Marathon inside Fenway Park

Marathon runners don't usually mean the Big Green Monster at Fenway Park when they talk about hitting the wall. But today, 50 runners will circle the outfield 116 times to cover the classic 26.2-mile distance in a race being billed as the first marathon held entirely within the confines of a major league ballpark. While the …

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New Rays ballpark may hit another snag

The Tampa Bay Rays are still looking for a new ballpark. In the past year, the team has been looking for a suitable location in the St. Petersburg area. Now it seems that the funding of an eventual ballpark has hit another bump. The Rays have been exploring locations in the Pinellas and Hillsborough counties …

Dutchies around the world, part 3

In this week's edition of Dutchies around the world, we pay attention to Jonathan Schoop, Juremi Profar, Sicnarf Loopstok, Ademar Rifaela, and Wladimir Balentien. Jonathan Schoop Jonathan had a rusty start of the season as he only went 2 for 19 in his first six starts. Since then he is slowly recovering. From that low …

MLB in Montréal a huge step closer

After MLB sold the Montréal Expos to a group of owners that moved the team to Washington, the city of Montréal has been out of Major League Baseball. But all signs point into the direction that an MLB team could return to the French-Canadian city. In the past years, baseball lovers have investigated how to …

Tampa Bay Rays reportedly show interest in Profar

With a big hole at second base to fill, the Tampa Bay Rays have reportedly informed with the Texas Rangers for Jurickson Profar. Profar, who turns 24 in February, is in a utility role with the Rangers. The Rangers are not eager to trade Profar. The Rangers dealt with a lot of injuries last season, …

Manny Ramirez goes independent in Japan

There are players who simply don't want to quit on the game. Rickey Henderson was one of them and also Julio Franco could not say goodbye to the game. Another one in this little list of players who wants to keep playing is Manny Ramirez. The 12-time MLB All Star has signed a contract with the Kochi Fighting …

Starlin Castro wins it for Yankees

Yesterday's game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees proved that baseball is an unpredictable game. For six innings, the Yankees were no-hit but eventually they walked off with the win. Hitting wise it was another bad game for the Yankees. In nine innings, the team got one, yes one, basehit. Thanks …

Possible expansion in MLB will influence MiLB as well

The other day Rob Manfred, Commissioner of Major League Baseball, held a press conference. Main issue was a possible expansion of Major League Baeball. Another issue was the stadium situation in Oakland and St. Petersburg. Manfred said that in the long term MLB will expand. He even hinted about a city as he said: "If we …

Defectors may represent Cuba soon

For years the Cuban government outlawed baseball players that left the country for the greener baseball pastures in the USA, called MLB. These players were not allowed to represent Cuba any longer in any international tournament. The result was a Cuban team that deteriorated and that dropped to fifth place in the newly published WBSC …

Musings on yesterday’s game in Cuba

Even though my mind wasn't really in baseball mode after the crap that happened in Brussels yesterday, I still wanted to see the historic game between the Cuban national team and the Tampa Bay Rays.  Overall the game itself wasn't that exciting as the Rays were too strong without really flexing their muscles. The result …

Dodgers ink Kazmir

The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed Scott Kazmir to a 3-year deal worth $48 million. The contract also contains an opt-out clause after the first year. With signing Kazmir, the Dodgers now have a rotation of five left handers. The move comes almost a month after the Dodgers failed to resign Zack Greinke. Drafted by the …

Rays claim Whitley on waivers

The Tampa Bay Rays have claimed relief pitcher Chase Whitley on waivers from the New York Yankees., at least according to the following tweet: https://twitter.com/TBTimes_Rays/status/667827103451099136 https://twitter.com/Yankees/status/667826436208594944 Whitley was called up from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on April 27 and made his first start of the season on the next day. Elbow pain shortened his season as he underwent …

Tampa Bay Rays heading to Cuba next spring?

According to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, the Tampa Bay Rays have been appointed to go to Cuba to play a set of exhibition games vs the Cuban national team. The Rays were picked by lottery. It all is pending on the fact if MLB can strike a deal with the Cuban Baseball Federation. Various clubs …

Summing up the Dutchies per MLB organization: Tampa Bay Rays

In this episode of "Summing up the Dutchies", a team where only one Dutchie is playing in the low minors. Today I will shed light on:         Number of Dutchies: 1 Alex Rodriguez: No this is not about Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees. This is about Alex Rodriguez from Willemstad on …

Yanks need extra innings to clinch victory

The Yankees needed twelve innings to seal a victory over the Rays at Yankee Stadium. Masahiro Tanaka took the mound for the Yankees and didn't look good in the first inning as he gave up two doubles and a walk that gave Tampa Bay a 2-0 lead. After the first inning he settled down as …