Watch the Czech Republic @ the Netherlands here

Today, the Kingdom of the Netherlands will take on the Czech Republic. The Czechs fell to Israel and the Dutch are without a win or a loss as the game vs Great Britain was suspended due to falling darkness. Of course, the Czech Republic aims to hand the Dutch their second loss in their mutual …

Today in baseball: Fastest pro game ever

Today, 103 years ago, the fastest game in professional baseball was played. And all this because both teams had to catch their trains. On August 30, 1916, the Winston-Salem Twins and the Asheville Tourists played a nine-inning game at Riverside Park in just a bit more than half an hour, thirty-one minutes to be exact. …

Holland Series 2019: L&D Amsterdam Pirates fights back

After four scoreless innings, Curaçao Neptunus opened the score as it plated two runs in the top of the fifth inning. But in the bottom of that frame, L&D Amsterdam Pirates scored five times to reach the final score of 5-2.  As written in the prologue, Neptunus opened the score thanks to an RBI single …

Yankees and White Sox to play at Field of Dreams site in Iowa

The New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox will play a game at the famed Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa, on Aug. 13, 2020, the teams announced Thursday. For the occasion, an 8,000 seat ballpark will be erected for the first MLB game ever played in Iowa. "As a sport that is proud of its history linking generations, …

Time to abolish KNBSB sponsor tax?

For a long time past, the KNBSB (Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Association) is generating money at the expense of the Dutch baseball and softball clubs. The "tax" that is most annoying is one that forces clubs to give a certain amount of the sponsor money to the KNBSB. The clubs are taking a lot …

Five years Dutch Baseball Hangout

This month, the Dutch Baseball Hangout celebrates its fifth anniversary. Five years ago, shortly before I went on vacation, I was "struck by lightning" and got the idea of starting my own blog next to writing for several magazines and websites. After I blew out my arm in 2007 during a warmup, I fell into …

Women’s European Championship: Mixed results for the Netherlands.

On the second day of the European Championship, the Dutch ladies took on the Czech Republic and France. The Czechs, who were beaten up by France yesterday (30-7) were no match for the Dutch. Czech Republic    -    Netherlands The Dutch ladies came off with a scare after the first inning. The Czech ladies …

Battle at the Castle 2019

Battle of the Castle is the biggest softball and baseball youth tournament in Europe. The tournament is played in several age categories. The games are played at the fields of Oosterhout Twins in the Netherlands.  Youth players from all over Europe come to Oosterhout to participate in this tournament. Here is a photo impression of …

European championship B-pool: day 5

In Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, the preliminary round saw its last series of games. Unbeaten Israel and Russia have clinched a spot in the finals already. Even if Russia would lose and Greece would win, the Russians will qualify as they beat Greece in the mutual game. The following games were scheduled today: Ireland hosted Israel, Russia took …

Austria promoted to CEB cup

With an all-Austrian Federations Cup final, the question was which team would earn the promotion to the CEB cup. As the Vienna MetroStars beat the Dornbirn Indians in the opening game of the tournament 16-6, the expectation was that the team from the Austrian capital would win. Things would go a bit different though as …

European Champions Cup: Time to make changes?

As far as I can remember, in the past decade, no European Champions Cup has seen this many games that ended in five, six or seven innings. In all cases but one, the winners were teams from Italy and the Netherlands. A dominance like this can't be good for baseball. Perhaps it is time to …

CEB Cup 2019: Heidenheim and Brno still unbeaten

As most of the attention of this blog is going to the European Champions Cup, one would forget there is also another European tournament going on: the CEB cup is taking place in Brno, Czech Republic. With two groups of four teams, two teams stood out above the rest so far: the Heidenheim Heideköpfe in …

European Champions Cup 2019: Bonn Capitals no match for Neptunus

Bonn Capitals    -    Curaçao Neptunus In the first four innings, everything went Bonn's way completely as the Germans scored four runs. But in the fifth, their pitching collapsed and Neptunus took advantage in the biggest possible way as it scored eight runs to turn the tables in just one inning. Back-to-back solo home …

European Champions Cup 2019: Day 1

On the first day of the European Champions Cup, the following games were scheduled: Group A: Deurne Spartans @ Arrows Ostrava and Curaçao Neptunus @ Parmaclima Parma. Group B: Rouen Huskies @ Bonn Capitals and UnipolSai Bologna @ L&D Amsterdam Pirates. Deurne Spartans  2  -  17  Arrows Ostrava In every possible way, Arrows Ostrava was superior …

European Champions Cup 2019: Victory for L&D Amsterdam Pirates in close game

UnipolSai Bologna  1  -  2  L&D Amsterdam Pirates Also, today's second Italian-Dutch matchup was won by the Dutch side. Two solo home runs gave L&D Amsterdam Pirates a 2-0 lead after four innings. Denzel Richardson connected for a leadoff long ball to left-center field in the second inning. In the fourth, hired gun Sharlon Schoop …

Fresno Grizzlies kowtowing after AOC video

Thanks to the lack of checking the content of a video, the Fresno Grizzlies are under fire. The team showed a vid that sketched House of Representatives member Alexandra Octavio Cortez as an enemy of freedom.  During Memorial Day, the Fresno Grizzlies showed a video between two doubleheaders. The video started as a Memorial Day …