Tromp drives in walk-off run

He may not be known by many Cincinnati Reds fans, but Aruban Chadwick Tromp drove in the winning (walk off) run for the Reds vs the Chicago White Sox in yesterday's Cactus League game. The (almost) 23-year old Aruban, is in his fifth professional season. Last year he was promoted to AA Pensacola, where he spent …

BayBears leaving Mobile almost a done deal

With the approval of the construction of a $48 million ballpark in Madison, AL, it has become clear the BayBears will leave Mobile after the 2019 season.  Future Madison ballpark funding of the 7,000 seat AA ballpark was approved by the Madison City Council on Monday night. The Huntsville suburb plans a lot of activities next …

Chadwick Tromp gets invitation for MLB Spring Training camp

Aruban catcher Chadwick Tromp has received an invitation to the MLB Spring Training camp of the Cincinnati Reds in 2018. In his fifth year with the Reds organization, Chadwick has worked his way up to AA (Southern League) Pensacola Blue Wahoos. This invitation is a reward for his hard work both at bat and behind …

Michael Jordan’s year in baseball may be immortalized in a Hollywood production

After Michael Jordan retired from the NBA for the first time, he tried another sport. In 1994, the greatest basketball player of all time signed a minor league deal with the Chicago White Sox. Not a surprise as the owner of the Chicago Bulls also owned the Southsiders.  In that 1994 season, Jordan played for …

Madison developer in new BayBears owner group

The chance the BayBears will stay in Mobile has diminished as it became clear that the new ownership group of the club contains a real estate developer from Madison, the city that is in the mix to become the new home of the BayBears. The Madison real estate developer is Louis Breland, who is developing a …

Mobile not willing to give up on BayBears yet

Even though an Arizona based owner group has acquired the Mobile BayBears and the group is looking for a possible relocation, the city of Mobile says it doesn't want to give up on the ball club.  The new ownership group, BallCorps LLC, wants to move the club to Madison AL, a part of the Huntsville …

Smokies release 2018 caps

2018 The AA farm team of the Chicago Cubs, the Tennessee Smokies (Southern League), have released the new caps for the 2018 campaign. The logos are familiar, only the colors of the caps differ from those of this year. The Tennessee Smokies announced on Friday the release of the club's new official home and road …

Two minor leagues cancel championship series due to Irma

Both the Florida State League and the Southern League have announced to cancel their championship series due to the upcoming hurricane Irma. Irma will likely hit Florida on Sunday. The Florida State League announced that the winners of both Division Series will be declared co-champions. As the Dunedin Blue Jays won the North Division by …

Wichita an affiliated city again?

The other week, Mayor Jeff Longwell of Wichita, KS, stated the city will announce a minor league affiliation by the end of the year. A bold statement. Is Wichita playing bluff poker or does the city have a trick on its sleeve? After I read the announcement, I have been thinking: "Which team of which …

Biloxi Shuckers to sport tattoo based jersey

The Biloxi Shuckers (Southern League), the AA affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers will wear a special jersey on April 22. The jersey was designed by Ocean Springs-based tattoo artist Matt Stebly. The jersey was unveiled earlier today. The design of the jersey features a pelican, the Biloxi Lighthouse and a redfish. The jersey will be …

Montgomery Biscuits sold

As a fan of the Montgomery Biscuits, I was shocked to read this news. At a news conference Thursday at Riverwalk Stadium, Montgomery Biscuits owner Sherrie Meyers and city officials announced that the team will be sold to a new ownership group headed by boxing promoter/television producer Lou DiBella. Meyers and husband Tom Dickson were …

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp?

Today, out of the blue, the Jacksonville Suns, AA team of the Miami Marlins, announced that it will adopt a new identity. This really comes as a surprise as the team did not organize a name the team contest. The new name? Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.... Aside from the 1985-1990 seasons, when the team was called …

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 …

Ozzie Albies placed on DL, may miss play offs

The Mississippi Braves have placed Curacao born infielder Ozhaino Albies on the 7-Day disabled list. In a game that went all but well for the M-Braves, Albies left after apparently injuring his right forearm after a swing. In the sixth inning of the Mississippi Braves' playoff game against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, Ozzie took a swing …

Ozhaino Albies wins Southern League’s batting title

Atlanta Braves prospect, Ozhaino Albies, who plays for the Mississippi Braves has won the Southern League batting title. But a certain rule was needed to make him win.  The talented kid from Curacao hit .321 but because he played a couple of weeks at AAA level with the Gwinnett Braves, he would not have had …

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 …

Why are some MiLB clubs moving and others not?

Through the decades minor league clubs have been moving from one town to another. But it appears to me that teams are (still) moving rather easily when other towns try to lure them with public funded stadiums. Often other public funded stadiums are left behind and so is the community. Sometimes independent leagues jump in to fill …

Minor League history: Dixie Association

The Dixie Association was a cooperation between the Southern League and the Texas League in 1971. As both leagues lost a team after the 1970 season, both leagues were left with an uneven number of teams. To overcome this problem the leagues decided to join forces and to have an interlocking schedule. The problems arose …