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 …

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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, …

Another theme night. This time it’s all about food

If you expected a blog post about the Rays visiting Cuba you are wrong. 🙂 Almost all of the mainstream press, if not ALL of them is reporting about the historical visit that the Rays are paying to Cuba. What is left for me te add? Therefore I come up with something completely different. The …

What to expect from the Dutchies this year? Roger Bernadina

With Spring Training at full swing now, 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 …

Minor League history: East Texas League

Through the decades there have been six editions of the East Texas League. The first edition was founded in 1916 and lasted only a part of the 1916 season. The second run lasted from 1923 through 1926. The 1931 edition was very short lived as it lasted only one week. The fourth edition lasted five …

Mets sign Roger Bernadina to minor league contract

The New York Mets and Roger Bernadina have agreed on a minor league contract with an invitation for Spring Training. The Curacao native played several years for the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals organization, debuting in the Bigs in 2008 and having his best season in 2012 when he hit .291 with five homeruns and eleven doubles. During …

Minor League history: Cocoa Rookie League

After a lot of leagues that are defunct for a long time, now a piece of more recent history. The Cocoa Rookie League was a (like the name says) a rookie league that lasted for only one season in 1964. The league was situated in Cocoa and Melbourne in Florida and was one of the …