MLB owners cause a bloodbath

Several news outlets announced that MLB owners are releasing minor leaguers en masse. Normally it happens that minor leaguers are released during the season, partially because they don't live up to the expectations, partially to make room for new players. But this is nothing more than a cost-cutting move. Recently the owners were in a …

Today in Baseball: Giants explain promotion of Willie Mays in almost apologetical ad

Today, 69 years ago, the New York Giants placed a large ad in the Minnesota Sunday Times that was almost apologetical to the Minneapolis Millers fans. In the ad, the Giants explain why they promoted Willie Mays to the New York Giants.  At the time of his promotion, Mays was the best player on the …

Meulens not hired as Mets manager

Where we wrote earlier today that Hensley Meulens was still in the running for the job of manager of the New York Mets, the Score.com announced that the NL franchise will hire Luis Rojas on a multi-year contract. According to Mets GM Brody van Wagenen, Rojas is very well qualified. "We anticipate him to be …

Meulens still in the running for becoming Mets skipper

After Carlos Beltran decided to step back as manager of the New York Mets because of the Astros' sign stealing scandal, the Mets are looking for a new skipper. According to MLBtraderumors.com, the National League team is narrowing its search in its own ranks with three names remaining. Next to Luis Rojas, Tony DeFrancesco and …

Bruce Bochy officially announced as manager of team France

About two months after his retirement from managing the San Francisco Giants, Bruce Bochy has been officially appointed as manager of team France during the World Baseball Classic Qualifier. Bochy, who was born in Landes de Bussac in the Aquitane region (about 120 kilometers Northeast of Bordeaux), is best known as the manager of the …

Meulens rumored to be the Mets new bench coach

According to a Tweet by Jennifer Mercedes, Curaçao born Hensley Meulens will be the new bench coach for the New York Mets. If this is true, Meulens will leave the Marlins, with whom he agreed on a role in the staff next to his old teammate and Marlins manager Don Mattingly. https://twitter.com/Chica_Deportes/status/1198292162896678913 Mercedes is the …

Today in baseball: Red Sox fail to win World Series

Today, thirty-three years ago, The Boston Red Sox were one strike away from clinching their first World Series championship since 1918. But unfortunately for the bean towners, the curse of the Bambino would last on for another eighteen years. With Boston leading 5-4, and Mookie Wilson batting and the winning run now on base, McNamara brought in Bob …

Las Vegas ballpark construction on schedule

The Las Vegas ballpark the future home of the Las Vegas Aviators (former 51s) is right on schedule. Since the groundbreaking ceremony on February 23, 2018, the construction of the ballpark is proceeding swiftly. According to 13KNTV Las Vegas, progress at the site is easy to spot near Downtown Summerlin and crews have now started setting …

Baseball related songs: “There used to be a ballpark” by Frank Sinatra

In this edition of Baseball related songs, we pay attention to "There used to be a ballpark", performed by Ol' Blue Eyes, a.k.a. Frank Sinatra. In this song from his comeback album Ol’ Blue Eyes Is Back, Sinatra took a sentimental journey to the Golden Age of baseball when the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York …

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 …

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 …

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 …