Baseball rivalry indicates preference in Superbowl LII

Who would ever think I would write about football? Not me, but in the last few days, I discovered something interesting on Facebook. There were plenty of posts about the Superbowl on various New York Yankees and New York Mets fan pages. As a Dutch Yankee fan, I thought a New Yorker would root against …

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What’s a bigger accomplishment: A 56 game hitting streak or a .406 batting average?

Ever since Ted Williams hit .406 and Joe DiMaggio set a 56 game hitting streak, fans discuss what is the biggest accomplishment. Is it the .406 BA of the Splendid Splinter or is it the 56 game hitting streak of Joltin' Joe? Here is my take on it. In that magical season of 1941, both …

Red Sox extend PDC with two affiliates

The Boston Red Sox have extended the Player Development Contracts with two of their minor league teams. For both the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Lowell Spinners the club extended the contract through the 2020 season. With the extension of the PDC with the PawSox, the Red Sox continue one of the longest lasting cooperations between …

Baseball related songs: “Tessie” by the Dropkick Murphys

In this episode of baseball-related songs, we pay attention to Tessie performed by the Dropkick Murphys. Many European baseball fans may not have  heard of the group. The music genre the group is making is called Celtic Punk so it is a bit noisy at times. In 1902 another song named Tessie was performed in …

How the Red Sox made the Yankees a dynasty

Many may think that the sale of Babe Ruth to the Yankees led to the downfall of the Red Sox. That isn't entirely true. In the following years, Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert would raid the Red Sox for more players that laid the foundation of a dynasty and changed the Red Sox from contenders to …

Baseball related songs: Sweet Caroline

In Baseball related songs, we pay attention to perhaps the greatest hit for Neil Diamond: Sweet Caroline. The song was released in 1969.  The explanation of how Neil Diamond got the inspiration for this song is rather contradictory as you will learn later in this blog post. The song reached the fourth spot in the …

Yale students unveil PawSox ballpark renderings

Even though nothing is engraved in stone yet regarding the location of the future ballpark of the Pawtucket Red Sox, two students of the renowned Yale University have shown their vision on the future ballpark. The two students who are in their third year studying for master’s degrees in architecture presented their conceptual ideas for …

Marathon inside Fenway Park

Marathon runners don't usually mean the Big Green Monster at Fenway Park when they talk about hitting the wall. But today, 50 runners will circle the outfield 116 times to cover the classic 26.2-mile distance in a race being billed as the first marathon held entirely within the confines of a major league ballpark. While the …

Red Sox sign another Aruban talent

Apparently, the Boston Red Sox are very happy with their Aruban shortstop Xander Bogaerts. Even this happy they signed another Aruban talent. According to Baseball Aruba, the Sox signed Brandon Rincones to a professional contract. Brandon can play shortstop and he can pitch as well, so it is up to the Red Sox how they …

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 …

Dutchies around the world, part 3

In this week's edition of Dutchies around the world, we pay attention to Jonathan Schoop, Juremi Profar, Sicnarf Loopstok, Ademar Rifaela, and Wladimir Balentien. Jonathan Schoop Jonathan had a rusty start of the season as he only went 2 for 19 in his first six starts. Since then he is slowly recovering. From that low …

Ballparks around the world: Marlins Park

With the World Baseball Classic nearing, it is time to show another ballpark to you that will host a WBC group. This time Marlins Park in Miami, home of the Miami Marlins. This state of the art ballpark will host group C with Colombia, Dominican Republic, Canada and the United States of America. It will …

Lowell Spinners change logos

Today the Lowell Spinners (Short-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox in the New York-Penn League) unveiled their new logos.  The club from the former textile industry town also presented new uniforms. The event was held Lowell General Hospital’s Clark Auditorium. The new logos contains the club's mascot Canaligator. In the main logo Canaligator can …

Xander Bogaerts wins Boston award

The Boston branch of the BBWAA has awarded Xander Bogaerts last night during the annual BBWAA Awards Dinner. Xander has been given the Jackie Jensen Spirit Award. The Jackie Jensen Spirit Award is presented annually to a major league player for "spirit and determination". Xander Bogaerts had a spectacular season in 2016. For a long time his …

Red Sox and SeaDogs extend PDC

It looks like the Boston Red Sox and the Portland SeaDogs have been affiliated forever and since today it will look even more so as the two teams extended their Player Development Contract through the 2020 season. The two baseball clubs are cooperating since 2003 so the connection between the two clubs may seem longer than it …

Manny Ramirez goes independent in Japan

There are players who simply don't want to quit on the game. Rickey Henderson was one of them and also Julio Franco could not say goodbye to the game. Another one in this little list of players who wants to keep playing is Manny Ramirez. The 12-time MLB All Star has signed a contract with the Kochi Fighting …

Affiliated ball coming to Malden?

After planning an independent ballpark in Boston suburb Malden first, developer Alex Bok has shifted towards affiliated baseball. The Field of Dreams project was first projected to become a Atlantic Association ballpark, even though there never was a deal with the league. After negotiating in the past months, MiLB has granted permission to Bok to …