Team Kingdom of the Netherlands loses first practice game

In the first practice game since the start of their training camp in preparation of the 2017 World Baseball Classic, the Dutch team traveled to Tucson to face the KT Wiz from the Korean Baseball Organization for a practice game. Thanks to some sloppy defense by the Dutch, the Koreans won 5-2.  The KT Wiz …

Meulens extends contract with Giants

Manager of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and hitting coach of the San Francisco Giants has extended his contract with the Northern Californian team. Meulens will stay with the staff of manager Bruce Bochy for another two years. The former player of the New York Yankees and the Dutch national team (with the 2000 Olympics in …

Bert Blyleven pitching coach of Kingdom of the Netherlands

Today it was announced that Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven will join the staff of team Kingdom of the Netherlands with the upcoming World Baseball Classic.  Just like four years ago, Blyleven will serve as a pitching coach. Blyleven will take care of the pitchers of the Dutch team together with Steve Jansen, who is …

Andruw Jones added to staff of team Kingdom of the Netherlands

Andruw Jones who hung up his spikes earlier this year, has been added to the staff of team Kingdom of the Netherlands by manager Steve Janssen. After Jones called it a career, he was named special assistant to baseball operations of the Atlanta Braves, which makes him an outfield instructor for young players in the Minor …

Andruw Jones likely to retire

Andruw Jones attended the Atlanta Braves FanFest this weekend. To reporters he unveiled that he will likely announce his retirement soon. In October 2015, Jones participated with team Kingdom of the Netherlands in the WBSC's Premier 12 tournament in an attempt to showcase himself for a roster spot with any MLB club. The 38-year old …

Curacao Baseball Week was a great success again

The third Curacao Baseball Week was another success. The week started with a press conference and an auction/charity dinner. The dinner raised $40,000 and this painting was one of the items: On the first two days, the coach seminars were attended very well. Managers and coaches like Hensley Meulens, Steve Janssen and Ben Thijssen shared their …

Premier 12: Kingdom of the Netherlands – USA, one disastrous inning makes the difference

Today team Kingdom of the Netherlands took on the USA in the quarter-finals. After dealing with quite some bad luck (family matters for Andruw Jones, injuries of several players), the team was hit by bad luck again. Proposed starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens had to return home due to family matters. He was replaced by Tom …

Premier 12: Kingdom of the Netherlands A lot – Italy 1

In today's game between the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Italy, the Southern Europeans were no match for the Northern Europeans. Where Rob Cordemans got the nod of Hensley Meulens, I had my doubts because he was hit rather hard in his last two Hoofdklasse starts. And in the bottom of the first inning the …

Premier 12: Cuba gets revenge vs Kingdom of the Netherlands

The Cuban national team beat the Kingdom of the Netherlands by a narrow margin: 6 - 5 After taking an early 1-0 lead, Cuban pitcher Frank Montieth could not hold the Dutch bats at bay. In the bottom of the third inning, the Dutch scored two runs as Kalian Sams and Sharlon Schoop were the …

Kingdom of the Netherlands falls to USA in practice game

Today team Kingdom of the Netherlands played their second practice game in Taiwan as a preparation on the Premier 12 tournament that will start Sunday. In their first practice game, the Dutch took on a local university team, but that team was no match for the orange. The Dutch team beat the Taiwanese 7-0. Today the …

Softbank Hawks, Rick van den Hurk win 2015 Nippon Series

Today the Softbank Hawks from Fukuoka beat the Yakult Swallows from Tokyo 5-0 to repeat for the NPB championship, winning the Nippon Series 4-1. . Starting pitcher Jason Standridge needed 82 pitches to get through six innings in which he limited the Swallows to four hits and kept them from scoring. Standridge walked two and …

Press conference of team Kingdom of the Netherlands regarding Premier 12

Today the board members of the KNBSB and the staff of team Kingdom of the Netherlands held a press conference about the creation of the team that will represent the Netherlands and the islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, St. Eustasius and St. Martin in the upcoming Premier 12 tournament. Host of the event was …

A short note on Wladimir Balentien and the Premier 12 tournament

I was informed by Jim Allen, a US baseball journalist who resides in Japan,that Wladimir Balentien told him that his team, the Tokyo Yakult Swallows, only allows him to participate in the Premier 12 tournament as a DH. This may cause a problem for team Kingdom of the Netherlands as Hensley Meulens may use Andruw Jones …

Third Curacao Baseball Week will be a terrific event again

From November 27 through December 4, the third Curacao Baseball Week will be held. This year's event will start on November 27. On that day all participating players will arrive and later that day a press conference will be held.  On November 28 with a fund raising diner and an auction of collector items of …

Youkilis joins Epstein at Cubs

Former Red Sock, White Sock and Yankee, Kevin Youkilis has joined the Chicago Cubs as special assistent. Youkilis who played for the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan last year, announced his retirement in October 2014. Youkilis was drafted before Epstein was in charge but he got his call up in 2004 when he played 72 …

Another year in the Majors for Andruw Jones unlikely or not?

After two years in the NPB (Nippon Professional Baseball League) Andruw Jones is trying to sign a deal with a Major League team. According to his agent Scott Bora$$, at least two teams have shown interest. The 37-year old outfielder probably has to settle with a minor league deal. In two years with the Tohoku …

Van den Hurk reports at new club

Rick van den Hurk arrived in Japan yesterday to join his new team, the Softbank Hawks from Fukuoka. Shortly after his arrival he joined a training session and introduced himself to his new team members. Today the six time Japnanese champion organized a press conference to introduce the 29-year old Dutch RHP. During the last …