Ode to (Simpsons’) Springfield in Fresno

The Fresno Grizzlies will have a tribute to Springfield promotion on June 29 when they take on the Albuquerque Isotopes. With this promotion, the Grizzlies will wear the Simpsons based jerseys with drawings in the style of the cartoon series. Likely it is no coincidence the Grizzlies are wearing these jerseys as they take on …

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Eugene Helder promoted to AAA out of the blue

So far the professional career of Aruban infielder Eugene Helder never got any further than Summer League baseball. But now all of a sudden, Eugene was called up to AAA Tacoma and played a game with the Rainiers. In 2014 Eugene played in the VSL, and in 2015 and 2016 he played in the DSL. …

Albuquerque Green Chile Cheeseburgers?

Naming baseball teams after food for one day is becoming a trend. Of course, the first team that was named after food are the Montgomery Biscuits. But since the Fresno Grizzlies adopted their Fresno Tacos moniker, more and more teams are adopting a food moniker for one day. The next team who is adopting a …

Charlotte Knights rename for one day

This is becoming a trend. Minor League teams that rename themselves for one day or for several specific days during the season. The Fresno Grizzlies started it as they adopted the name Fresno Tacos for several days per season in 2015. Now the Charlotte Knights are following this trend. The AAA (Internatinal League) farm team …

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 …

Fresno Tacos promotion is becoming a tradition

Two years ago, the Fresno Grizzlies came up with the Fresno Tacos promotion for the first time. Last year the Pacific Coast League franchise of the Houston Astros repeated this promotion and the club will organize it again in 2017. The club has unveiled its 2017 Fresno Taco uniform.  The uniform will be worn on …

Grizzlies, 20 seasons in Fresno

The Fresno Grizzlies will be in Fresno for their twentieth season this year. The team landed in Fresno in 1998 where the team played at the stadium of the University of Fresno in the first four years before they moved to Chukchansi Park. The history of the Grizzlies started in Tucson AZ. The Phoenix Firebirds …

Lehigh Valley IronPigs win Receive Coveted “Golden Bobblehead” Award

With their "Salute to Philadelphia night", the Lehigh Valley IronPigs won the Golden Bobblehead Award during this year's Minor League Baseball Promotional Seminar in Birmingham AL. With this theme night the club had a one game name change as it adopted the name Lehigh Valley Cheesesteaks.  Not only did the team adopt a different name, …

Heavenly PDC news

The Anaheim Angels and the Houston Astros have extended the Player Development contract with one of their minor league affiliates. The Angels extended their PDC with their A Full Season affiliate in the Midwest League, the Burlington Bees. The both parties are cooperating since 2013 and this time the contract has been extended through the …

Marry at Fresno Grizzlies promotion

This is hilarious. One of those silly promotions that you will only see in a minor league ballpark. Perhaps this is the best of the year. The Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Pacific Coast League affiliate of the Houston Astros) will have a marriage promotion coming Thursday. Special about this promotion is that their mascot, Parker T. …

MiLB clubs come up with silly jerseys again

The Minor League is known for its weird promotions. Quite often teams sport some weird special themed jerseys that are sold after the games by auction to raise money for charity. The Altoona Curve (Pittsburgh Pirates AA affiliate in the Eastern League) have presented four special jerseys that they will wear at specific nights during …

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, …

The success story of the Grizzlies continues for one more night

The other day I wrote an article about the Fresno Grizzlies and how they turned from a hapless PCL franchise into a PCL champion. Well, they can name themselves overall AAA national champion now. Last night they took on the International League's Champion Columbus Clippers in the Gildan Triple A National Championship in El Paso. …

How the Fresno Grizzlies turned from an ailing PCL franchise into a champion

When Phoenix was awarded an MLB franchisein 1998, the local PCL team the Phoenix Firebirds had to move. The San Francisco Giants affliliate moved to Tucson and became the Tucson Sidewinders. Next to moving to Tucson, the team changed affiliations and became the Arizona Diamondbacks' AAA affiliate. The team that was located in Tucson, the …

Turn back the clock game in Fresno

The Fresno Grizzlies will play in Fresno RaisinEaters themed jerseys on every Wednesday homegame.The RaisinEaters were the Pacific Coast League predecessor of the Grizzlies in 1906. The team played only one season in Fresno as member of the Pacific Coast League when the team came down from Tacoma, Washington. A large crowd of 2,500 (considered …

Final Minor League affiliation news

With the Braves signing a new PDC with the Carolina Mudcats , the complete Minor League affiliation landscape is set. The only team that remains without a PDC is the High Desert Mavericks, but since the Texas Rangers haven't been able to make a deal with the Mudcats, they are expected to sign a two …