Blue Jays hire new manager in Montoyo

The Toronto Blue Jays presented their new manager. The Canadian team went to a division rival to get their new skipper. In Charlie Montoyo, the Blue Jays have an experienced manager who guided teams at all levels of the Tampa Bay Rays organization. You may wonder why I pay attention to this news since I …

Biscuits extend PDC, unveil alternate jerseys

The Montgomery Biscuits and the Tampa Bay Rays have extended their PDC through the 2020 season. The player development contract was set to expire after the 2018 season. The teams cooperate for 15 years now.  Both teams joined forces in 1997 when the Biscuits did not exist yet. The team operated under the name of …

Tampa Bay Rays unveil throwback anniversary jersey

This year the Tampa Bay Rays will celebrate their 20th anniversary. For the occasion, the club will wear a throwback jersey that goes back to the early days of the club. The jersey was presented today. https://twitter.com/RaysBaseball/status/961265962111721474 The jersey is similar to the ones the Devil Rays wore in the first three years of their …

Several MLB clubs to celebrate anniversary in 2018

The Miami Marlins and the Tampa Bay Rays will celebrate an anniversary this season.  The Marlins will celebrate their 25th season and the Rays their 20th. But next to these two clubs, the Rockies (also 25) and the Diamondbacks (20) will also celebrate a milestone. With the firesale fresh in their memory, it is likely …

Tampa Bay Rays sign Aruban talent

Another MLB club has discovered the pool of talent of the Dutch Caribbean islands. This time the Tampa Bay Rays have signed catcher Nigel Calmes to a six-year contract.  Calmes did a tryout during a so-called High Player Profile tryout in front of 30 MLB teams. In the recent past, the Baltimore Orioles followed Nigel as …

Durham Bulls remain Rays AAA affiliate

Yesterday the Durham Bulls and the Tampa Bay Rays announced they have extended their Player Development Contact with two more years through the 2020 season.  The current contract is still running and will end after the 2018 season. The 2018 season will be the 21st of the cooperation between the two teams. The Bulls don't know …

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 …

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 …