Hoofdklasse 2018, Round 1, day 1

Finally, after a long winter and a preseason in which the weather did not always cooperate, the Dutch hoofdklasse season will be underway.  On the very first day (night) of the season, Storks from The Hague headed to De Glaskoning Twins, Curaçao Neptunus hosted Hoofddorp Pioniers, L&D Amsterdam headed to neighboring Haarlem to face DSS and CitySide …

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New additions prove their value for De Glaskoning Twins

Last night, De Glaskoning Twins played its final exhibition game but one. On the diamond of what will be their home field for Thursday night games, the home of Gryphons in Rosmalen (about 35 km East from Oosterhout), the team took on CitySide Appartments Quick Amersfoort. CitySide Appartments Quick Amersfoort took a 4-1 lead but …

L&D Amsterdam Pirates signs Joey Bats

In desperate need of an extra outfielder, L&D Amsterdam Pirates made a bold move by hauling in José Bautista and bolster their lineup for the 2018 season. The move can be explained by the thin number of outfielders after Gilmer Lampe left for Fortitudo Bologna and Kalian Sams will head to Canada again soon.  According …

Tom de Blok promoted to A-Advanced

After a fruitful year with the West Michigan Whitecaps, Tom de Blok has been promoted to the Lakeland Flying Tigers (A-Advanced affiliate of the Detroit Tigers in the Florida State League). The 21-year old righthanded pitcher from Amstelveen in the Netherlands earned this promotion by having a great season in 2017. After a stellar performance …

De Glaskoning Twins signs Aussie player

Dutch hoofdklasse club De Glaskoning Twins has signed an Australian player to reinforce their infield. Since the number of infielders is limited by four, there was a need for a fifth infielder. Therefore the club from Oosterhout acquired utility infielder Sam Kennelly of the Perth Heat.  In desperate need of a fifth infielder, De Glaskoning Twins …

Hoofddorp Pioniers add Ryan Oduber to pitching staff

Dutch hoofdklasse club Hoofddorp Pioniers has reinforced its pitching with a former pro from Aruba. Ryan Oduber, a lefthander, was added to the pitching staff today. Ryan Oduber was part of the Aruban team that reached the championship game of the Junior League World Series in 2012. Because of his Aruban heritage, Ryan was added …

HCAW adds American to flagship team

Dutch hoofdklasse club HCAW from Bussum has expanded its roster with American outfielder Bryce Cherry. The American born will be added to the roster immediately. In a press release, the club from Bussum announced the addition of the 25-year old Californian born Cherry, who played for San Francisco State University. In 2014 he batted .279 for …

Curaçao Neptunus acquires Japanese pitcher

After De Glaskoning Twins, Curaçao Neptunus will be the second Dutch hoofdklasse club who will use a pitcher from Japan in 2018. In a press release, the club announced the signing of left-hander Riki Saito. After pitcher Kevin Kelly unexpectedly decided to join A.S.D. Rimini Pirates from the Italian Serie A, a void needed to be …

Storks strikes deal with main sponsor

Baseball club Storks from The Hague has struck a deal with a main sponsor. In the past years in the overgangsklasse, the club played without a main sponsor. The company that sold its name is Silicon Refractory Anchoring Solutions. Storks promoted to the Dutch hoofdklasse after finishing fourth in the standings of the promotion/ relegation competition in …

Danny Rombley calls it a career

L&D Amsterdam Pirates announced today that Dutch hoofdklasse player, former minor leaguer and former Dutch national team player Danny Rombley has decided to call it a career. The 38-year old outfielder has decided to focus on his professional career. Rombley debuted in 1997 in the Dutch hoofdklasse with HCAW from Bussum. In 1998, Danny played for …

Curaçao Neptunus duo banned for four years

Dutch baseball magazine Fastball Magazine announced today that Urving Kemp and Christian Diaz will be banned for four years after testing positive for PED use. Last summer both players were caught. After both players were caught, they were banned temporarily. The KNBSB (Dutch Royal Baseball and Softball Federation) gave the two cases to the I.S.R. (institution …

De Glaskoning Twins signs Japanese player for 2018 season

Just like the previous two seasons, Dutch hoofdklasse club De Glaskoning Twins has signed a Japanese pitcher to reinforce its ranks. The new player is Shogo Nakashima, who played in the organization of the Yakult Swallows. It seems to become a tradition to sign a Japanese player. After Keiji Uezono and Daisuke Yamashita, Shogo Nakashima is …

Niels van Weert joins L&D Amsterdam Pirates

Through its website, L&D Amsterdam Pirates announced today it has signed Niels van Weert as reinforcement. Van Weert joins the club from the Dutch capital to fill the void that Gilmer Lampe left as he decided to join Fortitudo Bologna. Niels used to play for Kinheim from Haarlem, with which he won the 2012 Holland …

Randolph Oduber and Dashenko Ricardo return to Lincoln SaltDogs

The Lincoln SaltDogs announced the other day, they have re-signed Curaçaoan catcher Dashenko Ricardo for a second season. Also, Randolph Oduber from Aruba will call Lincoln home for the 2018 season. Both players were teammates last season already and even in the Dutch hoofdklasse they played together on the squad of Curaçao Neptunus, the eighteen-time Dutch champion, …

Kevin Kelly a signature away from joining A.S.D. Rimini Pirates

Just like a few other clubs from the Italian Baseball League, A.S.D. Rimini Pirates will acquire a player from the Dutch hoofdklasse. Will... because the contract hasn't been signed yet. If everything goes according to plan, Kevin Kelly will sign tomorrow to join Rimini for the 2018 season. Kelly won't be the first player from …

De Glaskoning Twins finds new hitting coach in Jeffrey Arends

After Shurty Tremus announced he would retire as third base coach/hitting coach because of private reasons, De Glaskoning Twins had to look for a new hitting coach. Recently the club announced their new hitting coach through Instagram. The new hitting coach is not an unknown person to De Glaskoning Twins. In the 2016 season, he served …

Lineup of Curaçao Baseball Week presented

The organization of the Curaçao Baseball Week has announced the lineup of the 2017 event. Quite some Major League Players will show up again this year. Next to MLB players from Curaçao, there will be players from the Dutch hoofdklasse and two non-Curaçaoan MLB players. The players from the Dutch hoofdklasse are Diegomar Markwell and …