Is there room for the 2021 World Port Tournament?

Nothing official has been announced yet, but with the hoofdklasse baseball calendar of 2021, which has a very tight schedule thanks to an Olympic Qualifier Tournament and eventually the Olympic Games, one can wonder if there is room to play the tournament. With the current hoofdklasse schedule, which is provisional for now, the World Port …

Remaining transactions in Dutch hoofdklasse

As we paid attention to Oosterhout Twins, HCAW, L&D Amsterdam Pirates, Curaçao Neptunus and Hoofddorp Pioniers, we now pay attention to the three remaining clubs in the Dutch hoofdklasse: DSS/Kinheim, Quick Amersfoort and Silicon Storks. We start this anthology of transactions with DSS/Kinheim. DSS/Kinheim, the cooperation between the two Haarlem-based clubs will continue until October …

Also little transactions at Curaçao Neptunus

Just like competitor and arch rival L&D Amsterdam Pirates, Curaçao Neptunus did not get a lot of new players. Only four left the club of which two will remain as member but will return to the USA to continue with their professional career. The players that left the club are Julian Goins, who left for …

Core of L&D Amsterdam Pirates remains largely the same

In the annual transition period, L&D Amsterdam did not see many players leave. Only two players left the club, while five were added to the roster. Players that left the club are Jim Ploeger, who left for HCAW and Oliver van der Wijst Severino, who left for HCAW as well. The latter may likely play …

HCAW presents new head coach and new players.

In a press release, Dutch hoofdklasse club HCAW from Bussum announced it has hired a new head coach. Dè Flanegin, who was at the helm of the flagship team in the past two seasons does not return, so the club had to look for a new head coach. Also a LOT of new players have …

Not many transactions at Oosterhout Twins

With the transition period of Dutch baseball ending today, Oosterhout Twins is the first to present its new additions. The core of last year's team is staying. A total of three have left the hoofdklasse team and there are four new faces. Perhaps the most surprising addition to the 2021 roster is Urving Kemp. Urving …

How to make the Dutch hoofdklasse more attractive?

Since 2010 and likely earlier, it is not hard to predict which teams will play in the Holland Series. With a few exceptions, it has been Neptunus from Rotterdam and L&D Amsterdam Pirates. With this predictability, the interest for the Dutch hoofdklasse is declining.  Sure, die-hard baseball fans will always find their way to the …

Dutch Baseball 2021: Overgangsklasse and Topklasse will be no more

In the past few years, the classification of the several Dutch baseball leagues was rather confusing. In the upcoming season that problem will be solved. For decades there was the highest league, the hoofdklasse, followed by the overgangsklasse ( literally translated as transition league), the eerste klasse (first league), tweede klasse (second league), etc. down …

Seven-Inning Baseball Games: Good or Bad?

Due to the coronavirus, several European leagues played games of seven innings instead of nine. The Belgian Baseball Gold League was one of them. Also the Italian Serie A1 played seven innings. But with the latter, there was more behind this decision. At the start of the 2020 season in Italy, there was a video …

2020 Dutch hoofdklasse: No champion this year

After a season that stated later than usual and that was ended abruptly by the decision of the Dutch government, the KNBSB decided that no champion will be appointed after the Holland Series were cancelled. For the first time since Dutch baseball started a league (1922), a season will end without a champion. Even during …

Ronald Jaarsma adds another year

Local Rotterdam newspaper Algemeen Dagblad wrote that Ronald Jaarsma is adding another year as the manager of Curaçao Neptunus. 2021 will be his fifth year with the club. During the 2016 playoffs, Jaarsma, back then third base coach of L&D Amsterdam Pirates, was approached by Neptunus to become their coach. This lead to "some" struggles …

Dutch Baseball Season/Holland Series are over

What many of us feared has become a reality. Thanks to new measures to contain the coronavirus, all amateur sports leagues in the Netherlands have been cancelled and baseball is one of them. The Dutch Prime Minister announced tonight that all amateur sports leagues for adults will be cancelled. According to the director of the …

2020 Holland Series: L&D Amsterdam Pirates takes 2-0 lead

In another close affair L&D Amsterdam Pirates stayed at the right side of the score. But the team had to go deep as it needed eleven innings to clinch the 7-3 victory. Curaçao Neptunus took a rather quick lead when back-to-back-to-back singles drove in John Polonius for the opening run in the second inning. Two …

New Corona Measures coming up: End of Dutch Baseball Season / Holland Series?

According to Dutch news channel NOS, the Dutch government will announce new measures against the coronavirus tomorrow. One of the measures will be that amateur contact sports will be forbidden. If this is really true, this is bad news for Dutch baseball. Since the government regarded baseball as a contact sport earlier this year, it …

2020 Holland Series: L&D Amsterdam Pirates strikes first

After game one was cancelled due to poor field conditions in Rotterdam as a result of pouring rain yesterday, the first game was played at the Loek Loevendie Ballpark in Amsterdam today. It would become a close game in which L&D Amsterdam Pirates would stay at the right side of the score 1-3.Curaçao Neptunus took …

Some more European Baseball to Watch

Of course, after yesterday's rainout, game one of the Holland Series will be streamed. But next to the Dutch championship series, there is also German basebal to watch. The Netherlands:Curaçao Neptunus @ L&D Amsterdam Pirates, game 1 of the Holland Series. https://eyecons.com/videos/honkbal-ld-amsterdam-5566?fbclid=IwAR0hSszgdmfNQPiiEzPP_QutA-grMz_01e2xQk0auXtN-tqeYQm3uLhXn_AGermany:Heidenheim Heideköpfe @ Bonn Capitalshttps://sportdeutschland.tv/baseball-1/finale-bonn-capitals-heidenheim-heidekoepfe-spiel-2

2020 Dutch hoofdklasse: Top 4, make up game

After a clear 10-0 victory over HCAW in which three pitchers threw a combined no-hitter, L&D Amsterdam Pirates also clinched a clear victory vs HCAW in Bussum today.  Yesterday, Rob Cordemans (5 innings), Nick Veltkamp (1 inning), and Matz Schutte (1 inning) pitched a combined no-hitter. If Schutte had not issued the sole walk to …