KNBSB guarantees 2021 ECC spot to L&D Amsterdam Pirates and Curaçao Neptunus

Last month, when the CEB announced that the European Champions Cup was canceled due to the coronavirus, the KNBSB (Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation) made clear that both Dutch champion L&D Amsterdam Pirates and runner up Curaçao Neptunus would be guaranteed a spot in the 2021 ECC. This can be read on the website …

KNBSB is lobbying hard for early start of season

With the current rules set by the Dutch government, the Dutch baseball season will not start before September 1st due to the coronavirus. But the Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation (KNBSB) is lobbying to move the starting date forward. Through the Dutch Olympic Committee/Dutch Sporting Federation, the KNBSB is trying to convince the Dutch …

Impact of anti-corona decision by Dutch government exceeds Hoofdklasse competition

The other day, you could read in a blog post about the decision of the Dutch government to ban all sports games until September 1st. The Dutch Baseball Hangout reported that thanks to this measure the 2020 baseball season is practically over. But the impact of this decision is huge. Even more, than I did …

With contact sports forbidden until September 1, baseball in the Netherlands likely over for 2020

Also in the Netherlands, the government announced a series of facilitation but also limited several sports to take place before September 1st as contact sports are forbidden. With baseball considered a contact sport, starting a decent competition after September 1st will be very hard. Playing baseball with keeping 1.5 meters distance is pretty hard as …

COVID-19 cause for Dutch clubs to make smart financial decisions

Two days ago, the KNBSB (Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation) announced that in the upcoming 2020 season, no teams will relegate or will be promoted. Time for clubs to think about how to spend their resources. With no baseball played so far and the season still up in the air, it remains to be …

Dutch baseball season still uncertain

Last night, the Dutch government announced new measures to contain the coronavirus. Two measures caught the eye and may influence Dutch baseball. The first measure is that festivals and events will be banned until September 1. For Dutch soccer, this also means that the current season will be canceled. Nothing was said about it because …

Neptunus extends sponsor contract

2019 runner up in the Dutch championship, Curaçao Neptunus has extended the contract with its main sponsor United Foundation, the club announced through a press release today. The Curaçao-based foundation promotes the Isle of Curaçao in various ways. One of them is by sponsoring multiple Dutch baseball champion Neptunus from Rotterdam. The 2020 season (or …

Dutch baseball season postponed until further notice

Today, the KNBSB (Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation), announced the postponement of the upcoming baseball season. For sure, the season will not start before April 27. But as the Dutch government announced new measures due to the stubbornness of several people not to follow the rules that should prevent a rapid spread of the …

The word is out. No baseball games until the end of March in the Netherlands

After the Dutch government held a press conference today in which it announced to cancel all (sporting) events with more than a hundred spectators until March 31st due to the spreading coronavirus. As a result, the KNBSB followed the recommendation. But there are some limitations to this cancellation. The KNBSB announced it will cancel all …

Oliver van der Wijst to BC Nettuno 1945

Dutchie Oliver van der Wijst Severino will play in Italy in the upcoming season. The former minor leaguer was signed by the oldest baseball club in Italy, BC Nettuno 1945. The 22-year old has played for a handful of clubs in the Dutch hoofdklasse. Van der Wijst debuted in 2014 at the age of sixteen …

Final Olympic Qualifier postponed

It was to be expected but now the WBSC has actually announced it. The Final Olympic Qualifier in Taiwan, which would have taken place early April, will be postponed due to the coronavirus. After consulting with medical and governmental authorities, a joint decision by the WBSC and the Local Organising Committee has been taken to …

L&D Amsterdam Pirates bolsters pitching staff

After a transition period in which quite some pitchers left the club, L&D Amsterdam Pirates needed some reinforcements. They found one in former Major Leaguer Shairon Martis. The 32-year old pitcher from Curaçao has signed a deal for one season. After Tom Stuifbergen, Jhan Rifaela, Maikel Rietel, and Kevin Heijstek left the club, Pirates needed …

Baseball in the countryside

On March 28, 2020, the ballpark of the Drachten Diamonds will be home to a game between two Dutch hoofdklasse clubs. HCAW from Bussum will take on Oosterhout Twins. HCAW reached the playoffs for the third year in a row but was swept in a best-of-five semi-final series against L&D Amsterdam Pirates, the team that …

Kinheim and DSS on merger course

According to the website of Baseball and Softball Club Kinheim from Haarlem, an important step towards a merger with DSS has been made. Both DSS' and Kinheim's members decided to work on a merger proposal in the coming months. With the meeting at DSS, there was a unanimous vote, at Kinheim, a vast majority of …

Ballparks around the World: Loek Loevendie Ballpark

In this episode of Ballparks around the World, we pay attention to the home field of L&D Amsterdam Pirates: Loek Loevendie Ballpark. The facility opened in the year 2000 and was renamed after the founder of Pirates, Loek Loevendie in 2019. Of course, Pirates started as a baseball branch of the Amsterdam based soccer club …

Paul Kirkpatrick joins Bologna

Meerlease Pioniers has to do without their British pitcher Paul Kirkpatrick next season as he has opted to play for Fortitudo Bologna next season. Kirkpatrick was mainly used as a reliever but still made four starts for the team from Hoofddorp. Like the past two seasons, Fortitudo Bologna is roaming European baseball, looking for European …

Silicon Storks has new pitching coach

Silicon Storks announced it will hire Youri Visser as their new pitching coach for the 2020 season. This comes as a surprise as Visser was at the helm of the flagship team and decided to call it quits after the 2019 season. After Visser made clear he would stop as the head coach of Storks, …