Mariners and AquaSox stick together

The Seattle Mariners has extended its Player Development contract with the Everett AquaSox (A Short Season, Northwest League). The new commitment will run through the 2022 season. You may wonder if these two clubs will ever part as they are linked together for twenty-four years. The current PDC still has to finish as it runs …

Rainiers and M’s extend PDC

Slowly all remaining not extended Player Development Contracts are signed. Only a handful of minor league clubs are up for grabs. The latest signing was in the Northwest of the United States as the Seattle Mariners and the Tacoma Rainiers extended their cooperation through the 2022 season. Not a surprise the two clubs stick together. …

The life of a (Dutch) MLB Scouting Bureau employee

This blog post is about Leon de Winter who is working for the MLB scouting bureau. It is quite a unique feat that a Dutch guy, a former Dutch hoofdklasse player, is working for MLB. This blog post describes the way he got into (minor league) baseball and worked his way up to what he …

Scout who discovered several Dutchies passes away

    Most European baseball fans may not know him, but the person who scouted several European players for the Mariners has passed away. Wayne Norton scouted Italy's own Alex Liddi and Dutchies like Greg Halman, Kalian Sams and Tom de Blok. Norton died as the result of ALS. Wayne Norton was a career minor …

Rockies and JetHawks team up

Even though the teams did not make an official announcement, the Colorado Rockies and the Lancaster JetHawks (A Advanced, California League) signed a player development contract as new partners. The JetHawks sent out a tweet about the new PDC earlier today. https://twitter.com/JetHawks/status/782000158418407424 The strange thing is that on their website, the club is still marked as …

Mariners buy majority share in Nuts

No, the Mariners will not become nut traders. The team has bought a majority share in the Modesto Nuts baseball club (A Advanced, California League). In the previous years, the Mariners spent time in Adelanto (High Desert Mavericks) and in Bakersfield (Blaze), the two cities that will be out of affiliated baseball next year. Both …

Alphabetical affiliation news

The O's have extended their player development contract with their A Short Season affiliate, while the M's have embraced a new AA club in the Arkansas Travelers. The Baltimore Orioles and the Aberdeen IronBirds (A Short Season, New York-Penn League) have extended their player development contract with two more years through the 2018 season. The …

D-Backs leave Mobile and look for greener pastures in Jackson

The Arizona Diamondbacks have announced that they have left the Mobile BayBears to look for new AA partner in the Southern League. During the last decade, the team was linked to the Mobile BayBears, but after ten years the club has decided to sign a player development contract with the Jackson Generals, who were the AA affiliate …

Lots of PDC news

Because of my stay at the European Baseball Championship, I have missed quite some moves regarding several extensions of player development contracts. Yesterday, September 11 was the deadline to extend player development contracts, so in the last couple of days there have been a lot of signings at the eleventh hour. Five extensions have been …

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 …

Cal League affiliation change in the making

A surprising move by the Seattle Mariners. The team acquired a 51% stake in the Modesto Nuts, now the Advanced A team of the Colorado Rockies. The Mariners on their turn are affiliated with the Bakersfield Blaze, which is currently leading the California League North Division. The reason behind this move is that the Mariners …

Ken Griffey Jr’s number retired by M’s tomorrow

Recently inducted Hall of Famer, Ken Griffey Junior's number will be retired by the Seattle Mariners tomorrow. Griffey will have the honor to become the first Mariners' player to have his number retired. During his 22-year career, Griffey played fourteen seasons for the club from Seattle. In those fourteen seasons with the M's, Griffey had eleven …

Kalian Sams back in Quebec

Kalian Sams, who was released by his Mexican club earlier this month, will return to the Quebec Capitales of the independent CanAm League. The multiple champion of the CanAm League kept the door open as Sams signed with the Delfines de Ciudad del Carmen. Last season Sams was named most valuable player of the club …

Montero claimed off waivers. Heading to Toronto

Earlier today you could read here that the Mariners had placed Jesus Montero on waivers after a very disappointing Spring Training in which he only hit .237. In the previous years Montero did not only struggle at the plate at MLB level, he als struggled with his weight. But it must be said that he …

Mariners put other side of Pineda trade on waivers

The New York Yankees traded for Michael Pineda in January 2012 in exchanged for top prospect Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi. As Pineda got injured rather quick, many Yankee fans started to complain about the bad deal. It took Pineda a long time before he was back on the MLB roster. In 2014 he won …

Biscuits owner signs deal with SL rival

No, no, it is not as shocking as the head tells you. But the head of this blog post is true nevertheless. Tom Dickson, owner of the Montgomery Biscuits is also owner of PCL, a professional catering company specialized in catering and concessions at minor league ballparks. In this case PCL has struck a deal …