Charm offensive by MLB

Major League Baseball announced that regular season games will precede tournaments like the 2019 NCAA College World Series. This game will be a regular season game. The Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals will face each other in the week the College World Series opens at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. The Tigers-Royals game would …

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Mets and FireFlies extend PDC

The New York Mets and the Columbia FireFlies announced the extension of their Player Development Contract through the 2020 season. Both franchises have been linked to each other since 2007 when the FireFlies still operated as the Savannah SandGnats. FireFlies team President John Katz stated that the club was very excited to extend the relationship with …

Baseball rivalry indicates preference in Superbowl LII

Who would ever think I would write about football? Not me, but in the last few days, I discovered something interesting on Facebook. There were plenty of posts about the Superbowl on various New York Yankees and New York Mets fan pages. As a Dutch Yankee fan, I thought a New Yorker would root against …

Mets gamble on big crowds with spring training

Yesterday the New York Mets announced the names of their spring training invitees. To be honest, I didn't know most of them but the one person I know doesn't deserve this invitation at all. It is clear that the Mets want to draw big crowds at St. Lucie with Tim Tebow on their Grapefruit League …

Baseball related songs: “Subway” by Jim Nuzzo

In today's episode of Baseball related songs, we pay attention to Subway by Jim Nuzzo. To many Dutch baseball fans (including myself) this will be an unknown song. The song is about the New York Subway Series, a name for the World Series between New York teams, which happened a lot during the golden age of …

T&A San Marino signs Belgian slugger

Mister-baseball and the Mannheimer Morgen wrote about this already but in both cases, there was very little information. But now the move has been confirmed by the website of T&A San Marino and baseball.it. T&A San Marino has signed Thomas de Wolf from Belgium. The 27-year old player from Wilrijk in Belgium played in Germany …

51s will move into new ballpark in 2019

Last night, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Board of Directors approving a marketing partnership that gives LVCVA naming rights and thus opens the way for a new downtown ballpark in Summerlin as a new home for the Las Vegas 51s. The stadium will have a capacity of 10,000 (minimum standard of AAA baseball) and …

Mets leave Las Vegas, buy Syracuse Chiefs

Despite the big chance, the Las Vegas 51s will get a new ballpark in the imminent future, the New York Mets have decided to turn their back on the team and buy the Syracuse Chiefs. This leaves the Washington Nationals without an AAA team after the 2018 season. It was a public secret the Mets were …

Tim Tebow big hit for Fireflies

Recently you could read here that former quarterback of the Denver Broncos and the New York Jets, Tim Tebow, would be added to the roster of the Columbia Fireflies (A Full Season affiliation of the New York Mets in the South Atlantic League) and that the team could expect a lot of extra fans. If the …

Nice promotion(s) of the New York Mets

Normally I only write about the wacky promotions of Minor League clubs but this time I would like to make an exception. The New York Mets will have some awesome promotions during the 2017 season. It is all about T-shirts. Next to several other promotions during the season, the Mets will have free T-shirt Fridays. …

Roger Bernadina heading to Korea

Roger Bernadina, the outfielder from Curacao and player of team Kingdom of the Netherlands, will continue his career in the KBO as he has signed a deal with the Kia Tigers.  Last season Roger played for the AAA affilate of the New York Mets in the Pacific Coast League. Despite having a decent season he wasn't …

AAA and A Short Season PDC news

There is still news to tell about the extension of player development contracts. This time from Las Vegas and State College. The Las Vegas 51s (AAA, Pacific Coast League) and the New York Mets announced the extension of their PDC with two more years through the 2018 season. 51s President / COO Don Logan started …

Nationals PDC news

Once again an MLB club extended the Player Development Contract with its minor league affiliate with two more years through 2018. The number of two years seems to be rather standard. Extensions for longer terms only seem to happen halfway the contracts. Anyhow, the Washington Nationals and their A Full Season affiliate of the Sally League (South …

More new merchandise ahead

Rebranding means new merchandise. This is exactly why some clubs change names and colors at times. The Lynchburg HillCats announced that they will change their name and colors before the start of the 2017 season. Sometimes you wonder why. There are clubs that certainly need a rebranding, but other really don't. In my opinion the …

Evansville Otters release Thomas de Wolf

Belgium national team player, Thomas de Wolf, who signed with the Evansville Otters in December 2015, has been released by the club. The news was announced in the transaction section of the Frontier League website. The 27-year old outfielder/pitcher was released on the day that the Frontier League season started. Thomas was the first Belgian …