No KBO contract for Roger Bernadina

As all KBO clubs signed the foreign players they needed and that market closed on December 29, Roger Bernadina wasn't signed by any of the ten KBO clubs. Earlier during the KBO offseason, the Kia Tigers announced they would not re-sign Bernadina as his numbers dropped and as he has spent some time on the …

Baseball related songs: “America’s Favorite Pastime” by Todd Snider

In today's episode of Baseball related songs, we pay attention to America's Favorite Pastime performed by singer-song writerTodd Snider. For this song, Snider, who fought drug addiction several times, was inspired by Dock Ellis' 1970 no-hitter that he threw after he took LSD.   In June 1970, Pirate righty Dock Ellis threw nine innings of no-hit …

Minor League history: Lone Star League (1947-1948)

In this edition of Minor League history, we pay attention to the second run of the Lone Star League. The Lone Star League was one of the many upstart leagues that reared up after World War II. In contrast to other contemporary leagues, the Lone Star League didn't last longer than two years. The Lone …

ABL round seven: Sydney takes commanding lead

With three more rounds to play, everything is still possible. But the Sydney Blue Sox have made an important step to clinch a spot in the semi-finals. As the Blue Sox won today's game and the series vs the Brisbane Bandits, the Perth Heat had an easy series vs the Adelaide Bite. Today, the Sydney …

Ballparks around the World: Stade Canac, Québec

It has been a while but in this episode of Ballparks around the World we pay attention to the home of the Québec Capitales (independent CanAm League), Stade Municipal in Québec, North America's only walled city. In 1937, Canada suffered from the great depression, just as most other countries of the world. Prime Minister of …

Blue Sox win in WALK-off fashion

With the series vs the Brisbane Bandits tied at one, the Sydney Blue Sox have beaten the Bandits in walk-off fashion (3-4). After trailing 3-0 after the second inning, the Sox inched closer and eventually scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. After Alessandro Maestri was masterful once again on Thursday, he …

ABL: Two sweeps and two 3-1 series wins

Behind some strong offense and solid pitching (at times), the Sydney Blue Sox handed a 4-0 series loss to the Perth Heat. The Canberra Cavalry swept the Geelong-Korea team, Brisbane clinched a 3-1 series win vs Melbourne as both teams played a tripleheader on Saturday and the Adelaide Bite clinched a 3-1 series win over …

Loek van Mil released from hospital

After Loek van Mil was hospitalized the statement on his condition, on the website of the Brisbane Bandits remained the same for the past two weeks. Today the Dutch Baseball Hangout learned that the Dutch reliever was released from the hospital last Sunday. Even though Van Mil has joined the Brisbane Bandits, he is only …

Jurickson Profar to A’s as part of a three-way deal

Curaçao native Jurickson Profar is not a Texas Ranger anymore. The 25-year old was part of a three-way deal between the Texas Rangers, the Oakland Athletics and the Tampa Bay Rays. Profar, who has been injury prone during his career as he missed most of the 2014 and 2015 season due to a nagging injury …

Hainley Statia new infield coordinator for Angels

Curaçao native Hainley Statia announced through his Instagram account that the Los Angeles Angels hired him as their infield coordinator. After serving a few years as hitting coach in the Brewers' farm system, Statia returns to the club where it all began for him. In this job as infield coordinator, Statia will be responsible for …

Kingdom of the Netherlands drops one spot in World Rankings

After the U23 World Cup, that was won by Mexico, the WBSC has presented the new World Ranking. Some changes occurred as Japan regained first place again and the USA dropped into second place. Most of the countries that reached the Super Round of the U23 World Cup gained a spot in the World Rankings. …

Baseball related songs: “Third base Dodger Stadium”

In today's episode of Baseball related songs, we pay attention to "Third base Dodger Stadium", performed by Ry Cooder and sung by James “Bla” Pahinui. The song is about a Mexican-American community that was destroyed for the sake of building Dodger Stadium. Before Dodger Stadium was built, Chavez Ravine was home to a Mexican-American community. …

Sod Poodles “unveil” home jersey

In a Tweet, Chris Creamer of Sportslogos.net showed a big part of the new Amarillo Sod Poodles jersey. Unlike the name, the jersey isn't that outrageous. In fact, it is on the sober side. Naturally, the home jersey is white. It sports the name Sod Poodles on the front in a blue font with a …

Loek van Mil’s condition still critical but stable

An article at couriermail.com.au sheds some light on the accident that happened to Dutch pitcher Loek van Mil. It also says his condition is still critical but it has turned to stable. According to the CEO of the Brisbane Bandits, Mark Ready, Van Mil remains in the hospital in a critical but stable condition. Now …

Loek van Mil hospitalized after accident

The Brisbane Bandits announced that Dutch closer, Loek van Mil, who is currently playing with the Brisbane Bandits in the Australian Baseball League, is hospitalized after suffering a serious head injury. Loek got the head injury in a non-baseball related accident. He is hospitalized in a hospital in Canberra. Loek appeared in just one game …

Limited action for most of Dutch hoofdklasse players in ABL

This weekend, the (former) Dutch hoofdklasse players did not see much action. The only one who got plenty of playing time was Dwayne Kemp. The others were limited to an inning or a few at-bats. Shogo Nakashima, the solid reliever of the Sydney Blue Sox, pitched only one inning in Saturday's 5-1 win over the …