Charm offensive by MLB

Major League Baseball announced that regular season games will precede tournaments like the 2019 NCAA College World Series. This game will be a regular season game. The Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals will face each other in the week the College World Series opens at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. The Tigers-Royals game would …

Sharlon Schoop back at AAA

Sharlon Schoop is back with the Norfolk Tides. The Curaçaoan infielder was placed on the roster of the Aberdeen IronBirds at the start of the Minor League season.  After he was added to the Tides roster, Sharlon was put in the lineup immediately. In the 7-3 loss vs the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies), Sharlon …

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 …

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 …

Roger Bernadina to stay in Korea

After a very successful season in which he helped the Kia Tigers win the KBO championship, Roger Bernadina has signed a one-year extension with the club from Gwangju. The Tigers have been very active to keep the trio of foreign players in their team. Next to Bernadina, the club signed Hector Noesi to a $2 …

Enough interest to replace Greeneville Astros

After the Houston Astros said goodbye to Greeneville and the Appalachian League after the 2017 season, three clubs have shown interest in replacing the Texas-based team in the Appalachian League. The Philadelphia Phillies, the Cincinnati Reds, and the Cleveland Indians have made clear they are willing to replace the Astros in Greeneville. It is a …

Two A short season teams extend PDC

It is that time of the year again. The time in which MLB clubs start looking for a PDC extension with their farm teams or even jump ships to another MiLB team. Yesterday, two MLB clubs extended the PDC with their A short season farm clubs. The Colorado Rockies extended the existing PDC with the …

Pete Rose not to participate in wall of fame induction

The Philadelphia Phillies announced today, that All-time hits leader, Pete Rose, will not participate in the upcoming wall of fame induction. Both parties fear that other matters will overshadow the goodwill associated with the Alumni Weekend at Citizens Bank Park on August 10-13.  The All-time hits leader would attend his induction to the Phillies wall …

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 …

Shawn Zarraga released by Reds

Aruban catcher Shawn Zarraga has been released by the Cincinnati Reds according to a MiLB transaction overview of Baseball America. In the offseason, Zarraga signed a minor league contract with the Reds because they gave him the best feeling. After a season that he split between AA Tulsa Drillers and AAA Oklahoma City Dodgers, Zarraga …

Didi Gregorius and Jim Kaat to visit Kiwis

Amsterdam born shortstop of the New York Yankees Didi Gregorius and former Minnesota Twins pitcher and Yankees announcer Jim Kaat will pay a visit to New Zealand. Both will have their own schedule as Kaat already arrived and Didi will arive on January 9. Jim Kaat will tour the country to motivate youngsters to play …

Shawn Zarraga invited to 2017 Spring Training

According to a Tweet of the Cincinnati Reds, nineteen minor league players have been invited to the 2017 spring training camp. One of the nineteen minor leaguers is 27-year old Shawn Zarraga. https://twitter.com/Reds/status/807350720647282692 After seven years in the organization of the Milwaukee Brewers and two in the Dodgers', Shawn signed a new one year contract …

Roger Bernadina heading to Korea

Roger Bernadina, the outfielder from Curacao and player of team Kingdom of the Netherlands, will continue his career in the KBO as he has signed a deal with the Kia Tigers.  Last season Roger played for the AAA affilate of the New York Mets in the Pacific Coast League. Despite having a decent season he wasn't …

PDC news from the City of Brotherly Love

Unlike many teams the Philadelphia Phillies and their AAA farm team, the Leghigh Valley IronPigs have extended their player development contract with four years through the 2020 season. Both clubs announced the news in an on field presentation before the final game of the season at Coca Cola Park. The four years is the maximum number of …

Rangers and Indians extend PDC

The Texas Rangers and the Spokane Indians (A Short Season, Northwest League) have extended their player development contract with two more years through the 2018 season. The cooperation between the two clubs started in 2003. Since the two clubs became partners the Indians have won three Northwest League titles. One in the inaugural year of …

More Brotherly Loving PDC News

After the Philadelphia Phillies extended their player development contract with their A Full Season affiliate, the Lakewood BlueClaws, it was time to extend the PDC with their A Short Season affiliate, the Williamsport Crosscutters. While the extension with the BlueClaws was for a period of four years, the extesion with the Crosscutters is for the standard …

Brotherly loving PDC news

And the PDC news keeps coming in... This time the Philadelphia Phillies extended the player development contract with their A Full Season affiliate, the Lakewood BlueClaws. As you may have guessed, the contract has not been extended for two years through the 2018 season 😉 but with four years through the 2020 season. Phillies Assistent Director …

Jiandido Tromp moves up one level

After spending quite some time in the New York - Penn League (A Short Season) and the Sally League (South Atlantic League, A Full Season), Jiandido Tromp finally was promoted to A Advanced two days ago. A 14- game hitting streak did not go unnoticed by the Phillies. Tromp started the season with the Lakewood BlueClaws, …