Today former Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca passed away at the age of ninety. Branca played for three teams during his 12-year major league career. He will be best remembered as the pitcher who gave up the homerun to Bobby Thomson (the shot heard around the world) in a 1951 play off game vs the… Continue reading Sad news: Another Brooklyn Dodger passes away
During my vacation in the US, earlier this year, my good friend Javier took me to Dodger Stadium for a tour. It is hard to believe that Dodger Stadium, erected in 1962, is the third oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball. It is a ballpark without the modern bells and whistles in which baseball fans… Continue reading Ballparks around the World: Dodger Stadium
This year the Yankees pitching isn’t performing the way it should, which is quite an understatement. The new pitchers that were acquired last year, Luis Severino and Nathan Eovaldi, are performing worse than they did last year. Eovaldi’s numbers are not much worse but still he declined from 4.20 to 4.76. Severino had a solid… Continue reading Do the Yankees need a new pitching coach?
The Texas Rangers and the Spokane Indians (A Short Season, Northwest League) have extended their player development contract with two more years through the 2018 season. The cooperation between the two clubs started in 2003. Since the two clubs became partners the Indians have won three Northwest League titles. One in the inaugural year of… Continue reading Rangers and Indians extend PDC
In the ever moving world of player development contracts and affiliations there some news to tell. The Cincinnati Reds and their Pioneer League (Advanced Rookie) affiliate, the Billings Mustangs have extended their PDC with two more years through the 2018 season. When the new contract expires the cooperation between the two teams will have lasted… Continue reading Reds PDC news
There were two Eastern Carolina Leagues. Both operated in the Eastern part of North Carolina. The first run lasted from 1908 through 1910, the second lasted two years: 1928-1929. In both cases the league got a class D classification. 1908-1910 cities represented: Fayetteville, NC: Fayetteville Highlanders 1909-1910 Goldsboro, NC: Goldsboro Giants 1908-1910 Kinston, NC: Kinston… Continue reading Minor League history: Eastern Carolina League
The Coastal Plain League was a class D league between 1937 and 1952. It grew out of a semi-pro league that ran from 1935 through 1936 and that carried the same name. Through the years it appeared to be a rather stable league as no team moved during a season. Only in 1951, the Tarboro… Continue reading Minor League history: Coastal Plain League