Belgian Series 2017: Brasschaat forces fifth game

After a 1-0 victory yesterday, the Borgerhout Squirrels needed only one more victory to clinch their second Belgian title. But the Brasschaat Braves had a different opinion on this. The Braves beat the Squirrels 6-0, forcing a fifth, winner take all game. Of course, this victory was a team effort but starting pitcher Artuur Driessens …

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Borgerhout Squirrels one win away from clinching Belgian championship

In a very quick game (1 hour, 35 minutes), the Borgerhout Squirrels bested the Brasschaat Braves 1-0. In a pitching matchup, Brasschaat couldn't get a grip on Kenny van den Branden's pitches. Center fielder Steven de Lannoy led off the bottom of the first inning with a solo home run to right field. And Kenny …

Melbourne Aces sign Delmon Young

Former MLB player Delmon Young has signed a deal with the Melbourne Aces for the upcoming 2017/2018 season. Last season the Aces caught a big fish when they signed Jeremy Guthry, who eventually pitched only a few games due to MLB contract issues. But apparently, the Aces liked to have an MLB player in their …

51s will move into new ballpark in 2019

Last night, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Board of Directors approving a marketing partnership that gives LVCVA naming rights and thus opens the way for a new downtown ballpark in Summerlin as a new home for the Las Vegas 51s. The stadium will have a capacity of 10,000 (minimum standard of AAA baseball) and …

Mets leave Las Vegas, buy Syracuse Chiefs

Despite the big chance, the Las Vegas 51s will get a new ballpark in the imminent future, the New York Mets have decided to turn their back on the team and buy the Syracuse Chiefs. This leaves the Washington Nationals without an AAA team after the 2018 season. It was a public secret the Mets were …

The 2017 season in review by Ronald Jaarsma

He was the projected heir to the throne of L&D Amsterdam Pirates, the follow up of manager Charles Urbanus. But he accepted an offer of rival Neptunus to become the head coach for the 2017 season. In what was supposed to be a transition year for Curaçao Neptunus, first-year manager Ronald Jaarsma won every prize …

Smokies release 2018 caps

2018 The AA farm team of the Chicago Cubs, the Tennessee Smokies (Southern League), have released the new caps for the 2018 campaign. The logos are familiar, only the colors of the caps differ from those of this year. The Tennessee Smokies announced on Friday the release of the club's new official home and road …

Belgian championship series: Brasschaat Braves win game by the rulebook

This weekend the championship series in Belgium started. After the first two games, the series between the Borgerhout Squirrels and the Brasschaat Braves is tied at one. Nothing strange one would say. No. But still, there was something remarkable about yesterday's game. On Saturday, the Borgerhout Squirrels beat the Brasschaat Braves 6-2. But Sunday's game was …

New 51s ballpark seems to be close

A sign that a new ballpark for the Las Vegas 51s is at hand is a naming rights deal that is about to be signed. A $80 million 20-year deal could be approved by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority this week. The naming-rights deal with Clark County Las Vegas Stadium LLC, the 51s owner, …

Holland Series 2017: Neptunus wins 18th title

For a long time, nothing seemed to be wrong for L&D Amsterdam Pirates as the team took a 3-0 lead. But a two-run seventh inning brought Curaçao Neptunus back in the game. Eventually, the Rotterdam based team scored the game-tying run in the top of the ninth and with only one out the team pushed …

Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League to play shortened schedule

President of the Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League, Hector Rivera Cruz, announced that the board of directors of the league has agreed unanimously on a shortened schedule for the upcoming 2017-2018 season. Due to the severe damage caused by hurricane Mary, the league is forced to take this step. Weeks after the island was hit …

Kirvin Moesquit and Ademar Rifaela named organizational All-Stars

Curaçao natives Kirvin Moesquit and Ademar Rifaela have been named organizational All-Star of the Baltimore Orioles, together with ten others. The two youngsters have received this honor after an outstanding season. Second baseman Kirvin Moesquit played 61 games with the Aberdeen IronBirds in the New York-Penn League. Kirvin was drafted in the 24th round in …

Kevin Knollenburg new manager of De Glaskoning Twins

Today, De Glaskoning Twins announced their new manager on their website. After the 2017 season, the club decided it was time for a new skipper. After about three weeks the club has found its new manager in former first and third base coach Kevin Knollenburg. Kevin Knollenburg has about 31 years of baseball experience under …

Do you want to play in Taiwan? This is your chance

The TOMA Footrans Traveling Team (TFTT ) from Japan will launch a showcase team in Taiwan in January 2018. The team is managed by Toma Irokawa who was a head coach of Iran, Pakistan and Hong Kong national team. The team mainly consists of Asian professional and amateur players who want to play abroad, but …

Holland Series 2017: Neptunus one win away from clinching championship

In a very close game, Curaçao Neptunus stayed at the right side of the score and is one win away from clinching its eighteenth Dutch championship. Tonight's game must have been a bitter loss for Rob Cordemans as he pitched a complete game. In a stellar outing, he allowed two earned runs and struck out ten. …

Dè Flanegin retreats as Pioniers head coach

Dutch hoofdklasse team Hoofddorp Pioniers must look for a new head coach for the 2018 season. After three years as skipper of the team, Dè Flanegin has decided to step back as head coach. After the last game of the playoffs, Flanegin announced his decision to step back. In a local newspaper, Flanegin explained his …

Enough interest to replace Greeneville Astros

After the Houston Astros said goodbye to Greeneville and the Appalachian League after the 2017 season, three clubs have shown interest in replacing the Texas-based team in the Appalachian League. The Philadelphia Phillies, the Cincinnati Reds, and the Cleveland Indians have made clear they are willing to replace the Astros in Greeneville. It is a …

Finally: Maricopa County takes care of needed Chases Field repairs

Finally, the cat is out of the bag. Maricopa County has freed $3.75 million for the much-needed repairs of Chase Field.  The Maricopa County Stadium District has approved a $3.75 million contract for additional improvements to Chase Field. The contract was approved Wednesday and will contain steel and concrete repair work which is expected to …