And the PDC news keeps coming

A couple of surprising moves at A ball level as the Greensboro Grasshoppers shifted to the Pittsburgh Pirates after being affiliated to the Miami Marlins since 2003. Another surprising move is the shifting of the Clinton LumberKings from the Seattle Mariners to the Miami Marlins. After spending sixteen years in the South Atlantic League, the …

Several MLB clubs to celebrate anniversary in 2018

The Miami Marlins and the Tampa Bay Rays will celebrate an anniversary this season.  The Marlins will celebrate their 25th season and the Rays their 20th. But next to these two clubs, the Rockies (also 25) and the Diamondbacks (20) will also celebrate a milestone. With the firesale fresh in their memory, it is likely …

Does Rob Manfred lie about the Marlins acquisition?

The other day MLB commissioner Rob Manfred was interviewed by ESPN's Dan Le Batard. Like many Marlins fans, Le Batard is furious about how the Marlins hold another fire sale. He clearly suspects Manfred to have known about the new ownership group's plans when they acquired the team from Jeffrey Loria. In a radio interview, …

Like it or not, but Loria has the last laugh

He may end up in the history books as one of the worst owners in Major League Baseball: Jeffrey Loria, soon, former owner of the Miami Marlins. An owner that hijacked and blackmailed a city into paying 80% of the costs of a ballpark. A former owner who hijacked a Canadian team and was responsible …

New Rays ballpark may hit another snag

The Tampa Bay Rays are still looking for a new ballpark. In the past year, the team has been looking for a suitable location in the St. Petersburg area. Now it seems that the funding of an eventual ballpark has hit another bump. The Rays have been exploring locations in the Pinellas and Hillsborough counties …

Ballparks around the world: Marlins Park

With the World Baseball Classic nearing, it is time to show another ballpark to you that will host a WBC group. This time Marlins Park in Miami, home of the Miami Marlins. This state of the art ballpark will host group C with Colombia, Dominican Republic, Canada and the United States of America. It will …

Kenley Jansen returns to Dodgers

After opting for free agency, Curacaoan star closer Kenley Jansen has signed a 5-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The deal is reportedly worth $80MM. During the season, Jansen did not want to talk about a contract extension but as the end of the season neared, the Dodgers didn't hide their intentions to go …

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp?

Today, out of the blue, the Jacksonville Suns, AA team of the Miami Marlins, announced that it will adopt a new identity. This really comes as a surprise as the team did not organize a name the team contest. The new name? Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.... Aside from the 1985-1990 seasons, when the team was called …

D-Backs leave Mobile and look for greener pastures in Jackson

The Arizona Diamondbacks have announced that they have left the Mobile BayBears to look for new AA partner in the Southern League. During the last decade, the team was linked to the Mobile BayBears, but after ten years the club has decided to sign a player development contract with the Jackson Generals, who were the AA affiliate …

Finally the Marlins make a move that makes sense

In a move made by the often puzzled Marlins front office, Barry Bonds was signed to become their new hitting coach. I write "often puzzled" because the Marins often make moves that are questionable to put it mildly. The appointment of GM Dan Jennings as the club's manager was one of them. But this move …

Mattingly and Marlins destined for failure?

Yesterday the Miami Marlins confirmed that they struck a four year deal with former Yankee great and Dodgers' manager Don Mattingly. In a quick move, the Marlins approached the former first baseman after he was fired by the Dodgers. Oh yeah, the Dodgers said that both sides agreed that further continuation would not work: “The Los …

Overhaul expected in Marlins’ organization and Mattingly’s future with the Dodgers

Don Mattingly's future with the Dodgers is unclear. It may all depend on how the team with the biggest pay roll is finishing this season. Mattingly is generally know for making bad managerial decisions or just not seeing certain situations. Spicy detail is that the Dodgers hired former manager Ron Roenicke, who was fired by …

Here we go again: Yankees reportedly interested in Jose Reyes

Several baseball websites state that the Yankees have shown interest for shortstop Jose Reyes, who was recently acquired by the Rockies in the Troy Tulowitzky trade. The other day it was announced that Reyes cleared waivers, so he can be traded to any team. And when news like that is vented, any newspaper and new …