Andruw Jones on 2018 HOF ballot

Today, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced the newbies on the 2018 ballot. Next to players like his namesake Chipper Jones, Trevor Hoffman, first-timers Omar Vizquel and Jim Thome, Curaçao native Andruw Jones is also on the ballot. Andruw Jones broke into the majors at the age of  19. He was the youngest player to …

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Hensely Meulens to be interviewed for Yankees’ manager job

Several New York-based media are reporting that the former Yankee outfielder and current bench coach of the San Francisco Giants Hensley Meulens will be interviewed for the position of manager of the New York Yankees. The 50-year old Curaçao native will be one of a long list of candidates that apply to fill the void that …

“All Rise” named AL Rookie Of The Year

Tonight the 2017 Rookie Of The Year award was unanimously given to Aaron Judge. The 25-year old right fielder of the New York Yankees beat Andrew Benintendi of the Boston Red Sox and Trey Mancini of the Baltimore Orioles. After Judge struggled during his first steps in the Majors in 2016, he made some adjustments …

International League PDC extensions

Yesterday, two AAA farm teams announced the extension of their PDC with the parent clubs. Both PDC were extended with two years through the 2020 season. The Louisville Bats and their parent club the Cincinnati Reds announced the extension of their PDC. The contract was set to expire after the 2018 season. “The Reds are …

Gregorius pushes Jeter out of record books

In today's game vs the Minnesota Twins, Yankees' shortstop Didi Gregorius has pushed Derek Jeter out of the record books. Gregorius has replaced Jeter as the Yankee shortstop with the most home runs in one season. Derek Jeter set a record for most home runs in a season by Yankee shortstops in 1999 when he …

The Yankees’ difficult situation at first base

It is going well with the call-ups of the New York Yankees. Recently a couple of youngsters were called up from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to debut with the MLB squad and in the blink of an eye, they ended on the DL. The latest example is Dustin Fowler, whose debut lasted just one inning after a season-ending …

Tourists and IronPigs sport special jerseys on Thursday

Once again two Minor League clubs will wear special jerseys as part of a promotion. Tomorrow, Thursday, June 29, the Asheville Tourists and the Lehigh Valley IronPigs will wear special themed jerseys which will be auctioned for charity after the game. The Asheville Tourists (Colorado Rockies A Full Season affiliate) will adopt the name Asheville …

Jurickson Profar sent to AAA Round Rock

According to a source from Curaçao, the Texas Rangers have sent Jurickson Profar to their AAA farm team, the Round Rock Express. So far he could not impress the Texas Rangers and had to make room for Pete Kozma, who was placed on waivers by the New York Yankees because of the return of Didi …

Didi Gregorius to return to Yankees on Friday

According to several sources, the Yankees will activate shortstop Didi Gregorius from the 10-day DL on Friday. The left-handed hitting shortstop from Curaçao injured the shoulder of his throwing arm in a practice game vs the Arizona Diamondbacks that preceded the World Baseball Classic semi-final game between the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Puerto Rico. …

Ozzie Albies makes 2017 ST debut with Braves

Yesterday two Dutchies played on one team, the Braves to be exact. For the first time during this spring training, Ozhaino Albies was given a shot as second baseman, the position the Braves are preparing him for. The other one was Ray-Patrick Didder of course, who strated as center fielder.   Ozhaino Albies started the …

Randy Levine proves to be classless

As you may know, the Yankees and their setup man Dellin Betances were involved in a harsh dispute about the 2017 salary of Betances. Betances was asking $5 million, while the Yankees did not want to spend more than $3 million. During the past weeks, both parties did not get closer to each other. So an …

Astrodome will be around for ever

Yesterday, the Texas Historical Commmission voted in favor of the Houston Astrodome to designate the stadium as a State Antiquities Landmark, joining the ranks of the Alamo, the State Capitol, the Cotton Bowl and other notable sites. Like we all know, the Astrodome was the home of the Houston Astros from its opening in 1965 …

Do the Yankees really need an FA big bat?

Brian Cashman recently stated that the Yankees are after a big bat. Now the club has some room to spend after they traded away Brian McCann and after Mark Teixeira hung up his spikes, it appears that the team is willing to spend again. But is it a wise decision to do so? In the …

Minor League History: Florida-Alabama-Georgia League (FLAG League)

The Florida-Alabama-Georgia League saw the light in 1915 as the Georgia State League changed its name when the Americus team moved to Gainesville FL and a team in Dothan AL was added. This happened in June 1915. The Georgia State League had previously been known as the Empire State League. The FLAG league started the …

Hiroki Kuroda hangs up spikes

Former Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda has announced his retirement. The work horse will hang up his spikes after the upcoming Nippon Series in which Kuroda's team, the Hiroshima Toyo Carp will take on the Nippon Ham Fighters. Kuroda made the announcement during a press conference last night. Before the …

Lots of PDC news

Because of my stay at the European Baseball Championship, I have missed quite some moves regarding several extensions of player development contracts. Yesterday, September 11 was the deadline to extend player development contracts, so in the last couple of days there have been a lot of signings at the eleventh hour. Five extensions have been …