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 …

Still baseball in the High Desert this season

The High Desert Mavericks will play at Stater Bros Stadium in 2016. Early January, the city of Adelanto nullified the lease contract that both parties signed in 2012. According to the contract, the Mavs had to pay only one dollar rent per year. According to the city this was an abuse of public money, a …

Mavericks present new unis

The High Desert Mavericks, A Advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers in the California League, reveiled their new jerseys for the 2016 season. Even when the home field situation of the team is still unclear, the prepartions for the upcoming season are in full swing. The team will sport two home jerseys and two road …

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 …

California League celebrates 75th anniversary

Today the California League presented the commemorative 75th anniversary logo next to the news that the league will host the Carolina League in the All Star Game. This year the California League will celebrate its 75th anniversary. Founded in 1941 as a class C league the league folded during the 1942 season because of 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 …

Minor League history: California League

Through the decades there have been several leagues that named themselves California League. The first one started in 1886 and lasted through 1889. The second league, that carried the name started in 1891 and lasted a year. The third edition only lasted the 1893 season before a fourth lasted five years from 1898 through 1902. …

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 …

Lars Huijer mentioned in article about Cubs’ farm system

Dutch RHP Lars Huijer was mentioned in an artcle about the Cubs farm system for 2015. The 21- year old pitcher from Hoofddorp in the Netherlands is mentioned to have the best sinker in the Cubs' farm system. Huijer was acquired in the off season by the Cubs in a trade with the Seattle Mariners. …

Schoop returns to Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles have signed Sharlon Schoop to a minor league contract. Sharlon is the older brother of Orioles' infielder Jonathan Schoop. Sharlon played for the Bowie Baysox in the Eastern League (O's AA affiliate) last season. In 77 games and 267 at bats he collected 58 (.217)hits of which thirteen doubles and three homeruns. …