Riccardo Fraccari is ruining our sport

After the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokio, when baseball will be part of the Olympic program, baseball games in international tournaments will last seven innings instead of the nine we are used to. President of the WBSC, Riccardo Fraccari presented that idea during a visit to the Cuban capital Havanna. With this draconian move, Fraccari …

Fortitudo Bologna signs Alex Rodriguez

The title of this blog post may sound very sensational but the reigning Italian champion did not sign A-Rod, they signed Curaçaoan first baseman Alexander Rodriguez who spent several years in the minor league systems of the Colorado Rockies and the Tampa Bay Rays. The 25-year old first baseman started his professional career with the Colorado …

Rick van Dijck takes step back

Dutch pitcher Rick van Dijck, who has spent several years in the highest Czech league will not be seen in the Czech Extra League in 2019 but will play one level lower with SaBaT Prague.   According to Milujeme-Baseball.cz, the Dutch pitcher will reinforce the ranks of the second division club from Prague. In the …

Posting system between MLB and CPBL

In imitation of the NPB, the Taiwanese Baseball League, CPBL, will sign a deal regarding a posting system. CPBL commissioner Wu Chih-Yang and MLB senior vice president Jim Small will both sign the agreement on March 8.  In previous years MLB teams were unable to bid on Taiwanese players and since MLB believes CPBL’s “international …

Rimini baseball appears to be saved (for this season)

After many players turned their back on A.S.D. Rimini Pirates it looked like the club would not be able to field a team for the upcoming season in the Serie A1. This would mean it would be demoted to one of the lower Italian leagues. But according to RiminiToday, the flagship team is almost ready. …

Jakob Syrén signs with Solingen

About two weeks ago you could read an article about Jakob Syrén, who was looking for a new club. Thanks to that blog post quite some clubs contacted him. As a result, he has signed a contract with one of the premier German clubs.  After the aforementioned blog post, the Swedish reliever was approached by …

Japanese pitchers defy laws of nature

On the first day of Spring Training in Japan, several Japanese relief pitchers defied the laws of nature as they threw ridiculously long bullpen sessions.  Relief pitcher Yuma Ohshita of the Yakult Swallows threw a bullpen session of 106 pitches. He almost repeated that feat on the second day as he threw a hundred pitches. …

ABL: Brisbane Bandits fourpeats

With an easy victory over the Perth Heat (9-4), the Brisbane Bandits have clinched their fourth consecutive ABL championship. The victory never was endangered as the Bandits took an early 8-0 lead before the Heat could do something back. Perth hit four home runs but as they were all solo shots it did not have …

ABL: Van Mil and Bandits one win away from fourth consecutive championship

The Brisbane Bandits made an important step towards their fourth consecutive championship as they beat the Perth Heat 3-2 in Perth. Both teams collected seven hits but Brisbane appeared to be a bit more effective. In the second inning of the game, the Brisbane Bandits took a 2-0 lead thanks to two doubles and a …

Another Dutchie heads to Italy

Last year, Italian clubs Fortitudo Bologna and A.S.D. Rimini surprised the Dutch baseball world by acquiring two players from the Dutch competition for the 2018 season. This year another hoofdklasse player heads South. Jarreau Martina will join Fortitudo Bologna for the 2019 season. After a season of absence due to professional obligations, Martina returned to …

Owen Ozanich moves to Parma instead of Rimini

Recently it was announced that Rouen Huskies ace Owen Ozanich decided to sign a deal with A.S.D. Rimini Pirates. But thanks to very strange circumstances, the club is losing most of its players and Ozanich decided to move as well. After many years with the Rouen Huskies, Owen thought it was time for a new …

ABL: Canberra and Perth force third, decisive game

After having lost game one of the semi-finals, the Perth Heat beat the Sydney Blue Sox 3-1 in game two and the Canberra Cavalry beat the Brisbane Bandits 8-6. Both teams forced a decisive third game in the semis. The game between the Cavalry and the Bandits was one that went back and forth until …

WBSC appoints Olympic Qualifier to Italy

The World Baseball and Softball Confederation announced today it has appointed the  European Olympic Qualifier to Bologna and Parma in Italy. Where in the recent past, Spain was mentioned as a possible candidate, the WBSC went into a different direction. As mentioned in the prologue, Spain was a possible candidate but at some point the …

ABL: Semifinals set

Today was the last day of the regular competition in the ABL. Only two games were played. The Perth Heat fell to the Canberra Cavalry 4-5 and the Brisbane Bandits beat Geelong-Korea 4-3. With these results, the following playoff schedule will be effective: The Canberra Cavalry will face the Melbourne Aces in the wild-card game …

ABL: Auckland clinches historic win, another outing for Loek van Mil

The Auckland Tuatara managed to clinch a historic win today as they beat the Melbourne Aces 8-4 in game two of a doubleheader. With this win, the Tuatara managed to win its first series of their inaugural season. Even in the series vs Geelong-Korea, Auckland did not manage to clinch a win as the series …

Mike Bolsenbroek leaves Regensburg, Jan Tomek fills the void

According to the website of the Regensburg Legionäre, their ace Mike Bolsenbroek turns his back on the club to join the three-time German champion, Heidenheim Heideköpfe. According to head coach Tomas Bison the Legionäre have tried everything to change his mind but the offered contract wasn't financially attractive to continue his stay with Regensburg.  "It …

ABL: Two sweeps and two 3-1 series wins

Behind some strong offense and solid pitching (at times), the Sydney Blue Sox handed a 4-0 series loss to the Perth Heat. The Canberra Cavalry swept the Geelong-Korea team, Brisbane clinched a 3-1 series win vs Melbourne as both teams played a tripleheader on Saturday and the Adelaide Bite clinched a 3-1 series win over …