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 …

Raptors and Dodgers extend PDC

The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Ogden Raptors have extended their PDC through the 2020 season. The announcement was made jointly by Los Angeles Dodgers President and CEO Stan Kasten and Director of Player Development Brandon Gomes. Raptors team president Dave Baggott confirmed the agreement is a standard two-year deal, something the Dodgers did not mention. The new extension …

A heavenly PDC extension

A heavenly PDC extension in more than one way. The Los Angeles Angels extended their PDC with the Orem Owlz (advanced rookie, Pioneer League) through the 2020 season, the Owlz announced on its Instagram account.  Both teams have been partners since 2001 when the club was still in Provo (Utah) and named after the parent …

Why are some MiLB teams so eager to lose their own identity?

In the fifties, sixties, and seventies it was a common thing to name a minor league club after the parent club. Slowly things changed and nowadays most of the minor league clubs have a moniker other than the parent club. But since the start of the 2010s, there is an ongoing trend. A trend regarding …

Misja Harcksen called up for Dutch team

Yesterday, Misja Harcksen got a phone call from the new manager of the Dutch national team Evert-Jan 't Hoen. In this call, Van 't Hoen told Misja he had been selected for the Dutch squad that will participate in the 2018 Baseball Week Haarlem (previously known as Haarlem Baseball Week). I got a soft spot …

Reds promote Hendrik Clementina

Hendrik Clementina has been promoted to A Full Season Dayton Dragons by the Cincinnati Reds. Last season he played at A Short Season with the Billings Mustangs. The 20-year old catcher will play his fifth season in 2018. Curaçao native Clementina made his first steps with the Dodgers in the Dominican Summer League. After two …

Jair Jurrjens placed on Ogden Raptors roster

The Los Angeles Dodgers have made a couple of roster moves on April 17. One of them was the removal of Jair Jurrjens off the roster of the Oklahoma City Dodgers. Jair Jurrjens got off a good start at the AAA OKC Dodgers. In two starts he clinched one win and a no-decision, posted a …

Misja Harcksen released by Dodgers

Just returned from the US after not making it to the championship series of the Pioneer League with the Ogden Raptors, Misja Harcksen has been told by the Dodgers that they will not extend his contract. In the past three years Misja played in the Arizona League and in the Pioneer League. In his first …

Belated PDC news

Last Sunday was the deadline for clubs to sign a player development extension. Just in time two MLB clubs signed an extension with their affiliation. The San Diego Padres signed a two year extension with the San Antonio Missions. The new contract will run through the 2018 season. The Missions (AA, Texas League) are a …

Ogden Raptors / Misja Harcksen clinch play off spot

Last night, the Ogden Raptors faced the Grand Junction Rockies in the third game of a four game series. The previous two games were won by the Raptors, one with a clear 6-2 vicory, the second with a rather close score of 12-10. Yesterday's game was even more close. The Rockies needed to win the …

Misja Harcksen: So far, so good

The other week, Dutch pitcher Misja Harcksen was promoted to the Ogden Raptors (High Rookie, Pioneer League) again. Just like last year he spent most of the time at Arizona League Level and was promoted early August. As reported earlier, Misja was hit hard in his first appearance of the AZL season which made his …

Misja Harcksen promoted to Ogden again

Thanks to his relatives I learned that Dutch pitcher Misja Harcksen was promoted by the Los Angeles Dodgers. But unlike earlier expectations, Misja has been promoted to the Ogden Raptors (high Rookie, Pioneer League). Just like last year, Misja spent most of the season in Glendale AZ with the AZL Dodgers. With the AZL Dodgers, …

What to expect from the Dutchies this year? Kenley Jansen

With Spring Training around the corner it is time to see how the players from the Kingdom of the Netherlands will do in the upcoming season. Of course there is no crystal ball and it is still up in the air, but in general you can make a decent prediction based on the performance of …

Ogden Raptors revealing new logo for 2016 season

The Ogden Raptors, Los Angeles Dodgers Advanced Rookie affiliate in the Pioneer League, have presented their new logos for the 2016 season. The main cap logo will be replaced by a new one: a silver O with a Velociraptor walking out of it. Also the batting practice cap will sport a new logo. The cap …

Damon Berryhill PCL manager of the year

One doesn't need to be a great player to become a good manager....  Damon Berryhill proved this yesterday as he was voted the best manager of the Pacific Coast League. Atlanta Braves fans will remember Berryhill as the catcher that caught for the Braves during the 1992 World Series vs the Toronto Blue Jays in …

Misja Harcksen promoted to Ogden

Dutch pitcher Misja Harcksen was promoted from the Arizona Dodgers to the Ogden Raptors (rookie Pioneer League). Misja signed a deal with the Dodgers at the end of 2013. He would finish high school in 2014 before heading to the US. Over the past months he was pitching for the Arizona Dodgers in Glendale. His …

Oklahoma City Dodgerized

As soon as the news was spread around that the owner group of the Dodgers had bought the Oklahoma City RedHawks, I had a hunch that the team (the RedHawks) would adopt the parent club's identity somehow. Until this off season, most Dodgers farm teams adapted their parent's identity more or less. The Chattanooga Lookouts …