Today in baseball: One game, four attempts

Today 106 years ago, an American Association game between the Minneapolis Millers and the Indianapolis Indians finally finish after four attempts as the Millers beat the Indians 11-2. The Indianapolis Indians weren't quite successful in that 1913 season. At the end, the team finished dead last with a 68-99 record, thirty-two games out of first …

Yankees and White Sox to play at Field of Dreams site in Iowa

The New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox will play a game at the famed Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa, on Aug. 13, 2020, the teams announced Thursday. For the occasion, an 8,000 seat ballpark will be erected for the first MLB game ever played in Iowa. "As a sport that is proud of its history linking generations, …

U23 European Championship 2019: Second consecutive loss for Dutch

Today the Dutch U23 team took on France for its second game of the tournament.  After yesterday's loss vs Great Britain, it was a must win situation for the Kingdom of the Netherlands. And once again, the Dutch stayed at the wrong side of the score as France won 2-1. The Dutch team started slowly. …

Why seven-inning baseball games are a bad idea

Chairman of the WBSC, Riccardo Fraccari, has announced that international baseball games will last seven innings instead of nine after the Olympic Games. This is bad news for baseball. Baseball will be an Olympic sport during the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. But with the 2024 Olympics in Paris, baseball will be not on the Olympic …

U23 European Championship 2019: Dutch suffer loss in first game

On the first day of the U23 European Championship Baseball in Prague, Czech Republic, the Dutch took on Great Britain. But the Brits handed the Dutch an unexpected loss mainly because Dutch hoofdklasse pitcher Paul Kirkpatrick outmatched them. Team Great Britain won 2-1. Kirkpatrick, born in London, but raised in the US, was practically unhittable …

Today in baseball: Game canceled due to lack of balls

Today, eighty-two years ago, an Appalachian League game was called because there were no balls left to play with. The Newport Canners was one of the inaugural members of the Appalachian League's restart in1937. The team, named after its local main industry, would stay six years in the Appy League but in those years the …

Time to abolish KNBSB sponsor tax?

For a long time past, the KNBSB (Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Association) is generating money at the expense of the Dutch baseball and softball clubs. The "tax" that is most annoying is one that forces clubs to give a certain amount of the sponsor money to the KNBSB. The clubs are taking a lot …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2019: Playoffs and playdowns, game 3

On the third day of the playoffs, Meerlease Pioniers headed to Rotterdam to face Curaçao Neptunus, the likely victors of the upcoming Holland Series. L&D Amsterdam Pirates hosted HCAW. In the playdowns, Quick Amersfoort hosted Silicon Storks, that clinched a surprising win yesterday and Oosterhout Twins hosted DSS. Meerlease Pioniers  0  -  8  Curaçao Neptunus …

Photo impression of Oosterhout Twins @ DSS

Today, Twins and DSS played in Oosterhout but Twins was the road team. For seven innings long, Twins appeared to cruise to an easy victory but in the eighth inning, DSS came back to 6-5. Eventually, Twins scored three insurance run in the ninth to clinch the sure win. With two wins, the club only …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2019: Playoffs and playdowns, game 2

In today's playoff games, Meerlease Pioniers hosted Curaçao Neptunus while HCAW hosted L&D Amsterdam Pirates. In the playdowns, DSS "hosted" Oosterhout Twins in Oosterhout and Silicon Storks hosted Quick Amersfoort. Curaçao Neptunus  6  -  1  Meerlease Pioniers Long it appeared to become another close game today. Until the sixth inning neither team did score. In …

Five years Dutch Baseball Hangout

This month, the Dutch Baseball Hangout celebrates its fifth anniversary. Five years ago, shortly before I went on vacation, I was "struck by lightning" and got the idea of starting my own blog next to writing for several magazines and websites. After I blew out my arm in 2007 during a warmup, I fell into …

Henderson (NV) makes pitch for MLB team

According to the Las Vegas-Review Journal, the Las Vegas suburb Henderson has made a pitch to lure the Arizona Diamondbacks to the city. The intention is that the D-Backs would be part of a ballpark development à la Suntrust Park and surrounding The Battery. As the Diamondbacks ownership has expressed its dissatisfaction with how Chase …

Women’s European Championship: Solid win for Dutch ladies

In their final game of the round-robin, the Dutch women's baseball team beat the Czech Republic by a wide margin of fourteen runs. The Dutch ladies needed only five innings to end the game prematurely. Netherlands  17  -  4  Czech Republic A five-run first inning and a ditto second laid the foundation for this solid …

Dutch hoofdklasse: playoffs and playdowns game one.

In the Dutch hoofdklasse, the regular season is over. The top four teams are playing each other in a best-of-five playoff and the lower four are facing each other in a best of five playdowns. Curaçao Neptunus hosted Meerlease Pioniers and L&D Amsterdam Pirates hosted HCAW in the playoffs. Oosterhout Twins played its "home" game …

Women’s European Championship: Mixed results for the Netherlands.

On the second day of the European Championship, the Dutch ladies took on the Czech Republic and France. The Czechs, who were beaten up by France yesterday (30-7) were no match for the Dutch. Czech Republic    -    Netherlands The Dutch ladies came off with a scare after the first inning. The Czech ladies …

Women’s European Championship: Bitter loss for Dutch in opening game

For the first time in history, a Women's European Championship is played. Today it started in Rouen, France. Participating countries: Czech Republic, France, and the Netherlands. Each team will face the others twice. As the Dutch ladies have participated in the last three editions of the Women's World Cup, one would say they have a big …