Luis Sojo at the helm of Spanish national team

After Paco Figueroa was appointed as the Phillies outfield and baserunning coach of the Philadelphia Phillies, the Spanish national team was without a manager. But the Spanish baseball federation has found a successor who is more than capable. Former Major Leaguer Luis Sojo. Sojo had a thirteen-year career that brought him to Toronto Blue Jays, …

MLB seems to follow the Blue Jays

Hell has frozen over. Yesterday you could read here that the Toronto Blue Jays will raise the salary of their minor leaguers with 50%. According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, MLB appears to follow suit. According to Passan, Major League Baseball has reportedly suggested changes that would improve minor league playing conditions during a collective-bargaining …

Blue Jays raise minor league salary

Where the "Save America's Pastime Act" was designed to keep the salaries of Minor Leaguers low after a thorough lobby by MLB, the Toronto Blue Jays have chosen to go another way. Instead of keeping the salaries of their minor leaguers low, the club has decided to raise them. According to sources, the club will …

National Hat Day. My 10 favorite MLB/MiLB hats

Today it is National Hat Day in the USA (who comes up with days like this anyway?). Here is a list with my 10 favorite MLB/MiLB hats. 10. Ogden Raptors Many don't like this cap but I think this is a great one. This cap is way better than the previous home cap the Raptors …

Athletics sign two year PDC with Las Vegas

With a new ballpark for the upcoming season, Las Vegas (Summerlin to be exact) became a very attractive location for the Oakland A's to locate their AAA team. Las Vegas is much closer to home than Nashville. Last year it was announced that the New York Mets would leave Las Vegas as they had bought the …

May 1, 1991: The day two MLB records were broken

Through almost 200 years of baseball, records have been set and records have been broken. But how many times did it happen that two records were set on the same day by two different players?  It happened on May 1st, 1991. May 1st, 1991 was a day on which all eyes were focused on Rickey …

Blue Jays and Bisons extend PDC

The Toronto Blue Jays and the Buffalo Bisons have extended their player development contract with two more years. The extension runs through the 2020 season. The Blue Jays and the Bisons (AAA, International League) have been partners since 2013 after the Blue Jays fled Las Vegas as the team was not happy with the distance …

Blue Jays extend PDC with Lugnuts

The Toronto Blue Jays and their A Full Season farm team, the Lansing Lugnuts, have extended their player development contract (PDC) through the 2018 season. The current contract will end after the 2018 season. The Lugnuts and the Blue Jays work together since 2005 so 2018 will be the fourteenth season of their affiliation. “We …

Blue Jays and Canadians extend PDC

The only Canadian MLb club and the only affiliated minor league club in Canada have announced to extend their player development contract through 2022. The agreement was announced by Vancouver Canadians owner Jake Kerr and Toronto Blue Jays Executive Vice President, Baseball Operations & General Manager Ross Atkins. The two teams have been affiliated since the 2011 season. …

Ozhaino Albies gets invitation for Spring Training

Ozzie Albies, the talented infielder from Curacao, who just turned 20,  has received an invitation for Spring Training Camp as a non-roster invitee by the Atlanta Braves. Ozzie has to report at the Braves Spring Training complex at ESPN Wide World of Sport complex on February 18. This will be the third time that Albies will …

Nationals PDC news

Once again an MLB club extended the Player Development Contract with its minor league affiliate with two more years through 2018. The number of two years seems to be rather standard. Extensions for longer terms only seem to happen halfway the contracts. Anyhow, the Washington Nationals and their A Full Season affiliate of the Sally League (South …

Montero claimed off waivers. Heading to Toronto

Earlier today you could read here that the Mariners had placed Jesus Montero on waivers after a very disappointing Spring Training in which he only hit .237. In the previous years Montero did not only struggle at the plate at MLB level, he als struggled with his weight. But it must be said that he …

All Canadian PDC extension

The only affiliated minor league club in Canada, the Vancouver Canadians (A Short Season, Northwest League) has signed a PDC extension with the only MLB club in Canada, the Toronto Blue Jays through the 2018 season. In the past season, the Canadians set an attendance record with 215,595 fans that passed the turnstiles of Nat …