Danny Rombley calls it a career

L&D Amsterdam Pirates announced today that Dutch hoofdklasse player, former minor leaguer and former Dutch national team player Danny Rombley has decided to call it a career. The 38-year old outfielder has decided to focus on his professional career. Rombley debuted in 1997 in the Dutch hoofdklasse with HCAW from Bussum. In 1998, Danny played for …

Scout who discovered several Dutchies passes away

    Most European baseball fans may not know him, but the person who scouted several European players for the Mariners has passed away. Wayne Norton scouted Italy's own Alex Liddi and Dutchies like Greg Halman, Kalian Sams and Tom de Blok. Norton died as the result of ALS. Wayne Norton was a career minor …

Will realignment save baseball?

The other day, I read an interesting article on Baseball America. It was a proposal for a realignment of Major League Baseball, possibly caused by the expansion with two teams. The article opted a realignment by geographical divisions. This may be a shocker for the baseball purists among us. The proposed realignment would dissolve the …

Montreal Mayor faces opposition regarding MLB ballpark

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre has been vocal about MLB returning to Montreal lately. But a political party does not agree with the multi-million dollar blank cheque Coderre is giving to MLB to land a team. The political party, Projet Montréal, to a possible free spending on a new downtown ballpark. Projet Montréal Leader Valérie Plante says "not a …

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 …

Pete Rose not to participate in wall of fame induction

The Philadelphia Phillies announced today, that All-time hits leader, Pete Rose, will not participate in the upcoming wall of fame induction. Both parties fear that other matters will overshadow the goodwill associated with the Alumni Weekend at Citizens Bank Park on August 10-13.  The All-time hits leader would attend his induction to the Phillies wall …

MLB in Montréal a huge step closer

After MLB sold the Montréal Expos to a group of owners that moved the team to Washington, the city of Montréal has been out of Major League Baseball. But all signs point into the direction that an MLB team could return to the French-Canadian city. In the past years, baseball lovers have investigated how to …

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 …

Baseball writers in limbo

Perhaps you have seen several HOF voting ballots on Facebook on Twitter lately. Several baseball writers and journalists, who are organized in the Baseball Writers Association of America, have put their ballot on the world wide web. For the first time,  you can see a heavy shift towards voting for several PED users. Voting for PED …

Brotherly loving PDC news

And the PDC news keeps coming in... This time the Philadelphia Phillies extended the player development contract with their A Full Season affiliate, the Lakewood BlueClaws. As you may have guessed, the contract has not been extended for two years through the 2018 season 😉 but with four years through the 2020 season. Phillies Assistent Director …

What to expect from the Dutchies this year? Roger Bernadina

With Spring Training at full swing now, 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 …

Minor League history: Dixie Association

The Dixie Association was a cooperation between the Southern League and the Texas League in 1971. As both leagues lost a team after the 1970 season, both leagues were left with an uneven number of teams. To overcome this problem the leagues decided to join forces and to have an interlocking schedule. The problems arose …

Hensley Meulens and Charlie Montoyo inducted in IL HOF

Today, the International League announced that current hitting coach of the San Francisco Giants and current third base coach of the Tampa Bay Rays will be inducted to the Hall of Fame in the 2016 class. Meulens was an MVP in the International League in 1990 when playing for the Columbus Clippers. In 1992 Meulens …

Montreal has potential site for MLB ballpark

The first thing needed for a return of MLB to Montreal is there: ground. According to Canadian Broadcast Corporation, the ground of former Montreal children's hospital has been acquired by a high profile real estate investor in Montreal, Luc Poirier. In a statement he announced that he acquired the 1.4 million square feet  (about 130000 …

Yankeebiscuitfan’s Dutchblog interviews Roger Bernadina

Roger Bernadia former outfielder of the Washington Nationals and now playing for the Albuquerque Isotopes of the Colorado Rockies organization was prepared to do an interview with me for this blog. First of all I would like to thank Roger for the fact that he has taken the time to answer my questions. Because of …