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 …

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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 …

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 …