Didi Gregorius reaches 700 game mile stone

Last night, Didi Gregorius played his 700th MLB game. In the 7-2 win over the Seattle Mariners, Didi went 1 for 4.  With that 700th game, Didi set a record of most MLB games played by a Dutch-born player, overtaking Bert Blyleven, who participated in 699 games in his extensive career. Next, to the 692 …

Advertisements

Scrappers staying in Niles for 15 more years

The Mahoning Valley Scrappers, A short-season affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, announced they have extended the lease with the Cafaro Company with 15 years, keeping them at Eastwood Field through the 2033 season. After signing a two-year extension with the Indians, this is even more good news for the fans of the New York-Penn League franchise. …

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 …

Chief Wahoo logo gone after 2018

Perhaps one of the most recognizable logos in Major League Baseball is nearing its end. Under pressure of Major League Baseball, the Cleveland Indians will get rid of the logo after the 2018 season.  Major League Baseball said the symbol was no longer appropriate. This results in the disappearance of the logo from baseball. You …

Overview Dutchie top fifty prospects

In the previous article, you could read about Tom de Blok and his entrance in the Tigers' prospect top 50. But there are more players from the Dutch kingdom who are in the top fifty of their club's prospect list. An overview.  Zander Wiel Zander Wiel, son of  Randy Wiel, former assistant coach of the Los …

International League PDC extensions

Yesterday, two AAA farm teams announced the extension of their PDC with the parent clubs. Both PDC were extended with two years through the 2020 season. The Louisville Bats and their parent club the Cincinnati Reds announced the extension of their PDC. The contract was set to expire after the 2018 season. “The Reds are …

Enough interest to replace Greeneville Astros

After the Houston Astros said goodbye to Greeneville and the Appalachian League after the 2017 season, three clubs have shown interest in replacing the Texas-based team in the Appalachian League. The Philadelphia Phillies, the Cincinnati Reds, and the Cleveland Indians have made clear they are willing to replace the Astros in Greeneville. It is a …

Indians add Sicnarf Loopstok to ST roster

Another Dutchie has been added to an MLB spring training roster. The Cleveland Indians have added Aruban minor league catcher Sicnarf Loopstok to their spring training roster. Sicnarf is an anagram of Francis.  Yesterday, the Indians announced through their transaction page, that Sicnarf was added to their roster. The 23-year old Western Oklahoma State College alumn is …

Dutchies in MLB Spring Training

The spring training exhibition games are well underway. How do the players from Aruba, Curacao and the Netherlands perform? Here is an overview of yesterday’s games. A very short one today. With most MLB players preparing for the World Baseball Classic in Korea now and none of the minor leaguers getting an appearance yesterday, we are …

Ray-Patrick Didder debuts with Braves, Juremi Profar with Rangers

Two Dutchies debuted in MLB spring training today. The Atlanta Braves added Ray-Patrick Didder from Aruba today and he debuted immediately. The 22-year old will start his fourth season in professional baseball in 2017. Juremi Profar debuted with the Texas Rangers as he started the game at shortstop after being added to the roster yesterday. One …

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 …

Minor League History: Florida-Alabama-Georgia League (FLAG League)

The Florida-Alabama-Georgia League saw the light in 1915 as the Georgia State League changed its name when the Americus team moved to Gainesville FL and a team in Dothan AL was added. This happened in June 1915. The Georgia State League had previously been known as the Empire State League. The FLAG league started the …

Lake Erie PDC news

The Lake County Captains (A Full Season, Midwest League), located at Eastlake, a suburb of Cleveland at Lake Erie and the Cleveland Indians have extended their player devolopement contract with two years through the 2018 season. The two clubs are affiliated since 1991, when the minor league team was located in Columbus GA and was …

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, …

PDC extension news

In the ever changing Minor League landscape, the affiliation between the Mahoning Valley Scrappers and the Cleveland Indians was extended for two more seasons. The contract would expire after this season, but apparently both teams are happy with each other and extended the cooperation through the 2018 season. Since 1999, the inaugural season of the …