Van den Hurk clinches 9th win of season

Dutch pitcher of the Softbank Hawks, Rick van den Hurk, has clinched his ninth victory today with a 5-1 win over the lowly Orix Buffaloes. Rick lasted eight innings on the mound and threw 119 pitches to accomplish the feat. Rick gave up a run in the first inning when Yoshida Masanori scored on Masahiro …

Rick van den Hurk clinches 8th win, loses no-hit bid in 6th

Today, the Softbank Hawks beat the Seibu Lions 3-1 and handed their Dutch starter, Rick van den Hurk, his eighth win of the season. Rick took a no-hitter into the sixth inning but a solo home run ended his no-hit bid. Rick was perfect in the first three frames but gave up a walk to …

World Port Tournament 2017: Taiwan beats Japan in extra innings

In a typical small ball and low scoring game, Taiwan bested Japan in extra innings.  For a long time, Taiwan had the lead in this game but Japan managed to tie the game in the ninth inning.  In a battle of two Asian giants, Japan took the lead in the first inning. Hiroto Kobukata doubled to …

World Port Tournament 2017: Dutch fall to Japan despite ninth inning rally

After an easy win vs Cuba, team Kingdom of the Netherlands did not stand a chance vs Japan. The team was outscored 7-3 and outhit 12-5. Except for the ninth inning, the Dutch did not take advantage of the few situations with runners in scoring position and were kept in check by the Japanese pitching. …

Nippon Ham Fighters exploring possibilities of new stadium

The Nippon Ham Co, owner of the baseball club the Nippon Ham Fighters, announced today through the website of the Fighters, the club is looking to build a new own stadium. Currently, the team is playing in the city-owned Sapporo Dome and pays ¥8,000,000 for each game played there. When the club moved away from Tokyo to the …

Oh’s 756th home run celebrated

Today, the former team of the Japanese legend Sadaharu Oh, celebrated the 756th home run Oh hit forty years ago. In a ceremony during the game, Oh, who now is chairman of the Softbank Hawks, was placed in the spotlights for breaking Hank Aaron's record of 755 dingers. Sadaharu Oh, who played his entire 22-year …

Nice gesture by Softbank Hawks and chairman Oh

In an attempt to give some children a bit of distraction after the Kuramoto Earthquake, which occurred in April, the chairman of the Softbank Hawks, Sadaharu Oh has invited 180 children of little league teams to attend a game of the team. Legend Sadaharu Oh, played 22 seasons in the NPB, all for the Yomiuri …

Van den Hurk in the win column again

Yesterday, the Softbank Hawks hosted the Orix Buffaloes. Rick van den Hurk was the starter for the Hawks and guided them to a win vs the lowly Buffaloes. Rick pitched six shutout innings and needed 110 pitches to do so. In those six innings, Rick gave up two hits, walked two and struck out three. He …

Van den Hurk clinches first win

Rick van den Hurk earned his first win of the 2017 season. After two losses, Rick bounced back in an old fashioned way in which he was flat out dominating. Unlike his previous two starts, in which Rick was pulled after only 4.2 and 5 inning, Rick lasted eight full frames today. The only two …

Dutchies around the world

Another overview of the performances of players from Aruba, Curacao and the Netherlands in the various baseball leagues on this planet. This time WITH Andrelton Simmons and with some nice performance of Carter Kieboom. Andrelton Simmons is having a good start of the 2017 season. The shortstop of the Anaheim Angels is hitting a solid .391. In …

Dutchies around the world, Asia part 2

Today Roger Bernadina and Wladimir Balentien both played for their respective teams. Bernadina helped the Kia Tigers to win but Wladimir Balentien and his Yakult Swallows did have an off day. After yesterday's convincing win, the Yakult Swallows fell to the Yokohama Baystars 6-1 Today.  Wladimir Balentien went 0 for 4 as he hit into a …

Dutchies around the world, Asia part 1

While the MLB and MiLB seasons in the USA still have to start, the season has started in several Asian countries. In Japan, two Dutchies will see action this year and one will see action in Korea. Two Dutchies that will play in Japan in 2017 are Rick van den Hurk and Wladimir Balentien. During …

WBC 2017: Cuba gives game away in eighth

Cuba let Japan work hard for its money. The Caribbean nation took the lead twice but eventually gave the game away in the eighth inning as it was beaten by Japan 8-5. Japan took an early lead in the bottom of the first on a solo homerun hit by Tetsuto Yamada. But Cuba fought back …

WBC 2017: Dutch go down in eleven vs Japan

In another promotion for the WBC, Japan bested the Kingdom of the Netherlands in dramatic fashion as Rick van den Hurk could not keep the Japanese All-Star lineup on a leash like he has been doing in the past two seasons in the NPB. After Van den Hurk was replaced, the bullpen kept the Dutch …

Ballparks around the world: Tokyo Dome

In Ballparks around the world another World Baseball Classic venue will be in the center of the attention. The Tokyo Dome in Japan will be host to the WBC for the fourth time since 2006. Next to hosting group B with Australia, China, Cuba and Japan, it will also host group E in the second …

Europan U-19 team to play in Japan

Thanks to an invitation from Atsushi Furutachi, a European team with players younger than 19-years old, will head to Japan later this year. Europe will be represented by a 15-man roster that will play against top level high school players from October 23 through November 4. The ten day trip will take place in Fukuoka, …

Cuban players popular in Japan

Ever since Cuban players got permission by the Castro regime to leave the country to play abroad (except in the USA), quite a couple of players were signed by NPB clubs. The latest signees are RHP Raidel Martinez, Leonardo Urgelles and Alfredo Despaigne. Alfredo Despaigne was a familiar face in Japanese baseball already of course, …