Charm offensive by MLB

Major League Baseball announced that regular season games will precede tournaments like the 2019 NCAA College World Series. This game will be a regular season game. The Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals will face each other in the week the College World Series opens at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. The Tigers-Royals game would …

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Darren Seferina released but picked up by Brewers

Curaçao native Darren Seferina was released by the St. Louis Cardinals last Saturday. But the infielder found a new club in no time. Yesterday, the Milwaukee Brewers picked him up and sent him to AA Biloxi Shuckers of the Southern League.  After a successful season with the Springfield Cardinals, in which he hit .277, the …

Overview Dutchie top fifty prospects

In the previous article, you could read about Tom de Blok and his entrance in the Tigers' prospect top 50. But there are more players from the Dutch kingdom who are in the top fifty of their club's prospect list. An overview.  Zander Wiel Zander Wiel, son of  Randy Wiel, former assistant coach of the Los …

Williamsport Crosscutters to host MLB game

BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field will be home to the MLB Little League Classic, a regular season game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates. As you may know, Williamsport is home to the Little League World Series. It was in March 2017 that the MLB Little League Classic was announced. MLB …

Dutchies at MLB Spring Training

The spring training exhibition games are well underway. How do the players from Aruba, Curacao and the Netherlands perform? Here is an overview of yesterday’s games. A short one this time, as all but one MLB players from the Dutch Kingdom have left for Korea to prepare for the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Two minor leaguers …

Didi Gregorius and Jim Kaat to visit Kiwis

Amsterdam born shortstop of the New York Yankees Didi Gregorius and former Minnesota Twins pitcher and Yankees announcer Jim Kaat will pay a visit to New Zealand. Both will have their own schedule as Kaat already arrived and Didi will arive on January 9. Jim Kaat will tour the country to motivate youngsters to play …

AAA and A Short Season PDC news

There is still news to tell about the extension of player development contracts. This time from Las Vegas and State College. The Las Vegas 51s (AAA, Pacific Coast League) and the New York Mets announced the extension of their PDC with two more years through the 2018 season. 51s President / COO Don Logan started …

Reds PDC news

In the ever moving world of player development contracts and affiliations there some news to tell. The Cincinnati Reds and their Pioneer League (Advanced Rookie) affiliate, the Billings Mustangs have extended their PDC with two more years through the 2018 season. When the new contract expires the cooperation between the two teams will have lasted …

Twins PDC news

The Minnesota Twins and the Rochester RedWings have extended their Player Development Contract with two more years through the 2018 season. Both clubs are cooperating since 2003 when the Twins took over the affiliation from the Baltimore Orioles. Accoring to the Twins' interim General Manager Rob Anthony "It’s been a tremendous partnership that we’ve had …

65 years ago Eddie Gaedel had his sole at bat

Today, 65 years ago, Eddie Gaedel had his only at bat for the St. Louis Browns as part of a publicity stunt of Browns owner Bill Veeck In a time in which the St. Louis Browns were a cellar dwellar and political correctness was still unknown to the world, Browns owner Bill Veeck looked for a …

Juan Carlos Sulbaran in Redbirds rotation

Curacao born Juan Carlos Sulbaran comes off his best Spring Training ever. In three game appearances, Sulbaran retired three of the twelve batters he faced during his tenure at the MLB Spring Training Camp. This resulted in a spot in the rotation of the Memphis Redbirds, the Cardinals' AAA farm team. The 26-year old signed …

Chattanooga Lookouts un-dodgerize

After the Chattanooga Lookouts joined the Los Angeles Dodgers organization in 2009 the team adopted uniforms that were leaning towards a Dodger look. They abandoned the traditional red cap and turned to Dodger blue. Now the team has joined the Twins organization in 2015 it was time to get a new look and to return …

What to expect from the Dutchies this year? Juan Carlos Sulbaran

With Spring Training in full swing it is time to see how the players from the Kingdom of the Netherlands will do in the upcoming season. Of course there is no crystal ball and it is still up in the air, but in general you can make a decent prediction based on the performance of previous …

Minor League history: East Texas League

Through the decades there have been six editions of the East Texas League. The first edition was founded in 1916 and lasted only a part of the 1916 season. The second run lasted from 1923 through 1926. The 1931 edition was very short lived as it lasted only one week. The fourth edition lasted five …

Dutchie baseball news: Bogaerts, Smith, Sulbaran and Seferina

A lot of news about players from Curacao and Aruba came out today. First of all Xander Bogaerts received the MVP trophy of the Boston Red Sox. To me it doesn't come as a surprise after I wrote about the possibility of Bogaerts being the AL MVP. The BWAA writers of the Boston region voted for …

Juan Carlos Sulbaran to Cardinals

After becoming a minor league free agent after the 2015 season, Juan Carlos Sulbaran from Curacao signed a minor league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, the cross state rivals of his former MLB organization, the Kansas City Royals. Last season, Sulbaran played most part for the Royals' AA farm team, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals …