The Dutch Baseball Hangout interviews Benjamin Hill

Say the name Benjamin Hill in a Minor League ballpark and everybody knows who you are talking about. Benjamin Hill is my big example when it comes to blogging. Ben is working for MiLB for a long time so he is inextricably linked to that part of the baseball landscape. Luckily Ben was so nice to …

Nashville makes pitch for MLB team

With MLB commissioner Rob Manfred being positive about an eventual expansion of the number of MLB clubs from 30 to 32, businessman John Loar is leading an attempt to bring MLB to the country and western capital. To explore the possibility of an MLB team in Nashville, Loar has formed Music City Equity Group to …

2019 final season of Globe Life Park in Arlington

With a special logo, the Texas Rangers herald the final season of Globe Life Park in Arlington, the ballpark that was their home since 1994. According to Ballparkbiz.wordpress.com, the logo show on the picture below is slightly different than the logo the Rangers wear on their uniform. The actual logo mentions the name Globe Life …

Baseball related songs: “America’s Favorite Pastime” by Todd Snider

In today's episode of Baseball related songs, we pay attention to America's Favorite Pastime performed by singer-song writerTodd Snider. For this song, Snider, who fought drug addiction several times, was inspired by Dock Ellis' 1970 no-hitter that he threw after he took LSD.   In June 1970, Pirate righty Dock Ellis threw nine innings of no-hit …

French division I expands to 12 teams

The French Baseball Federation will expand the French first division to twelve teams. As a result, the league will be split into two groups. This year, only seven teams finished the competition of the French top league.      The two groups contain the following teams: Group A Rouen Baseball 76 Montpellier Barracudas Lions de …

Dutch teammates face each other in ABL

  Today, Dutch hoofdklasse teammates Dwayne Kemp and Loek van Mil faced each other in the matchup between the Brisbane Bandits and the Sydney BlueSox. Even though Kemp bested his teammate Van Mil, the Blue Sox ended up at the wrong side of the score after ten innings: 5-6.  Just like last week, the Blue …

Not a great day for Dutch hoofdklasse players in ABL

Two of the three Dutch hoofdklasse players in the Australian Baseball League, did not have a great day. Sam Kennelly and his Perth Heat didn't make it through the first inning due to inclement weather. Dwayne Kemp and Shogo Nakashima lost 7-4 with the Sydney Blue Sox vs the Canberra Cavalry. The Blue Sox pitching …

Transitions of bottom four hoofdklasse clubs

After pointing out the transitions of the top four teams, this article will describe which players came and went to and from the teams that ended the regular hoofdklasse season in the bottom four. DSS Finishing in fifth place, missing the playoffs by a nose hair, DSS had to play to prevent relegation. The club …

Quite some changes for De Glaskoning Twins

This year the transaction period was extended with two weeks. In the past years, the period ended on November 1. This year the clubs had time until November 15. De Glaskoning Twins saw several players leave and several players join the club. Starting with the biggest blow, Misja Harcksen decided to return to Neptunus. Harcksen …

Several players from Dutch hoofdklasse in 2018/2019 ABL

Today all ABL clubs presented their opening day roster. Three clubs have players from the 2018 Dutch hoofdklasse on their roster: Sydney Blue Sox, Brisbane Bandits and Perth Heat. Let's start with the Brisbane Bandits. The team from Brisbane has acquired Dutch reliever Loek van Mil. Van Mil who has been pretty dominant in the …

Baseball related songs: “Negro League Baseball” by Jean Grae ft. Natural Resource

In this episode of Baseball Related Songs, we pay attention to Negro League Baseball performed by Jean Grae and Natural Resource, a rap group from the nineties that recorded only a handful of singles. The song "Negro League Baseball" was released in 1996 on the Ekapa RPM Label -owned by Jean Grae’s father, famous South African …

2018 National Baseball Champions in Europe

Last year we started to sum up the national champions in Europe as far we could figure out who those teams were. This year, we'll give it another try. Austria After the Attnang-Puchheim Athletics dominated Austrian baseball in 2016 and 2017, the Alpine country in Central Europe has a new champion. The Vienna Metro Stars …

Blue Jays hire new manager in Montoyo

The Toronto Blue Jays presented their new manager. The Canadian team went to a division rival to get their new skipper. In Charlie Montoyo, the Blue Jays have an experienced manager who guided teams at all levels of the Tampa Bay Rays organization. You may wonder why I pay attention to this news since I …

L&D Amsterdam Pirates announces new head coach

After Charles Urbanus jr. hung up his spikes, L&D Amsterdam Pirates had to look for a new manager. Through its website, the club announced the new manager of the flagship team.   After his name swirled around in the Dutch baseball scene for several weeks, L&D Amsterdam Pirates did not want to confirm if he …

U23 World Cup 2018: Dutch let down by pitching in loss to Mexico

The second loss in as many games. After the loss vs Colombia, the Dutch fell to Mexico yesterday. The problem wasn't the offense as the Dutch collected twelve hits but merely the pitching that gave up fourteen runs on sixteen hits and six walks. As a result, the Kingdom of the Netherlands fell to Mexico …

Marlins to change their logo and colors?

Rumors have been swirling around the last few days. And the added photo are feeding the rumors even more. The Miami Marlins will change their look and their logo(s). A lot of fans want to return to the old teal and black colors the Marlins wore in the first few years of their existence. It …