Hoofdklasse 2018, Round 1, day 1

Finally, after a long winter and a preseason in which the weather did not always cooperate, the Dutch hoofdklasse season will be underway.  On the very first day (night) of the season, Storks from The Hague headed to De Glaskoning Twins, Curaçao Neptunus hosted Hoofddorp Pioniers, L&D Amsterdam headed to neighboring Haarlem to face DSS and CitySide …

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Curaçao Neptunus acquires Japanese pitcher

After De Glaskoning Twins, Curaçao Neptunus will be the second Dutch hoofdklasse club who will use a pitcher from Japan in 2018. In a press release, the club announced the signing of left-hander Riki Saito. After pitcher Kevin Kelly unexpectedly decided to join A.S.D. Rimini Pirates from the Italian Serie A, a void needed to be …

Storks strikes deal with main sponsor

Baseball club Storks from The Hague has struck a deal with a main sponsor. In the past years in the overgangsklasse, the club played without a main sponsor. The company that sold its name is Silicon Refractory Anchoring Solutions. Storks promoted to the Dutch hoofdklasse after finishing fourth in the standings of the promotion/ relegation competition in …

Curaçao Neptunus duo banned for four years

Dutch baseball magazine Fastball Magazine announced today that Urving Kemp and Christian Diaz will be banned for four years after testing positive for PED use. Last summer both players were caught. After both players were caught, they were banned temporarily. The KNBSB (Dutch Royal Baseball and Softball Federation) gave the two cases to the I.S.R. (institution …

Jan Tomek joins Munich-Haar Disciples for 2018

German First Bundesliga club Munich-Haar Disciples announced today they have signed Czech national team player Jan Tomek for the 2018 season. Last year, Tomek joined Curaçao Neptunus to pitch for the farm team, but due to many injuries, Tomek pitched the biggest chunk of the season for the flagship team. A few weeks ago, a …

Groups for European Champions Cup set

The European Baseball Confederation (CEB) has drawn the teams for the two groups for the upcoming European Champions Cup which will be played in Rotterdam next year. Reigning champion Curaçao Neptunus will face two opponents from the Italian Serie A1 (recently the Italian Baseball Federation (FIBS) decided to fold the Italian Baseball League). Neptunus will be …

Kevin Kelly a signature away from joining A.S.D. Rimini Pirates

Just like a few other clubs from the Italian Baseball League, A.S.D. Rimini Pirates will acquire a player from the Dutch hoofdklasse. Will... because the contract hasn't been signed yet. If everything goes according to plan, Kevin Kelly will sign tomorrow to join Rimini for the 2018 season. Kelly won't be the first player from …

European Champions Cup 2018 awarded to Curaçao Neptunus

The Confederation of European Baseball (CEB) has announced that the organization of the 2018 European Champions Cup has been awarded to Curaçao Neptunus. For the club from Rotterdam, it is a nice addition to the celebrations of its 75th anniversary. The current European and Dutch champion organized this tournament for the last time in 2015 when …

Curaçao Neptunus doesn’t make a lot of roster moves

Reigning Dutch champion and European champion Curaçao Neptunus did not make a lot of roster moves during the transition period. Only three new players joined the ranks of the Rotterdam based club. A couple of players has decided to leave the club for a surprising destination. In a press release the club announced the following …

Overview of national champions in Europe in 2017

Here is an overview of this year's baseball champions of European countries as far as the available information allows me to write something about it. Austria: In the ten-team Baseball League Austria, the reigning champion Attnang-Puchheim Athletics took on the Vienna Wanderers. The Athletics won the first two games at home but fell twice to …

The 2017 season in review by Ronald Jaarsma

He was the projected heir to the throne of L&D Amsterdam Pirates, the follow up of manager Charles Urbanus. But he accepted an offer of rival Neptunus to become the head coach for the 2017 season. In what was supposed to be a transition year for Curaçao Neptunus, first-year manager Ronald Jaarsma won every prize …

Holland Series 2017: Neptunus wins 18th title

For a long time, nothing seemed to be wrong for L&D Amsterdam Pirates as the team took a 3-0 lead. But a two-run seventh inning brought Curaçao Neptunus back in the game. Eventually, the Rotterdam based team scored the game-tying run in the top of the ninth and with only one out the team pushed …

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. …

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 …

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 …

Dutch playoffs 2017: Narrow escapes for Pirates and Neptunus

After two rainouts in round four last week, the games in the playoff round had to be made up. For the two teams that reached the Holland Series, the home advantage is depending on the results. HCAW hosted L&D Amsterdam Pirates while Curaçao Neptunus hosted Hoofddorp Pioniers. L&D Amsterdam Pirates  9  -  8  HCAW The …

Dutch playoffs 2017: Round 4, day three

After several rainouts in the previous days, the scheduled games of today were played as planned. Curaçao Neptunus took on Hoofddorp Pioniers in Hoofddorp and needed just seven innings to clinch the win. L&D Amsterdam Pirates needed the full nine innings to beat HCAW. Curaçao Neptunus  15  -  3  Hoofddorp Pioniers Curaçao Neptunus only needed …