Final Big League Weekend at Cashman Field

Last weekend, the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians took on each other in the annual Las Vegas Big League Weekend. This event is organized every year and hosts two MLB clubs to play a set of spring training games in Sin City. This year's edition was the very last held at Cashman Field as …

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Baseball related songs: “All the Way” by Eddie Vedder

In this episode of Baseball related songs, we pay attention to "All the Way" by Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder. The song is a tribute to the Chicago Cubs and was performed by Vedder about a year before he recorded the song. After the Cubs won back-to-back World Series in 1907 and 1908, it …

Steve Janssen to join Cubs’ organization

Earlier today, the KNBSB (through their website) and Steve Janssen (through his Facebook account) announced that Steve Janssen will leave the KNBSB (Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation) immediately to join the Chicago Cubs organization. Belgian born Steve Janssen was the manager of team Kingdom of the Netherlands since 2013. During the World Baseball Classics …

Cubs sued for lack of wheelchair room

A wheelchair-using Cubs fan has sued the Chicago Cubs for the lack of enough wheelchair space at Wrigley Field. According to David F. Cerda, the Wrigley Field renovations have eliminated or excluded some disabled accessible spaces at the Friedly Confines, thus violating federal law. Cerda, who is using a wheelchair since he was ten years old, …

Baseball related songs: “Go Cubs Go” by Steve Goodman

  In the third episode of Baseball related songs, we pay attention to the victory song of the Chicago Cubs: Go Cubs Go. Every time the Cubs win, they fly the W flag and play this song.  The life of the songwriter Steve Goodman, related to this song is rather tragic. The song was written prior …

Smokies release 2018 caps

2018 The AA farm team of the Chicago Cubs, the Tennessee Smokies (Southern League), have released the new caps for the 2018 campaign. The logos are familiar, only the colors of the caps differ from those of this year. The Tennessee Smokies announced on Friday the release of the club's new official home and road …

Two A short season teams extend PDC

It is that time of the year again. The time in which MLB clubs start looking for a PDC extension with their farm teams or even jump ships to another MiLB team. Yesterday, two MLB clubs extended the PDC with their A short season farm clubs. The Colorado Rockies extended the existing PDC with the …

Lithuanian pitcher called up by Pirates

No Dutch baseball news this time. But this news is special enough to be mentioned. The Pittsburgh Pirates have called up Dovydas Neverauskas. With this transaction, Neverauskas will be the first born and raised Lithuanian pitcher in the Major League. Neverauskas comes from the tiny Baltic state Lithuania that borders Russia on the East and …

Ballparks around the world: Historic Stan Galle Field, the cradle of Cuban baseball

This time in Ballparks Around the World Historic Stan Galle Field (also called the Pit), home of the Spring Hill College Badgers, a NCAA Division II baseball team. Historic Stan Galle Field is the oldest continuous used diamond in the United States. The very first game at Historic Stan Galle Field was played in 1889 …

Alterations to Wrigley Field continue

After the Chicago Cubs had a made a huge alteration to Wrigley Field by adding the new big left center field and right field scoreboards, the club will continue to alter the look of the cherished ballpark. The scoreboards in left center field and right field were quite an issue as they would block the view …

PDC extension animal style

A beastly PDC extension today as the Chicago Cubs and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (A Advanced, Carolina League) extended their cooperation with four more years through the 2020 season. Apparently the Cubs are very happy with the Pelicans as their A Advanced partner because it will only be the first extension of the player development …

More Brotherly Loving PDC News

After the Philadelphia Phillies extended their player development contract with their A Full Season affiliate, the Lakewood BlueClaws, it was time to extend the PDC with their A Short Season affiliate, the Williamsport Crosscutters. While the extension with the BlueClaws was for a period of four years, the extesion with the Crosscutters is for the standard …

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 …

Yankees did right thing by throwing the towel

By trading away their most valuable assets, the Yankees have officially given up on the season. Until the trade deadline the situation wasn't quite as hopeless as many thought it would be. In fact, trailing by seven games at this part of the season, gives a team still a chance to reach the play offs, …

Two new Dutchies in “higher” ranks of MiLB

For a column that I write for the KNBSB (Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation), I bumped into new Dutchies that I didn't notice before.  Zander Wiel and Chris Pieters are the guys that are rather new to me. Zander Wiel was born in Murfreesboro TN, from a Curacao father. This father happens to be …

Zephyrs new name finalists and PDC extension

A combined article about the finalists in the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA, Miami Marlins)  name-the-team-contest and a PDC extenstion. As you all could read here, the New Orleans Zephyrs are about to change their name through a name-the-team-contest. The name Zephyrs dates back to the days that the team was still located in Denver and …

Chattanooga Lookouts un-dodgerize

After the Chattanooga Lookouts joined the Los Angeles Dodgers organization in 2009 the team adopted uniforms that were leaning towards a Dodger look. They abandoned the traditional red cap and turned to Dodger blue. Now the team has joined the Twins organization in 2015 it was time to get a new look and to return …