Omron Pioniers clinches spot in overgangsklasse

With Omron Pioniers (farm team of Meerlease Pioniers) and Alcmaria Victrix finishing with the same number of wins and losses in the bottom eight group of the overgangsklasse, a decisive game was needed. Today both teams met at the ballpark of Sparks in Haarlem. Alcmaria Victrix didn't stand a chance against Omron Pioniers' pitching as …

2019 Dutch hoofdklasse: Promotion/relegation series, game 1

Today the first game of the promotion/relegation series between Kinheim (overgangsklasse) and DSS (hoofdklasse) was played. The background of this series is rather odd as both teams, that are literally neighbors, are investigating cooperation. In this best-of-five series, DSS struck first and won 1-0. Even though Kinheim was the home team, the game was played …

Minor League history: Middle States League

In today's episode, we pay attention to the Middle States League. This independent league lasted for a year (1889) and was rather unstable. The Middle States League was quite unique for its time as it was an integrated league. Three of the clubs that participated in the league were what would be called Negro League …

Will Didi still be a Yankee after 2019?

As you all may know, the contract of Didi Gregorius with the Yankees will expire after the 2019 season. The question remains if he will return or more important, if the Yankees will make him a acceptable offer. No doubt the Yankees will make a qualifying offer, that will pay Gregorius around $18,000,000 for the …

Padres to unveil brown unis in November

Well, the San Diego Padres fans have something to look forward to. NBC San Diego reported the club will unveil its new brown uniforms on November 9. Set the date into your agenda. According to the news website, a team representative confirmed to NBC 7, the club will unveil the new uniforms on that day …

The Olympic Qualification is questionable

With the European/African Olympic Qualifier just finished, there is only one chance left for Europe to get a ticket for Tokyo. Other continents are offered three opportunities, the regional qualifiers included. In a recent post, you could read about the way of working of Italian-born Riccardo Fraccari, chairman of the WBSC. All by himself and …

WBSC suspends nine players after brawl

After Saturday's game between Spain and Italy (which was won by Spain), hell broke loose and both teams got involved in a brawl. As a result of this brawl, the WBSC studied the footage of the brawl and decided to suspend and fined nine players for a total of 67 games. The individuals suspended are …

Situation in the overgangsklasse

With the overgangsklasse season ready as well, most things have been decided. The champion of the overgangsklasse was known after it won yesterday and after today, three of four teams that will be demoted are known as well. Yesterday, HSV Kinheim from Haarlem clinched its second overgangsklasse championship in as many years as it beat …

2019 Olympic Qualifier, day 5

On the fifth and final day of the European/African Olympic Qualifier, the following games were scheduled: Israel @ South Africa, Kingdom of the Netherlands @ Italy and Spain @ Czech Republic.  Israel  11  -  1  South Africa The only way Israel could blow its ticket to Tokyo was by losing to South Africa. But Israel …

2019 Olympic Qualifier: Dutch need two big innings to shove Italy aside

On the final day, Italy hosted the Kingdom of the Netherlands as both countries faced each other for the second time in a week. Where the Dutch only had one big inning last week, the team had two this time as they beat Italy 8-3. In the bottom of the third inning, with a runner …

2019 Olympic Qualifier: Watch the Netherlands @ Italy here

On the final day of the Olympic Qualifier, the Netherlands is hosted by Italy in another of many confrontations between the two countries. So far, the Dutch won the most contests. The winner will have the right to participate in the last qualifier that will take place in Taiwan, early 2020. The direct ticket to …

2019 Olympic Qualifier, day 4

On the fourth day of the Olympic Qualifier, the following games were scheduled: South Africa @ Kingdom of the Netherlands, Italy @ Spain and Czech Republic @ Israel.  South Africa  1  -  7  Kingdom o/t Netherlands  To keep the chance of qualifying alive, the Kingdom of the Netherlands did what it had to do: beating …

A day at an overgangsklasse game: a photo thread

Today, I went to see a game in the Dutch overgangsklasse (second-tier league) as the Dutch hoofdklasse season is already over. The game between Alcmaria Victrix and Oosterhout Twins 2 (farm team of the Hoofdklasse club Oosterhout Twins) was played in Oosterhout. Twins 2 won the game 14-7. Here is a photo impression of that …

Ballparks around the world: Koshien Stadium

In this episode of Ballparks around the world, we pay attention to Koshien Stadium which is located in Osaka. It is the oldest baseball stadium in Japan and home of the annual Koshien high school tournament and the Hanshin Tigers. Koshien Stadium opened its doors in 1924 to host the National High School Baseball Invitational …

2019 Olympic Qualifier: Watch South Africa @ Netherlands here

Today the Kingdom of the Netherlands will face South Africa. Both countries did not face each other much, but the South Africans managed to win once. That was during the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Two days after the Dutch had stunned the baseball world by beating Cuba, South Africa pulled off a stunt against the …

2019 Olympic Qualifier, day 3

On the third day of the Olympic Qualifier, the following games were scheduled: South Africa @ Czech Republic, Israel @ Italy and Spain @ Kingdom of the Netherlands. Besides these games, the remainder of the game between South Africa and Italy, that was rained out on Wednesday, was resumed.  Italy  10  -  4  South Africa …

2019 Olympic Qualifier: Dutch bounce back

For a long time, the Kingdom of the Netherlands had a hard time to walk away but eventually, in the seventh inning, the Dutch scored some insurance run that secured the 6-2 win.  Spain sent Holwuin Sacramento to the mound, the pitcher that made the Dutch life very hard during the European Championship's semi-final. But …

2019 Olympic Qualifier: Watch Spain @ the Netherlands here

After yesterday's heartbreaking loss vs Israel, it is up to the Dutch team to bounce back. Today the opponent is Spain, a country that has made the Dutch go deep in the past few times the both countries faced each other. In the European Championship's semi-final, the Dutch won by the smallest possible margin: 1-0. To …