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 …

Nashville makes pitch for MLB team

With MLB commissioner Rob Manfred being positive about an eventual expansion of the number of MLB clubs from 30 to 32, businessman John Loar is leading an attempt to bring MLB to the country and western capital. To explore the possibility of an MLB team in Nashville, Loar has formed Music City Equity Group to …

Jurickson Profar to A’s as part of a three-way deal

Curaçao native Jurickson Profar is not a Texas Ranger anymore. The 25-year old was part of a three-way deal between the Texas Rangers, the Oakland Athletics and the Tampa Bay Rays. Profar, who has been injury prone during his career as he missed most of the 2014 and 2015 season due to a nagging injury …

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 …

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 …

Baseball related songs: Catfish by Bob Dylan

Today we pay attention to a relatively unknown song by Bob Dylan, who is mainly known for his protest songs. The song "Catfish" was written by him and Jacques Levy. It is about former Kansas City and Oakland Athletics and New York Yankees great Jim "Catfish" Hunter. This wasn't the first time Dylan wrote about …

Oakland A’s to use fan input for ballpark location

The Oakland Athletics have launched a website to gather community feedback. The website contains a fan survey. Something quite remarkable. On Thursday, the club announced the launch of a new website: oaklandballpark.com. In a statement on the club's website, it was said that the community's feedback is critical to the A's ballpark's success. "We need to understand …

MLB in Montréal a huge step closer

After MLB sold the Montréal Expos to a group of owners that moved the team to Washington, the city of Montréal has been out of Major League Baseball. But all signs point into the direction that an MLB team could return to the French-Canadian city. In the past years, baseball lovers have investigated how to …

Athletics to announce new stadium site before end of 2017

According to the San Francisco Examiner, the Oakland Athletics will announce a new site for a stadium before the end of this year. According to team president Dave Kaval, the number of possible locations is down to four. Kaval said that the four remaining locations are Jack London Square, Laney, the Coliseum and Howard Terminal. During a …

Sky High Brewers affiliation news

Just when I finished my previous blogpost about the extension of the PDC between the Giants and the GreenJackets, the next announcement comes in.  The Colorado Springs SkySox (AAA, Pacific Coast League) and the Milwaukee Brewers have extended their player development contract with two years. The contract will run through the 2018 season. Since 2015, …

D-Backs leave Mobile and look for greener pastures in Jackson

The Arizona Diamondbacks have announced that they have left the Mobile BayBears to look for new AA partner in the Southern League. During the last decade, the team was linked to the Mobile BayBears, but after ten years the club has decided to sign a player development contract with the Jackson Generals, who were the AA affiliate …

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 …

Possible expansion in MLB will influence MiLB as well

The other day Rob Manfred, Commissioner of Major League Baseball, held a press conference. Main issue was a possible expansion of Major League Baeball. Another issue was the stadium situation in Oakland and St. Petersburg. Manfred said that in the long term MLB will expand. He even hinted about a city as he said: "If we …

Ports and Athletics extend PDC

The minor league season barely has started or there is news about another extension of a player development contract. This time the Oakland Athletics and the Stockton Port (A-Advanced affiliate in the California League) extended their cooperation through the 2020 season. The current contract will expire after this season, so apparently the A's are very …

Summing up the Dutchies per MLB organization: Oakland Athletics

Another short edition of "Summing up the Dutchies per MLB organization". This time: Number of Dutchies: 1 Shawn Duinkerk: The 21-year old Aruban native, Shawn Duinkerk, played his first professional game in 2011 with the DSL Athletics. In that year he only played nine games in which he batted a modest .129. The A's signed Shawn …