Minor League History: Border League

The Border League was a Class D minor league that first saw action in 1912. It lasted only two seasons. After World War II, another Border League was created in 1946. This time the league lasted until July 16 1951, when the league disbanded. The first Border League started without the required five teams. The …

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Will MiLB land in Cuba any time soon?

The group Caribbean Baseball Initiative, led by Lou Schwechheimer, a veteran minor league executive, has traveled around in Cuba several times now, to see if they can find people who want to step in a joint venture to bring professional baseball back to Cuba. Trips full of talking and especially full of listening. The group wants to do …

Minor League History: Blue Ridge League

The Blue Ridge League was located in the states of Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia. The league was founded in 1915 and had headquarters in Hagerstown. It started with six teams, as the National Commission (now known as National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or NAPB) required. Charles H. Boyer, who also owned the Hagerstown …

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, …

Minor League History: Blue Grass League

As the name indicates, the Blue Grass League was located in Kentucky. There were two leagues with the same name. The first operated five seasons from 1908 through 1912, the second lasted three seasons from 1922 through 1924. The 1908-1912 edition operated as a Class D league. In the five seasons of the 1908-1912 Blue Grass …

Biloxi Shuckers will host parent club in exhibition

The Milwaukee Brewers' AA farm team, the Biloxi Shuckers will host the parent club in an exhibtion game on April 2nd 2016. The Brewers will make a detour to the Gulf Coast town on their way home from their Cactus League Spring Training facility in Maryvale AZ. The brand new affiliate of the Brewers, previously …

Lloyd McClendon gets new managerial job

Recently released by the Seattle Mariners, Lloyd McClendon already has a new job as a manager. With the Toledo MudHens, the AAA International League affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. After five losing seasons with the Pirates from 2001 through 2005, McClendon was hired as a manager of the Seattle Mariners in 2014. In his first …

Louisville Bats unveil new logo and unis

Today, the Louisville Bats, International League (AAA) affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, has presented their new look.  The club unveiled new logos, new caps and new uniforms. For years the club had one of the dullest logos and arguably the ugliest cap in the minors. The new logos and unis are still not something to …

Minor League History: Big State League

As the name may indicate, the Big State League was home to Texas baseball teams. The league started in 1947 at the hight of a short lived minor league boom and lasted eleven seasons through 1957. Regarding the problems that  minor league baseball faced in the fifties, you can say that this time span is …

Minor League History: Bi-State League

There were two leagues that called themselves Bi-State League but except for the name they did not have any relationship. The first Bi-State League was the successor of the Wisconsin-Illinois League and lasted only a part of the 1915 season. The league had five teams from Illinois and one from Wisconsin. The cities that were …

Minor League History: Arkansas-Missouri League

In 1936 the Arkansas State League became the Arkansas-Missouri League. The league kept operating as a Class D league. During the crisis years in the 1930s only three leagues survived: the Northeast Arkansas League, the Cotton States League and the Arkansas-Missouri League. The league was a product of the farm system that the St. Louis …

Minor League history: Arkansas State League

In this edition the Arkansas State League is placed in the foot light. The Arkansas State League had several runs.  The first Arkansas State League operated just one season in 1894 followed by a second edition in 1897. The league that started in 1908 was a Class D league and lasted two seasons before it dissolved. The …

Changes in Indy baseball

The independent American Association will have a competition of twelve teams next year. Last season the league had thirteen clubs but that wasn't really a problem as the league had an interleague competition with the CanAm League. But next season, the interleague competition with the CanAm League will not take place and thus the AA …

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 …

How to get through the baseball off season?

Now the Dutch baseball season, the MiLB season and MLB season are over, I slowly start to realize that it is time for baseball hibernation. But the problem is that I don't want to hibernate. I try to postpone that moment as long as possible. What can you do to get through the off season …