Kevin Moesquit to Fortitudo Bologna

Fortitudo Bologna announced the acquisition of Kevin Moesquit. The Curaçao born middle infielder will join the Italian powerhouse on May 20, in time for the European Champions Cup. Apparently, it is never enough for Italian teams. Quite often, Italian teams make moves like Bologna does now by acquiring a hired gun to reinforce themselves just in …

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Jair Jurrjens goes indy

Jair Jurrjens will join the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League. The league is considered as strong as AAA baseball. Jurrjens joined the Licey Tigers in the Dominican Republic this winter in an attempt to get into the picture of MLB clubs. As this didn't work out, the Ducks picked him up. With …

Gianfranco Wawoe joins New Jersey Jackals

Another Dutchie will join a team in the independent CanAm League for the 2018 season. Next to Kalian Sams (Quebec Capitales) and Danny Arribas (Rockland Boulders), Gianfranco Wawoe will call the CanAm League home. He will join the New Jersey Jackals. The ball player from Curaçao made his first steps in professional baseball in 2011 …

Randolph Oduber and Dashenko Ricardo return to Lincoln SaltDogs

The Lincoln SaltDogs announced the other day, they have re-signed Curaçaoan catcher Dashenko Ricardo for a second season. Also, Randolph Oduber from Aruba will call Lincoln home for the 2018 season. Both players were teammates last season already and even in the Dutch hoofdklasse they played together on the squad of Curaçao Neptunus, the eighteen-time Dutch champion, …

Scout who discovered several Dutchies passes away

    Most European baseball fans may not know him, but the person who scouted several European players for the Mariners has passed away. Wayne Norton scouted Italy's own Alex Liddi and Dutchies like Greg Halman, Kalian Sams and Tom de Blok. Norton died as the result of ALS. Wayne Norton was a career minor …

Kalian Sams wins CanAm League title with Quebec

In a vastly superior way, the Quebec Capitales have won the 2017 CanAm League championship. The Capitales swept the Rockland Borders in three games (7-5, 7-2 and 9-3). Even though Kalian Sams went 0 for 1 last night with two walks and a sac fly, he was a big contributor in this series. In three games …

Dutchies in independent league playoffs

Last night several Dutchies made an appearance in playoff games of several independent minor leagues. Curt Smit, Randolph Oduber and Dashenko Ricardo played with the Lincoln SaltDogs in the American Association's semi final and Kalian Sams had a good appearance with the Quebec Capitales in the CanAm League's semi final. After a clear victory over …

Curt Smith red hot in American Association playoffs

As you could read here a few days ago, the Lincoln SaltDogs have reached the playoffs of the independent American Association. In the first round, the team of several Dutchies faces the Winnipeg GoldEyes. The American Association playoffs started last Wednesday. In the first game of round one, the Lincoln SaltDogs crushed the Winnipeg GoldEyes …

U18 World Cup 2017: Dutch fall to Cuba despite good game

In a rather close game between Cuba and the Netherlands, the Dutch stayed at the wrong side of the score (3-0) for the second day in a row. But the bright spot was it wasn't a trouncing like yesterday. Unlike yesterday, the Kingdom of the Netherlands managed to collect several hits, seven to be exact, …

Ricardo, Oduber, Smith and Martis playoff bound

Four Dutchies have reached the playoffs of the American Association (independent) with their team the Lincoln SaltDogs. Aruban Randolph Oduber and Curaçaoans Dashenko Ricardo, Curt Smith and Shairon Martis won last night's game vs the Gary Southshore RailCats 3-1, to clinch the AA Central Division with a 3.5 game lead over the Kansas City T-Bones. …

Dutchies around the world, part 12

In this week's edition of Dutchies around the world, we pay attention to Xander Bogaerts, Spencer Kieboom, Juremi Profar, Chadwick Tromp, Eugene Helder, Hendrik Clemencia, Rick van den Hurk and Dashenko Ricardo. Xander Bogaerts Despite having a good season so far, Xander did not make the final cut in the voting of the All-Star game as …

Another Dutchie in the CanAm League

Until today, Kalian Sams was the sole player from the Kingdom of the Netherlands playing in the CanAm League. Until today... Today Danny Arribas signed a deal with the Rockland Boulders, the current leader in the standings of the CanAm League. Arribas got available for the Boulders after he was released by the Pittsburgh Pirates …

Manny still doesn’t want to stop playing

Manny Ramirez, who signed a deal in January to play with the Kochi Fighting Dogs of the Japanese independent Shikoku Island League,  has extended his contract with the club through the end of the 2017 season. The previous contract ran until the end of the month of July. There are players who never want to quit …

Sams and Ricardo will face each other in Indy All-Star Game

Two players of team Kingdom of the Netherlands, Kalian Sams and Dashenko Ricardo, will face each other in an independent league All-Star Game despite playing in different leagues. The American Association and the CanAm League will take on each other in the ASG that will be played at the ballpark of the CanAm League's Ottawa …

Kalian Sams named CanAm League player of the month

Team Kingdom of the Netherlands player Kalian Sams was named player of the month of June by the CanAm League. The player from The Hague in the Netherlands had a terrific month in which he excelled at the plate which earned him the title. Sams hit .342 (40 for 117) for the month of June …

Dutchies around the world, part 10

In this week's edition of Dutchies around the world, we pay attention to Andrelton Simmons, Shairon Martis, Sharlon Schoop, John Polonius, Shakir Albert, Ryan Oduber and Kalian Sams. Andrelton Simmons Even though Andrelton's batting average has been fluctuating in the month of June, it is well above his career batting average of .263 with an …

Child’s game themed game in the American Association

The St. Paul Saints and the Cleburne Railroaders will face each other in a special themed game on August 19. Theme of this game is a game we all played as a kid even though it has a slightly different name in Minnesota than in other regions of the US. The game which will be …

Shawn Zarraga finds new team

After being released by the Cincinnati Reds, Shawn Zarraga has found a new team. An independent one this time. Shawn will join the Cleburne Railroaders, the newest team of the American Association. After his return from the World Baseball Classic, Shawn was appointed to the minor league spring training camp of the Reds. But once …