Venezuelan Summer League close to folding, but still not a word about Curacao Summer League

In the Wall Street Journal there is an interesting article about the deteriorating Venezuelan Summer League. Where the Houston Astros made the first step of what would become the Venezuelan Summer League, the league had more than twenty MLB clubs with an affiliation in the late 1990s. After the Seattle Mariners left their facility near …

The Yankees’ season so far from a different perspective

The season is underway for two weeks now. The Yankees are 6-7 after last night's close loss vs Detroit. Disappointing? Yes and no. Disappointing because as a fan you always want your team to do well. Not disappointing because the team is rebuilding and that takes time and Sabathia did a LOT better than I …

Dutchies in Spring Training, Monday March 30

No Yankees yesterday, so only a report about the Dutchies in yesterday's ST games. The Atlanta Braves stayed at the right side of the 4-2 score vs the Detroit Tigers. Andrelton Simmons got one basehit out of three at bats. Andrelton made an inning ending 6-4 force out when Victor Martinez grounded towards him in …

Yankees and Dutchies in Spring Training, Friday March 13

The Yankees left almost all big leaguers in Tampa when they headed to JetBlue Park to take on the Red Sox. The Sox on their turn started most of the Major Leaguers. Xander Bogaerts went 0 for 1, left a runner on base but drew a walk for the Sox. He grounded into an innning …

Yankees, Dutchies, Spring Training games: Light at the end of the tunnel

Yesterday the first Spring Training games were played. Two Dutchies saw action but didn't fare quite well. Jonathan Schoop was the starting second baseman for the Orioles vs the Detroit Tigers. Schoop went 0 for 3 with a strike out and a runner left on base. He got on base once thanks to a fielding …

Jurrjens invited for Spring Training Camp

Curacao native Jair Jurrjens who signed a Minor League deal with the Colorado Rockies in November, has received an invitation to the Rockies Spring Training Camp in Arizona. After a long absence he had a rocky start (sorry for the pun) with the Rockies. In two starts he went 0-1 with a 10.61 ERA. After …

Scherzer signing shows win now attitude of Nats

Today MLB.com headed that the Washington Nationals signed RHP Max Scherzer to a seven year deal. The club has not confirmed the deal yet and no amounts were disclosed but according to Forbes.com it will be more than $180 million. Aparently Scherzer knew before that he would be 37 when his new contract will end. …

Yankees one of the teams interested in Yoan Lopez

Yoan Lopez was cleared by the United States government. The 21-year old Cuban defected in 2014 to chase his dream of signing a Major League contract. The right handed flame thrower masters a cut fastball, a changeup, a curveball and a slider, but he is best known for a fastball that has reached 100 mph …

Why not trade Prado for a pitcher?

Earlier today I made a joke on Twitter about a trading Prado to the Giants in exchange for Bumgarner. But afterall this may be not such a bad idea. If the Yankees bring Rob Refsnyder to play second base and he lives up to the expectations, Prado will be a spare part. Sure he can …

Didi Gregorius to the Yankees in a three-way trade

The New York Yankees have acquired Dutch shortstop Didi Gregorius in a three-way trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Detroit Tigers. In this trade RHP Shane Greene will head to Detroit and LHP Robbie Ray will go to Arizona. Mariekson "Didi" Gregorius was born in Amsterdam. His father also nicknamed Didi pitched for Amsterdam …

Dutchies in the MLB playoffs: ALDS game 2

  vs  What a game it was. Game two of the ALDS between the Tigers and the Orioles. The O's took a 2-0 lead after Jonathan Schoop got on base on the first single for Baltimore in the bottom of the third. Nick Markakis took Schoop with him when he hit a homerun. At least, …

Dutchies in the MLB playoffs: ALDS game 1

  vs What a night it was for Jonathan Schoop. Not only did his team, the Baltimore Orioles, win with a big margin, Jonathan himself performed very well. In the bottom of the second inning Jonathan was responsible indirectly for the run that the Orioles scored. With Ryan Flaherty on first, Jonathan singled on a …