Formidable outing by Van den Hurk leads Softbank Hawks to NPB title

In game six of the Nippon Series between the Hiroshima Toyo Carp and the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, Dutch starter Rick van den Hurk and a very good outing. Thanks to his strong game, the Hawks earned the NPB championship by beating the Toyo Carp 2-0. Rick van den Hurk was masterful through six innings in …

Softbank Hawks one win away from clinching NPB title

The Softbank Hawks from Fukuoka won game five of the NPB series vs the Hiroshima Toyo Carp today. The team of Dutch pitcher Rick van den Hurk beat the Carp 5-4. Thanks to this win, the team only needs one more win to clinch the NPB championship. After game one, that ended in a 2-2 …

O’s sign another Curaçao talent

The Baltimore Orioles have signed another international prospect form the Isle of Curaçao. J'Rudjeanon Isenia was signed to a $125,000 contract. The contract was agreed on earlier this year but the O's only announced this Tuesday. "Isenia is a right-handed-hitting outfielder with above-average tools and a good swing," said director of player development and interim GM Brian …

Auckland Tuatara unveils parts of uniform

The Auckland Tuatara, one of the two newest additions to the Australian Baseball League, has unveiled a part of its uniform. Not through an official presentation though. The team put replica jerseys and on-field caps on sale. The home jersey of the Tuatara features the team name in grey outlined in navy. A very nice …

Carter Kieboom added to (F)all Star roster

Scouting and farm directors from every major league organization, in consultation with the Arizona Fall League, selected the players for the annual showcase that pits top prospects from the Fall League's East Division and West Division. One of the many talents that have been added to the All-Star roster of the Arizona Fall League is …

Cuban players and human trafficking

I just read this article on Universo Beisbol, a Cuban online baseball magazine. It is an interesting article I want baseball fans to read. I will not copy the text or make an own version of it because the author of this article deserves all the credits. A must read IMHO. https://universobeisbol.mlblogs.com/cuban-players-human-trafficking-and-other-x-files-tales-70043bced0ab?fbclid=IwAR3hNmBrmNEsKjomcoTVja8CP9dnAwpnvlZm5FbPV0w6khpcjlJCbqL3Ie0

Finally, Trash Pandas unveil logos

An event that was planned somewhere in September but was postponed because the South East was hit by Hurrican Florence, eventually took place yesterday. The Rocket City Trash Pandas from Madison, AL, unveiled its logos at Madison's Dublin Park. Currently still the Mobile BayBears, the team will move to Madison, a suburb of Huntsville in …

U23 World Cup Baseball: Dutch end tournament with third consecutive loss

A third consecutive loss resulted in a disappointing tenth place for team Kingdom of the Netherlands in this year's U23 World Cup. Once again, the pitching did not pan out well and after a good first inning, the batters were kept in check. This resulted in an 11-3 loss vs Puerto Rico. Team Kingdom of …

Dohren Wild Farmers: Big in a small village

Ever since the Dohren Wild Farmers are back in the German highest league, the First Bundesliga, I have been intrigued with this club. How can a club from a tiny village be this competitive? Luckily, the club's press spokeswoman provided a lot of information and a link to the history part of the club's website. …

U23 World Cup 2018: Dutch humiliated by Australians

Yesterday the woes for the Kingdom of the Netherlands continued. After a surprising loss vs the Czech Republic, Australia was much too strong for the Dutch as they fell 16-3. Nothing went the Dutch' way. The pitching did not pan out the way it should and the lineup was kept in check by the Australian …

2018 National Baseball Champions in Europe

Last year we started to sum up the national champions in Europe as far we could figure out who those teams were. This year, we'll give it another try. Austria After the Attnang-Puchheim Athletics dominated Austrian baseball in 2016 and 2017, the Alpine country in Central Europe has a new champion. The Vienna Metro Stars …

Blue Jays hire new manager in Montoyo

The Toronto Blue Jays presented their new manager. The Canadian team went to a division rival to get their new skipper. In Charlie Montoyo, the Blue Jays have an experienced manager who guided teams at all levels of the Tampa Bay Rays organization. You may wonder why I pay attention to this news since I …

U23 Baseball World Cup 2018: Czechs surprisingly beat Dutch

The Kingdom of the Netherlands got off a wrong start in the consolation round as the team was beaten 4-3 by the Czech Republic. The Czechs took an early lead on a sac fly to left field and a two-run homer hit by Jakub Grepl. https://twitter.com/MilujemeBasebal/status/1055477690009042949 For five innings, the Dutch lineup was kept in …

U23 World Cup Baseball: Dutch move on to consolation round

Despite two consecutive wins, the Kingdom of the Netherlands will continue the U23 World Cup tournament in the consolation round. The results against Colombia is a disadvantage for the Dutch as they start with a 1-1 record in the standings of the consolation round, while Colombia is starting with a 2-0 record. The Australians also …

Softbank Hawks advance to Nippon Series to face the Hiroshima Toyo Carp

The Hiroshima Toyo Carp (Central League) and the Softbank Hawks  (Pacific League) will face each other in the 2018 Nippon Series. The Carp swept the Yomiuri Giants 4-0 to advance and today, the Hawks clinched a Nippon Series spot by beating the Seibu Lions 6-5. As usual, the winner of the regular season in each …

L&D Amsterdam Pirates announces new head coach

After Charles Urbanus jr. hung up his spikes, L&D Amsterdam Pirates had to look for a new manager. Through its website, the club announced the new manager of the flagship team.   After his name swirled around in the Dutch baseball scene for several weeks, L&D Amsterdam Pirates did not want to confirm if he …

U23 World Cup 2018: Dutch let down by pitching in loss to Mexico

The second loss in as many games. After the loss vs Colombia, the Dutch fell to Mexico yesterday. The problem wasn't the offense as the Dutch collected twelve hits but merely the pitching that gave up fourteen runs on sixteen hits and six walks. As a result, the Kingdom of the Netherlands fell to Mexico …

U23 World Cup 2018: Dutch fall to host nation in first game

In their first game of the U23 World Cup in and against host nation Colombia, six errors led to three unearned runs for the South Americans as the Dutch fell 9-5. Of the three pitchers manager Sidney de Jong used, Kaj Timmermans lasted the longest. In 4.1 innings, he gave up five runs (two earned) …