Baseball Shorts: “Out of Left Field”

In the US, there is a saying "Out of Left Field" which means strange, odd or unexpected. It is clear the origin can be traced back to baseball. But there are several explanations for the origin of the saying. When it comes to the meaning "unexpected", the following explanation makes a lot of sense. It …

Pedro Strop to Cincinnati

After seven years with the Chicago Cubs, Dominican-born Pedro Strop has signed a one-year contract with division rival Cincinnati. The deal is worth $1.825 million and Strop can earn an additional $1.5 million in incentives. The reliever with a father from Curaçao and a mother from the Dominican Republic will earn $1,825,000 and an additional …

My baseball top five of the decade

In the past decade, a lot of baseball took place. This is my top five of the best baseball moments in the past decade. 5. Cubs win World Series After 108 years, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series in 2016. In a nailbiter of a World Series that went seven games, the Cubbies bested …

Today in baseball: Cubs install college of coaches

Today, fifty-nine years ago, the Chicago Cubs announced the club would not have one coach for the upcoming season. Instead, the team would have eight of which each would serve as a head coach during a part of the season. This college of coaches was installed after another disappointing season in which the Cubs finished …

Wave of fired MLB managers in three days

In the past two days, three MLB managers have been sacked: Joe Maddon of the Cubs, Clint Hurdle of the Pirates and today, Brad Ausmus of the Angels. Saturday the Cubs announced, Joe Maddon was fired even before the final game of the season. GM Theo Epstein didn't give a clear reason: "Sometimes it’s just …

This day in baseball: The highest paid player

In the wake of the Bryce Harper lunacy, today a blog post about two players that were the highest paid players in their days. Regarding the money they got, none could stand in the shadow of Harper's $330 million. On this day in 1927, a certain Yankee player became the highest paid player ever as …

Steve Janssen manager of German national team

In a surprising move, the DBV (German Baseball Federation) assured itself of the services of Belgian native and former Dutch national team manager Steve Janssen.  According to Mister-baseball.com, the 46-year old will start his assignment on January 1st, 2019. Janssen will also be responsible for the German U23 team. Janssen will replace Martin Helmig who …

Baseball related songs: “A Dying Cubs Fan’s Request by Steve Goodman

In this episode of Baseball related songs, we pay attention to Steve Goodman once again. And once again the Cubs are in the center of the attention. After "Go Cubs Go", "A Cubs Dying Cubs Fan's Request" links Goodman to the Cubs forever. This song is played around the North Side of Chicago at the …

The PDC extensions continue

After the PDC extensions of the Detroit Tigers and the West Michigan WhiteCaps and the Minnesota Twins and the Rochester RedWings, another Player Development Contract has been extended. The Chicago Cubs and the Eugene Emeralds have extended their cooperation. The Major League club and its A-Short Season affiliate in the Northwest League extended their PDC with …

Why are some MiLB teams so eager to lose their own identity?

In the fifties, sixties, and seventies it was a common thing to name a minor league club after the parent club. Slowly things changed and nowadays most of the minor league clubs have a moniker other than the parent club. But since the start of the 2010s, there is an ongoing trend. A trend regarding …

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 …

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 …

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 …