Second case of doping at Curaçao Neptunus

About a month and a half after Curaçao Neptunus' Urvin Kemp was suspended because of alleged PED use. Earlier this week, strong rumors about a second player swirled around. And indeed a second player of Curaçao Neptunus has been suspended. In this case Christian Diaz.  After I was informed about the rumors, I did some research and …

Like it or not, but Loria has the last laugh

He may end up in the history books as one of the worst owners in Major League Baseball: Jeffrey Loria, soon, former owner of the Miami Marlins. An owner that hijacked and blackmailed a city into paying 80% of the costs of a ballpark. A former owner who hijacked a Canadian team and was responsible …

New ballpark may loom at the horizon for Las Vegas 51s

After months, if not years, of talk about possible locations for a new 51s ballpark, there is some positive news to announce as the 51s are "cautiously optimistic about a new stadium deal." This is what the Las Vegas Review-Journal headed. After years of insecurity, the owners of the 51s seem to be optimistic to …

Minor League History: Kansas State League

In this edition of Minor League History, I pay attention to the Kansas State League. The league had several runs of which the first was in 1887. The last started in 1909 and would last three seasons. After the league folded for the final time, the Central Kansas League adopted the vacant name in 1913. …

Brownsville sends the Netherlands home

In one of the Pony League World Series elimination games, the Netherlands took on Brownsville from Texas. Just like yesterday, the game didn't go well for the Dutch. The pitching was hit hard and had to allow twelve runs on fourteen hits. Eventually, the Dutch fell to Brownsville 12-4.  After Texas took a 4-0 lead …

U23 European Championship: Kingdom of the Netherlands wins championship in extra innings

In a real nail biter, the Kingdom of the Nethelrlands beat the Czech Republic in extra innings. The Dutch gave away the lead thrice but eventually ended at the right side of the score: 10-9. The plan was to win the championship, but the championship game was nearly a bridge too far for the Kingdom …

Oakland A’s to use fan input for ballpark location

The Oakland Athletics have launched a website to gather community feedback. The website contains a fan survey. Something quite remarkable. On Thursday, the club announced the launch of a new website: oaklandballpark.com. In a statement on the club's website, it was said that the community's feedback is critical to the A's ballpark's success. "We need to understand …

The Netherlands loses in Pony League debut

The Netherlands debuted in the Pony League World Series today. They faced an opponent from Washington County in Pennsylvania, of which quite some players were about a foot taller than the Dutch kids. The Netherlands took the lead in the top of the first inning when Raydley Legito scored from third base on a 4-3 ground out hit …

U23 European Championship: Dutch advance to finals by beating Belgium

Today, the Kingdom of the Netherlands U23 team became the first finalist as they beat Belgium 10-5.  With this win, the Dutch also earned a ticket to the 2018 U23 World Cup. Even though the team remained unbeaten, today's victory wasn't as easy as it looked like on paper. In the first inning, Belgium took a …

U23 European Championship: Kingdom of the Netherlands advances to semis

In a mercy rule shortened game, the Kingdom of the Netherlands U23 team beat Great Britain 11-1. After the British had taken a surprising 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, the Dutch scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the second inning. For the biggest part of the game, Great Britain …

AAA baseball may be very shortlived in San Antonio

The Elmore Sports Group may have picked the wrong horse when they announced to move their AAA team from Colorado Springs to San Antonio. The mayor of San Antonio recently said that investing in minor league sports is not in the interest of the city. About a month ago you could read here that several …

Debuting Dutch win Colt World Series

Sensational! Unbelievable! What else can you name it? A country debuting at the Colt League World Series goes the distance. That's the story of this year's Colt League World Series in a nutshell. The Dutch team beat Upland 6-0. Even though it wasn't a walk over like the previous three games, the win was never …

U23 European Championship: Dutch clinch first place in group A

In a matchup between two unbeaten teams in group A, Kingdom of the Netherlands took on Croatia. After a rough start in which the Dutch defense made two errors that led to two Croatian runs, the Dutch restored order and won 18-3.  After the shabby defense in the first inning, the Dutch bounced back and …

Dutch beat Korea to reach final of Colt League World Series

In the double elimination format, the Dutch Colt League team met the Colt League team from Seoul, South Korea for the second time in this tournament. And for the second time,  the Dutch beat their opponent. With another great team effort, the Netherlands won 10-6. For the first time this tournament, the Netherlands were trailing …

U23 European Championship: Cumbersome victory for Dutch

After the first two innings, it looked like the Kingdom of the Netherlands would clinch an easy victory vs Russia, but after those innings the offense stalled. Only in the seventh, the Dutch scored a couple of runs again. Even though the Dutch had some problems adapting to the speed of the Russian pitchers, Russia …

U23 European Championship: Dutch clinch victory vs Belarus

In the seventh game of the day, the Kingdom of the Netherlands U23 team took on Belarus. Belarus starting pitcher Branislau Tatarevich kept the Dutch in check rather well, but eventually, in the eighth inning he collapsed and the Dutch walked away. In the end, the Dutch won 9-0. The Dutch took a slim lead …

Dutch team makes its presence felt at Colt World Series

After their debut blow out victory vs the Lafayette team, the Dutch Colt League team made clear it is a team to be reckoned with. In another mercy rule shortened game, they blew away the Koreans 12-2. Not only did the Dutch outscore the Koreans, they also outhit them 11-4. The only tiny black mark …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2017: round 14, day 3

On the last day of the last round of the regular season, DSS hosted Curaçao Neptunus, Pickles UVV hosted L&D Amsterdam and due to a rainout in Oosterhout yesterday, a double header was played in Hoofddorp between Pioniers and De Glaskoning Twins. Curaçao Neptunus  11  -  2  DSS Unlike yesterday's game, DSS could not keep …