Groups of upcoming European Championship

If everything had happened according to the original schedule, the European Championship would have been played this year. But with baseball becoming an Olympic Sport in Japan, the WBSC Europe (former CBE) decided to push back the tournament so it can serve as pre-qualifier for the Olympic Games. The tournament will be played in 2019 …

Flying Squirrels to commemorate first moon landing

On July 20, 2019, it will be fifty years ago that the Apollo 11 landed on the moon. This historic event will be commemorated by the Richmond Flying Squirrels with a special space suit themed jersey. The special space suit jerseys are inspired by the suits that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin wore on their …

Gregorius will start 2019 on DL

Dutch-born Didi Gregorius will be out until next summer due to an elbow injury. The elbow injury is this serious, Didi will need Tommy John surgery. According to Yankees' manager Aaron Boone, Gregorius injured his elbow in Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Red Sox. Didi is coming off a season that …

Baseball related songs: “There used to be a ballpark” by Frank Sinatra

In this edition of Baseball related songs, we pay attention to "There used to be a ballpark", performed by Ol' Blue Eyes, a.k.a. Frank Sinatra. In this song from his comeback album Ol’ Blue Eyes Is Back, Sinatra took a sentimental journey to the Golden Age of baseball when the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York …

Charles Urbanus hangs ’em up

The rumours were there for quite a while already. Today the word came out. Manager Charles Urbanus is leaving L&D Amsterdam Pirates.  A decision that was made earlier in the season. Urbanus decided to call it quits because he cannot combine the job with his regular (real life) job with Topsport Amsterdam as general manager CTO …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2018: Neptunus wins title, Storks remains in hoofdklasse

As expected, Curaçao Neptunus won the Dutch championship for the sixth time in a row. After two poor games, the team fought back and won the Holland Series in Six games. In the promotion/relegation series, Silicon Storks from The Hague prolonged its stay in the hoofdklasse with one more year. After Neptunus won 4-1 in …

De Glaskoning Twins acquires old acquaintance as third base coach

Today team manager Patrick van Gool announced the name of the new third base coach of De Glaskoning Twins. Old acquaintance because he used to play for the team in 2016 when the team was still under the helm of Kevin Roovers. At the time, the new third base coach played in the outfield.  Diehard …

Neptunus ties Holland Series at two

Tonight's game was exactly the opposite of last Thursday's one. Rob Cordemans was far from dominant and Diegomar Markwell was a lot more effective than last week. Key to Neptunus' victory was Pirates' bullpen that could not stop its offense as Pirates lost 13-4. After Curaçao Neptunus took a 1-0 lead, L&D Amsterdam Pirates bounced …

Atlanta Braves sign Dutch talent

The Atlanta Braves have signed Dutch (Aruban born) catcher Denzel Bryson to a minor league contract. The 17-year Aruban born comes from a modest season with HCAW in the Dutch hoofdklasse. Denzel broke into hoofdklasse baseball through the (now defunct) Bixie baseball academy. He debuted in the hoofdklasse with De Glaskoning Twins in Oosterhout in 2016 …

Gianfranco Wawoe joins Southern Illinois Miners

Curaçao native Gianfranco Wawoe has signed a deal for the 2019 season with the independent Southern Illinois Miners (Frontier League). The 24-year old infielder announced this through his Facebook account and through Instagram. According to his Facebook account, Wawoe thought about quitting baseball as he had not played the entire 2018 season. Last season, he …

Padres active on PDC front

As we reported earlier today that the Padres extended their PDC with the former San Antonio Missions, their A Advanced farm team, the Lake Elsinore Storm announced through Twitter both teams extended the PDC with two more years through the 2020 season. The Padres also extended the PDC with their A Short Season affiliate, the …

Twins and Blue Wahoos team up, Padres signs deal with Amarillo

Even though there is no official announcement yet, the website of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos shows the logo of the Minnesota Twins as its parent club. And with the San Diego Padres signing a deal with the new Amarillo Texas League franchise, the Twins and the Blue Wahoos are the only teams left in AA. …

Promotion/relegation series 2018: Game two suspended due to darkness

Silicon Storks wasn't able to cling on to a 2-0 lead as Kinheim tied the game in the top of the ninth inning. In extra innings, the game was called due to darkness after the twelfth inning. In the bottom of the second inning, Silicon Storks opened the score. After Gino Gil was hit by a …

Holland Series 2018: Neptunus brings back tension

He wasn't as dominant as Kevin Heijstek yesterday, but Neptunus' starter Elton Koeiman kept the Pirates' lineup in check. Pirates did not have an answer to his variety of pitches that he mixed very well. Neptunus took advantage of one poor inning of Kyle Ward and walked away with the 4-1 victory. It was a …

Holland Series 2018: L&D Amsterdam pushes Curaçao Neptunus aside

In the second game of the Holland Series, Kevin Heijstek was vastly dominant as he went the distance for L&D Amsterdam Pirates and secured the 7-0 win for the team from the Dutch capital.  L&D Amsterdam Pirates took an early lead in the first inning. With runners on the corners, Kalian Sams hit into a …

Hoofdklasse promotion/relegation series 2018: game 1

In a battle of provincial capitals between Silicon Storks (The Hague) and Kinheim (Haarlem), the runs did not come cheap until the eighth inning. Storks needed one big inning to strike first in this series for promotion/relegation. Former hoofdklasse pitcher Glenn Wassink and Storks starter Juan Carlos Sulbaran performed well in a real pitching duel. …

Dutch jump two spots on world ranking

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today unveiled the newly updated WBSC Baseball World Rankings, which weigh a country’s National Team performance, from U-12 to Professional, in official WBSC-sanctioned international competitions over a four-year period (2015-2018). Those countries that finish with the first twelve teams at the end of this year, automatically qualify for the …