Raptors and Dodgers extend PDC

The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Ogden Raptors have extended their PDC through the 2020 season. The announcement was made jointly by Los Angeles Dodgers President and CEO Stan Kasten and Director of Player Development Brandon Gomes. Raptors team president Dave Baggott confirmed the agreement is a standard two-year deal, something the Dodgers did not mention. The new extension …

Reds return to Chattanooga

After an absence of ten years, the Cincinnati Reds have returned to Chattanooga. The MLB club signed a two year Player Development Contract with the local Lookouts (AA Southern League) that will run through the 2020 season. When the Reds moved on after the 2008 season, the Dodgers jumped in and stayed in Chattanooga for …

Athletics sign two year PDC with Las Vegas

With a new ballpark for the upcoming season, Las Vegas (Summerlin to be exact) became a very attractive location for the Oakland A's to locate their AAA team. Las Vegas is much closer to home than Nashville. Last year it was announced that the New York Mets would leave Las Vegas as they had bought the …

Shawn Zarraga signs with Atlantic League team

Aruban catcher Shawn Zarraga has found a new club. After a long absence in professional baseball since his release by the Los Angeles at the start of the season, he finally signed a contract with a team. The Summerset Patriots of the Atlantic League will be his new club. Since Zarraga has experience at AAA …

Why are some MiLB teams so eager to lose their own identity?

In the fifties, sixties, and seventies it was a common thing to name a minor league club after the parent club. Slowly things changed and nowadays most of the minor league clubs have a moniker other than the parent club. But since the start of the 2010s, there is an ongoing trend. A trend regarding …

Misja Harcksen called up for Dutch team

Yesterday, Misja Harcksen got a phone call from the new manager of the Dutch national team Evert-Jan 't Hoen. In this call, Van 't Hoen told Misja he had been selected for the Dutch squad that will participate in the 2018 Baseball Week Haarlem (previously known as Haarlem Baseball Week). I got a soft spot …

Spencer Kieboom gets his first MLB hit

In his first start behind the dish, Spencer Kieboom collected his first MLB hit. The 27-year old catcher was called up last week but saw action for the first time today.  Spencer caught the first game of a doubleheader vs the Los Angeles Dodgers. In the bottom of the third inning, Spencer got his first …

Kenley Jansen helps out MS patient

A 25-year old MS patient from Rijswijk (near The Hague) in the Netherlands was in desperate need of funds to pay for a stem cell treatment. But this treatment is not available in the Netherlands, so he has to go to Russia, which makes it very expensive. Too much for him to pay. But he got …

Reds promote Hendrik Clementina

Hendrik Clementina has been promoted to A Full Season Dayton Dragons by the Cincinnati Reds. Last season he played at A Short Season with the Billings Mustangs. The 20-year old catcher will play his fifth season in 2018. Curaçao native Clementina made his first steps with the Dodgers in the Dominican Summer League. After two …

Shawn Zarraga released by Dodgers

Shawn Zarraga has to look for a new club. At the end of Spring Training, on March 30, the Dodgers acquired catcher Cael Brockmeyer, who was released by the Cubs. In order to make room for him, the club from Los Angeles released Shawn Zarraga. After the 29-year old Aruban signed a minor league contract …

Shawn Zarraga non-roster invitee for Dodgers spring training camp

Once again Aruban catcher Shawn Zarraga has received an invitation for the spring training camp of an MLB club as a non-roster player. This time the Dodgers invited the player of team Kingdom of the Netherlands. Zarraga was signed to a new contract on January 17. The Dodgers assigned him to their AAA roster and invited …

The HOF voting from a different point of view: Andruw Jones stays on ballot

With Jim Thome, Vladimir Guerrero, Trevor Hoffman and Chipper Jones voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, the Walhalla of baseball adds four great players. But most important, from a Curaçao/ Dutch point of view is the fact that Andruw Jones stayed on the ballot. The outfielder who broke into the Majors with …

Roger Bernadina to stay in Korea

After a very successful season in which he helped the Kia Tigers win the KBO championship, Roger Bernadina has signed a one-year extension with the club from Gwangju. The Tigers have been very active to keep the trio of foreign players in their team. Next to Bernadina, the club signed Hector Noesi to a $2 …

Andruw Jones on 2018 HOF ballot

Today, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced the newbies on the 2018 ballot. Next to players like his namesake Chipper Jones, Trevor Hoffman, first-timers Omar Vizquel and Jim Thome, Curaçao native Andruw Jones is also on the ballot. Andruw Jones broke into the majors at the age of  19. He was the youngest player to …

Kenley Jansen recovers from two unfortunate outings

With Kenley Jansen retiring the side in the ninth inning, the Los Angeles Dodgers have forced a seventh game in the 2017 World Series. In another pitching matchup, the pitching staff of the Dodgers outdueled the staff of the Astros as the Dodgers beat the Astros 3-1. Once again a run was scored on a home …

Dodgers tie series despite Jansen being human

Game four of the World Series was a nailbiter. It had all the drama you'd expect the Fall Classic to have. It was only decided in the ninth inning when the bullpen of the Astros collapsed and gave up five runs as the Astros fell to the Dodgers 6-2. Throughout the game the Astros were …

Kenley Jansen earns reliever of the year award

With the season he had, this doesn't really come as a surprise. Kenley Jansen has earned the Trevor Hoffman award as the best reliever of the National League for the second year in a row. In 65 appearances, Kenley had 42 save opportunities of which he converted 41 into saves. On top of that, he …