Oh, the Irony: Some MLB teams not happy with MiLB alignment.

As MLB teams are informed about their 2021 (and beyond) affiliations, several teams are not happy with the new alignments. The San Francisco Giants for example are losing their A-Short Season (previously A Full Season) team in Augusta and their AA team in Richmond. The new ballpark of the Augusta GreenJackets was constructed after the …

Baseball Shorts: Ecological Fastball

In this episode of Baseball Shorts, we pay attention to a pitch that can hardly be called a fastball: The Ecological Fastball. An Ecological Fastball is a "fastball" that seldom exceeds 55 mph. Allen Ripley was a pitcher that was known for fastballs that slow. Bob Brenley, Ripley's catcher with the San Francisco Giants, stated …

Today in Baseball: Earthquake Series

Today, 31 years ago, the World Series were rudely interrupted by a 6.9 Earthquake. At the time two teams of the Bay Area in California were preparing themselves for game three of what was called the Bay Bridge Series. In the series between the American League champion Oakland Athletics and the National League champion San …

Chadwick Tromp called up to Giants

Aruban catcher Chadwick Tromp has been called up by the San Francisco Giants today. The backstop confirmed this on his Twitter account. https://twitter.com/trompicalstorm/status/1288220511277727744 After MLB restarted "Spring Training", Tromp made a strong cause for a roster spot but was sent to the alternate training site. But now the he has been added to the Giants' …

Today in Baseball: Giants explain promotion of Willie Mays in almost apologetical ad

Today, 69 years ago, the New York Giants placed a large ad in the Minnesota Sunday Times that was almost apologetical to the Minneapolis Millers fans. In the ad, the Giants explain why they promoted Willie Mays to the New York Giants.  At the time of his promotion, Mays was the best player on the …

Baseball Shorts: How the Balk got its name

The balk. An illegal move by a pitcher on the mound that allows runners to move up a base without having to run for it. What are the most famous balks, when was the rule introduced and where does the word "balk" come from? The balk rule was introduced in MLB in 1898. It stated …

Bruce Bochy officially announced as manager of team France

About two months after his retirement from managing the San Francisco Giants, Bruce Bochy has been officially appointed as manager of team France during the World Baseball Classic Qualifier. Bochy, who was born in Landes de Bussac in the Aquitane region (about 120 kilometers Northeast of Bordeaux), is best known as the manager of the …

Ballparks around the world: Koshien Stadium

In this episode of Ballparks around the world, we pay attention to Koshien Stadium which is located in Osaka. It is the oldest baseball stadium in Japan and home of the annual Koshien high school tournament and the Hanshin Tigers. Koshien Stadium opened its doors in 1924 to host the National High School Baseball Invitational …

Hensley Meulens debuted in MLB 30 years ago

Hensley Meulens, the Curaçao-born bench coach of the San Francisco Giants made his first step in Major League Baseball, today 30 years ago. With the New York Yankees, Meulens became the first player from Curaçao to make it to the bigs. Meulens was signed by the Yankees as an undrafted free agent in 1985. After …

Peanuts night in Binghamton

Recently you could read about the comic Peanuts and its relationship to baseball. Despite the passing of its artist, Peanuts is still in the hearts of many Americans which was proven by the Binghamton Rumble Ponies last night. The Rumble Ponies (I still think it is a lame name) played last night's game vs the …

More Curaçaoan reinforcements for Fortitudo Bologna

Reigning Italian champion Fortitudo Bologna has acquired another player from the Dutch kingdom. Next to Alex Rodriguez and Jarreau Martina, Curaçaoan infielder John Polonius has been added to their ranks. Players from Curaçao are popular in Italy as they have a Dutch passport and thus are regarded members of the European Union according to the …

Today in baseball: Names on jerseys make debut

Bill Veeck was always known as an inventor in the baseball world. He was responsible for the ivy at the outfield wall at Wrigley Field. He promoted the game in every possible way. Today in 1960, Bill Veeck came up with something that would become the standard in MLB. On March 13, 1960, then the …

RiverCats present new alternate cap to celebrate 20th season

Founded in 2000, the Sacramento RiverCats will exist 20 years in 2019. To celebrate this milestone, the club has presented a new alternate cap with a logo that dates back to the original logo of 2000. The new hat has an element of the original 2000 logo. That logo showed a RiverCat stepping over a …

The PDC extensions continue

After the PDC extensions of the Detroit Tigers and the West Michigan WhiteCaps and the Minnesota Twins and the Rochester RedWings, another Player Development Contract has been extended. The Chicago Cubs and the Eugene Emeralds have extended their cooperation. The Major League club and its A-Short Season affiliate in the Northwest League extended their PDC with …

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 …

John Polonius promoted to AAA

After Eugene Helder was promoted from the DSL Mariners to AAA Tacoma the other day, the same somewhat mind-boggling move was made by the San Francisco Giants organization as they promoted John Polonius to AAA Sacramento RiverCats from extended spring training. At the start of the 2017 season, John was placed on the roster of …