Baseball Related Songs: “My oh my” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

In today's episode of "Baseball Related Songs," we pay attention to "My oh my" performed by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. The song is about the magical year 1995 in which the Seattle Mariners made it to the ALCS after beating the Yankees in the ALDS. Macklemore is the stage name of Benjamin Hammond Haggerty, a …

Gianfranco Wawoe returns to Miners

The Southern Illinois Miners (Frontier League, independent) announced today they have re-signed infielder Gianfranco Wawoe for the 2020 season. Gianfranco, born in Curaçao, played seven years in the Seattle Mariners organization, batting .270 with 17 doubles, six triples, 15 stolen bases in 23 attempts, and 62 RBIs in 97 games at A-Advanced Modesto in 2017. …

Baseball related songs: “Ichiro’s theme” by Ben Gibbard

In today's episode of  "Baseball related songs" we pay attention to "Ichiro's theme" performed by Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard. With the trade of Ichiro Suzuki to the Yankees by the Seattle Mariners, Gibbard released this song as a thank you for 10,5 great years with the M's. On the day, the Mariners …

The favorite jerseys of my collection

Through the years built a small collection of baseball jerseys. It all started in 1991 when I got the jersey of my very first baseball club, now defunct Amstel Tijgers, three-time Dutch champion. From that moment on more jerseys got my way. This is an overview of the favorite jerseys of my collection. Amsterdam Baseball …

Luis Sojo at the helm of Spanish national team

After Paco Figueroa was appointed as the Phillies outfield and baserunning coach of the Philadelphia Phillies, the Spanish national team was without a manager. But the Spanish baseball federation has found a successor who is more than capable. Former Major Leaguer Luis Sojo. Sojo had a thirteen-year career that brought him to Toronto Blue Jays, …

West Virginia Power and Mariners join forces

With the Pittsburgh Pirates leaving for Greensboro, the West Virginia Power was left without a parent club. But the void was filled quickly as the Seattle Mariners signed a new Player Development Contract with the club. Next to the Pittsburgh Pirates leaving the Power behind, the Miami Marlins signed a deal with the (former) Mariners' …

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 …