Fortitudo Bologna acquires Gilmer Lampe

Today, Italian powerhouse Fortitudo Bologna announced through its website it has acquired Aruban outfielder Gilmer Lampe. Lampe played for L&D Amsterdam Pirates in the past two seasons. Lampe is the first foreign player that Bologna acquires so far, but according to the website, the club pulled off a big coup. During the Holland Series in …

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Three Dutchies become minor league free agents

Two minor league players from Curaçao and one from Aruba have become free agent. In all cases, their contract expired. Sharlon Schoop's one year contract with the Baltimore Orioles expired, so he will be a free agent again. Last season he split time with the AAA Norfolk Tides and the AA Bowie BaySox. The 30-year …

Dutchies in independent league playoffs

Last night several Dutchies made an appearance in playoff games of several independent minor leagues. Curt Smit, Randolph Oduber and Dashenko Ricardo played with the Lincoln SaltDogs in the American Association's semi final and Kalian Sams had a good appearance with the Quebec Capitales in the CanAm League's semi final. After a clear victory over …

Curt Smith red hot in American Association playoffs

As you could read here a few days ago, the Lincoln SaltDogs have reached the playoffs of the independent American Association. In the first round, the team of several Dutchies faces the Winnipeg GoldEyes. The American Association playoffs started last Wednesday. In the first game of round one, the Lincoln SaltDogs crushed the Winnipeg GoldEyes …

Ricardo, Oduber, Smith and Martis playoff bound

Four Dutchies have reached the playoffs of the American Association (independent) with their team the Lincoln SaltDogs. Aruban Randolph Oduber and Curaçaoans Dashenko Ricardo, Curt Smith and Shairon Martis won last night's game vs the Gary Southshore RailCats 3-1, to clinch the AA Central Division with a 3.5 game lead over the Kansas City T-Bones. …

Ademar Rifaela named Carolina League’s MVP

The A Advanced Carolina League announced yesterday that Curaçao native Ademar Rifaela has been named MVP of 2017. But it wasn't the only way Rifaela was laureled. He was also added to the Carolina League Postseason All-Star Team, together with another player from the Dutch Caribbean (the island of Aruba in this case), Sicnarf Loopstok. In …

Dutchies around the world, part 14

This time in Dutchies around the world we pay attention to Sharlon Schoop, Jonathan Schoop, Shawn Zarraga, Zander Wiel, Carter Kieboom, Ryan Oduber, Paul Brands, and Dashenko Ricardo. Jonathan Schoop Jonathan is having a record setting season. Recently he broke his personal record of single season home runs. Last year he set his PR at …

Red Sox sign another Aruban talent

Apparently, the Boston Red Sox are very happy with their Aruban shortstop Xander Bogaerts. Even this happy they signed another Aruban talent. According to Baseball Aruba, the Sox signed Brandon Rincones to a professional contract. Brandon can play shortstop and he can pitch as well, so it is up to the Red Sox how they …

Dutchies around the World, part 13

In this week's edition of Dutchies around the world, we pay attention to Kenley Jansen, Shairon Martis, Jiandido Tromp, Ademar Rifaela, Ryan Oduber, Paul Brands, Wladimir Balentien and Kalian Sams. Kenley Jansen The best earning Curaçaoan/Dutch sporter is having a top season so far. In his seventh full season with the Dodgers, Kenley is on …

Shawn Zarraga not long without a club

A week after the independent Cleburne RailRoaders released Aruban catcher Shawn Zarraga, he has been picked up by the Los Angeles Dodgers, the club he played for in 2015 and 2016. With the RailRoaders of the American Association, Zarraga collected 37 hits in 136 at-bats (.272), hit three home runs, eight doubles and drove in …

Dutchies around the world, part 12

In this week's edition of Dutchies around the world, we pay attention to Xander Bogaerts, Spencer Kieboom, Juremi Profar, Chadwick Tromp, Eugene Helder, Hendrik Clemencia, Rick van den Hurk and Dashenko Ricardo. Xander Bogaerts Despite having a good season so far, Xander did not make the final cut in the voting of the All-Star game as …

Dutchies around the world, part 11

In this week's edition of Dutchies around the world, we pay attention to players in the lower levels of minor league baseball, indy ball and Asian baseball: Zander Wiel, Kirvin Moesquit, Paul Brands, Wladimir Balentien, Curt Smit and Randolph Oduber. Zander Wiel Zander seems to have som problems adapting at the A-Advanced level so far. …

Jiandido Trom in Eastern League All Star Game

Today the Eastern League announced the rosters for the annual All-Star Game. One Dutchie will represent the Reading Fightin Phils in Manchester NH, home of the New Hampshire FisherCats.  Jiandido Tromp is on the roster of the Eastern Division All-Star Team as one of only three players of the Reading Fightin Phils. The invitation to the …

Dutchies around the world, part 10

In this week's edition of Dutchies around the world, we pay attention to Andrelton Simmons, Shairon Martis, Sharlon Schoop, John Polonius, Shakir Albert, Ryan Oduber and Kalian Sams. Andrelton Simmons Even though Andrelton's batting average has been fluctuating in the month of June, it is well above his career batting average of .263 with an …

Dutchies around the world, part 9

This week in Dutchies around the world: Jonathan Schoop, Jurickson Profar, Juremi Profar, Darren Seferina, Eugene Helder and Hendrick Clementina. Jonathan Schoop Even though the Baltimore Orioles are just hovering around .500 recently, Jonathan Schoop is having a good season. The 25-year old shortstop from Willemstad Curaçao is hitting a respectable .292, well above hit …

Four Dutchies invited for MiLB All-Star Games

Several players from the Dutch Kingdom are playing such good seasons, they have received an invitation for the various minor league All-Star Games.  Gianfranco Wawoe, Sicnarf Loopstok, Darren Seferina and Carter Kieboom are the ones who received invitations. Three of the four players will appear in A-Advanced All-Star Games: Darren Seferina, Sicnarf Loopstok and Gianfranco …

Dutchies around the world, part 8

After some absence here is part eight of Dutchies around the World. This time we are paying attention to Didi Gregorius, Ozzie Albies, Jiandido Tromp, Sicnarf Loopstok, Ademar Rifaela and Mike Bolsenbroek. Didi Gregorius Didi is having a fantastic season so far. He is hitting well above .300 and has committed only one error so …

And another Dutchie promoted to AAA

Recently it is raining promotions to AAA for players of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In the previous days, Eugene Helder and John Polonius were promoted, yesterday it was Jiandido Tromp's turn to have a shot at the highest minor league level. Where the previous two promotions of Helder and Polonius can likely be explained as …