Dutch playoffs 2017: Round 6, day 3

With nothing at stake anymore, HCAW hosted Hoofddorp Pioniers and L&D Amsterdam Pirates hosted Curaçao Neptunus. After a close loss yesterday, HCAW routed Pioniers in eight innings and Pirates blanked Neptunus after yesterday's victory in Rotterdam. Hoofddorp Pioniers  1  -  11  HCAW A RBI single to left center field, hit by Dudley Leonora in the first …

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U18 World Cup 2017: Dutch beat Italy in close game

In a very close game against its eternal archrival, the Kingdom of the Netherlands bested Italy. Despite collecting fewer hits, the Dutch scored one run more than the Italians did as they took advantage of the miscues the Italians made. Final score: 2-1 In the first inning, the Italian defense was a bit shaky already. …

U18 World Cup 2017: Dutch fall to Cuba despite good game

In a rather close game between Cuba and the Netherlands, the Dutch stayed at the wrong side of the score (3-0) for the second day in a row. But the bright spot was it wasn't a trouncing like yesterday. Unlike yesterday, the Kingdom of the Netherlands managed to collect several hits, seven to be exact, …

Paying scandal in Korean Baseball

The Samsung Lions are the latest of four clubs admitting they have paid a former umpire. The Lions, the former club of Dutchy Rick van den Hurk paid the umpire a day before they clinched the 2013 KBO title. A senior club employee wired four million Won (USD 3,850) to a person surnamed Choi, back …

Astros fans call for removal of Texan flag from Rangers uniform

The Houston Astros were forced to move their series against the Texas Rangers to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. The reason was the refusal of the Texas Rangers to swap a set of series. The Astros asked the Rangers to take the series, that was eventually played at Tropicana Field, as their home series …

Minor League Baseball enters its final week

One week to go and the regular season of most of minor league baseball is over.  Only the New York - Penn League and the Pioneer League will play a week longer than the rest. Here is an overview of the standings in each league from AAA to Advanced Rookie. AAA International League Two teams …

Miniature golf at Modern Woodmen Park

Through the years, Modern Woodmen Park, home of the Quad Cities River Bandits (A Full Season affiliate of the Houston Astros), has become a kind of fun fair. Next to the Ferris wheel behind left field and the carousel the team acquired in the last off season, there will be another attraction (or distraction from baseball?).  …

Gianfranco Wawoe promoted to AAA

Curaçaoan infielder Gianfranco Wawoe has been promoted to AAA by the Seattle Mariners. Last night the 23-year old second baseman debuted with the Tacoma Rainiers in the Pacific Coast League game vs the Fresno Grizzlies. The promotion is rather remarkable. Earlier this month, shortstop Shawn O'Malley was placed on the 7-Day disabled list, shortly after …

Two-hitter for Rick van den Hurk

Another superb outing for Rick van den Hurk. The tall Dutchman of the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks pitched a two-hitter over seven innings. Rick got plenty of run support, so he earned his twelfth win of the season. Today, Rick dominated the Seibu Lions' lineup as he cruised through seven innings as his pitches topped 93 …

Williamsport Crosscutters to host MLB game

BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field will be home to the MLB Little League Classic, a regular season game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates. As you may know, Williamsport is home to the Little League World Series. It was in March 2017 that the MLB Little League Classic was announced. MLB …

Minor League History: Kansas State League

In this edition of Minor League History, I pay attention to the Kansas State League. The league had several runs of which the first was in 1887. The last started in 1909 and would last three seasons. After the league folded for the final time, the Central Kansas League adopted the vacant name in 1913. …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2017:

In a game with nothing at stake, as the positions in the regular season were set already, Curaçao Neptunus hosted Pickles UVV.  Without flexing their muscles, Neptunus beat UVV 2-0.  Until the fourth inning Pickles UVV could keep pace with Curaçao Neptunus when neither team scored. But in the bottom of the fourth, Neptunus loaded the …

Japan Day returns at De Glaskoning Twins

After a huge success last year, De Glaskoning Twins will organize Japan Day for the second time this year. This year's edition will be held on September 10. Just like last year, there will be a Japanese pitcher in the center of the attention. Last year this was Keiji Uezono, this year it will be …

Another great outing for Tom de Blok

It starts to get annoying  😉 , but last night Dutch pitcher Tom de Blok had another great performance for the West Michigan WhiteCaps. Also thanks to this performance, the WhiteCaps beat the Lake County Captains 3-0. After his last appearance, which wasn't a start but a three inning relief appearance, this one was of …

Red Sox sign another Aruban talent

Apparently, the Boston Red Sox are very happy with their Aruban shortstop Xander Bogaerts. Even this happy they signed another Aruban talent. According to Baseball Aruba, the Sox signed Brandon Rincones to a professional contract. Brandon can play shortstop and he can pitch as well, so it is up to the Red Sox how they …

Bowie BaySox rename themselves, Bowie BaySox (for one night)

The Bowie BaySox announced they will rename themselves the Bowie BaySox on Friday, July 28 in a game vs the Akron Aeros. This as a part of a David Bowie promotion... This promotion is held for the second year in a row. This promotion is held to honor the legendary British rock star, David Bowie. As …

Dutchies around the World, part 13

In this week's edition of Dutchies around the world, we pay attention to Kenley Jansen, Shairon Martis, Jiandido Tromp, Ademar Rifaela, Ryan Oduber, Paul Brands, Wladimir Balentien and Kalian Sams. Kenley Jansen The best earning Curaçaoan/Dutch sporter is having a top season so far. In his seventh full season with the Dodgers, Kenley is on …

Teenager chasing his (baseball) dreams

This is a story about a kid who hasn't even reached the age of seventeen, but who made his debut in the Dutch hoofdklasse the other day. This kid, a son of a former teammate of mine, debuted with Hoofddorp Pioniers against Curaçao Neptunus the other day.  Of course, this kid has a name. Luuk ter …