Hoofdklasse transition period a traditional mad race

After separate blog posts about the acquisitions and players that left L&D Amsterdam Pirates, Curaçao Neptunus, Oosterhout Twins, and HCAW, here is an overview of the other four clubs in the hoofdklasse. Perhaps the team that had to deal with some huge blows is Silicon Storks. The club lost seven players but got only two …

A lot of transfers for L&D Amsterdam Pirates

Once again, L&D Amsterdam saw several players go and added a lot of new players to its roster. Three of those players come from their farm team and one was playing for them last year more or less. Of the players that turned their back on the club, the name of Kevin Heijstek is the …

Not many roster moves for Neptunus

Runner up in the Holland Series, Curaçao Neptunus has made a few roster moves. The club from Rotterdam saw four players leave the club and added as many to their 2020 roster. The first player that will turn his back on the club is Jochem Koedijk, who returns to his hometown Haarlem. He will join …

Not many changes for Oosterhout Twins

Oosterhout Twins that didn't make it to the playoffs last season, has added several new players to its roster. The club has added two players from Curaçao Neptunus, one from DSS, one from HCAW and one from Quick Amersfoort. The club saw four players leave: one to Curaçao Neptunus, one to HCAW and two to …

Improve the Dutch hoofdklasse? Withdraw two teams.

For years baseball lovers in the Netherlands complain about the level of the Dutch hoofdklasse. According to them, the overall level is deteriorating. How to solve this?  The gap between the top two (L&D Amsterdam Pirates and Curaçao Neptunus) is wide. Then there is a gap between the two other teams that play for a …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2019: Promotion/relegation series, game 5

After the warning track and the infield of Kinheim's home, Pim Mulier Stadium were flooded due to superfluous rainfall yesterday, the decisive game was moved to today. In a do or die matchup for both parties, DSS stayed at the right side of the score as it overcame a 5-1 deficit and beat Kinheim 14-5.  …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2019: Promotion/relegation series, game 4

As game four of the promotion/relegation series was rained out on Sunday, it was played tonight. After blowing the lead on Saturday, Glenn Wassink was clearly the man of the match as he pitched nine innings to guide Kinheim to a 6-3 victory. After Linus Holmberg singled up the middle and drove in René Cremer …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2019: Promotion/relegation series, game 3

Today, Kinheim was the home team in its own Pim Mulier Stadium in this Haarlem get-together. Kinheim had the lead for the biggest part of the game but in the final inning, its pitching collapsed and surrendered two runs to hand DSS the 3-2 win. In the sixth innings, after five scoreless innings, DSS pushed …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2019: Promotion/relegation series, game 2

After yesterday's game of the promotion/relegation series was rained out yesterday, DSS and Kinheim faced each other tonight. Kinheim bounced back big time after Saturday's loss as they beat DSS 12-7. Kinheim jumped on DSS starting pitcher Nick Keur as they scored four times in the first inning. Singles by Jeldwin Orman and Jenk Lemmink …

Do the Baseball Week Haarlem and the World Port Tournament need a different format?

Where bi-annual baseball tournaments in the Netherlands like the Haarlem Baseball Week (now Baseball Week Haarlem) and the World Port Tournament were sellouts in the eighties and nineties, these tournaments have suffered a downfall in attendance the last decade. In fact, you see the same trend that the regular hoofdklasse competition is suffering from. In …

Michael Duursma new manager of L&D Amsterdam Pirates

On their website, Amsterdam Pirates have announced that former Pirate Michael Duursma will be the flagship team's new manager. This after Brian Finnegan told the club he won't be available for the 2020 season.     Duursma played for a variety of clubs in the Dutch hoofdklasse, L&D Amsterdam Pirates was the last one before …

2019 Dutch hoofdklasse: Promotion/relegation series, game 1

Today the first game of the promotion/relegation series between Kinheim (overgangsklasse) and DSS (hoofdklasse) was played. The background of this series is rather odd as both teams, that are literally neighbors, are investigating cooperation. In this best-of-five series, DSS struck first and won 1-0. Even though Kinheim was the home team, the game was played …

Baseball developments in Haarlem

On their website, DSS from Haarlem has announced it will have talks with neighbour Kinheim. Both teams play at the Pim Mulier Sportspark and are only separated by a small road that lies between their baseball grounds. According to the website, both clubs have had talks in which they agreed to further talks about a …

Holland Series 2019: Pirates marks anniversary year with championship

In a somewhat lopsided game, Curaçao Neptunus was no match for L&D Amsterdam Pirates. After the team tied the series at three yesterday, Pirates clearly had the momentum going. After six years, the dominance of Neptunus ended and Pirates could celebrate its fifth overall Dutch championship as it beat Neptunus 6-0. The unlikely hero for …

2019 Playdowns round two: Silicon Storks secures spot in 2020 hoofdklasse, DSS to play against relegation

At the start of the playdowns, nobody expected this to happen. Silicon Storks ended dead last in the regular competition. But now the team has clinched a spot in the 2020 hoofdklasse by beating DSS today 8-0 to win the series 3-1. Silicon Storks and DSS collected about the same numbers of base hits, Storks …

Holland Series 2019: Walk off walk ties series at three

In a nailbiter of a game, L&D Amsterdam Pirates tied the Holland Series at three games apiece. After trailing 3-0, the team managed to come back in the game and win in the final inning as they beat Neptunus 4-3. After quite a long absence, Rob Cordemans took the mound for L&D Amsterdam Pirates. The …