AAA baseball may be very shortlived in San Antonio

The Elmore Sports Group may have picked the wrong horse when they announced to move their AAA team from Colorado Springs to San Antonio. The mayor of San Antonio recently said that investing in minor league sports is not in the interest of the city. About a month ago you could read here that several …

San Antonio AAA baseball may hit a snag

Two weeks ago, the Elmore Sportsgroup announced they will move their AA team to Amarillo and their AAA team from Colorado Springs to San Antonio. All in good faith the city of San Antonio would spend on a new AAA ballpark. Now it seems that several prominent politicians prefer Major League Soccer over Minor League …

AAA baseball to San Antonio in 2019

With 112 seasons of play in the Alamo City, the AA San Antonio Missions announced today the team will move up to AAA ball in 2019. The owner of the team, the Elmore Sports Group is thrilled to see their AA team move up from the Texas League to the Pacific Coast League. Missions president …

Good performance in WBC brings Jurrjens new contract

As one of the few Dutchie free agents, Jair Jurrjens has signed a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. Only four days after the World Baseball Classic, the pitcher from Curacao signed a deal with an MLB organization. Jair Jurrjens was still without a club after he was released by the Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions …

WBC 2017: Van den Hurk gets nod for semi-final

According to the Dutch news website nu.nl, manager of team Kingdom of the Netherlands, Hensley Meulens, will give the nod to pitcher Rick van den Hurk to start the semi-final game vs Puerto Rico . The 31-year old already had two starts in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. The first start of Van den Hurk …

Reshuffling AAA baseball, worth a thought?

At the end of last season, two California League teams were moved to the East coast to join the Carolina League. The ten team CAL League shrunk to eight teams, while the Carolina League grew to a ten. The reason for this move was purely financial, as the two teams that were moved, the High …

Amarillo negotiating with MiLB club

According to Amarillo Global News, the city of Amarillo is negotiating with an affiliated minor league club to play in the Texan city. Which club and how far the negotiations are is not known yet. Asked about an item on Tuesday’s city council agenda regarding the “Negotiation of Lease and Management Agreement with Affiliated Baseball Team …

Wichita second candidate for San Antonio Missions

Next to the city of Amarillo, there is a second official candidate to become home for the San Antonio Missions. The other day, the city council of Wichita voted unanimously for the expansion of a special taxing district for a development that could include a new ballpark. Could include... It still is depending on the Colorado …

Sky High Brewers affiliation news

Just when I finished my previous blogpost about the extension of the PDC between the Giants and the GreenJackets, the next announcement comes in.  The Colorado Springs SkySox (AAA, Pacific Coast League) and the Milwaukee Brewers have extended their player development contract with two years. The contract will run through the 2018 season. Since 2015, …

How Minor League baseball is closely interwoven

With the Colorado Springs Sky Sox not even gone yet, it remains to be seen if they will leave any time soon, the city of Colorado Springs and Dave Elmore, owner of the Sky Sox, are discussing the possibility to keep minor league baseball in the city with a downtown ballpark. But this downtown ballpark will not …

Mixed results for Dutchy pitchers in MiLB

Today two Dutchies had their season debut at AAA level. Loek van Mil appeared in one game of a double header for the Rochester RedWings (Minnesota Twins) vs the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (New York Yankees), in an International League matchup. In a Pacific Coast League matchup, Juan Carlos Sulbaran took the mound as a starter for …

It’s out in the open: SkySox potential candidate to move to San Antonio

Last week the mayor of San Antonio hinted on some big news regarding minor league baseball in the city. Everyone speculated what it could be, but in fact, it could only mean one thing, even though some other constructions could have been possible. But yesterday the Elmore Sports Group announced that the Colorado Springs SkySox …

AAA baseball close for the Alamo City

“I can confirm that I have been in detailed discussions for months with the San Antonio Missions. The Missions are committed to being a partner in a downtown baseball project and are exploring every option available to bring a Triple-A baseball club to San Antonio,” Taylor said. “However, Minor League Baseball will have to approve …

SkySox on the move?

The Amarillo Globe-News discovered an email that suggests that the Colorado Springs SkySox may move to San Antonio. At least that is what the newspaper says. The newspaper quoted the email, written by Amarillo councilman Randy Burkett: "He is working now with the San Antonio team owner to relocate their AAA team to San Antonio and also …

Lynchburg HillCats on the brink of being sold

At the moment, the baseball Winter Meeting is going on. One of the teams that is on the market to be sold/bought is the Lynchburg HillCats. The HillCats are still owned by the Lynchburg Baseball Corp, but soon that will change. The Elmore Sports Group is hammering out a deal with the LBC and a …

San Antonio lobbying for AAA baseball

The city of San Antonio, home to the AA (Texas League) Missions, wants to be home of a AAA team. This isn't something new. With the 2012 Baseball Winter Meetings, this was discussed already. But like always, there are some problems that block the way to get a new team to town. First of all …

Dutchies in the US, part 6

The season is really nearing its end. Only two Dutchies are active in the Arizona Fall League. And there is some news about a former pitcher of the Atlanta Braves. Jair Jurrjens It has been a while since we heard something about Jair. But the other day, the Rockies announced that they have signed Jair …