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 …

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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 …

Minor League history: Eastern Carolina League

There were two Eastern Carolina Leagues. Both operated in the Eastern part of North Carolina. The first run lasted from 1908 through 1910, the second lasted two years: 1928-1929. In both cases the league got a class D classification. 1908-1910 cities represented: Fayetteville, NC: Fayetteville Highlanders 1909-1910 Goldsboro, NC: Goldsboro Giants 1908-1910 Kinston, NC: Kinston …

Minor League history: Colonial League

The Colonial League had two runs. One in 1914 and 1915 and one from 1947 through mid-July 1950. The first run was unique as the Colonial League served as a kind of affiliated league for the outlawed Federal League in 1915, after the league started in 1914 as organized class C league in Massachusetts and …

Minor League history: Coastal Plain League

The Coastal Plain League was a class D league between 1937 and 1952. It grew out of a semi-pro league that ran from 1935 through 1936 and that carried the same name. Through the years it appeared to be a rather stable league as no team moved during a season. Only in 1951, the Tarboro …

Cardinals: Ouch! Second player that heads to bitter rival within a week

The other day, the Chicago Cubs announced that they had signed RHP John Lackey to a two-year deal worth $32 million. Lackey played the 2014 and  2015 season for the Cardinals, who made him a qualifying offer in the off season. In parts of two seasons with the Cards, Lackey went 16-13 with a 3.11 …