Jakub Sladek added to roster of team Europe

Manager Steve Jansen added one more player to the roster of the European team that will head to Japan on March 3 to take on Samurai Japan later that month. Czech national team player Jakub Sladek was added at he last moment. Here is his bio that I wrote for the WBSC: Jakub Sladek Born: …

Van den Hurk injured, Bolsenbroek called up for European team

Just when I wrote in my previous post that there is not much to write about, the news was published that Rick van den Hurk got injured and cannot participate with the global match between Samurai Japan and the All European team. To replace Van den Hurk manager Steve Jansen called up Mike Bolsenbroek of …

Roster of European team unveiled

The World Baseball and Softball Confederation announced the roster of the European team that will take on Samurai Japan in a two game series on March 10 and 11 in the Tokyo Dome in Japan. The team is a mix of players from the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Germany and France. The series is all organized …

Friendly match between Samurai Japan and Europe confirmed

Early January I wrote an article on the subject already, but during the presentation of the schedule and logo of the premier twelve tournament, it was confirmed that a friendly match will be played between the best Japanese players and a selection of European (professional) players. The team will mainly contain Dutch and Italian players …

Samurai Japan to play friendly match against European team?

  vs   According to the Japanese newspaper 5Newspaper the Japanese All Star team that took on an MLB All Star team in November, the Samurai Japan, is planning to play a friendly game vs a European All Star Team in March. Kumazaki Katsuhiko, the commissioner of the NPB (Nippon Professional Baseball) said this according to …

Groups set for 2015 European Cup for clubs

From June 1st through June 7th 2015, the European Cup will be played in Paris and Rotterdam. The following teams will play in Paris at the home field of PUC (Paris Université Club): L&D Amsterdam Pirates (Netherlands) PUC Paris (France) T&A San Marino (San Marino) Morth Stars Moscow (Russia) Solingen Alligators (Germany) Fortitudo Bologna (Italy) …

European Cup 2014: Dutch clinch 21st title

Yogi Berra said it once: "It aint over until it's over." Italy proved that this Berraism is very true. After the Dutch took a 5-0 lead, all runs but one were scored on solo homeruns, the Italians started to get back into the game. In the top of the fourth, the Italians started to see …

European Cup 2014: Dutch still unbeaten

Mike Bolsenbroek going nine shutout innings and two homeruns. That's the story of the game between the Netherlands and Italy in a nutshell. Both teams didn't score in the first inning. But the Netherlands took a small lead when Yurendell de Caster hit a mammoth solo homerun  over the left field fence.  It cleared the …

European Cup 2014: Results of Day Seven

On day seven of the tournament, the Duch clinched a playoff spot by beating the French team 14-5. Sweden earned it's first win of the tournament by beating Greece 2-0. Both teams are tied for last place in the relegation group.  Sweden scored twice in the first inning and their  SP Joakim Klasson kept the …

European Cup 2014: Dutch advance to championship game with one game left in round two

Today, the Dutch made a decisive step into the championship game. France was the opponent. About two weeks ago, the two had met at a preparation tournament and the French left a good impresssion. Could they repeat this today? On both sides the first inning was a 1-2-3 inning with three consecutive outs. But in …

European Cup 2014: Dutch win first game in second round

In the second round of the European Cup,the numbers 1, 2 and 3 of group A will play the numbers 1, 2 and 3 of group B. The two teams that finish on top after these games, will play in the championship game on Sunday. The Dutch took on the Germans in their first game …

European Cup 2014: Dutch unbeaten to next round

There was never any doubt if the Dutch would beat Russia. But for a long time it looked like the Russians could force the Dutch into nine innings. Dutch team manager Steve Janssen started a couple of bench players: Jurrian Koks (SP), Danny Rombley (RF), Gilmer Lampe (LF) and Dashenko Ricardo (C). After three innings …

European Cup 2014: Dutch show two faces

In tonight's game, the Dutch squad showed two faces. One that gave seven runs in three innings and one that could turn around the game. Dutch starter Orlando Yntema gave up three runs in the first inning on two singles by Daniel Martinez and Oscar D. Angulo and a homerun by Jesus E. Golindano. Golindano: …

European Cup 2014: Perfect game for Bolsenbroek

In a game in which it seemed that the Dutch pulled the breaks a bit, starting pitcher Mike Bolsenbroek dominated the Greek lineup through seven innings. In those seven frames Bolsenbroek struck out ten and didn't allow a single Greek baserunner. In 2012 Bolsenbroek participated at the WBC qualifiers as a part of the German …

European Cup 2014: Belgium clinches first win with a no-no

After two games in which they played good ball and kept it close until some bad inning ruined it all, the Red Hawks (as the moniker of team Belgium goes) finally won their first game. Normally I only write about the Netherlands, but in this case I thought the Red Hawks deserved some attention; especially …

European Cup 2014: Results of Day Two

No surprises on day two. There were a couple of mercy rule shortened games, a game that needed extra inings and a rain shortened game. Sweden and Great Britain led off the day at 9.30. They had to catch up yesterday's rained out game. The British won 7-1. Spain only needed six innings to beat …

European Cup 2014: Dutch convincing in five innings

The Dutch needed five innings tonight to beat the Czech Republic. No, it wasn't a mercy rule victory. The game was called after five innings due to rainfall. The Dutch had a score to settle. Two years ago, the Czechs beat the Dutch in overtime. This was the first win by the Czech Republic over …