Tampa Bay Rays pick up contract of Dashenko Ricardo

Curaçao native Dashenko Ricardo will play for the Tampa Bay Rays organization the upcoming season. The Rays picked up his contract from the independent Sioux Falls Canaries. It will be the first time Ricardo will play in affiliated baseball since 2013, when he was playing for the Great Lakes Loons (A Full Season Midwest League), …

DSS acquires Juan Carlos Sulbaran

Juan Carlos Sulbaran, who played partially for Silicon Storks in 2018 has jumped ships and moved to DSS from Haarlem. Thanks to the manager of team Kingdom of the Netherlands, Evert-Jan 't Hoen, the Curaçaoan pitcher was able to make the move to Haarlem. Last season, Sulbaran joined Silicon Storks from The Hague after the …

L&D Amsterdam Pirates reinforces its ranks with pitcher from Curaçao

Runner up in last year's Holland Series, L&D Amsterdam Pirates have acquired a new player from the Isle of Curaçao. The 24-year old lefty Johan Rifaela will join the club before the start of the upcoming season. Rifaela has played for the Santa Maria Pirates during the 2018 season. He is a very versatile pitcher …

Rick van Dijck takes step back

Dutch pitcher Rick van Dijck, who has spent several years in the highest Czech league will not be seen in the Czech Extra League in 2019 but will play one level lower with SaBaT Prague.   According to Milujeme-Baseball.cz, the Dutch pitcher will reinforce the ranks of the second division club from Prague. In the …

2019 Dutch hoofdklasse

The KNBSB (Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation) has released the competition schedule of the Dutch hoofdklasse. The Dutch season will start on Thursday, April 4 and the final game of the regular season will be played on July 28. With the upcoming European Championship in early September, followed by the Olympic Qualifier, the Dutch …

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 …

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 …

Hoofdklasse pitcher is looking for a club

For those clubs who are looking for a standout reliever, this is your chance. Jakob Syrén from Sweden is available after he wasn't offered a new contract with his former club from the Dutch hoofdklasse. Coming from Leksand, it is not strange, Jakob got to play baseball as that is one of the biggest sports …

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: 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 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 …

Limited action for most of Dutch hoofdklasse players in ABL

This weekend, the (former) Dutch hoofdklasse players did not see much action. The only one who got plenty of playing time was Dwayne Kemp. The others were limited to an inning or a few at-bats. Shogo Nakashima, the solid reliever of the Sydney Blue Sox, pitched only one inning in Saturday's 5-1 win over the …

Dutch teammates face each other in ABL

  Today, Dutch hoofdklasse teammates Dwayne Kemp and Loek van Mil faced each other in the matchup between the Brisbane Bandits and the Sydney BlueSox. Even though Kemp bested his teammate Van Mil, the Blue Sox ended up at the wrong side of the score after ten innings: 5-6.  Just like last week, the Blue …

Van Mil clinches first win, Blue Sox avoid sweep

On the final day of round two, the Brisbane Bandits split the series vs the Auckland Tuatara by losing 4-0 and winning 4-2. The Sydney Blue Sox won the final game of the four-game series vs the Canberra Cavalry to avoid a sweep. In the first game of the doubleheader between the Auckland Tuatara and …

Not a great day for Dutch hoofdklasse players in ABL

Two of the three Dutch hoofdklasse players in the Australian Baseball League, did not have a great day. Sam Kennelly and his Perth Heat didn't make it through the first inning due to inclement weather. Dwayne Kemp and Shogo Nakashima lost 7-4 with the Sydney Blue Sox vs the Canberra Cavalry. The Blue Sox pitching …