Wally Vrolijk caught for PED use

Wally Vrolijk, the 23-year-old Aruban pitcher of the Ulm Falcons (German Bundesliga) has been caught with traces of performance-enhancing drugs in his blood. As a result, the Falcons dismissed Vrolijk from all of his duties with the club.  After the first game vs the Saarlouis Hornets, Vrolijk had to undergo a blood test. the A …

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Loek van Mil bounces back from two poor outings

After two previous two games in which he gave up five runs (four earned) and in which his ERA skyrocketed, Loek van Mil bounced back today with a decent outing. In a no-save situation, Loek kept the Melbourne Aces from scoring. In a game that was a lot closer than the final score made it …

Jan Tomek joins Munich-Haar Disciples for 2018

German First Bundesliga club Munich-Haar Disciples announced today they have signed Czech national team player Jan Tomek for the 2018 season. Last year, Tomek joined Curaçao Neptunus to pitch for the farm team, but due to many injuries, Tomek pitched the biggest chunk of the season for the flagship team. A few weeks ago, a …

Ballparks around the world: Armin-Wolf-Arena, Regensburg

In this episode of Ballparks around the world, we pay attention to the home of the Regensburg Legionäre (with 700 members, the biggest baseball club in Germany), the Armin-Wolf-Arena. The ballpark was constructed from September 1997 through July 1998. On September 8, 1996, the members of the Bavarian Baseball Federation held a special meeting in …

Loek van Mil dominates in seven-out save

Partially thanks to a 2+ inning outing by Loek van Mil, the Adelaide Bite beat the ABL title favorite Brisbane Bandits in the first game of a doubleheader. The Bite took a bold 3-0 lead in the second inning as they scored two runs in the first on an RBI single by Tai-Shan Chang and …

Groups for European Champions Cup set

The European Baseball Confederation (CEB) has drawn the teams for the two groups for the upcoming European Champions Cup which will be played in Rotterdam next year. Reigning champion Curaçao Neptunus will face two opponents from the Italian Serie A1 (recently the Italian Baseball Federation (FIBS) decided to fold the Italian Baseball League). Neptunus will be …

Bite falls to Blue Sox despite good performance by Bas Nooij

Going 0-3 after the first three games of the season, the Adelaide Bite are close to being swept by the Sydney Blue Sox.  A good performance by Dutchie Bas Nooij, could not prevent the Blue Sox beating the Bite 10-1 on Friday, and 4-3 and 5-4 in today's double header. Adelaide Bite @ Sydney Blue …

Donald Lutz returns to Brisbane Bandits

For the fourth time in his career, German international Donald Lutz will return to the Australian Baseball League. This stint will be his third with the Brisbane Bandits. His very first stint in the ABL was with the Canberra Cavalry. The tall German outfielder played the 2017 season for the Bravos de Leon of the …

U15 European Championship 2017: Germany clinches European title

Staying undefeated in the round robin doesn't mean a thing. That is the lesson that has to be learned from this championship. The Dutch won all their games in the first round, while Germany lost the one vs Spain. Still, Germany beat the Dutch 4-2 in the final. Germany proved to be too strong for …

U12 European Championship 2017: Dutch beat reigning champion

Despite the Germans had a bonafide slugger in their ranks, it did not really harm the Netherlands as the latter beat the reigning European champion 12 - 5.  A solid performance by starting pitcher Ryan Hoogendoorn, clutch hitting and patience at bat led to this victory.  For the first time in sixteen years, the KNBSB (Royal …

European Champions Cup 2017: Day 2

Despite Rimini's 9-2 loss vs L&D Amsterdam Pirates, it was a good day for the Italian baseball clubs. The other two Italian representatives won with big numbers. Rouen Huskies  0  -  14  Fortitudo Bologna If Fortitudo Bologna had stepped on it a bit more, the game vs the Rouen Huskies could have been over in …

European Champions Cup 2017: Major upset in group A

Today Dutch champion Curaçao Neptunus faced the Mainz Athletics. One grand slam home run made the difference today. Who did hit it? Max Boldt of the Mainz Athletics. Eventually, it prevented Neptunus from winning the game as the Rotterdam-based team lost 7-6. Misja Harcksen started on the mound for Curaçao Neptunus. It was quite a while …

European Champions Cup 2017: Day 1

Next, to the two games in which the two Dutch representatives played, there were two other games featuring the Mainz Athletics and the Rouen Huskies and the Buchbinder Legionnaere from Regensburg and the Rimini Pirates. Mainz Athletics  7  -  17  Rouen Huskies In a crazy game, the Mainz Athletics blew a 3-1 and a 5-3 lead …

Munich-Haar Disciples and head coach part ways

German first Bundesliga club Munich-Haar Disciples announced on their website the club will part ways with head coach Don Freeman. Not because of the bad results but only because of important family matters he has to deal with. Despite a positive start of the season and the accomplishment of the goals set, the Disciples and …

Dutchies around the world, part 2

In this week's edition of Dutchies around the world,  we are paying attention to Kenley Jansen, Jair Jurrjens, John Polonius, Ray-Patrick Didder, Chris Pieters, Wladimir Balentien and Mike Bolsenbroek. Kenley Jansen So far, Kenley had four save opportunities and he did convert them all. Next to these four games, Kenley appeared in two games in a …

Dutchies around the world

Another overview of the performances of players from Aruba, Curacao and the Netherlands in the various baseball leagues on this planet. This time WITH Andrelton Simmons and with some nice performance of Carter Kieboom. Andrelton Simmons is having a good start of the 2017 season. The shortstop of the Anaheim Angels is hitting a solid .391. In …

Bad Homburg Hornets acquire Aruban player

German Bundesliga club, the Bad Homburg Hornets have acquired a pitcher from Aruba. Former Los Angeles Dodgers and Baltimore Orioles farmhand Wally Vrolijk will play for the german team in 2017.  Vrolijk has a short professional career under his belt. He broke into professional baseball in 2015 as he played in the Dominican Summer League …