MLB puts Fresno in the stocks

MLB showed its true colors, if it had not done that already, by putting Fresno in the stocks. According to the Fresno Bee, MLB has told the city of Fresno and the local (former) AAA team Grizzlies to accept a demotion to Low A or not having affiliated ball at all. Understandably, both the Grizzlies …

MLB cuts ties between Minnesota Twins and Rochester Red Wings

The minor league landscape is slowly changing. After the agreement between MLB and MiLB expired, MLB has taken controle and it shows. The other day, the Yankees announced to adopt two new MiLB franchises, leaving their former farm teams in Staten Island , Charleston and Trenton behind. Now it is the turn for the Minnesota …

Baseball Shorts: The Mudville Nine and “Casey at the Bat”

Most baseball fans will know the poem by Wallack Thayer "Casey at the Bat" in which the local hero Casey strikes out in the final at-bat of the Mudville Nine. Now it appears that the town that is called Stockton nowadays, was called Mudville before its incorporation. Ernest Thayer moved west after he graduated from …

2019 Minor League Champions

With the Minor League season over more a bit more than a month, it is time for an overview of the champions of each league, varying from AAA to Advanced Rookie. International League (AAA) With a three-run home run by Brady Zimmer, the Columbus Clippers (Cleveland Indians affiliate) took the lead in the championship clincher …

Blue Jays hire new manager in Montoyo

The Toronto Blue Jays presented their new manager. The Canadian team went to a division rival to get their new skipper. In Charlie Montoyo, the Blue Jays have an experienced manager who guided teams at all levels of the Tampa Bay Rays organization. You may wonder why I pay attention to this news since I …

Diamondbacks extend PDC with Rawhide

More affiliation news. The Arizona Diamondbacks have extended their Player Development Contract with the Visalia Rawhide with two years. The new contract will run through the 2020 season. Several MLB players have called Visalia home for a while: Paul Goldschmidt, Max Scherzer, Archie Bradley, Trevor Bauer and Mitch Haniger. From 2013 through 2016, the Rawhide …

Unique milestone for Stockton Ports

Last night, one of the charter members of the California League, the Stockton Ports, reached a rather unique milestone. The franchise that was founded in 1941 along with the California League, won its 5000th game. Three swings of the bat, all homers, clinched a 3-1 victory over the San José Giants last night. With this …

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. …

Gianfranco Wawoe wins with North All Stars

One of the Dutchies that was selected for a minor-league All-Star Game, Gianfranco Wawoe played with the North Division All-Stars. Gianfranco entered the game as a defensive substitution in the sixth inning. This year's California League All-Star Game was played at Recreation Park, home of the Visalia Rawhide. At the time Gianfranco entered the game in …

Hof-er to throw out first pitch in Korea

Hall of famer George Brett, the famed former third baseman of the Kansas City Royals, will throw out the first pitch in Korea this weekend. The NC Dinos of the Korean Baseball Organization have invited the Hall of Famer to thrown out the first pitch on Sunday before their season opener against the Lotte Giants at …

Juremi Profar added to Rangers roster

Yesterday the Texas Rangers announced that they added the younger brother of Jurickson Profar to their Spring Training roster. Juremi Profar, 21-year old brother of Jurickson played at A-Advanced last season. With the now defunct High Desert Mavericks, Juremi won the Caliornia League pennant. Weird fact is that after the championship the team moved to the Carolina …

Mavericks say goodbye with championship

It it rather unique. A team that won the California League pennant in its first year and final year of existence. It is what happened to the High Desert Mavericks last night.  Recently MiLB announced that the Mavericks and the Bakersfield Blaze will be contracted and moved to the East coast where the Mavericks will …

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 …

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 …

Ports and Athletics extend PDC

The minor league season barely has started or there is news about another extension of a player development contract. This time the Oakland Athletics and the Stockton Port (A-Advanced affiliate in the California League) extended their cooperation through the 2020 season. The current contract will expire after this season, so apparently the A's are very …