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 …

Twins get 80 game suspension in return for signing Santana

In the off season, the Minnesota Twins signed RHP Ervin Santana to a four year deal worth $55 million. What did they get in return as a reward? A pitcher that was caught using PED, Stanozolol to be exact. Stanozolol was the drug that Canadian Sprinter Ben Johnson was ripped of his Olympic gold medal …

Schoop returns to Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles have signed Sharlon Schoop to a minor league contract. Sharlon is the older brother of Orioles' infielder Jonathan Schoop. Sharlon played for the Bowie Baysox in the Eastern League (O's AA affiliate) last season. In 77 games and 267 at bats he collected 58 (.217)hits of which thirteen doubles and three homeruns. …

Overhaul in Yankees coaching staff

The last few weeks there have been rumours about the Yankees going after new coaches. Several names floated around. According to Jack Curry, the Yankees are close to appoint a hitting coach, an assistant hitting coach and an infield coach. Jack Curry is one of the most reliable journalist with ties in the Yankee organization. …

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 …

2014 World Series: Game 7

       vs  Yesterday I wrote that this years' World Series end in a way how every World Series should end: With a game seven. I can say that every game seven should be like this years' game seven. Once again it was a nailbiter. Jeremy Guthrie started very well by retiring the first three batters …

2014 World Series: game 6

   vs  This year's World Series will end in the way that every World Series should end: With a seventh game. In a must win situation, trailing 3-2 in games, the Kansas City Royals kept their cool and  flexed their muscles in game six as they out hit and out scored San Francisco. Yordano Ventura …

2014 World Series: game 5

  vs  Game five was a copy of game one. Madison Bumgarner dominated the hitters of the Royals. The score was a bit different though. Bumgarner went the distance and allowed four hits and struck out eight for the win. With this outing he lowered his ERA for the World Series to a microscopic 0.56. …

2014 World Series: game 4

           vs  In a timespan of three innings the Giants broke the stronghold of the Royals' bullpen. After game three, Giants' manager Bruce Bochy said that the Royals' bullpen was one of the best around. Yesterday they did nothing to prove his point. After the Royals had taken a 4-1 lead in the top …