Jakob Syrén signs with Solingen

About two weeks ago you could read an article about Jakob Syrén, who was looking for a new club. Thanks to that blog post quite some clubs contacted him. As a result, he has signed a contract with one of the premier German clubs.  After the aforementioned blog post, the Swedish reliever was approached by …

Didi wins Thurman Munson Award

Together with Yankees' manager Aaron Boone and third baseman Miguel Andujar, Amsterdam born Didi Gregorius was honored with the Thurman Munson Award. This award is given to professional and Olympic athletes in recognition of their athletic achievements and their contributions to the community. The Thurman Munson Award event raised money to benefit the AHRC New …

Two Europeans chosen in ABL team of the year

Players of the Australian Baseball League have voted for the ABL team of the year. This year two players from Europe have been chosen: German native Markus Solbach and Dutch Dwayne Kemp. Solbach, voted as best starting pitcher, played for the Adelaide Bite, posted a 5-3 record and the second lowest ERA in the ABL …

ABL: Van Mil and Bandits one win away from fourth consecutive championship

The Brisbane Bandits made an important step towards their fourth consecutive championship as they beat the Perth Heat 3-2 in Perth. Both teams collected seven hits but Brisbane appeared to be a bit more effective. In the second inning of the game, the Brisbane Bandits took a 2-0 lead thanks to two doubles and a …

Another Dutchie heads to Italy

Last year, Italian clubs Fortitudo Bologna and A.S.D. Rimini surprised the Dutch baseball world by acquiring two players from the Dutch competition for the 2018 season. This year another hoofdklasse player heads South. Jarreau Martina will join Fortitudo Bologna for the 2019 season. After a season of absence due to professional obligations, Martina returned to …

ABL: Perth vs Brisbane Championship Series

Despite quite some investments on players, the Sydney Blue Sox remain the only team in the ABL that hasn't played for the Claxton Shield yet. In the third and decisive game, two disastrous innings were the omen of the upcoming defeat by the Perth Heat (11-6). The Brisbane Bandits didn't have an easy game vs …

ABL: Canberra and Perth force third, decisive game

After having lost game one of the semi-finals, the Perth Heat beat the Sydney Blue Sox 3-1 in game two and the Canberra Cavalry beat the Brisbane Bandits 8-6. Both teams forced a decisive third game in the semis. The game between the Cavalry and the Bandits was one that went back and forth until …

ABL: Auckland clinches historic win, another outing for Loek van Mil

The Auckland Tuatara managed to clinch a historic win today as they beat the Melbourne Aces 8-4 in game two of a doubleheader. With this win, the Tuatara managed to win its first series of their inaugural season. Even in the series vs Geelong-Korea, Auckland did not manage to clinch a win as the series …

Loek van Mil back on the mound

After a bit more than a month (after he hit a rock with his head during a hiking accident), Loek van Mil made his appearance on the mound for the Brisbane Bandits in Thursday's 21-5 win over Geelong-Korea.  In the slugfest, Brisbane collected eighteen hits of which three were doubles and nine (9!) were home …

ABL: Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra, and Perth clinch playoff berth

In close playoff spot races, it will not come down to the final weekend as all four playoff spots were clinched this weekend by the Blue Sox, the Bandits, the Aces, the Cavalry, and the Heat. After the Blue Sox lost the first game against the Auckland Tuatara 6-0, the club bounced back with close …

ABL: Sydney down to earth after sweep by Canberra

Last week things really seemed to go the Blue Sox way as they had taken a 4.5 game lead over the Brisbane Bandits in the standings. But after this weekend's sweep by the Canberra Cavalry, things have become much more interesting again. In the first game between the two teams, Alessandro Maestri, who was mostly …

Mike Bolsenbroek leaves Regensburg, Jan Tomek fills the void

According to the website of the Regensburg Legionäre, their ace Mike Bolsenbroek turns his back on the club to join the three-time German champion, Heidenheim Heideköpfe. According to head coach Tomas Bison the Legionäre have tried everything to change his mind but the offered contract wasn't financially attractive to continue his stay with Regensburg.  "It …

No KBO contract for Roger Bernadina

As all KBO clubs signed the foreign players they needed and that market closed on December 29, Roger Bernadina wasn't signed by any of the ten KBO clubs. Earlier during the KBO offseason, the Kia Tigers announced they would not re-sign Bernadina as his numbers dropped and as he has spent some time on the …

ABL round seven: Sydney takes commanding lead

With three more rounds to play, everything is still possible. But the Sydney Blue Sox have made an important step to clinch a spot in the semi-finals. As the Blue Sox won today's game and the series vs the Brisbane Bandits, the Perth Heat had an easy series vs the Adelaide Bite. Today, the Sydney …

Blue Sox win in WALK-off fashion

With the series vs the Brisbane Bandits tied at one, the Sydney Blue Sox have beaten the Bandits in walk-off fashion (3-4). After trailing 3-0 after the second inning, the Sox inched closer and eventually scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. After Alessandro Maestri was masterful once again on Thursday, he …

ABL: Two sweeps and two 3-1 series wins

Behind some strong offense and solid pitching (at times), the Sydney Blue Sox handed a 4-0 series loss to the Perth Heat. The Canberra Cavalry swept the Geelong-Korea team, Brisbane clinched a 3-1 series win vs Melbourne as both teams played a tripleheader on Saturday and the Adelaide Bite clinched a 3-1 series win over …

Loek van Mil released from hospital

After Loek van Mil was hospitalized the statement on his condition, on the website of the Brisbane Bandits remained the same for the past two weeks. Today the Dutch Baseball Hangout learned that the Dutch reliever was released from the hospital last Sunday. Even though Van Mil has joined the Brisbane Bandits, he is only …