Astros affiliate will get its stadium

The A Advanced affiliated of the Houston Astros, now playing in Buies Creek, will get its new stadium in Fayetteville. Today the groundbreaking will take place at 11.00 AM local time. While the rest of the state of North Carolina is waiting for the solar eclipse, people in Fayetteville have more important things to do. …

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Gianfranco Wawoe added to Mariners roster

Curacao infielder Gianfranco Wawoe has been added to the spring training roster of the Seattle Mariners. But even though the M's fielded split squad teams, Gianfranco did not make his seasonal debut. Yesterday, the Seattle Mariners announced on their transaction page that Gianfranco was assigned to the team. It isn't the first time that Gianfranco …

Baseball returns to Bakersfield and Adelanto

After the Mavericks and the Blaze were moved to the East coast at the end of the 2016 season, both Adelanto and Bakersfield will not be without professional baseball in 2017. The void left by the Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros will be filled by the independent Pecos League.  The Pecos League, which is based …

A Advanced Astros to play in temporary home

The A Advanced affiliation of the Houston Astros in the Carolina League will play in a temporary home for the 2017 and 2018 season. Only after the 2018 season the team will move to a projected facility in Fayetteville. The team will move to Jim Perry Stadium of the Campbell University Campus, home of the …

Mariners buy majority share in Nuts

No, the Mariners will not become nut traders. The team has bought a majority share in the Modesto Nuts baseball club (A Advanced, California League). In the previous years, the Mariners spent time in Adelanto (High Desert Mavericks) and in Bakersfield (Blaze), the two cities that will be out of affiliated baseball next year. Both …

High Desert and Bakersfield to Carolina League

Sad news today. According to a source within Minor League Baseball, the California League will announce the contraction of the Bakersfield Blaze and the High Desert Mavericks later today. In the past few months, you could read here several posts with speculations about possible moves. Now it appears that those speculations were pretty close to …

Fayetteville a step closer to MiLB ballpark

The city council of the city of Fayetteville has unanimously agreed on a memorandum of understanding with the Houston Astros, continuing the city’s and the MLB team’s discussion about a new ballpark to support an Advanced A Carolina League team and outlining a basic framework as they move towards a more permanent agreement. In the agreement …

Cal League affiliation change in the making

A surprising move by the Seattle Mariners. The team acquired a 51% stake in the Modesto Nuts, now the Advanced A team of the Colorado Rockies. The Mariners on their turn are affiliated with the Bakersfield Blaze, which is currently leading the California League North Division. The reason behind this move is that the Mariners …

Stadium in Fayetteville feasible, dark clouds above Cal League teams

A feasibility study about the possibility of a minor league ballpark in Fayetteville had a positive outcome for the city. According to the study 4,500 seat ballpark could be created. The study also stated that 88% of the interviewed persons said that they would likely go to a game in the new ballpark in the …

Dutchies in the minors so far in the 2016 season

There are a lot of players from the Dutch Kingdom active in the Minor Leagues. The biggest chunk of them comes from Curacao and Aruba. Here is an overview of those players playing in AAA, AA, A Advanced and A Full Season.  AAA Roger Bernadina is having a good season so far. At bat he …

AAA baseball close for the Alamo City

“I can confirm that I have been in detailed discussions for months with the San Antonio Missions. The Missions are committed to being a partner in a downtown baseball project and are exploring every option available to bring a Triple-A baseball club to San Antonio,” Taylor said. “However, Minor League Baseball will have to approve …

75 years of pro ball in Bakersfield

Yesterday you could see the commemorative logo of the Califonria League that celebrates its diamond anniversary. It is not the only entity that celebrates its 75th year of existence. The Bakersfield Blaze celebrate the fact that in 1941 the first professional team settled in Bakersfield as charter member of the California League. Just like the …

Mavericks and Blaze finally on the move?

Yesterday in the article about the history of the California League, I wrote about 2010 plans that optioned a move of the High Desert Mavericks and the Bakersfield Blaze to the Carolina League. Both teams have a difficult time to stay afloat and currently it is hard to move elsewhere as city councils are not …

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 …

Old discussion about shifting teams to Carolina League flares up again

A couple of months ago, you could read an article about how the Bakersfield Blaze plan to move to Salinas balked. Eventually Salinas in the Monterey Bay Area was named as a possible location. But now that plan has been shot down, another old discussion flares up again. Around 2010 there was a serious discussion …

Final Minor League affiliation news

With the Braves signing a new PDC with the Carolina Mudcats , the complete Minor League affiliation landscape is set. The only team that remains without a PDC is the High Desert Mavericks, but since the Texas Rangers haven't been able to make a deal with the Mudcats, they are expected to sign a two …

Origin of Minor League team names: B

Since 2004 I am addicted to Minor League baseball. Not that it is easy to attend a game when you live in the Netherlands, but I love the way those clubs are more focused on families, children and the related entertainment. In 2008 I attended my first Minor League game at Adelanto, CA. The High …