a Curaçao/ Dutch point of view is the fact that Andruw Jones stayed on the ballot. The outfielder who broke into the Majors with …

Update on Dutchie prospects in top 50 lists

A few days ago the Dutch Baseball Hangout posted an overview of players of the Dutch Kingdom who were ranked in the top 50 prospect lists of the organization they are playing for. Here is an update on that list. Isranel (Izzy) Wilson This 19-year old talent from St. Maarten (St. Martin) is playing in the …

Gwinnett Braves turn into Gwinnett Stripers

Finally. After a long wait, the Gwinnett Braves (Atlanta Braves AAA affiliate in the International League) unveiled their new identity today. In an attempt to boost their attendance the club changed its name to Gwinnett Stripers. Remarkably as the name wasn't one of the six names that were on the final six in the name-the-team contest. …

Andruw Jones on 2018 HOF ballot

Today, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced the newbies on the 2018 ballot. Next to players like his namesake Chipper Jones, Trevor Hoffman, first-timers Omar Vizquel and Jim Thome, Curaçao native Andruw Jones is also on the ballot. Andruw Jones broke into the majors at the age of  19. He was the youngest player to …