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 …

Geelong-Korea wins first-ever ABL game

After being swept by the Sydney Blue Sox last week, the debuting Korean team has won its first game in the Australian Baseball League. In a rain-shortened game Geelong-Korea beat the Perth Heat 7-1. The Korean starting pitcher Jin-Yong Yang pitched six solid innings. He limited the Perth Heat to only one run on four …

Transitions of bottom four hoofdklasse clubs

After pointing out the transitions of the top four teams, this article will describe which players came and went to and from the teams that ended the regular hoofdklasse season in the bottom four. DSS Finishing in fifth place, missing the playoffs by a nose hair, DSS had to play to prevent relegation. The club …

Lots of changes for L&D Amsterdam Pirates

At the end of the transition period, it becomes clear that L&D Amsterdam Pirates has lost quite some players that left a mark on the team. Of course the club acquired plenty of players to fill those gaps. The biggest surprise of them all is the fact that Nick Urbanus, son of manager Charles Urbanus …

Quiet transition period for Neptunus

Reigning European and Dutch champion Curaçao Neptunus did not make a lot of moves during this year's transition period. Even though the club saw four players leave, the club added only two players from outside the club to its roster.  According to manager Ronald Jaarsma, it was hard to give three of his younger players …

Quite some changes for De Glaskoning Twins

This year the transaction period was extended with two weeks. In the past years, the period ended on November 1. This year the clubs had time until November 15. De Glaskoning Twins saw several players leave and several players join the club. Starting with the biggest blow, Misja Harcksen decided to return to Neptunus. Harcksen …

HCAW loses several key players, add six

Dutch hoofdklasse club HCAW from Bussum announced which players have left the club and which ones will join the club for the 2019 season. Three players hung up their spikes, five moved elsewhere and the team got six new players in return. The three players that decided to call it quits are Vince Rooi, Bryce …

Several players from Dutch hoofdklasse in 2018/2019 ABL

Today all ABL clubs presented their opening day roster. Three clubs have players from the 2018 Dutch hoofdklasse on their roster: Sydney Blue Sox, Brisbane Bandits and Perth Heat. Let's start with the Brisbane Bandits. The team from Brisbane has acquired Dutch reliever Loek van Mil. Van Mil who has been pretty dominant in the …

L&D Amsterdam Pirates announces new head coach

After Charles Urbanus jr. hung up his spikes, L&D Amsterdam Pirates had to look for a new manager. Through its website, the club announced the new manager of the flagship team.   After his name swirled around in the Dutch baseball scene for several weeks, L&D Amsterdam Pirates did not want to confirm if he …

Charles Urbanus hangs ’em up

The rumours were there for quite a while already. Today the word came out. Manager Charles Urbanus is leaving L&D Amsterdam Pirates.  A decision that was made earlier in the season. Urbanus decided to call it quits because he cannot combine the job with his regular (real life) job with Topsport Amsterdam as general manager CTO …