Indy Leagues to merge

Today, the independent Frontier League announced it will merge with the independent CanAm League. The Canam League will cease to exist and five of its teams will move to the Frontier League. The merger is with immediate effect. When you google on Canamleague.com, you are directed to the website of the Frontier League. In times …

Today in baseball: First rookie no-hitter

During this time of the year, plenty of World Series items could be picked. I picked this one as I thought it was the most interesting. Today 127 years ago, on the last day of the regular season, a rookie pitcher went the distance and threw a no-hitter. Charles "Bumpus" Jones made his MLB debut …

Talks about MLB games in France

According to a tweet by Didier Seminet, the French chairman of the WBSC Europe, the French minister of Sports Roxana Mărăcineanu had a talk with MLB to lure MLB games to France. Location of the games would be Stade de France in Saint Denis, North of Paris. https://twitter.com/didierseminet/status/1183872111577894912 The talks between Roxana Mărăcineanu and MLB …

Dutch release Premier 12 roster

The KNBSB has released the Dutch roster for the upcoming Premier 12 tournament.  The roster is a mix of former MLB players, minor league players of several levels and players from the Dutch hoofdklasse and German 1. Bundesliga. Manager Hensley Meulens made some changes compared to the roster of the Olympic Qualifier as he added …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2019: Promotion/relegation series, game 5

After the warning track and the infield of Kinheim's home, Pim Mulier Stadium were flooded due to superfluous rainfall yesterday, the decisive game was moved to today. In a do or die matchup for both parties, DSS stayed at the right side of the score as it overcame a 5-1 deficit and beat Kinheim 14-5.  …

Two Arubans added to Dutch Premier12 roster

According to 297 Sports, Braves farmhand, Ray-Patrick Didder and Cincinnati Reds farmhand Chadwick Tromp have been added to the Premier12 roster of the Kingdom of the Netherlands by manager Hensley Meulens. Ray-Patrick Didder is coming off a sub-par season with the Mississippi Braves. In his second season with the M-Braves, he batted .203 and committed …

Deurne Spartans @ Borgerhout Squirrels

With the baseball season in the Netherlands almost over, I went to Antwerp, Belgium to attend game one of the Belgium Series, a best of five series for the championship of Belgium. Borgerhout Squirrels hosted reigning champion Deurne Spartans. As both clubs are located near Antwerp Airport, the series is also called the airport series. …

Today in baseball: World Series’ first perfect game

Today, sixty-three years ago, Don Larsen accomplished what no-one had ever done before: pitching the first perfect game in World Series history. Game five was a pitchers duel from both sides. Not only did Don Larsen not allow a hit, his opponent, Sal Maglie, allowed only five hits and issued two walks as he gave …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2019: Promotion/relegation series, game 4

As game four of the promotion/relegation series was rained out on Sunday, it was played tonight. After blowing the lead on Saturday, Glenn Wassink was clearly the man of the match as he pitched nine innings to guide Kinheim to a 6-3 victory. After Linus Holmberg singled up the middle and drove in René Cremer …

Fredericksburg unveils name and logo

After the Potomac Nationals played their last game at Pfitzner Stadium, the club prepared for the move to Fredericksburg, where a brand new ballpark was built for them. Today, the "new" Carolina League club presented its name and logos. Fredericksburg is located 54 miles south of Washington DC, the location of the Fredericksburg Nationals namesake. …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2019: Promotion/relegation series, game 3

Today, Kinheim was the home team in its own Pim Mulier Stadium in this Haarlem get-together. Kinheim had the lead for the biggest part of the game but in the final inning, its pitching collapsed and surrendered two runs to hand DSS the 3-2 win. In the sixth innings, after five scoreless innings, DSS pushed …

Albert Pujols visits Belarus

Los Angeles Angel and MLB star Albert Pujols is on a trip to Belarus. The 39-year old is on a mission in Belarus to promote the game of baseball and give some clinics to local players.  Pujols arrived on Tuesday, October 2nd and will stay during the Belarus championship series between Minsk and Logishin Wolfs. …

Owen Ozanich joins Barracudas

Returning from Parma after his Italian adventure, one would expect Owen Ozanich to return to the Rouen Huskies. But Ozanich kind of surprised the baseball community by signing with the Montpellier Barracudas, the three-time French champion. Unfortunately for Owen, he could not finish his season with Parma as he broke his shin bone because of …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2019: Promotion/relegation series, game 2

After yesterday's game of the promotion/relegation series was rained out yesterday, DSS and Kinheim faced each other tonight. Kinheim bounced back big time after Saturday's loss as they beat DSS 12-7. Kinheim jumped on DSS starting pitcher Nick Keur as they scored four times in the first inning. Singles by Jeldwin Orman and Jenk Lemmink …

Wave of fired MLB managers in three days

In the past two days, three MLB managers have been sacked: Joe Maddon of the Cubs, Clint Hurdle of the Pirates and today, Brad Ausmus of the Angels. Saturday the Cubs announced, Joe Maddon was fired even before the final game of the season. GM Theo Epstein didn't give a clear reason: "Sometimes it’s just …

Do the Baseball Week Haarlem and the World Port Tournament need a different format?

Where bi-annual baseball tournaments in the Netherlands like the Haarlem Baseball Week (now Baseball Week Haarlem) and the World Port Tournament were sellouts in the eighties and nineties, these tournaments have suffered a downfall in attendance the last decade. In fact, you see the same trend that the regular hoofdklasse competition is suffering from. In …

New Indy league scheduled for 2020

The other day, the Western Association of Professional Baseball Clubs (“WAPB”) announced it would add a club to its lineup: The Henderson Hoo. This made me realize it is a new independent league that is about to start. I realize this is old news but it is always interesting to read about a new league.  …

Michael Duursma new manager of L&D Amsterdam Pirates

On their website, Amsterdam Pirates have announced that former Pirate Michael Duursma will be the flagship team's new manager. This after Brian Finnegan told the club he won't be available for the 2020 season.     Duursma played for a variety of clubs in the Dutch hoofdklasse, L&D Amsterdam Pirates was the last one before …