Ademar Rifaela named Carolina League’s MVP

The A Advanced Carolina League announced yesterday that Curaçao native Ademar Rifaela has been named MVP of 2017. But it wasn't the only way Rifaela was laureled. He was also added to the Carolina League Postseason All-Star Team, together with another player from the Dutch Caribbean (the island of Aruba in this case), Sicnarf Loopstok. In …

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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. …

Ademar Rifaela earns player of the week honor

The Frederick Keys announced Curaçaoan outfielder Ademar Rifaela has been named player of the week of the Carolina League for July 3-9.  Ademar is the sixth Keys player in eight weeks to earn the player of the week honors. In the week of July 3rd - July 9th, Ademar went 12-for-19 with a home run, …

A Advanced Astros to play in temporary home

The A Advanced affiliation of the Houston Astros in the Carolina League will play in a temporary home for the 2017 and 2018 season. Only after the 2018 season the team will move to a projected facility in Fayetteville. The team will move to Jim Perry Stadium of the Campbell University Campus, home of the …

Milwaukee signs deal with Mudcats

The Milwaukee Brewers have signed a two year player development contract that will link both clubs to each other through the 2018 season. The Brewers were one of two MLB clubs that still had not signed a PDC with an A Advanced club. Their former A Advanced affiliate, the Brevard County Manatees moved to central …

Rangers start name-the-team contest for new Carolina League affiliate

Only hours after the announcement that the High Desert Mavericks will cease to exist after the 2016 season, the Texas Rangers launched a new website with a temporary logo of their future Carolina League afflilate in Kinston. With the patient (the Mavericks) not even deceased, the team started a name-the-team contest immediately. It proves once …

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 …

Nationals PDC news

Once again an MLB club extended the Player Development Contract with its minor league affiliate with two more years through 2018. The number of two years seems to be rather standard. Extensions for longer terms only seem to happen halfway the contracts. Anyhow, the Washington Nationals and their A Full Season affiliate of the Sally League (South …

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 …

Move of MuckDogs to Waldorf falls through

Recently you could read here about a possible move of the Batavia Muckdogs (A Short Season, New York-Penn League) to Waldorf in Maryland, where the team would play in the stadium of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. The team would be the first one owned by an Afro-American since the Savannah Cardinals. The owner group …

More new merchandise ahead

Rebranding means new merchandise. This is exactly why some clubs change names and colors at times. The Lynchburg HillCats announced that they will change their name and colors before the start of the 2017 season. Sometimes you wonder why. There are clubs that certainly need a rebranding, but other really don't. In my opinion 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 …

Spencer Kieboom added to Nats 40-man roster

Spencer Kieboom, the US born catcher with a Dutch father has been added to the 40-man roster of the Washington Nationals. This will prevent him from being drafted in the rule 5 draft. As a result of this, he will receive an invitation to the Nats' Spring Training camp next year. Throughout his short career, …

Dutchies in All Star Games: California League – Carolina League ASG

It is the time of the All Star Games again. Several Dutchies have been invited to participate. Yesterday the Southern League had it's annual fan fest in Montgomery. But no Dutchies participated there. The other All Star Game that was played yesterday was at A Advanced level between the California League that hosted the Carolina …

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 …