Dutch Tigers will head to Arizona once again, looking for players

The Dutch Tigers, the occasional team from the Netherlands, will make another trip to Arizona in October (October  15 -  26), to participate in the MABL/MSBL. This trip will be their fifth as the team headed to Arizona for the first time in 2010. This trip is a bi-annual event. The MABL/MSBL, which stands for …

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Road to Tokyo long but manageable for Kingdom of Netherlands

Today the website of the Italian Baseball federation (FIBS) published an article on the final qualifying process for the Olympic baseball tournament in Tokyo. This process is an extensive one for the European countries. Even if the Kingdom of Netherlands qualifies for the Premier 12 tournament that will be held in November 2019, it will …

WBSC “introduces” street baseball

In a press release, the World Baseball and Softball Confederation announced the unveiling of the official rules of street baseball. This adapted form of baseball should be played out on the streets and should lead to more people playing baseball and softball. Not much is needed to play the street version of our beloved sport. …

World baseball ranking: Netherlands drops a spot, Italy drops out of top 12

Today, a month and a half after the previous one, the WBSC announced the new baseball world ranking in a press release. The most surprising part was the move Mexico made. The Central Americans moved into the fifth place, their highest ranking ever. Another surprise is the fact that the United States has passed Japan for …

Curaçao to be installed as official member of Latin American Baseball Association

After their debut at the Series Latinoamericana, in which they won one game, the board of the Latin American Baseball Association (Asociación Latinoamericana de Béisbol) will add Curaçao as an official member of the organization. In the press release, the Latin American Baseball Association called Curaçao a great opponent with a good level of competitiveness. Together …

Wildcats no match in semi-finals of Series Latino Americana

After the Wildcats debuted with a win, they lost the following two games as they could not cling to a lead twice. With a win and two losses, the team finished third and had to take on Tobis de Acayucan from Mexico in the semi-final. The Wildcats did not stand a chance as they fell to …

Curaçao wins Serie Latino Americana debut

With a team with quite some familiar names for baseball fans from the Netherlands and Curaçao, the Curaçao representative in the Serie Latino Americana, the Wildcats, won their debut in this central American championship. In the brand new Dennis Martinez Stadium in Managua, the Wildcats stayed at the right side of the score: 7-6.  The Wildcats …

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 …

Kingdom of the Netherlands gains a spot in world ranking

Today, the World Baseball and Softball Confederation presented the new world rankings baseball. In this ranking, the Dutch moved one place up, from the ninth to the eighth thanks to several good performances of several national teams. The other European top team, Italy, lost two places and dropped to the twelfth spot in the rankings, …

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 …

Loek van Mil makes ABL All Star Game

33-year old Dutchie, Loek van Mil, has been selected for the World All-Stars roster for the 2017 ABL All-Star Game. The World All-Stars will take on team Australia in this year's friendly of the Australian Baseball League.  This season is Van Mil's third season in the ABL. In the previous two seasons, also with the Adelaide …

Asia Winter Baseball League 2017: WBSC keeps CPBL in check for second win

After a 10-5 loss vs the NPB East delegation, the WBSC took on the CPBL today. For five innings the WBSC kept the Taiwanese in check as they allowed three runs on six hits. Final score 5-3. Pitcher Joshua Kimborowicz kept the Taiwanese limited to two hits and struck out five in six innings of work. The …

First win for WBSC in 2017 Asia Winter Baseball League

After yesterday's tie vs the JABA team, the WBSC team took on the NPB West today.  Despite almost collecting as many hits (12-14) the NPB West team managed to score only four runs. The defense of the team was shabby as they committed six errors, which cost them the game. The WBSC beat the NPB West …

WBSC team secures tie is second match of 2017 Asia Winter Baseball League

After the WBSC representatives fell 6-2 to the KBO team in game one, in which they were outhit 13-4 and in which the only Dutchie that saw action, Phyldrick Llewellyn went 0 for 1 with a strikeout, the team of the World Baseball and Softball Confederation secured a 6-6 tie vs the JABA team from Japan. …

Japan wins inaugural Asia Professional Baseball Championship

In a festive atmosphere in the Tokyo Dome, Japan took on Korea to win the inaugural Asia Professional Baseball Championship. Only in the first four innings, Korea was able to keep pace with team Samurai Japan but from the fifth inning Japan flexed its muscles and walked away to a 7-0 victory and kept its unbeaten …

Another player leaves Cuba for MLB

In past few years, Cuba has suffered from many baseball players leaving the island to try their luck in America. As a result, Cuban baseball is deteriorating. Proof of that? What about the 14-1 defeat by the Kingdom of the Netherlands during the 2017 WBC? A new player has decided to leave the socialist republic …