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 …

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Augusta GreeJackets to move to new stadium

In a third and final hearing of the Master Development Agreement about the new ballpark of the August GreenJackets (Single A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants in the South Atlantic League), the city council of North Augusta has agreed to the stadium plans with a 6-1 vote. With the approval, the new stadium, named …

National Bobblehead Day: History of the bobblehead

Today is National Bobblehead Day in the USA. On Twitter there is an overload with photos of a big variety of bobbleheads. But is the bobblehead something of these days or does the history goes back further? Nowadays the bobblehead is mainly known in the baseball world but the funny figurines are also produced for …

Grizzlies, 20 seasons in Fresno

The Fresno Grizzlies will be in Fresno for their twentieth season this year. The team landed in Fresno in 1998 where the team played at the stadium of the University of Fresno in the first four years before they moved to Chukchansi Park. The history of the Grizzlies started in Tucson AZ. The Phoenix Firebirds …

Meulens extends contract with Giants

Manager of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and hitting coach of the San Francisco Giants has extended his contract with the Northern Californian team. Meulens will stay with the staff of manager Bruce Bochy for another two years. The former player of the New York Yankees and the Dutch national team (with the 2000 Olympics in …

New ballpark for San Jose Giants?

With their current ballpark, San Jose Municipal Stadium, turning 75, there is a chance that the San Jose Giants (A Advanced Affiliate of the San Francisco Giants) will get a new ballpark in the near future. Santa Clara County is looking for ideas to rejuvenate the local Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. Right now the discussions …

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 …

Dashenko Ricardo hangs ’em up

Stunning news. Through a press release, Dutch champion Curacao Neptunus announced that their 26-year old catcher Dashenko Ricardo will stop playing baseball immediately. Last week, Neptunus and Ricardo had several talks but the club could not convince the power hitting catcher to keep playing. According to the press release, Dashenko cannot motivate himself for the …

PDC extension news

If you thought that there wasn't enough minor league news in the previous article, here is some more. The San Francisco Giants and the Richmond Flying Squirrels have extended their Player Development Contract. With the contract extended through the 2020 season, the cooperation between the two clubs will be seventeen years old then. In 2003 …

Affiliation news

Today it was announced that the Sacramento RiverCats (AAA Pacific Coast League) and the San Francisco Giants extended their Player Development Contract with 4 years through the 2020 season. River Cats General Manager Chip Maxson will make the official announcement at today’s Preseason Party at 12:30 p.m.(Pacific Time Zone) in front of loyal fans at …

Sharlon Schoop remains with O’s

Sharlon Schoop, the older brother of Jonathan, signed a one year deal with the Baltimore Orioles. After the 2015 season, the 28-year old opted to become a minor league free agent, but until a few days ago, he wasn't signed by any team. Eventually Sharlon decided to rejoin the O's again so he could prepare …

Maeda to be posted

After the Hiroshima Toyo Carp listened to the wish of their starting pitcher, Kenta Maeda, they said that they would carefully weigh the options. In the past week they announced that they would likely post him but today the word came out. Major League Baseball on Wednesday morning that the Hiroshima Carp of the Japan Central …

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 …

Yankees en Dutchies in Spring Training, Monday March 9

The Yankees beat their divsion rivals, Tampa Bay, 4-3 and Didi Gregorius went 0 for 2. He got an RBI in the second inning. With the bases loaded he hit a 4-3 ground out that drove in Chase Headley. Once again the Yankees did what they are doing most this Spring Training: scoring decisive runs …

Turn back the clock game in Fresno

The Fresno Grizzlies will play in Fresno RaisinEaters themed jerseys on every Wednesday homegame.The RaisinEaters were the Pacific Coast League predecessor of the Grizzlies in 1906. The team played only one season in Fresno as member of the Pacific Coast League when the team came down from Tacoma, Washington. A large crowd of 2,500 (considered …

Schoop returns to Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles have signed Sharlon Schoop to a minor league contract. Sharlon is the older brother of Orioles' infielder Jonathan Schoop. Sharlon played for the Bowie Baysox in the Eastern League (O's AA affiliate) last season. In 77 games and 267 at bats he collected 58 (.217)hits of which thirteen doubles and three homeruns. …

Boston, Milwaukee and New York, a deja-vu for some players

I love the pic shown above. It shows Hank Aaron on the left and Willie Mays on the right. This is a picture with some historic significance. It shows two players with uniforms of the towns they started their career at, but uniforms of two totally different clubs. The picture also shows something that I …

Why not trade Prado for a pitcher?

Earlier today I made a joke on Twitter about a trading Prado to the Giants in exchange for Bumgarner. But afterall this may be not such a bad idea. If the Yankees bring Rob Refsnyder to play second base and he lives up to the expectations, Prado will be a spare part. Sure he can …