Kevin Moesquit to Fortitudo Bologna

Fortitudo Bologna announced the acquisition of Kevin Moesquit. The Curaçao born middle infielder will join the Italian powerhouse on May 20, in time for the European Champions Cup. Apparently, it is never enough for Italian teams. Quite often, Italian teams make moves like Bologna does now by acquiring a hired gun to reinforce themselves just in …

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Dutchies Around the World

In this episode of Dutchies around the world we pay attention to Andrelton Simmons, Ademar Rifaela, Ray-Patrick Didder, Kirvin Moesquit, Wladimir Balentien and Kevin Kelly. MLB Andrelton Simmons is still one of the best shortstops in the game. He is capable of the most amazing plays. In the past few years, his fielding percentage was in …

Van den Hurk bounces back from bad start

After his previous poor outing, Rick van den Hurk earned the win today for the Softbank Hawks in the game vs the Chiba Lotte Marines that was won 8-3. In his previous outing, Rick was highly ineffective as he gave up ten earned runs in just five-plus innings and was tabbed with the loss. Today, Rick …

Van den Hurk highly ineffective today

In today's 12-6 loss, Rick van den Hurk had an enormous off day. The tall Dutch pitcher was responsible for a big chunk of the runs the Seibu Lions scored. After Rick worked his way through the first two innings without giving up a run, things went wrong in the third frame as he gave …

Dutchies around the World 2018, part 2

In this week's edition of Dutchies around the World 2018, we pay attention to Xander Bogaerts, Chadwick Tromp, Tom de Blok, Eugene Helder and Rick van den Hurk.  MLB Before getting on the 10-day DL, Xander Bogaerts was red hot. In nine games he hit a whopping .368 with seven doubles and two home runs. …

Van den Hurk clinches first win of 2018

After losing his first start of the season due to lack of run support, Dutch RHP Rick van den Hurk bounced back by pitching six quality innings for his first win of the season as the Softbank Hawks beat the Nippon Ham Fighters 8-5. In the game vs the Nippon Ham Fighters, Rick got plenty …

Van den Hurk loses first 2018 start due to lack of run support

In his first start of the 2018 NPB season, Rick van den Hurk pitched a good game. Nevertheless, he took the loss as he did not get enough run support from his teammates as the Softbank Hawks fell 2-1 against the Saitama Seibu Lions. In the first inning, the Dutch righthander already gave up a …

Curaçao Neptunus acquires Japanese pitcher

After De Glaskoning Twins, Curaçao Neptunus will be the second Dutch hoofdklasse club who will use a pitcher from Japan in 2018. In a press release, the club announced the signing of left-hander Riki Saito. After pitcher Kevin Kelly unexpectedly decided to join A.S.D. Rimini Pirates from the Italian Serie A, a void needed to be …

De Glaskoning Twins signs Japanese player for 2018 season

Just like the previous two seasons, Dutch hoofdklasse club De Glaskoning Twins has signed a Japanese pitcher to reinforce its ranks. The new player is Shogo Nakashima, who played in the organization of the Yakult Swallows. It seems to become a tradition to sign a Japanese player. After Keiji Uezono and Daisuke Yamashita, Shogo Nakashima is …

Surprise, surprise. Angels land Ohtani

As many "experts" expected he would sign with a big name West Coast team like the Giants or the Dodgers, Shohei Ohtani has decided to sign with the Los Angeles Angels. And with that many big name teams are missing out. Many clubs courted the two-way Japanese star. Those who could afford him were sent a …

Wladimir Balentien signs one-year extension with Swallows

Last week you could read here that Wladimir Balentien was likely to return to the Yakult Swallows. Today, Yahoo.com confirmed the 33-year old Curaçaoan slugger signed a one-year deal with the other team from Tokyo. According to Yahoo.com, both parties reached an agreement yesterday. By signing a $3 million deal, Balentien agrees with a deduction …

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 …

Balentien likely to extend his stay with Swallows

Good news for baseball fans from Curaçao and the Netherlands. Curaçao native Wladimir Balentien and the Yakult Swallows are on the verge of signing a one-year contract extension. According to Yaoo.com, the 33-year old outfielder decided yesterday to stay with the team. Currently, both parties are working on the finishing touches of the contract, which is …

Andruw Jones on 2018 HOF ballot

Today, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced the newbies on the 2018 ballot. Next to players like his namesake Chipper Jones, Trevor Hoffman, first-timers Omar Vizquel and Jim Thome, Curaçao native Andruw Jones is also on the ballot. Andruw Jones broke into the majors at the age of  19. He was the youngest player to …

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 …

Softbank Hawks win title in extra-inning walk-off fashion

The Softbank Hawks did not find their groove for seven innings as they were kept in check by starting pitcher Shota Imanaga. Only after he was pulled, the Hawks managed to get back in the game and to force extra innings from which they emerged as new champions as they scored the 4-3 walk-off run.  …

No-decision for Van den Hurk in Hawks second consecutive loss

With a comfortable 3 game to 1 lead, the Softbank Hawks were on their way to clinch the Nippon Series, but in the course of game five the defense collapsed and the DeNABaystars took advantage and walked with a 5-4 victory.  Rick van den Hurk had a very strong start as he took a perfect …

BayStars stay alive in 2017 Nippon Series

At the brink of elimination, the DeNA BayStars have grabbed the last straw and won game for of the Nippon Series. With two hits, the Softbank Hawks never came close to clinching the win as they fell to the BayStars 6-0 and were outhit 12-2. Until the fifth inning both teams kept each other in …