Today in baseball: Uniform number debut

Today, 90 years ago, the uniform numbers debuted in baseball. Even though the Cleveland Indians had experimented with numbers on their sleeves in 1916, they came with this novelty on Opening Day 1929. In fact, the Yankees would have been the first to play with uniform numbers as the club announced in January 1929 that …

The favorite jerseys of my collection

Through the years built a small collection of baseball jerseys. It all started in 1991 when I got the jersey of my very first baseball club, now defunct Amstel Tijgers, three-time Dutch champion. From that moment on more jerseys got my way. This is an overview of the favorite jerseys of my collection. Amsterdam Baseball …

Today in baseball: Ballpark openings

Today 107 and 106 years ago there were some ballpark christenings. In 1912 Fenway Park opened its doors. A year later another iconic ballpark would be opened: Ebbets Field. Even though the first MLB game at Fenway Park was played on April 20, the first game ever was played on April 9, 1912. The Red …

Today in baseball: Yankees break with a tradition

The New York Yankees are known as one of the most conservative MLB franchises. A lot of things are regarded as tradition and will not change any time soon. But on April 6, 1973, the Bronx Bombers were the final team in MLB to get rid of something that was a common thing in baseball …

Luis Sojo at the helm of Spanish national team

After Paco Figueroa was appointed as the Phillies outfield and baserunning coach of the Philadelphia Phillies, the Spanish national team was without a manager. But the Spanish baseball federation has found a successor who is more than capable. Former Major Leaguer Luis Sojo. Sojo had a thirteen-year career that brought him to Toronto Blue Jays, …

Today in baseball: Cincinnati Greens

The title of this blog post may tell you it is about St. Patrick's Day. Next, to being the very first professional baseball team, the Cincinnati Reds had another first in the history of baseball. In 1978 during a St. Patrick's Day practice game, the team donned Green jerseys instead of their traditional red ones. …

Today in baseball: Names on jerseys make debut

Bill Veeck was always known as an inventor in the baseball world. He was responsible for the ivy at the outfield wall at Wrigley Field. He promoted the game in every possible way. Today in 1960, Bill Veeck came up with something that would become the standard in MLB. On March 13, 1960, then the …

This day in baseball: The highest paid player

In the wake of the Bryce Harper lunacy, today a blog post about two players that were the highest paid players in their days. Regarding the money they got, none could stand in the shadow of Harper's $330 million. On this day in 1927, a certain Yankee player became the highest paid player ever as …

Yanks want to extend Didi’s contract

After extending Aaron Hicks' contract for seven years, the Yankees are reportedly looking to keep Didi Gregorius in their ranks. The only right decision of course. Didi Gregorius joined the Yankees after a trade on December 5, 2014. He had the ungrateful task to replace Derek Jeter, a big fan favorite. The comments about the …

Posada joins Marlins’ front office

With a partial owner and a manager with a Yankee past already, the third former Yankee will join the Miami Marlins. Even though it is not official yet, former Yankee catcher Jorge Posada is spotted at the Marlins' Spring Training camp already. According to sources, Posada will join the Marlins as a special advisor to …

Didi wins Thurman Munson Award

Together with Yankees' manager Aaron Boone and third baseman Miguel Andujar, Amsterdam born Didi Gregorius was honored with the Thurman Munson Award. This award is given to professional and Olympic athletes in recognition of their athletic achievements and their contributions to the community. The Thurman Munson Award event raised money to benefit the AHRC New …

National Hat Day. My 10 favorite MLB/MiLB hats

Today it is National Hat Day in the USA (who comes up with days like this anyway?). Here is a list with my 10 favorite MLB/MiLB hats. 10. Ogden Raptors Many don't like this cap but I think this is a great one. This cap is way better than the previous home cap the Raptors …

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 …