Twins sign Schoop and Torreyes

In a move to fill two middle infield spots, the Minnesota Twins have signed Curaçao native Jonathan Schoop and Venezuelan Ronald Torreyes to one-year contracts. The void in the infield was created when the Twins traded Brian Dozier and Eduardo Escobar at the non-waiver trade deadline. Schoop, who was non-tendered by the Milwaukee Brewers, is …

Harper turns down $300MM deal. Really?

Yesterday it was announced that Free Agent outfielder Bryce Harper has turned down a $300 million offer by the Washington Nationals. One can only wonder why someone turns down a record-setting offer (at least for the Nats that is).  Perhaps it was the lack of an opt-out clause. Perhaps Harper simply doesn't want to play …

The Red Sox / World Series logo conspiracy

Recently there is a conspiracy theory swirling around the internet. Certain World Series Logos sported pennants and in those years the Boston Red Sox won the World Series. The 2018 World Series Logos sport two pennants as well, so according to this conspiracy theory, the Red Sox will win it all again. On Twitter, this conspiracy …

Gregorius will start 2019 on DL

Dutch-born Didi Gregorius will be out until next summer due to an elbow injury. The elbow injury is this serious, Didi will need Tommy John surgery. According to Yankees' manager Aaron Boone, Gregorius injured his elbow in Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Red Sox. Didi is coming off a season that …

Was hiring Boone the right choice?

With a lot of the same players as last year, the New York Yankees aren't that impressive so far. Sure they have the second-best record in the MLB but the team is far from constant. Absolute low was yesterday's game against the Baltimore Orioles. So what's going on with the Yankees? They have practically the …

Didi Gregorius reaches 700 game mile stone

Last night, Didi Gregorius played his 700th MLB game. In the 7-2 win over the Seattle Mariners, Didi went 1 for 4.  With that 700th game, Didi set a record of most MLB games played by a Dutch-born player, overtaking Bert Blyleven, who participated in 699 games in his extensive career. Next, to the 692 …

May 1, 1991: The day two MLB records were broken

Through almost 200 years of baseball, records have been set and records have been broken. But how many times did it happen that two records were set on the same day by two different players?  It happened on May 1st, 1991. May 1st, 1991 was a day on which all eyes were focused on Rickey …

Nike to take over uniform deal from Under Armour

About a year and a half ago, MLB announced a deal with Under Armour, who would provide the on-field clothing for all thirty MLB clubs starting in 2020.  Today the Sports Business Journal announced that MLB is about to strike a deal with Nike to replace Under Armour. This deal comes as a surprise. With …

Debuting and being DFA’d on the same day?

The head of this article sounds somewhat unbelievable, doesn't it? Still, it is what happened to David Hale last night.  David Hale, a 30-year old reliever, broke into the Majors with the Atlanta Braves in 2013. In that year he started in two games and recorded a win with a microscopic ERA of 0.82. Even after …

A promotion that fuels the rivalry

The AAA Pawtucket Red Sox will have a promotion that fuels the rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. It is all based on the bench-clearing brawl that was sparked by Tyler Austin's slide at second base and the brushback pitch by Joe Kelly. In that particular game between the two hated …

Yankees and Red Sox close to play in London in 2019

The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox are nearing an agreement on facing each other in London in 2019. This as part of a regular season series, which was agreed in the latest collective bargain agreement between MLB and the players union. Location for this event would be London Stadium, the home of …

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 …

The HOF voting from a different point of view: Andruw Jones stays on ballot

With Jim Thome, Vladimir Guerrero, Trevor Hoffman and Chipper Jones voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, the Walhalla of baseball adds four great players. But most important, from a Curaçao/ Dutch point of view is the fact that Andruw Jones stayed on the ballot. The outfielder who broke into the Majors with …

What’s a bigger accomplishment: A 56 game hitting streak or a .406 batting average?

Ever since Ted Williams hit .406 and Joe DiMaggio set a 56 game hitting streak, fans discuss what is the biggest accomplishment. Is it the .406 BA of the Splendid Splinter or is it the 56 game hitting streak of Joltin' Joe? Here is my take on it. In that magical season of 1941, both …

Baseball related music: “Talkin’ baseball” by Terry Cashman

In today's edition of Baseball related music, we pay attention to "Talkin' baseball, sung by Terry Cashman. The song is describing the history of baseball from the 1950s to the beginning of the 80s. The song was released in 1981, the year the regular MLB season was shortened by a player strike. The song was …