Andruw Jones on 2018 HOF ballot

Today, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced the newbies on the 2018 ballot. Next to players like his namesake Chipper Jones, Trevor Hoffman, first-timers Omar Vizquel and Jim Thome, Curaçao native Andruw Jones is also on the ballot. Andruw Jones broke into the majors at the age of  19. He was the youngest player to …

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Astros fans call for removal of Texan flag from Rangers uniform

The Houston Astros were forced to move their series against the Texas Rangers to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. The reason was the refusal of the Texas Rangers to swap a set of series. The Astros asked the Rangers to take the series, that was eventually played at Tropicana Field, as their home series …

Jurickson Profar sent to AAA Round Rock

According to a source from Curaçao, the Texas Rangers have sent Jurickson Profar to their AAA farm team, the Round Rock Express. So far he could not impress the Texas Rangers and had to make room for Pete Kozma, who was placed on waivers by the New York Yankees because of the return of Didi …

Dutchies in MLB Spring Training

In today's spring training games, a coulple of Dutchies made an appearance. Kenley Jansen pitched for the Dodgers, Ozzie Albies played again for the Braves and Juremi Profar played the Texas Rangers. Kenley Jansen relieved Hyun-Jin Ryu in the third inning. It was the first appearance of Kenley this spring training. Apparently he is still …

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 …

Ray-Patrick Didder debuts with Braves, Juremi Profar with Rangers

Two Dutchies debuted in MLB spring training today. The Atlanta Braves added Ray-Patrick Didder from Aruba today and he debuted immediately. The 22-year old will start his fourth season in professional baseball in 2017. Juremi Profar debuted with the Texas Rangers as he started the game at shortstop after being added to the roster yesterday. One …

Juremi Profar added to Rangers roster

Yesterday the Texas Rangers announced that they added the younger brother of Jurickson Profar to their Spring Training roster. Juremi Profar, 21-year old brother of Jurickson played at A-Advanced last season. With the now defunct High Desert Mavericks, Juremi won the Caliornia League pennant. Weird fact is that after the championship the team moved to the Carolina …

Hickory Crawdads turn 25

More news from the Sally League (South Atlantic League). The Hickory Crawdads are preparing to celebrate their 25h anniversary. This seasons there will be a lot of giveaways and you can win $25,000. The Crawdads will celebrate their 25th anniversary in Hickory. The team came to Hickory in 1993 when the team was moved from …

Dodgers appear to be interested in Profar

The Los Angeles Dodgers have shown interest in utility player Jurickson Profar. The 23-year old player from Curacao may be the odd man out if the Texas Rangers sign Mike Napoli. At both clubs, there is a rather strange situation. The Dodgers still eye the Twins' Brian Dozier to play second base, but talks with the Twins …

Rangers do not oppose Profar’s WBC participation

According to the Duch American sports magazine Sport America, the Texas Rangers are opposed to the participation in the World Baseball Classic of four of their star players. The Arlington based club will send an appeal to Major League Baseball. The Rangers had to deal with the invitation of eight of their players by their national …

Ballparks around the world: Grainger Stadium, Kinston NC

In a new series I will pay attention to several ballparks all over the world, just because they are worth the attention. This series will be a mix of posts about brand new stadiums with all the bells and whistles, old stadiums from yesteryear and everything that is in between. Grainger stadium was the home of …

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 …

PDC extension animal style

A beastly PDC extension today as the Chicago Cubs and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (A Advanced, Carolina League) extended their cooperation with four more years through the 2020 season. Apparently the Cubs are very happy with the Pelicans as their A Advanced partner because it will only be the first extension of the player development …

Texan promotion with RoughRiders

The Frisco RoughRiders will organize a State Fair of Texas promotion on September 2nd when they face the Corpus Christi Hooks. The Texas based Frisco RoughRiders are the AA affiliate of the Texas Rangers in the Texas League (how much Texas do you want?). During this promotional night, there will be a video homage to the …

Rangers start name-the-team contest for new Carolina League affiliate

Only hours after the announcement that the High Desert Mavericks will cease to exist after the 2016 season, the Texas Rangers launched a new website with a temporary logo of their future Carolina League afflilate in Kinston. With the patient (the Mavericks) not even deceased, the team started a name-the-team contest immediately. It proves once …

High Desert and Bakersfield to Carolina League

Sad news today. According to a source within Minor League Baseball, the California League will announce the contraction of the Bakersfield Blaze and the High Desert Mavericks later today. In the past few months, you could read here several posts with speculations about possible moves. Now it appears that those speculations were pretty close to …

Fayetteville a step closer to MiLB ballpark

The city council of the city of Fayetteville has unanimously agreed on a memorandum of understanding with the Houston Astros, continuing the city’s and the MLB team’s discussion about a new ballpark to support an Advanced A Carolina League team and outlining a basic framework as they move towards a more permanent agreement. In the agreement …