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 …

Manny Ramirez goes independent in Japan

There are players who simply don't want to quit on the game. Rickey Henderson was one of them and also Julio Franco could not say goodbye to the game. Another one in this little list of players who wants to keep playing is Manny Ramirez. The 12-time MLB All Star has signed a contract with the Kochi Fighting …

Baseball returns to Bakersfield and Adelanto

After the Mavericks and the Blaze were moved to the East coast at the end of the 2016 season, both Adelanto and Bakersfield will not be without professional baseball in 2017. The void left by the Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros will be filled by the independent Pecos League.  The Pecos League, which is based …

Chris Garia next player from Curacao to play with Saltdogs

The Lincoln Saltdogs have signed the next Dutchie. After Shairon Martis, Curt Smith (who has joined Pioniers of the Dutch hoofdklasse but only will play there in the play offs when the Saltdogs are eliminated), Randolph Oduber and Dashenko Ricardo, the team signed Christopher Garia on November 18.  Garia sustained an injury during Spring Training …

Oduber and Ricardo next Dutchies to join Lincoln SaltDogs, Curt Smith to join Pioniers

Randolph Oduber and Dashenko Ricardo will follow the example of Curt Smit and Shairon Martis. Smith and Martis joined the Lincoln SaltDogs of the independent American Association in 2016. Oduber and Ricardo reached an agreement on a contract for the 2017 season. Randolph Oduber played for the organization of the Washington Nationals from 2010 through …

New indy league to start today

Today a new independent league will start. The United Shore Professional Baseball League will tee off at Jimmy John's Field, a ballpark built especially for the new league. This stadium will be the home to the three inaugural teams: The Utica Unicorns, the Birmingham-Bloomfield Beavers and the Eastside Diamond Hoppers. The founder and owner of …

Jenny Finch first female to manage pro baseball team

Jenny Finch is perhaps the best known sofball player in the world. She played for the Arizona Wildcats and won the 2001 NCAA College World Series with the team. With team USA, the pitcher/1B won the gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics and the silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Jenny debuted with …

Evansville Otters release Thomas de Wolf

Belgium national team player, Thomas de Wolf, who signed with the Evansville Otters in December 2015, has been released by the club. The news was announced in the transaction section of the Frontier League website. The 27-year old outfielder/pitcher was released on the day that the Frontier League season started. Thomas was the first Belgian …

Not a silly jersey but a nutty cap

You could read a lot of blog posts about silly jerseys, and silly promotions in the last few weeks. But when it comes to silly, one club beats all the others. The York Revolution (independent Atlantic League) will sport special caps on Sunday with the motto "Sunday funday caps". You may think wat is fun …

Dutchie Baseball news

There was some news to announced about players from Curacao the other day. Former Atlanta Braves star, Jair Jurrjens signed a deal with the Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions, of the CPBL. The 30-year old will be the third player from the Dutch kingdom that will spend time with the club from Taiwan. Rob Cordemans pitched for …

Dutchie baseball news: Bogaerts, Smith, Sulbaran and Seferina

A lot of news about players from Curacao and Aruba came out today. First of all Xander Bogaerts received the MVP trophy of the Boston Red Sox. To me it doesn't come as a surprise after I wrote about the possibility of Bogaerts being the AL MVP. The BWAA writers of the Boston region voted for …