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 …

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Williamsport Crosscutters to host MLB game

BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field will be home to the MLB Little League Classic, a regular season game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates. As you may know, Williamsport is home to the Little League World Series. It was in March 2017 that the MLB Little League Classic was announced. MLB …

Another Dutchie in the CanAm League

Until today, Kalian Sams was the sole player from the Kingdom of the Netherlands playing in the CanAm League. Until today... Today Danny Arribas signed a deal with the Rockland Boulders, the current leader in the standings of the CanAm League. Arribas got available for the Boulders after he was released by the Pittsburgh Pirates …

Lithuanian pitcher called up by Pirates

No Dutch baseball news this time. But this news is special enough to be mentioned. The Pittsburgh Pirates have called up Dovydas Neverauskas. With this transaction, Neverauskas will be the first born and raised Lithuanian pitcher in the Major League. Neverauskas comes from the tiny Baltic state Lithuania that borders Russia on the East and …

Hickory Crawdads turn 25

More news from the Sally League (South Atlantic League). The Hickory Crawdads are preparing to celebrate their 25h anniversary. This seasons there will be a lot of giveaways and you can win $25,000. The Crawdads will celebrate their 25th anniversary in Hickory. The team came to Hickory in 1993 when the team was moved from …

Pittsburgh adds Lithuanian pitcher to 40-man roster

For the first time in MLB history, a player from Lithuania has been placed on a team's 40-man roster. The Pittsburgh Pirates placed Dovydas Neverauskas on their 40-man roster to keep him safe from the upcoming Rule 5 Draft. Apparently the Pirates are very high on him. Neverauskas was signed by the Pirates, directly from Vilnius, …

What’s going on with Ivan Nova?

Ivan Nova is surging lately. The former Yankee pitcher is blossoming since his trade to the Pittsburgh Pirates. With the Yankees he was hyped as one of the big prospects. During the parts of seven seasons that he played with the Bronx Bombers, his ERA was below four twice. For the rest his ERA was …

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 …

Reds PDC news

In the ever moving world of player development contracts and affiliations there some news to tell. The Cincinnati Reds and their Pioneer League (Advanced Rookie) affiliate, the Billings Mustangs have extended their PDC with two more years through the 2018 season. When the new contract expires the cooperation between the two teams will have lasted …

Nationals PDC news

Once again an MLB club extended the Player Development Contract with its minor league affiliate with two more years through 2018. The number of two years seems to be rather standard. Extensions for longer terms only seem to happen halfway the contracts. Anyhow, the Washington Nationals and their A Full Season affiliate of the Sally League (South …

More new merchandise ahead

Rebranding means new merchandise. This is exactly why some clubs change names and colors at times. The Lynchburg HillCats announced that they will change their name and colors before the start of the 2017 season. Sometimes you wonder why. There are clubs that certainly need a rebranding, but other really don't. In my opinion the …

Jim Leyland to guide team USA in 2017 WBC

MLB.com announced today that former manager, Jim Leyland will be at the helm of team USA during the World Baseball Classic in 2017. It will be the first time since the 2013 ALCS that Leyland will guide a team. In that year the Tigers fell to the Boston Red Sox. As a manager, Leyland has …

Pirates bring back yellow-black uniforms from the 70s

This is old news by now, but the Pittsburgh Pirates will bring back the yellow jerseys and the black pants, fashioned after the "We are family" Pirates, the team that won the World Series in 1979. Together with this uniform comes the black pillbox cap. All I can say is "AWESOME!!!" Early February the team announced, what …

Pitcher from Lithuania gets ST invite

This is far from Dutch baseball news, but it sure is worth mentioning because you hardly hear anything about Lithuanian baseball. Lithuanian right handed pitcher, Dovydas Neverauskas has received an invitation for the MLB Spring Training camp of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 23-year old will report at Bradenton, the Pirates ST facility and also home of …

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 …

Minor League history: Coastal Plain League

The Coastal Plain League was a class D league between 1937 and 1952. It grew out of a semi-pro league that ran from 1935 through 1936 and that carried the same name. Through the years it appeared to be a rather stable league as no team moved during a season. Only in 1951, the Tarboro …

Female scout for Mariners

Remember "Trouble with the Curve" in which Atlanta Braves' scout Clint Eastwood's daughter appears to have an eye and ear for talent as well? Well the next story is something similar. Ron Hopkins, assistant to GM of the Pittsburgh Pirates, was a longtime MLB scout and Director of scouting for the Texas Rangers. Well, his …