Hof-er to throw out first pitch in Korea

Hall of famer George Brett, the famed former third baseman of the Kansas City Royals, will throw out the first pitch in Korea this weekend. The NC Dinos of the Korean Baseball Organization have invited the Hall of Famer to thrown out the first pitch on Sunday before their season opener against the Lotte Giants at …

Jurrjens has tryout with Royals

Former MLB pitcher Jair Jurrjens is currently participating in the spring training camp of team Kingdom of the Netherlands in preparation for the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Apparently, scouts of the Kansas City Royals liked what they saw and thus, Jurrjens received an invitation for a tryout. The former All-Star pitched in a session in front …

Rangers and Indians extend PDC

The Texas Rangers and the Spokane Indians (A Short Season, Northwest League) have extended their player development contract with two more years through the 2018 season. The cooperation between the two clubs started in 2003. Since the two clubs became partners the Indians have won three Northwest League titles. One in the inaugural year of …

Reds PDC news

In the ever moving world of player development contracts and affiliations there some news to tell. The Cincinnati Reds and their Pioneer League (Advanced Rookie) affiliate, the Billings Mustangs have extended their PDC with two more years through the 2018 season. When the new contract expires the cooperation between the two teams will have lasted …

Royals PDC news

Another day with news about player development contracts. The Kansas City Royals announced that they have extended the PDC with their rookie affiliate Idaho Falls Chukars. The new extension will run through the (you guessed it) 2018. The director of minor league operations of the Kansas City Royals, Ronnie Richardson stated that the Royals are truly excited …

Juan Carlos Sulbaran in Redbirds rotation

Curacao born Juan Carlos Sulbaran comes off his best Spring Training ever. In three game appearances, Sulbaran retired three of the twelve batters he faced during his tenure at the MLB Spring Training Camp. This resulted in a spot in the rotation of the Memphis Redbirds, the Cardinals' AAA farm team. The 26-year old signed …

What to expect from the Dutchies this year? Juan Carlos Sulbaran

With Spring Training in full swing it is time to see how the players from the Kingdom of the Netherlands will do in the upcoming season. Of course there is no crystal ball and it is still up in the air, but in general you can make a decent prediction based on the performance of previous …

Sharlon Schoop remains with O’s

Sharlon Schoop, the older brother of Jonathan, signed a one year deal with the Baltimore Orioles. After the 2015 season, the 28-year old opted to become a minor league free agent, but until a few days ago, he wasn't signed by any team. Eventually Sharlon decided to rejoin the O's again so he could prepare …

Baseball scouts a dying species?

It looks like that modern business management has reached MLB. Older people are not important anymore and are laid off for younger employees and computers. Quality isn't important anymore, only money matters. Major League clubs are laying off scout jobs in a rapid fashion. Many of the unemployed scouts are asking the Professional Baseball Scouts …

ABL: Hall of Famer to coach Aces

A great promotion in Melbourne: Hall of Famer George Brett will coach the Melbourne Aces on Thursday, December 31st and Friday, January 1st as a guest coach. Besides being a HOF member, Brett is also Vice President of Baseball Operations for the World Series Champion Kansas City Royals. Together with his brothers he also owns Brett …

Juan Carlos Sulbaran to Cardinals

After becoming a minor league free agent after the 2015 season, Juan Carlos Sulbaran from Curacao signed a minor league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, the cross state rivals of his former MLB organization, the Kansas City Royals. Last season, Sulbaran played most part for the Royals' AA farm team, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals …

Lots of news from Minor League land

The last few days there have been a couple of PDC extensions between MLB clubs and their affiiates. Yesterday the news was announced that the Omaha Storm Chasers and the Kansas City Royals have extended their Player Development Contract with two more years through the 2018 season. It doesn't come as a surprise because both …

2015 World Series will be the first with expansion teams only

Did anyone of you realize that the 2015 World Series between the New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals will be the first in the history of the Fall Classic in which expansion teams will face each other? There have been World Series in which expansion teams played (and even won) like the 1997 edition …

Yankees take easy way out, fire Jeff Pentland

Perhaps you have heard that the Yankees have fired hitting coach Jeff Pentland. According to Pentland, he signed a one year deal and he stated that the Yankees told him that it would be for one year probably. Pentland acknowledges that the Yankees didn't look too good at bat in the last month of the …

Summing up the Dutchies per MLB organization: Kansas City Royals

Another short episode of "Summing up the Dutchies per MLB organization. Not many Dutchies are playing in the following organization to put it mildly:             Number of Dutchies: 1 Juan Carlos Sulbaran: Juan Carlos recently was promoted from the AA Nortwest Arkansas Naturals to the AAA Omaha StormChasers. Against the odds …

Juan Carlos Sulbaran makes debut at AAA Omaha

Curacaoan pitcher Juan Carlos Sulbaran was promoted to AAA Omaha, where he debuted last Friday with the StormChasers (Kansas City Royals organization).  In a game vs the Round Rock Express (Texas Rangers organization) he lasted 6.2 innings before he was replaced. Juan Carlos cruised through the first six innings and only gave up one run …

Yankees snap losing streak with BIG numbers

The last couple of days the Yankees showed some uninspired baseball, sloppy defense and dormant bats. A couple of times they lost with big numbers.Especially at bat they looked like Pedro Cerrano from the movie Major League. Apparently they have given up on Jobu 😉 . All of a sudden they knew how to hit …