European Baseball Series 2017: Kingdom of the Netherlands avoids sweep

In the third game of this series between the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Italy, the Dutch stayed at the right side of the score this time. Both teams collected six hits but the three errors the Italians committed, costed them the game as the Dutch scored four unearned runs and won 5-2.  Even though …

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Italy clinches European Baseball Series 2017

With a 6-2 victory, Italy clinched the EuropeanBaseall Series vs the Netherlands. Once again the Italian pitching kept the Dutch lineup off balanced. The Italians only got one more hit than the Dutch but were much more effective. In the first three innings, Italy scored a run in each inning for a 3-0 lead. A …

Doosan Bears to face Roger Bernadina’s Kia Tigers in KBO championship series.

After having a bye in the first round after finishing second in the regular standings, the Doosan Bears have reached the championship series of the KBO in which they will face the Kia Tigers, who clinched a spot by finishing first in the regular standings. After losing the first game in the second round 13-5 …

No-decision Van den Hurk in Softbank Hawks win

With the Pacific League's Climax Series (the NPB semi-finals) tied at two, thanks to an extra win awarded to the Softbank Hawks as the winner of the regular competition, the Softbank Hawks took on the Rakuten Golden Eagles in game four and beat their opponent 4-3 after blowing a 2-0 lead. In game four, Dutchie Rick …

European Baseball Series 2017: Dutch lose indolent game vs Italy

In the first game of a series with nothing at stake but bragging rights, Italy outlasted the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In a game with very little going on, the Italians beat the Dutch 3-2 as they outhit them 9-5. For the third time in the history of European Baseball, this European Baseball Series was …

Mobile not willing to give up on BayBears yet

Even though an Arizona based owner group has acquired the Mobile BayBears and the group is looking for a possible relocation, the city of Mobile says it doesn't want to give up on the ball club.  The new ownership group, BallCorps LLC, wants to move the club to Madison AL, a part of the Huntsville …

Mervin Gario player/ coach Hoofddorp Pioniers

After manager Dè Flanegin resigned as the club's manager, Hoofddorp Pioniers had to look for a new head coach for its flagship team. Today the club announced it has found the new head coach in third baseman Mervin Gario. The club informed the team members last night about the move. Team manager Roger Kops said …

Will realignment save baseball?

The other day, I read an interesting article on Baseball America. It was a proposal for a realignment of Major League Baseball, possibly caused by the expansion with two teams. The article opted a realignment by geographical divisions. This may be a shocker for the baseball purists among us. The proposed realignment would dissolve the …

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 …

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 …