Despite having signed Matsuzaka, Van den Hurk still on Hawks’ radar

    The current Japanese champion, the Softbank Hawks, are still interested in Dutch pitcher Rick van den Hurk. After the winner of the Nippon Series signed Daisuke Matsuzaka they are still looking to improve their rotation. But the team from Fukuoka aren't the only team in Japan that want him. The Yomiuri Giants from Tokyo …

Will Gil Hodges finally be elected into the HOF?

Gil Hodges, the manager that guided the Mets to their very first World Series title during their miracle run of 1969 (sorry Cubs fans), will mostly be remembered as the first baseman of the Brooklyn Dodgers. With him the Dodgers won their only World Series as Brooklyn Dodgers in 1955.           …

Blaze’s move to Salinas halted for now

The Bakersfield Blaze will not move to Salinas for the time being. The owners of the California League (A Advanced) club, negotiated with the owner of the site where they wanted to build a new ballpark but eventually they could not strike a deal.  According to the owner of the Blaze it is all about …

New brand in the Southern League

Most minor league fans knew that there will be a new team in the Southern League. Maybe new is not exactly the right word; the Huntsville Stars will move to Biloxi MS next season. The question remains if the new stadium is ready in time, so the team can start the season as the Biloxi …

Are the Yankees and Red Sox trading places?

This off season, the Red Sox' front office has been far more active than the front office of the Yankees. As we all know, Ben Cherington lured two of the biggest fishes of the free agent pond yesterday. The funny thing is that when the Yankees are making moves like this Boston is shouting that …

HanRam to Boston. Panda close to sign with Red Sox. What’s up for Bogaerts?

The Red Sox have signed shortstop Hanley Ramirez to a five year deal worth around $90 million. According to the reports on MLB.com they are close to sign Pablo Sandoval as well. A third baseman and a shortstop, the positions that Xander Bogaerts can play as well. The experts (which I am not. I am …

Yankeebiscuitfan’s Dutch blog now linked to Bleeding Yankee Blue

Since yesterday this blog is mentioned on the Bleeding Yankee Blue blog. Bleeding Yankee Blue is a blog about the New York Yankees and it has some very good content, not ony about the Yankees. This blog gives other blogs a chance to get more attention by showing a link. If you go to their …

History of Dutch baseball: 1980 – 2000

The eighties and nineties will be bad decades for many baseball clubs. In 1986, Charles Urbanus jr. decided that it would be his last season. In the long run (2 years) this was a huge blow for his club, Amstel Tijgers. Urbanus was a magnet for players. It was an honour to play with him. …

Japan All-Star Series: Despite Longo’s homerun, MLB squad loses exhibition

  Once again the Japanese pitching was magical and kept the MLB All-Stars in check rather well. Shota Takeda pitched three innings in which he allowed only one unearned run on four hits. He walked four and fanned three. The only run that Takeda (Softbank Hawks) allowed came when Alcides Escobar reached first base in …

Dutchies in the US, part 7

The baseball season in the US is really over now. Last weekend, the Arizona Fall League final was played. None of the teams of Spencer Kieboom and Shawn Zarraga was represented. This time I would like to pay attention to the Dutch and Antillian players that I ignored all season. I didn't ignore them because …

Japan All-Star Series: game five

     Matt Shoemaker recovered from his loss in game one of this series in Japan. In the first game he took the loss after five innings of work and two runs allowed. This time Shoemaker lasted five innings again but he allowed only two hits and struck out two. Jose Altuve was smoking again. In …

The Seattle Pilots. The one year mishap

I wrote this article for Universo Beisbol. I still think it is intriguing to see how a team could fail like this. The Seattle Pilots. The one year mishap Seattle always had been one of the corner stones of the Pacific Coast League with their team the Seattle Rainiers. In 1964 the Cleveland Indians considered …

U21 World Cup: Final Day

On the final day of the U21 World Cup, several finale like games were played. First the game for the fifth and sixth spot in the final standings. Australia took on the Czech Republic. After four innings the Australians were leading 4-0 and the game seemed to be played. But not with this Czech team. …

Japan All-Star Series, game four: J Morneau – Samurai Japan 6-1

    The MLB All-Stars already lost the series, but they wanted to put something straight today. They did, and especially Justin Morneau did. In the first inning, Morneau hit a double of Samurai Japan's starter Shintaro Fujinami (NPB sophomore for the Hanshin Tigers) and drove in Yasiel Puig who got on base on a double …

Japan All-Star Series, game three: Four Japanese pitchers combine for no-hitter

A great performance by the Samurai Japan team. Jeremy Guthrie pitched five innings for the MLB All-Stars. In those five innings he allowed four runs on five hits (two homeruns). Guthrie struck out three and walked two. After a 1-2-3 first inning, he gave up a two run homerun to Hayato Sakamoto of the Yomiuri …

U21 World Cup: Final day of the second round

   The Dutch have finished in ninth place with this year's U21 World Cup. The Italians proved to be too strong for the Orange team. Not by much: 4-3. The Italians had a 4-1 lead at the end of the fourth inning. But in the sixth and the seventh, the Dutch scored a run each …

Giancarlo Stanton signs extension with Marlins for a sloppy $325 MM

According to John Heyman of CBS, Giancarlo and the Miami Marlins have agreed on a 13 year contract worth $325 million. Besides the fact that I think this is another ridiculous contract, I'd like to refer to a previous post about Jeffrey Loria, owner of the Marlins. Loria always claimed that he never had the …