New Zealand ABL franchise to get help from every corner of the world

Good news for the new New Zealand ABL franchise. A top NPB club has agreed to send players to the team. With this move, the new club may be a lot more competitive. But there may be more help underway. According to the New Zealand Herald, Baseball New Zealand chief executive Ryan Flynn stated that an …

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Borgerhout Squirrels brings back Belgium to highest European level, the Netherlands must fear for one European ticket

  In the final of the CEB cup (one level below the European Champions Cup), Borgerhout Squirrels from Belgium hosted the Bonn Capitals from Germany. In a very close game, the Belgian champion stayed at the right side of the score.  The key to the Squirrels' win was their pitching. Kenny van den Branden, who …

European Champions Cup 2018: Day two

The second day was clearly a day of surprises. In the first game, L&D Amsterdam Pirates was blown away by the Rouen Huskies. But in the second game of today, the Heidenheim Heideköpfe stunned A.S.D. Rimini Pirates by beating them 3-1. Fortitudo Bologna put T&A San Marino on the rack as they won A.S.D. Rimini …

European Champions Cup 2018: Hard fought victory for L&D Amsterdam Pirates

An unexpected close game today between the Heidenheim Heideköpfe and L&D Amsterdam Pirates. Pirates had to go deep but eventually came back from trailing 2-0 and won 4-2. Kevin Heijstek wasn't sharp today. Before he knew it Heidenheim had taken a 2-0 lead in the first inning. In the six innings he lasted on the …

Nike to take over uniform deal from Under Armour

About a year and a half ago, MLB announced a deal with Under Armour, who would provide the on-field clothing for all thirty MLB clubs starting in 2020.  Today the Sports Business Journal announced that MLB is about to strike a deal with Nike to replace Under Armour. This deal comes as a surprise. With …

Darren Seferina released but picked up by Brewers

Curaçao native Darren Seferina was released by the St. Louis Cardinals last Saturday. But the infielder found a new club in no time. Yesterday, the Milwaukee Brewers picked him up and sent him to AA Biloxi Shuckers of the Southern League.  After a successful season with the Springfield Cardinals, in which he hit .277, the …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2018: Round 1, day 2

Today the home teams of last Thursday were the visiting teams. Curaçao Neptunus in Hoofddorp vs Pioniers, CitySide Appartments Quick Amersfoort (likely the longest official club name ever ;-)) in Bussum vs HCAW, DSS vs Amsterdam Pirates and De Glaskoning Twins in The Hague vs Silicon Storks. Curaçao Neptunus  5  -  1  Hoofddorp Pioniers Not a …

Yawkey Way will soon be history

Boston city officials approved to rename Yawkey Way back to its original name, Jersey Street after the Boston Red Sox petitioned to change it in an attempt to distance the team from former owner Tom Yawkey’s racist past. Even though he Yawkey Foundation and other community leaders opposed the renaming, arguing that it would bad for the foundation and its charitable …

Sharlon Schoop back at AAA

Sharlon Schoop is back with the Norfolk Tides. The Curaçaoan infielder was placed on the roster of the Aberdeen IronBirds at the start of the Minor League season.  After he was added to the Tides roster, Sharlon was put in the lineup immediately. In the 7-3 loss vs the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies), Sharlon …

Dutchies around the World 2018

A new baseball season, a new round of updates about players of the Dutch Kingdom. With the Minor League season a week old now, it is time to shed a light on my fellow countrymen. MLB Even before the season started, it was clear that Ozzie Albies would be the everyday second baseman of the Atlanta …

Tom De Blok tabbed with loss in A-Advanced debut

Last night, Dutch RHP Tom de Blok made his A-Advanced debut in the Florida State League. It was one he won't fondly remember. Tom lasted only three innings in which he gave up four runs, of which three were earned, as the Lakeland Flying Tigers lost to the Bradenton Marauders 7-3. Tom started the game …

Dutchies on Minor League Opening Day rosters

You may have noticed that the Minor League season started yesterday. I have been roaming the internet to find out where players of the Dutch kingdom would be placed. Here is an overview of those players. A lot of players from the Dutch Kingdom, are playing in the Minor Leagues. Some did not get playing time …

Nationals send Carter Kieboom up to A Advanced

Despite being hit by the injury bug, Carter Kieboom had a splendid season in 2017. Even this good that the Washington Nationals decided to move him up one level to the A Advanced Potomac Nationals. Carter got injured on May 13 and it took him until August 15 to return on the roster of the …

“Save America’s pastime act” may be the death blow for indy leagues

Earlier this week, US Congress approved the "Save America's pastime act". This act will keep grossly underpaid affiliated minor league players underpaid. Major League Baseball lobbied and spent about $1,320,000 to get this bill passed. For years, former minor league players are trying to start a case against MLB to force them to pay minor …

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 …