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 …

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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 …

Biscuits owner signs deal with SL rival

No, no, it is not as shocking as the head tells you. But the head of this blog post is true nevertheless. Tom Dickson, owner of the Montgomery Biscuits is also owner of PCL, a professional catering company specialized in catering and concessions at minor league ballparks. In this case PCL has struck a deal …

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 …

Dodgers ink Kazmir

The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed Scott Kazmir to a 3-year deal worth $48 million. The contract also contains an opt-out clause after the first year. With signing Kazmir, the Dodgers now have a rotation of five left handers. The move comes almost a month after the Dodgers failed to resign Zack Greinke. Drafted by the …

Another PDC extension

The last few weeks this blog has reported about several extensions of Player Development Contracts. Today there is another one. The Cleveland Indians and the Columbus Clippers (AAA, International League winner of 2015) announced that they have extended their PDC through the 2018 season. This season the Clippers won the championship of the Intenrational League, …

Are Tanaka’s two consecutive bad outings an omen of another stint on the DL?

Yesterday Masahiro Tanaka lasted five innings in which he gave up six runs on seven hits. Thanks to some pretty good run support he didn't take the loss but got a no-decision. The previous outing vs the Tigers wasn't much better. He allowed five runs on ten hits in five innings of work. In the …