UnipolSai Bologna acquires Andy Paz, releases Jarreau Martina

As Fortitudo Bologna acquired Cuban born but now France citizen Andy Paz, they had to make room on the roster. Victim of this move was Dutchie Jarreau Martina. The Italian champion released the backup catcher. Paz, born in Havana in 1993, moved to France and became a French citizen in 2007. He played seven seasons in …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2019: Round 11, rained out games

Yesterday and today, the rained out games of last weekend were played. Yesterday Quick Amersfoort hosted HCAW and today, Curaçao Neptunus hosted DSS and Silicon Storks played its home game at the ballpark of its opponent Meerleas Pioniers in Hoofddorp. HCAW  7  -  6  Quick Amersfoort In a high scoring close game, HCAW just stayed …

My top ten of European ballcaps

Recently I wrote a blog post about my favorite Dutch ballcaps. Today I will post one about my favorite European ballcaps. Throughout Europe, there are many baseball clubs. Some of them sport some nice ballcaps. Time for an overview of my favorite ones. Be warned, there is a lot of green coming up.  10. Munich-Haar …

Smiley’s vlog, episode 4

Jarreau Martina and the Dutch Baseball hangout have agreed on a cooperation. The Dutch Baseball Hangout will post Jarreau’s vlog during his stay in Bologna where he has joined the local baseball club Fortitudo Bologna or UnipolSai Bologna. Jarreau’s nickname is Smiley, so that explains the title of this blog post. In this fourth episode, …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2019: Round 11, day 3

On the third day of round eleven, the following games were scheduled: Silicon Storks @ Meerlease Pioniers, Curaçao Neptunus @ DSS, HCAW @ Quick Amersfoort and Oosterhout Twins @ L&D Amsterdam Pirates. Silicon Storks  1  -  9  Meerlease Pioners Even though Meerlease Pioniers needed nine innings, Silicon Storks never could claim the win. A four-run …

Babe Ruth’s jersey sold for $5.6 million

An auction at Yankee Stadium brought together some fine Babe Ruth memorabilia. Piece de Resistance was a road jersey that was worn by the Bambino. This jersey was reportedly sold for a whopping $5.6 million, a record-breaking amount. At Yankee Stadium, more than 400 items were brought in for an auction, mostly by his family …

Austria promoted to CEB cup

With an all-Austrian Federations Cup final, the question was which team would earn the promotion to the CEB cup. As the Vienna MetroStars beat the Dornbirn Indians in the opening game of the tournament 16-6, the expectation was that the team from the Austrian capital would win. Things would go a bit different though as …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2019: Round 11, day 2

Again two rainouts. Curaçao Neptunus vs DSS and Silicon Storks vs Meerlease Pioniers were canceled. The other games that went on were Oosterhout Twins @ L&D Amsterdam Pirates and Quick Amersfoort @ HCAW. Quick Amersfoort  3  -  13  HCAW HCAW needed eight innings to finish the game. Despite trailing 2-0, Quick Amersfoort could keep pace …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2019: Round 11, day 1

On day one of the eleventh round, the game between Meerlease Pioniers and Silicon Storks was rained out. The games that took place were Curaçao Neptunus @ DSS, Oosterhout Twins @ L&D Amsterdam Pirates and HCAW @ Quick Amersfoort. The game between HCAW and Quick Amersfoort was canceled after the fourth inning. Curaçao Neptunus  12  …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2019: Round 10, day 2

Last night, the rained out games of last Saturday were played. DSS hosted HCAW, Meerlease Pioniers hosted Oosterhout Twins and Silicon Storks headed to Quick Amersfoort. Two of the three games were really close, one was decided in seven innings with a blowout score. HCAW  3  -  2  DSS One of the two close games …

Germany with two teams in next year’s ECC

Today, the final of the CEB cup was played. The opponents were the German runner up Heidenheim Heideköpfe and the Czech runner up Draci Brno. For eight innings, both teams were each other's equal but in the eighth, the Heideköpfe struck hard and stepped off the field as the winner. Eight innings long, neither team …

Dutch hoofdklassse 2019: Round 10, day 3

After all games were canceled yesterday, one could consider today as day two. The rained out games are rescheduled for coming Tuesday. Today the following games were scheduled: DSS @ HCAW, Quick Amersfoort @ Silicon Storks and Meerlease Pioniers @ Oosterhout Twins. DSS  7  -  10  HCAW A see-saw game in Bussum where DSS took …

European Champions Cup: Time to make changes?

As far as I can remember, in the past decade, no European Champions Cup has seen this many games that ended in five, six or seven innings. In all cases but one, the winners were teams from Italy and the Netherlands. A dominance like this can't be good for baseball. Perhaps it is time to …

European Champions Cup 2019: UnipolSai Bologna new European champion

With the elimination of Neptunus by Bologna, it was clear we would get a new European Champion. The question was who? It turned out that Neptunus was beaten by the future European champion, who won easily by beating L&D Amsterdam Pirates 8-0.  Both opponents brought the pitchers they used in the first game of the …

European Champions Cup 2019: Deurne Spartans fall in relegation game

Belgium has lost its spot in the ECC after regaining it last year when the Borgerhout Squirrels won the CEB Cup. After taking a 3-0 lead in the first inning, the Spartans were not able to cling on and lost to Arrows Ostrava 13-3 in seven innings. Spartans took an early lead when Joannes David …

European Champions Cup 2019: Neptunus ends in third place after forfeit

In the consolation game for the third and fourth spot, Curaçao Neptunus took revenge for the whipping the team got last night in the semi-final. Eventually, Neptunus won thanks to a forfeit. About how you will read below.  In the second inning, Neptunus laid the foundation for a solid victory over Pariclima Parma. With the …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2019: All games canceled

In a weekend without L&D Amsterdam Pirates and Curaçao Neptunus, three games were scheduled on the second day of round ten. Unfortunately, due to inclement weather, two of those three were canceled. The only game was about to continue was Silicon Storks @ Quick Amersfoort, but also that game was canceled due to inclement weather.  …