Today in Baseball: Disco Demolition Night

Today, 41 years ago the Chicago White Sox hosted Disco Demolition Night. The promotion was initiated by a DJ from a local radio station. As the game of the night before was rained out, it was scheduled to take place after the promotion. Little was known about the disastrous effect this promotion would have. With …

Baseball Shorts: How the Black Sox got their name

In today's episode, we will describe how the Chicago White Sox got their nickname Black Sox. It has nothing to do with them throwing the 1919 World Series. The general thought is that the Chicago White Sox were called the Black Sox because eight of their players threw the 1919 World Series. But that is …

MLB’s lame attitude towards Astros likely will lead to retaliation by pitchers.

Yesterday, new Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker, pleaded MLB to protect his players from being beaned by their opponents. If MLB would have acted the way it should, this plea would not even have been necessary. With Thursday's press conference by the Astros in which José Altuve and Alex Bregman apologized and also owner Jim …

Today in baseball: Names on jerseys make debut

Bill Veeck was always known as an inventor in the baseball world. He was responsible for the ivy at the outfield wall at Wrigley Field. He promoted the game in every possible way. Today in 1960, Bill Veeck came up with something that would become the standard in MLB. On March 13, 1960, then the …

Another rebranding ahead in MiLB

After the Missoula Osprey announced they will rebrand for the 2020 season, another club has announced to change its identity in 2020 due to a new stadium the club will move in. The Kannapolis Intimidators will change their name and as a result, their logo as well. Today the team called fans to submit new …

Raptors and Dodgers extend PDC

The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Ogden Raptors have extended their PDC through the 2020 season. The announcement was made jointly by Los Angeles Dodgers President and CEO Stan Kasten and Director of Player Development Brandon Gomes. Raptors team president Dave Baggott confirmed the agreement is a standard two-year deal, something the Dodgers did not mention. The new extension …

Kannapolis Intimidators will get new stadium

In a Tweet, by local station WSOCTV, it was announced the Kannapolis Intimidators (A Full Season South Atlantic League, Chicago White Sox affiliate) will get a new stadium. The pitch for a new ballpark started in 2016. Lots of debates and city council meetings were needed to get the decisive vote for the $52 million …

White Sox sign Aruban talent

Last month, the Chicago White Sox signed a talented player from the Dutch Kingdom as 17-year old Aruban talent, Jerrick Francees signed a minor league deal with the Southsiders. According to a short article by CBS Sports, Francees is just six-feet tall, and 170 pounds. He has a hitch in his swing, but he gets …

The HOF voting from a different point of view: Andruw Jones stays on ballot

With Jim Thome, Vladimir Guerrero, Trevor Hoffman and Chipper Jones voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, the Walhalla of baseball adds four great players. But most important, from a Curaçao/ Dutch point of view is the fact that Andruw Jones stayed on the ballot. The outfielder who broke into the Majors with …

Michael Jordan’s year in baseball may be immortalized in a Hollywood production

After Michael Jordan retired from the NBA for the first time, he tried another sport. In 1994, the greatest basketball player of all time signed a minor league deal with the Chicago White Sox. Not a surprise as the owner of the Chicago Bulls also owned the Southsiders.  In that 1994 season, Jordan played for …

Andruw Jones on 2018 HOF ballot

Today, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced the newbies on the 2018 ballot. Next to players like his namesake Chipper Jones, Trevor Hoffman, first-timers Omar Vizquel and Jim Thome, Curaçao native Andruw Jones is also on the ballot. Andruw Jones broke into the majors at the age of  19. He was the youngest player to …

Hickory Crawdads turn 25

More news from the Sally League (South Atlantic League). The Hickory Crawdads are preparing to celebrate their 25h anniversary. This seasons there will be a lot of giveaways and you can win $25,000. The Crawdads will celebrate their 25th anniversary in Hickory. The team came to Hickory in 1993 when the team was moved from …

Manny Ramirez goes independent in Japan

There are players who simply don't want to quit on the game. Rickey Henderson was one of them and also Julio Franco could not say goodbye to the game. Another one in this little list of players who wants to keep playing is Manny Ramirez. The 12-time MLB All Star has signed a contract with the Kochi Fighting …

Didi Gregorius and Jim Kaat to visit Kiwis

Amsterdam born shortstop of the New York Yankees Didi Gregorius and former Minnesota Twins pitcher and Yankees announcer Jim Kaat will pay a visit to New Zealand. Both will have their own schedule as Kaat already arrived and Didi will arive on January 9. Jim Kaat will tour the country to motivate youngsters to play …

65 years ago Eddie Gaedel had his sole at bat

Today, 65 years ago, Eddie Gaedel had his only at bat for the St. Louis Browns as part of a publicity stunt of Browns owner Bill Veeck In a time in which the St. Louis Browns were a cellar dwellar and political correctness was still unknown to the world, Browns owner Bill Veeck looked for a …