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 …

Adam Laroche’s retirement is a fishy tale

I guess that you all have heard about the retirement of Chicago White Sox' DH Adam Laroche. Some hazy stories surrounds this sudden retirement. Both parties, the White Sox and LaRoche tell a version of the story that doesn't quite match the other. In 2015, Adam Laroche signed a two year deal with the White …

The phenomenon baseball clown

There was a time when Major League Baseball had a similar approach as Minor League Baseball has now. The game was more fun. Players fooled around and there was pre game and in-between-innings entertainment, arranged by baseball clowns. Players like Wiliam Schaefer (Washington Senators), Al Schacht (also Washington Senators) and the 1934 St. Louis Cardinals, known …

Lots of news from Minor League land

The last few days there have been a couple of PDC extensions between MLB clubs and their affiiates. Yesterday the news was announced that the Omaha Storm Chasers and the Kansas City Royals have extended their Player Development Contract with two more years through the 2018 season. It doesn't come as a surprise because both …

Rumors, rumors, trade rumors: Samardzija to Yankees?

With the trading deadline nearing, the rumors about players are swirling around. The Yankees would be interested in Jeff Samardzija of the White Sox. According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Samardzija would be a good fit with the Yankees. Samardzija's ERA is at 4.33. Noramlly I tend to say that an ERA like this …

Now these are the promotions that I like

I have written posts about silly promotions in the Minor Leagues, about the silly jerseys that they will sport this season and about the food that they offer. It is all nice, but those are not the promotions that get me excited. No, the promotions that I like will be at MLB ballparks this year. …

Youkilis joins Epstein at Cubs

Former Red Sock, White Sock and Yankee, Kevin Youkilis has joined the Chicago Cubs as special assistent. Youkilis who played for the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan last year, announced his retirement in October 2014. Youkilis was drafted before Epstein was in charge but he got his call up in 2004 when he played 72 …

Allowing Pete Rose to HOF will create a precedent

This morning I read at Fox Sports.com that the new MLB commissioner Rob Manfred is willing to open the door of Cooperstown for Pete Rose. Normally Pete Rose would have been a fix for the Hall of Fame, but in his role as manager of the Cincinnati Reds, he bet on games in which his …

Marlins sign Ichiro to one year deal

The Miami Marlins signed Ichiro Suzuki to a one-year deal worth around $2 million. Buster Olney expects that no kind of option will be added. Ichiro, 41 years old, will be the Marlins' fourth outfielder. In that role he will probably not reach 3,000 hits this season, since the Marlins outfield is containing three young …