Rant of a frustrated Yankee fan

I realize that this rant doesn't really belong on a blog about (mainly) Dutch baseball. But I have to vent my frustration somewhere. Nowadays it is hard to be a Yankee fan (much to the amusement of the many Red Sox fans that I know). When I woke up this morning and checked the baseball …

Dutchies in the Major Leagues: Monday September 15, 2014

A limited number of Dutchies saw action yesterday. The Dodgers won with big numbers so Kenley Jansen could take a rest. His team mate Roger Bernadina was kept on the bench. The Red Sox didn't play, so no Xander Bogaerts either. Jonathan Schoop entered last night's game vs the Blue Jays in the ninth as …

European Cup 2014: Results of Day Four

Belgian starter Cedric Desmedt threw a 143 pitch complete game that was won by the Red Hawks 5-0. This time the victim was Great Britain. Belgium scored five runs (one unearned) on six hits. Desmedt allowed three hits, walked four, fanned six, hit two batters with a pitch and threw one wild pitch. The last …

European Cup 2014: Dutch show two faces

In tonight's game, the Dutch squad showed two faces. One that gave seven runs in three innings and one that could turn around the game. Dutch starter Orlando Yntema gave up three runs in the first inning on two singles by Daniel Martinez and Oscar D. Angulo and a homerun by Jesus E. Golindano. Golindano: …

Dutchies in the Major Leagues: Sunday September 14, 2014

It looks like the Braves have lost it completely. Last night they lost from the team with the worst W-L record in MLB, the Texas Ranger: 3-10.  Andrelton Simmons went 1 for 4 and left two runners on base. On the defensive side, Simmons was the initiator of two 6-4-3 double plays. Kenley Jansen clinched …

European Cup 2014: Results of Day Three

Next to the Belgium's no-hitter and the perfect game by Dutch pitcher Mike Bolsenbroek, there were four other games played as well. Spain needed seven innings to shut out Russia. Spanish starter Eric Gonzalez went six full innings in which he allowed five hits, struck out five and walked one. Germany clinched their second win …

European Cup 2014: Perfect game for Bolsenbroek

In a game in which it seemed that the Dutch pulled the breaks a bit, starting pitcher Mike Bolsenbroek dominated the Greek lineup through seven innings. In those seven frames Bolsenbroek struck out ten and didn't allow a single Greek baserunner. In 2012 Bolsenbroek participated at the WBC qualifiers as a part of the German …

European Cup 2014: Belgium clinches first win with a no-no

After two games in which they played good ball and kept it close until some bad inning ruined it all, the Red Hawks (as the moniker of team Belgium goes) finally won their first game. Normally I only write about the Netherlands, but in this case I thought the Red Hawks deserved some attention; especially …

Dutchies in the Major Leagues: Saturday September 13, 2014

Now the season of the Minor Leagues is over, except for the Pacific Coast League, I'll switch to players from the Netherlands and Netherlands Antilles in the Major Leagues. Never were there so many players from my home country/Netherlands Antilles playing in the Bigs: Xander Bogaerts, Andrelton Simmons, Didi Gregorius, Roger Bernadina, Kenley Jansen, Jonathan …

European Cup 2014: Results of Day Two

No surprises on day two. There were a couple of mercy rule shortened games, a game that needed extra inings and a rain shortened game. Sweden and Great Britain led off the day at 9.30. They had to catch up yesterday's rained out game. The British won 7-1. Spain only needed six innings to beat …

European Cup 2014: Dutch convincing in five innings

The Dutch needed five innings tonight to beat the Czech Republic. No, it wasn't a mercy rule victory. The game was called after five innings due to rainfall. The Dutch had a score to settle. Two years ago, the Czechs beat the Dutch in overtime. This was the first win by the Czech Republic over …

European Cup 2014: Results of Day One

On day one, only one game was decided in less than nine innings. The Dutch had no mercy with Croatia. The first game in Regensburg (Sweden vs Great Britain) was rained out and has been rescheduled for tomorrow. The French beat the Germans 3-2, but the score could have been a lot bigger. In the …

European Cup 2014: Dutch play their short game vs Croatia

In today's second game in Ostrava (Czech Republic), the Dutch took on Croatia. Ostrava was lucky since Regensburg in Germany was bothered by the rain and the first game there was rained out. The Dutch were the road team and started the game at bat. Hainley Statia led off but grounded out to first base …

European Cup 2014: Rosters of Group B

When I posted the rosters of the Netherlands and Italy, I thought that it would be good to post the rosters of the other countries as well. Group B Croatia: Pitchers: Darko Kvaternik, James Summers, Dejan Marin, Franko Vrlic Kovavic (also OF), Matko Dabo, Matija Grofelnik (also IF), Aleksandar Kruhek (also IF), Matija Sertic, Christian …

European Cup 2014: Rosters of group A

When I posted the rosters of the Netherlands and Italy, I thought that it would be good to post the rosters of the other countries as well. Group A Belgium: Pitchers: Ben van Huffel, Robbe de Jongh, Steve de Saedeleer, Yannick Gontier, Brian van Gaever, Kevin Desmedt, Thomas de Wolf (also OF), Kenny van den …

European Cup 2014: Final roster of team Netherlands and Italy

The final roster for the Dutch has been published. To me there are some surprises. The last cuts have been made by manager Steve Janssen. After Roger Bernadina was called up to the Majors, one cut didn't have to be made. Now a second one doesn't need to be made. Juan Carlos Sulbaran has been …

Dutchies in the US part 4

I am a keen follower of Dutch players and players from the Netherlands Antilles who chase their big league dreams in the USA. Somehow the Dutch are stockpiling infielders: Andrelton Simmons, Jonathan Schoop, Didi Gregorius and Xander Bogaerts. This time an overview of players who play at MLB, AAA and AA level. MLB Roger Bernadina …

Dutchies in the Minor League playoffs

Since I am a fan of Dutch baseball and Minor League baseball, I am a keen follower of the Dutch players and players from the Netherlands Antilles that play in the various minor leagues. Therefore I like to write about them as well.  A AdvancedIf one player deserves a championship ring, it is Randolph Oduber. …