Watch Game Four of the 2020 Nippon Series here

With the SoftBank Hawks having a comfortable 3-0 lead in games, it is a must win situation for the Yomiuri Giants today. But it will be hard as they play at the Pay Pay Dome, the home field of the Hawks. Today's game will start at 18:30 local time (10:30 CET and 04:30 AM Eastern …

Ballparks Around the World: Neptunus Familiestadion

It has been a while. But finally here is another edition of Ballparks Around the World. In today's episode we pay attention the the home field of baseball club Neptunus from Rotterdam: the Neptunus Familiestadion (family stadium). Baseball club Neptunus is located at the current site since 1945. In the years before the construction of …

Baseball Shorts: Inside Baseball

In today's episode of "Baseball Shorts," we pay attention to the term Inside Baseball. One may think that the term has to do with modern day's sabermetrics, but in fact the term first was used in the late 1800s. John McGraw, the initiator of inside baseball The original meaning referred to a particular style of …

Is there room for the 2021 World Port Tournament?

Nothing official has been announced yet, but with the hoofdklasse baseball calendar of 2021, which has a very tight schedule thanks to an Olympic Qualifier Tournament and eventually the Olympic Games, one can wonder if there is room to play the tournament. With the current hoofdklasse schedule, which is provisional for now, the World Port …

Staten Island Ballpark will receive a $5MM upgrade

After the New York Yankees abandoned their Short-A affiliate about a week and a half ago, Staten Island is looking for a spot in the Independent Atlantic League. With the help of the City of New York, they are trying to convince the league to adopt Staten Island as one of its franchises. But for …

Dates of International Tournaments unveiled

The CEB (European Baseball Confederation) has announced the dates of next year's international tournaments. If the Corona measures will allow it, the first international tournament will be the European Champions Cup. The ECC will be played in Ostrava, Czech Republic from May 25 through May 30, 2021. The Netherlands will be represented by Curaçao Neptunus …

Nippon Series 2020: Game 1

The 2020 Nippon Series, the championship series of Nippon Professional Baseball, started today. The Yomiuri Giants from Tokyo took on the SoftBank Hawks from Fukuoka. The Giants are the first team to reappear in the Nippon Series after being swept in the previous year. The Hawks have been dominating Japanese baseball in the past decade. …

Watch Game One of 2020 Nippon Series here

Today the 2020 Nippon Series between the Yomiuri Giants and the SoftBank Hawks comences. The Hawks try to four-peat, the Giants try to win it all since 2012. If you are interested in Japanese baseball or if you don't want to call it quits yet regarding the 2020 season, here is the link to the …

Ray-Patrick Didder signs with Angels

No, Ray-Patrick Didder is not ascending to higher atmospheres. He was signed to a minor league contract by the Los Angeles Angels. In seven seasons in affiliated ball, Didder's numbers never really panned out. One exception: his 2018 stint with the Mississippi Braves, the Atlanta Braves' AA franchise. In 46 games, Ray-Patrick batted .275 but …

A few more moves in the Minor League affiliation “dance”

Today and yesterday, some news was published about new Minor League affiliations of the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals. The news about the first one doesn't really come as a surprise. Yesterday, the (still) independent Sugarland Skeeters, the club with arguably one of the worst logos in baseball, announced that they will leave the …

What will the future of the Texas League look like?

With the current affiliation dance, a lot is unclear how the minor league landscape will look like. Dance is definitely the wrong word as MLB decides and minor league teams have to accept. But what will the future of the Texas League look like. This is really drawing my interest as the San Antonio Missions …