Mervin Gario player/ coach Hoofddorp Pioniers

After manager Dè Flanegin resigned as the club's manager, Hoofddorp Pioniers had to look for a new head coach for its flagship team. Today the club announced it has found the new head coach in third baseman Mervin Gario. The club informed the team members last night about the move. Team manager Roger Kops said …

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The 2017 season in review by Ronald Jaarsma

He was the projected heir to the throne of L&D Amsterdam Pirates, the follow up of manager Charles Urbanus. But he accepted an offer of rival Neptunus to become the head coach for the 2017 season. In what was supposed to be a transition year for Curaçao Neptunus, first-year manager Ronald Jaarsma won every prize …

Holland Series 2017: Neptunus wins 18th title

For a long time, nothing seemed to be wrong for L&D Amsterdam Pirates as the team took a 3-0 lead. But a two-run seventh inning brought Curaçao Neptunus back in the game. Eventually, the Rotterdam based team scored the game-tying run in the top of the ninth and with only one out the team pushed …

Kevin Knollenburg new manager of De Glaskoning Twins

Today, De Glaskoning Twins announced their new manager on their website. After the 2017 season, the club decided it was time for a new skipper. After about three weeks the club has found its new manager in former first and third base coach Kevin Knollenburg. Kevin Knollenburg has about 31 years of baseball experience under …

Holland Series 2017: Neptunus one win away from clinching championship

In a very close game, Curaçao Neptunus stayed at the right side of the score and is one win away from clinching its eighteenth Dutch championship. Tonight's game must have been a bitter loss for Rob Cordemans as he pitched a complete game. In a stellar outing, he allowed two earned runs and struck out ten. …

Dè Flanegin retreats as Pioniers head coach

Dutch hoofdklasse team Hoofddorp Pioniers must look for a new head coach for the 2018 season. After three years as skipper of the team, Dè Flanegin has decided to step back as head coach. After the last game of the playoffs, Flanegin announced his decision to step back. In a local newspaper, Flanegin explained his …

Another Dutchie signs MiLB contract

In the last few years, many Dutchies signed contracts with MLB organizations. Mostly players from Curaçao and Aruba but now and then also a player from the Netherlands. Yesterday another Dutch kid signed a deal with the Twins. RHP Donny Breek signed a seven-year deal with the Minnesota Twins. Breek is the seventh pitcher from the Dutch …

Holland Series 2017: Walk off win for Curaçao Neptunus

In an exciting game, L&D Amsterdam Pirates had a lead for eight and a half innings but eventually, the team gave away the win as they failed to take advantage of runners in scoring position. L&D Amsterdam Pirates  4  - 5  Curaçao Neptunus By the fourth inning, Pirates had collected seven hits but had scored only …

Dutch playoffs 2017: Round 6, day 1

A lot of unfamiliar faces on the mounds today. As many games rained out last week, the starting pitchers did not have enough rest to throw a game today, so most managers sent out a reliever to the mound to start the games. Only Curaçao Neptunus had a familiar face on the mound as pitching …

De Glaskoning Twins and head coach part ways

In their weekly newsletter, Dutch hoofdklasse club De Glaskoning Twins announced on a side note that head coach Kevin Roovers will not return in 2018. According to the head of the club's technical management, Patrick van Gool, Roovers has laid a solid foundation in the past three years in which he helped the team promote to …

Dutch playoffs 2017: Narrow escapes for Pirates and Neptunus

After two rainouts in round four last week, the games in the playoff round had to be made up. For the two teams that reached the Holland Series, the home advantage is depending on the results. HCAW hosted L&D Amsterdam Pirates while Curaçao Neptunus hosted Hoofddorp Pioniers. L&D Amsterdam Pirates  9  -  8  HCAW The …

Dutch playoffs 2017: Round 4, day three

After several rainouts in the previous days, the scheduled games of today were played as planned. Curaçao Neptunus took on Hoofddorp Pioniers in Hoofddorp and needed just seven innings to clinch the win. L&D Amsterdam Pirates needed the full nine innings to beat HCAW. Curaçao Neptunus  15  -  3  Hoofddorp Pioniers Curaçao Neptunus only needed …

Promotion/relegation competition 2017: Pickles UVV close to relegation

In the only game that was played today, as the others were rained out, Pickles UVV took on DSS in Haarlem. DSS beat up UVV and with the loss, the fate of UVV is almost sealed.  If UVV loses tomorrow, the team will move down to the overgangsklasse next year. Also with an UVV win …

Dutch playoffs 2017: Heijstek goes deep for win

As a deluge hit the Netherlands in the past days, all games but one were canceled. Only the game between Hoofddorp Pioniers and L&D Amsterdam was played. Both teams were each other's match but in the end, L&D Amsterdam prevailed as they scored a run in the ninth to clinch a 5-4 victory. It was …

Dutch playoffs 2017: Round 4, day 1

On the first day of the fourth playoff round, L&D Amsterdam Pirates hosted Hoofddorp Pioniers and HCAW took on Curaçao Neptunus in Bussum. Neptunus did not have many problems with HCAW as they beat the club from Bussum 7-2. L&D Amsterdam Pirates lost the game in the first inning when the team failed to take …

Dutch playoffs 2017: Pioniers crush HCAW

The game between Hoofddorp Pioniers and HCAW that was rained out twice last week was finally played today. It wasn't much of a game as Hoofddorp Pioniers blew away HCAW 11-0. Not only did Pioniers outscore HCAW, they also outhit them (14-3). In a seven inning affair, Hoofddorp Pioniers jumped on Ian Delemarre in 2.2 …

Promotion/relegation competition 2017: Round 3, day 2

On the second day of round three in the promotion/relegation group, DSS and De Glaskoning Twins swept their opponent to secure their stay in the hoofdklasse. Quick Amersfoort stayed in the race for promotion by sweeping Onze Gezellen to keep them winless. DSS  8  -  3  Storks After beating Storks on the previous day in …

Dutch playoffs 2017: Round 3, day 3

A bit late, but yours truly had other obligations yesterday.  On the third day of the third round of the hoofdklasse playoffs, HCAW hosted Hoofddorp Pioniers and hurt them badly. L&D Amsterdam Pirates headed to Rotterdam to take on Curaçao Neptunus and never came close to the win. Hoofddorp Pioniers  8  -  15  HCAW Hoofddorp Pioniers …