Themajors.eu and the Dutch Baseball Hangout team up in tactical partnership

The Dutch Baseball Hangout is proud to announce it has found a new partner. This time we have teamed up with The Majors.eu. The Majors.eu is a webstore that is trying to bring fitted minor league caps on the Dutch and European market. But next to those minor league caps the owner is designing fitted …

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Gianfranco Wawoe joins New Jersey Jackals

Another Dutchie will join a team in the independent CanAm League for the 2018 season. Next to Kalian Sams (Quebec Capitales) and Danny Arribas (Rockland Boulders), Gianfranco Wawoe will call the CanAm League home. He will join the New Jersey Jackals. The ball player from Curaçao made his first steps in professional baseball in 2011 …

Hartford Yard Goats become Steamed Cheeseburgers

Through the years, naming teams after a food has become a great source of income for Minor League teams. The newest example is the Hartford Yard Goats, who will adopt the name Steamed Cheeseburgers for one day. It all started a few years ago with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs adopting the Bacon USA moniker. Swiftly …

Spencer Kieboom invited to Nationals’ Spring Training camp

Today the Washington Nationals announced their non-roster invitees for this year's Spring Training Camp. Of the seven players who received an invitation, Spencer Kieboom is one of the lucky ones. Once one of the Nationals' top prospects, Dutch offspring Spencer Kieboom split the 2017 season between the AA Harrisburg Senators and the AAA Syracuse Chiefs. …

Tampa Tarpons unveil uniforms

Through various social media outlets, the Tampa Tarpons have unveiled their new uniforms today. The former Tampa Yankees rebranded earlier this year. As a result, the new unis were needed. The Tarpons come with three new uniforms. The home uni refers to the parent club as it sports pinstripes, just like the Yankees do. With …

Baseball related songs: “Baseball song” by Matt Wessel

In this edition of baseball related songs, we pay attention to "Baseball Song" performed by Matt Wessel. This song caught my attention when it was placed on Facebook by a Facebook friend of mine who is an umpire himself. Matt Wessel is a 37-year old singer-songwriter from Gurnee, Illinois, close to Chicago. As a result, …

Mets and FireFlies extend PDC

The New York Mets and the Columbia FireFlies announced the extension of their Player Development Contract through the 2020 season. Both franchises have been linked to each other since 2007 when the FireFlies still operated as the Savannah SandGnats. FireFlies team President John Katz stated that the club was very excited to extend the relationship with …

Curaçao Neptunus duo banned for four years

Dutch baseball magazine Fastball Magazine announced today that Urving Kemp and Christian Diaz will be banned for four years after testing positive for PED use. Last summer both players were caught. After both players were caught, they were banned temporarily. The KNBSB (Dutch Royal Baseball and Softball Federation) gave the two cases to the I.S.R. (institution …

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 …

PDC/affiliation news

Yesterday, two minor league clubs announced the extension of the Player Development Contract (PDC) with their parent club. The El Paso Chihuahuas extended the PDC with the San Diego Padres and the Harrisburg Senators did so with the Washington Nationals. The San Diego Padres extended the contract through the 2020 season. A major reason for …

Baseball related songs: “Mrs. Robinson” by Simon and Garfunkel

In this episode of Baseball related songs, we pay attention to Mrs. Robinson, performed by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, which was released in 1968. Originally the song appeared on the soundtrack of the movie "The Graduate", starring Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman. Bancroft played the character of Mrs. Robinson who tried to seduce her …

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 …

De Glaskoning Twins signs Japanese player for 2018 season

Just like the previous two seasons, Dutch hoofdklasse club De Glaskoning Twins has signed a Japanese pitcher to reinforce its ranks. The new player is Shogo Nakashima, who played in the organization of the Yakult Swallows. It seems to become a tradition to sign a Japanese player. After Keiji Uezono and Daisuke Yamashita, Shogo Nakashima is …

Baseball rivalry indicates preference in Superbowl LII

Who would ever think I would write about football? Not me, but in the last few days, I discovered something interesting on Facebook. There were plenty of posts about the Superbowl on various New York Yankees and New York Mets fan pages. As a Dutch Yankee fan, I thought a New Yorker would root against …

Niels van Weert joins L&D Amsterdam Pirates

Through its website, L&D Amsterdam Pirates announced today it has signed Niels van Weert as reinforcement. Van Weert joins the club from the Dutch capital to fill the void that Gilmer Lampe left as he decided to join Fortitudo Bologna. Niels used to play for Kinheim from Haarlem, with which he won the 2012 Holland …

Curaçao to be installed as official member of Latin American Baseball Association

After their debut at the Series Latinoamericana, in which they won one game, the board of the Latin American Baseball Association (Asociación Latinoamericana de Béisbol) will add Curaçao as an official member of the organization. In the press release, the Latin American Baseball Association called Curaçao a great opponent with a good level of competitiveness. Together …

Durham Bulls unveil new 2018 uniforms

With a promotional campaign named "A return to tradition", the Durham Bulls (AAA farm team of the Tampa Bay Rays) have announced their new uniforms for the 2018 season. Especially with the "new" home jersey, the Bulls return to the classic jersey we all know from the movie Bull Durham. This button-down jersey has the …

BayBears leaving Mobile almost a done deal

With the approval of the construction of a $48 million ballpark in Madison, AL, it has become clear the BayBears will leave Mobile after the 2019 season.  Future Madison ballpark funding of the 7,000 seat AA ballpark was approved by the Madison City Council on Monday night. The Huntsville suburb plans a lot of activities next …