No-hit inning for Bolsenbroek in close loss

Yesterday, the Brisbane Bandits lost a close one against the Sydney BlueSox but that did not keep Dutchie Mike Bolsenbroek to pitch a solid inning in relief. After his debut in the ABL two weeks ago, Bolsenbroek struggled in his next outing as he allowed two runs and did not record an out in the …

Connecticut Tigers rebrand

It's clearly that time of the year again. The Connecticut Tigers are the sixth team this offseason to rebrand. Tonight the club unveiled its new name and new logos. From now on the Connecticut Tigers will be known as Norfolk Sea Unicorns. Sea Unicorn refers to a Narwhal, a whale species, that is also called …

Only 7 clubs in Serie A1 for now

Late October, the FIBS (Italian Baseball and Softball Federation) announced a new plan in which the Serie A1 would grow from seven clubs (after Rimini withdraw before the start of the 2019 season) to twelve. But yesterday the federation announced the names of the clubs for the 2020 season. The number of clubs was nowhere …

Florida State League rebrands

Today, the Florida State League presented a brand new logo. Except for the outline of the State of Florida, the logo doesn't look like the former logo at all. Last year the league introduced a 100th-anniversary logo that replaced the old logo temporarily. As the State of Florida served as the background of a picture …

Texas Rangers go powder blue

New ballpar, new uniforms. It is something you see rather often. As the Texas Rangers will move into a new stadium next season (the current one was only twenty years old), the team will have a new look. Yesterday, six new uniforms. The most eye catching uniform is the powder blue alternate. The pants sports …

Fort Myers Miracle drops moniker

After twenty-eight seasons as the Miracle, the Fort Myers Florida State League franchise has adopted a new identity. From today, the club will be known as Fort Myers Mighty Mussels.  The name and the logos were unveiled to the public during a ballpark news conference on Tuesday morning. According to the new owner, Andrew Kaufman, …

Jurickson Profar traded to Padres

Curaçao infielder Jurickson Profar has been traded by the Oakland Athletics to the San Diego Padres. Since the Athletics have stockpiled middle infielders, the trade is understandable. It will open things up for Sheldon Neuse, Jorge Mateo, and Franklin Barreto to possibly move up in the ranks. Profar was acquired in a three-way trade from …

Softbank Hawks about to make Balentien a two-year offer

According to several Japanese news outlets, the Softbank Hawks from Fukuoka will make Curaçaoan slugger Wladimir Balentien an offer for a two-year deal worth about $9 million. One of the demands/wishes Balentien has is to play with number four, the number he has worn during his NPB career with the Yakult Swallows. The Softbank Hawks …

Today in baseball: Colt .45s become Astros

Today in 1964, the three-year-old National League expansion team, the Houston Colt .45s are about to move into their brand new home. The team will also change its name and the ballpark will carry that name too. After playing the first three seasons at Colt Stadium, which was made of bleachers stretching from foul pole …

Buckwalter Stadium: A ballpark left to rot

I bumped into this Youtube video the other day. It is about the former ballpark in Meridian MS, Buckwalter Stadium.  The ballpark was built in the 1930s and after several runs of the Cotton States League, it was left alone as nature slowly took over. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Sy7NUlFGtY Professional baseball was played in Meridian since 1905 for …

Wladimir Balentien likely not to come back to Swallows

Curaçao slugger Wladimir Balentien will likely not come back to the Yakult Swallows. Both parties had until December 28 to reach an agreement. Unfortunately, the Swallows and Balentien could not come together.  As a result, Balentien will become a free agent as per the first of December. In a previous post about him, you could …

Pitch limit for Japanese high school pitchers

For the first time since Japanese high school baseball is played, pitchers will be limited to 500 pitches per week. The Japanese National High School Baseball Federation has decided to go with this rule to protect young pitchers from abuse. In the (recent) past it was pretty common that pitchers threw over 200 pitches per …

Rick van den Hurk stays loyal to Hawks

The Softbank Hawks and Dutchie Rick van den Hurk agreed on a one-year contract extension. It was rumored Rick was looking for opportunities in the MLB but he decided to stay with the Japanese champion. Van den Hurk's contract expired after the 2019 season, which was rather injury-riddled. Rick appeared in only three games of …

Silicon Storks has new pitching coach

Silicon Storks announced it will hire Youri Visser as their new pitching coach for the 2020 season. This comes as a surprise as Visser was at the helm of the flagship team and decided to call it quits after the 2019 season. After Visser made clear he would stop as the head coach of Storks, …

2020 CEB cup goes to Sénart

On their website, the Templiers de Sénart announced they have been appointed the organization of the 2020 CEB cup. The French runner up will host an international tournament like this for the first time. The Templiers de Sénart was the runner up in this year's French championship as they fell to the Rouen Huskies in …

Senator Sanders (VT) steps into the breach for MiLB

MLB's plans to contract 42 minor league teams for the 2021 season has caused a lot of turmoil. Many disagree with this: Fans, MiLB owners, MiLB towns and even politicians. One of the foremost politicians that slams MLB for the plans is Vermont Senator and Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. According to Sanders, this move would …

AAA Red Sox affiliate unveils name and logo

Last night, the future AAA affiliate of the Boston Red Sox presented its new name and logo. The name was expected, the logo perhaps not so much.  https://twitter.com/WooSox/status/1199119759343792130 As soon as the Pawtucket Red Sox announced their move to Worcester, the name WooSox swirled around. So that name didn't come as a surprise. The name …

Jack Lelivelt, a lesser-known baseball Dutchie

We Dutch like to refer to the Dutch heritage of baseball players in the US. You can think of Bert Blyleven or Reinie Wolters (both born in the Netherlands but learned the game in the USA). You can also think of Win Remmerswaal, who learned the game in his country of birth. But there is …