Hoofdklasse 2018, Round 1, day 1

Finally, after a long winter and a preseason in which the weather did not always cooperate, the Dutch hoofdklasse season will be underway.  On the very first day (night) of the season, Storks from The Hague headed to De Glaskoning Twins, Curaçao Neptunus hosted Hoofddorp Pioniers, L&D Amsterdam headed to neighboring Haarlem to face DSS and CitySide …

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Van den Hurk highly ineffective today

In today's 12-6 loss, Rick van den Hurk had an enormous off day. The tall Dutch pitcher was responsible for a big chunk of the runs the Seibu Lions scored. After Rick worked his way through the first two innings without giving up a run, things went wrong in the third frame as he gave …

Euro League Baseball officially ceased to exist

After one year the Euro League Baseball did not return. It did not signal its end right away, but it was an omen what was about to come. Eventually, what many expected to happen after a year of silence, happened. The league ceased to exist.  After its inaugural year, the Euro League Baseball did not return. …

Debuting and being DFA’d on the same day?

The head of this article sounds somewhat unbelievable, doesn't it? Still, it is what happened to David Hale last night.  David Hale, a 30-year old reliever, broke into the Majors with the Atlanta Braves in 2013. In that year he started in two games and recorded a win with a microscopic ERA of 0.82. Even after …

A promotion that fuels the rivalry

The AAA Pawtucket Red Sox will have a promotion that fuels the rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. It is all based on the bench-clearing brawl that was sparked by Tyler Austin's slide at second base and the brushback pitch by Joe Kelly. In that particular game between the two hated …

Amarillo name-the-team contest

As Amarillo will be home to a new Texas League (AA) team starting 2019, a name is needed for the new franchise. Therefore the management is running a name-the-team contest.  If you have followed this blog, you will have read about the major changes in the minor league landscape that are coming up in 2019. …

Hendrik Clementina leads Dragons to win

In a see-saw affair, the Dayton Dragons rallied in the final two innings to get a comeback from behind win in the Midwest League matchup against the Fort Wayne TinCaps. Curaçaoan Hendrik Clementina played a huge part in this 9-5 win. Serving as a DH, Hendrik went 3 for 4 with a double and three RBI. …

Dutchies around the World 2018, part 2

In this week's edition of Dutchies around the World 2018, we pay attention to Xander Bogaerts, Chadwick Tromp, Tom de Blok, Eugene Helder and Rick van den Hurk.  MLB Before getting on the 10-day DL, Xander Bogaerts was red hot. In nine games he hit a whopping .368 with seven doubles and two home runs. …

New additions prove their value for De Glaskoning Twins

Last night, De Glaskoning Twins played its final exhibition game but one. On the diamond of what will be their home field for Thursday night games, the home of Gryphons in Rosmalen (about 35 km East from Oosterhout), the team took on CitySide Appartments Quick Amersfoort. CitySide Appartments Quick Amersfoort took a 4-1 lead but …

Las Vegas 51s to rebrand in 2019

If everything goes according to plan, 2018 will be the final season for the Las Vegas 51s. Next year the club will move into a new ballpark in Summerlin and according to the club, this will be a perfect occasion to rebrand. According to their website and their Instagram account, the name 51s will be …

Rangers’ injury bug also hits Jurickson Profar

In a freak accident, Rangers utility player Jurickson Profar got injured yesterday. Even though Profar will be re-evaluated on Tuesday, it is believed he is suffering from a concussion. In this link, the accident can be seen. During the bottom of the second inning of the game vs the Tampa Bay Rays, Profar collided with …

Baseball in Portland (OR), a good idea or not?

According to a report at Oregonlive.com, a potential ownership group is gaining momentum in their attempt to lure Major League Baseball to Portland. With Portland's history with professional baseball, you may wonder if that is a good idea. The potential owners have been talking with the city in private. Even though the city has faced …

Sharlon Schoop back at AAA

Sharlon Schoop is back with the Norfolk Tides. The Curaçaoan infielder was placed on the roster of the Aberdeen IronBirds at the start of the Minor League season.  After he was added to the Tides roster, Sharlon was put in the lineup immediately. In the 7-3 loss vs the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies), Sharlon …

Dutchies around the World 2018

A new baseball season, a new round of updates about players of the Dutch Kingdom. With the Minor League season a week old now, it is time to shed a light on my fellow countrymen. MLB Even before the season started, it was clear that Ozzie Albies would be the everyday second baseman of the Atlanta …

Van den Hurk clinches first win of 2018

After losing his first start of the season due to lack of run support, Dutch RHP Rick van den Hurk bounced back by pitching six quality innings for his first win of the season as the Softbank Hawks beat the Nippon Ham Fighters 8-5. In the game vs the Nippon Ham Fighters, Rick got plenty …

Tom De Blok tabbed with loss in A-Advanced debut

Last night, Dutch RHP Tom de Blok made his A-Advanced debut in the Florida State League. It was one he won't fondly remember. Tom lasted only three innings in which he gave up four runs, of which three were earned, as the Lakeland Flying Tigers lost to the Bradenton Marauders 7-3. Tom started the game …

Dutchies on Minor League Opening Day rosters

You may have noticed that the Minor League season started yesterday. I have been roaming the internet to find out where players of the Dutch kingdom would be placed. Here is an overview of those players. A lot of players from the Dutch Kingdom, are playing in the Minor Leagues. Some did not get playing time …