Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League to play shortened schedule

President of the Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League, Hector Rivera Cruz, announced that the board of directors of the league has agreed unanimously on a shortened schedule for the upcoming 2017-2018 season. Due to the severe damage caused by hurricane Mary, the league is forced to take this step. Weeks after the island was hit …

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Kirvin Moesquit and Ademar Rifaela named organizational All-Stars

Curaçao natives Kirvin Moesquit and Ademar Rifaela have been named organizational All-Star of the Baltimore Orioles, together with ten others. The two youngsters have received this honor after an outstanding season. Second baseman Kirvin Moesquit played 61 games with the Aberdeen IronBirds in the New York-Penn League. Kirvin was drafted in the 24th round in …

Kevin Knollenburg new manager of De Glaskoning Twins

Today, De Glaskoning Twins announced their new manager on their website. After the 2017 season, the club decided it was time for a new skipper. After about three weeks the club has found its new manager in former first and third base coach Kevin Knollenburg. Kevin Knollenburg has about 31 years of baseball experience under …

Do you want to play in Taiwan? This is your chance

The TOMA Footrans Traveling Team (TFTT ) from Japan will launch a showcase team in Taiwan in January 2018. The team is managed by Toma Irokawa who was a head coach of Iran, Pakistan and Hong Kong national team. The team mainly consists of Asian professional and amateur players who want to play abroad, but …

Holland Series 2017: Neptunus one win away from clinching championship

In a very close game, Curaçao Neptunus stayed at the right side of the score and is one win away from clinching its eighteenth Dutch championship. Tonight's game must have been a bitter loss for Rob Cordemans as he pitched a complete game. In a stellar outing, he allowed two earned runs and struck out ten. …

Dè Flanegin retreats as Pioniers head coach

Dutch hoofdklasse team Hoofddorp Pioniers must look for a new head coach for the 2018 season. After three years as skipper of the team, Dè Flanegin has decided to step back as head coach. After the last game of the playoffs, Flanegin announced his decision to step back. In a local newspaper, Flanegin explained his …

Enough interest to replace Greeneville Astros

After the Houston Astros said goodbye to Greeneville and the Appalachian League after the 2017 season, three clubs have shown interest in replacing the Texas-based team in the Appalachian League. The Philadelphia Phillies, the Cincinnati Reds, and the Cleveland Indians have made clear they are willing to replace the Astros in Greeneville. It is a …

Finally: Maricopa County takes care of needed Chases Field repairs

Finally, the cat is out of the bag. Maricopa County has freed $3.75 million for the much-needed repairs of Chase Field.  The Maricopa County Stadium District has approved a $3.75 million contract for additional improvements to Chase Field. The contract was approved Wednesday and will contain steel and concrete repair work which is expected to …

Ballparks around the world: Venezuela builds largest ballpark in South America

Despite the deplorable state, its economy is in, Venezuela is constructing a 37,000 seat baseball stadium in its capital Caracas. According to the Minister of Public Works, Cesar Salazar Coll, the stadium is expected to be inaugurated in September 2018. Photo by Gensler.com According to Gensler.com, the ballpark will be named Estadio La Rinconada. The ballpark …

Coco Balentien reaches 32 home run plateau for second time in his career

Wladimir "Coco" Balentien, the slugger from Curaçao reached the 32 home run plateau last weekend, for the second time in his career. In the game of his Yakult Swallows vs the Chunichi Dragons, Balentien contributed to the 7-5 win with a three-run, game-tying home run, his only hit of the game.  So far, Coco only has …

Montreal Mayor faces opposition regarding MLB ballpark

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre has been vocal about MLB returning to Montreal lately. But a political party does not agree with the multi-million dollar blank cheque Coderre is giving to MLB to land a team. The political party, Projet Montréal, to a possible free spending on a new downtown ballpark. Projet Montréal Leader Valérie Plante says "not a …

Puerto Rican Winter League may be shortened due to hurricane damage

With the island's infrastructure in disarray after it was hit by hurricane Maria, this year's winter league in Puerto Rico may be shortened. Nothing is engraved in stone yet, but in a special meeting of the Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League, the idea of a shortened season was brought forward. President of the league, Hector …

Another Dutchie signs MiLB contract

In the last few years, many Dutchies signed contracts with MLB organizations. Mostly players from Curaçao and Aruba but now and then also a player from the Netherlands. Yesterday another Dutch kid signed a deal with the Twins. RHP Donny Breek signed a seven-year deal with the Minnesota Twins. Breek is the seventh pitcher from the Dutch …

Holland Series 2017: Walk off win for Curaçao Neptunus

In an exciting game, L&D Amsterdam Pirates had a lead for eight and a half innings but eventually, the team gave away the win as they failed to take advantage of runners in scoring position. L&D Amsterdam Pirates  4  - 5  Curaçao Neptunus By the fourth inning, Pirates had collected seven hits but had scored only …

The Dutch Baseball Hangout interviews Lenny Randle

Former MLB player Lenny Randle was so kind to answer several questions in an interview. Lenny Had an extensive baseball career. He had a twelve-year MLB career, spent time with the Washington Senators AAA teams and went to Italy after his MLB career. In 1967 Lenny had the option to sign with the St. Louis …

Stadium lease deal in place in Amarillo

Earlier this month you could read a post about an eventual move of the San Antonio Missions to Witchita even though very unlikely. Well, we can scratch Wichita as possible Texas League city as the Elmore Sports Group has signed a stadium lease deal with the city of Amarillo. The Elmore Sports Group committed to …

Tiebreaker introduced in Japanese high school baseball

It is generally known that high school pitchers in Japan are abused at times. Back-to-back-to-back 100+ pitch games are no exception. To prevent this from happening the Japanese High School Baseball Federation has decided to introduce a tiebreak system. According to Japan's biggest newspaper, the Yomiuri Shimbun, the federation, known as Nihon Koyaren, underlines the …

Dutch playoffs 2017: Round 6, day 1

A lot of unfamiliar faces on the mounds today. As many games rained out last week, the starting pitchers did not have enough rest to throw a game today, so most managers sent out a reliever to the mound to start the games. Only Curaçao Neptunus had a familiar face on the mound as pitching …