Orioles to sport their name in Braille

A great promotion. On September 18, the Baltimore Orioles will look somewhat different. The name Orioles will be shown on the front of their jersey but it can't be read by most of us. Why? The O's will sport their name in Braille lettering. The O's will be the first team in professional sports that will …

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 …

Minor League Affiliation News

In the last few days, there has been a lot of PDC extensions. The Baltimore Orioles extended the player development contracts with five of their affiliations and the Cincinnati Reds did the same with their Advanced Rookie team of the Pioneer League, the Billings Mustangs. The Baltimore Orioles extended the PDCs with the Norfolk Tides …

Dutchies around the World 2018

In this episode of Dutchies around the World, we pay attention to Jonathan Schoop, Darren Seferina, Kevin Josephina, Gianfranco Wawoe and Phildrick Llewellyn. MLB It is not clear if he is influenced by the poor performance of the Baltimore Orioles, who currently own the worst record in all of MLB, but Jonathan Schoop is struggling at …

Wally Vrolijk caught for PED use

Wally Vrolijk, the 23-year-old Aruban pitcher of the Ulm Falcons (German Bundesliga) has been caught with traces of performance-enhancing drugs in his blood. As a result, the Falcons dismissed Vrolijk from all of his duties with the club.  After the first game vs the Saarlouis Hornets, Vrolijk had to undergo a blood test. the A …

Sharlon Schoop back at AAA

Sharlon Schoop is back with the Norfolk Tides. The Curaçaoan infielder was placed on the roster of the Aberdeen IronBirds at the start of the Minor League season.  After he was added to the Tides roster, Sharlon was put in the lineup immediately. In the 7-3 loss vs the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies), Sharlon …

Ademar Rifaela promoted to AA

Curaçao native Ademar Rifaela will start the season with the AA Bowie BaySox of the Eastern League. The 23-year old outfielder spent all of the 2017 season with the Frederick Keys of the A-Advanced Carolina League. Ademar had a good season with the Orioles' A-Advanced affiliate last year. He played 126 of the 140 regular …

Scout who discovered several Dutchies passes away

    Most European baseball fans may not know him, but the person who scouted several European players for the Mariners has passed away. Wayne Norton scouted Italy's own Alex Liddi and Dutchies like Greg Halman, Kalian Sams and Tom de Blok. Norton died as the result of ALS. Wayne Norton was a career minor …

Astros acquire Justin Verlander in surprising move.

The Houston Astros have acquired a big prize just before the trading deadline of September 1st. In exchange for three top talented minor leaguers, the American League West team hauled in Justin Verlander. By getting the 34-year old right hander before September 1st, he can be placed on the Astros' post season roster. Another nice …

Jonathan Schoop named player of the week

A good performance resulted in Jonathan Schoop being named player of the week ending on July 23rd. The Curaçaoan second baseman of the Baltimore Orioles The announcement was made by MLB yesterday.  The press release of MLB stated: "Schoop batted .433 (13-for-30) with eight runs scored, two doubles, three home runs and 16 RBI over …

Tom de Blok debuts as starting pitcher

Last night, Dutch pitcher Tom de Blok debuted as a starting pitcher with the Connecticut Tigers. The parent club from Detroit think Tom, who used to be a reliever/closer in the Dutch leagues, can be converted into a starter.  The 21-year old pitcher from Amstelveen in the Netherlands started in the second game of the …

Dutchies around the world, part 6

In this week's edition of Dutchies around the world, we pay attention to Xander Bogaerts, Shairon Martis, Spencer Kieboom, Danny Arribas, Kevin Josephina and Wladimir Balentien. Xander Bogaerts The Aruban shortstop of the Boston Red Sox is having a good season at bat again. In 34 games and 131 at-bats, Xander collected 44 hits, resulting …

Sharlon Schoop back with the BaySox

After a long period of no news about the older brother of Jonathan Schoop, Sharlon was in the center of the attention in the past few days. First Sharlon was added to the roster of the Norfolk Tides (AAA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles in the International League). After one game with the Tides, on …

Contract Shairon Martis acquired by Orioles

Another pitcher of team Kingdom of the Netherlands has signed a deal with a Major League organization thanks to a good performance during the World Baseball Classic. In this case, Shairon Martis, who has been acquired by the Baltimore Orioles. Today the website of the American Association stated that the contract of Shairon Martis has been …

Good performance in WBC brings Jurrjens new contract

As one of the few Dutchie free agents, Jair Jurrjens has signed a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. Only four days after the World Baseball Classic, the pitcher from Curacao signed a deal with an MLB organization. Jair Jurrjens was still without a club after he was released by the Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions …

Jurrjens has tryout with Royals

Former MLB pitcher Jair Jurrjens is currently participating in the spring training camp of team Kingdom of the Netherlands in preparation for the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Apparently, scouts of the Kansas City Royals liked what they saw and thus, Jurrjens received an invitation for a tryout. The former All-Star pitched in a session in front …

Sharlon Schoop extends contract with O’s

Yesterday it was announced that Sharlon Schoop, older brother of Jonathan, has extended his stay with the Baltimore Orioles by another year. The 29-year old infielder from Curacao will return on a minor league contract. 2017 will be Schoop's fourth year in the organization of the Orioles after he spent time in the farm systems of …

Minor League history: How a dead guy won the PCL batting title

This is one of those special stories of the dead ball era. In 1912, Heinie Heitmuller of the Los Angeles Angels won the batting crown of the Pacific Coast League with a batting average of .335. Nothing special you would say. But this batting title had a bizarre twist. Heinie Heitmuller was a career minor leaguer, …