Hensely Meulens to be interviewed for Yankees’ manager job

Several New York-based media are reporting that the former Yankee outfielder and current bench coach of the San Francisco Giants Hensley Meulens will be interviewed for the position of manager of the New York Yankees. The 50-year old Curaçao native will be one of a long list of candidates that apply to fill the void that …

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WBC 2017: Kingdom of the Netherlands without Gregorius

A major blow for team Kingdom of the Netherlands. Due to an injury to his throwing arm/shoulder, Didi Gregorius will not participate in the semi-final later today.  At the request of the New York Yankees, the Curacaoan shortstop, who served as DH, has flown back to Tampa to let the meds of the Yankees take a …

WBC 2017: Van den Hurk gets nod for semi-final

According to the Dutch news website nu.nl, manager of team Kingdom of the Netherlands, Hensley Meulens, will give the nod to pitcher Rick van den Hurk to start the semi-final game vs Puerto Rico . The 31-year old already had two starts in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. The first start of Van den Hurk …

WBC 2017: Dutch humiliate Cuba in seven innings

In a must-win situation for both teams, the Dutch totally humiliated Cuba in a walk over. It was painful to see how Cuba was slaughtered by the Dutch. As a fan, you always hope for an exciting game, but this one was very lopsided as the Dutch beat Cuba 14-1 in seven innings. Diegomar Markwell …

WBC 2017: Dutch take it easy and fall to Israel

This game was about nothing as both teams had reached the second round already. And that showed as the Dutch team took the hitting a bit too lightly. Eventually, the team lost 4-2 and finishes second in group A. In what could have been advertised as the clash of the Titans of group A, the …

WBC 2017: Dutch beat Taiwan in nerve wrecking game

The Kingdom of the Netherlands "hosted" Taiwan in their second game of the tournament. In an exciting game in which the score went back and forth, the Dutch came back from trailing 5-4 and eventually walked off as a winner with a 6-5 win, due to a bases loaded walk.  In a must win game …

Kingdom of the Netherlands warming up

Where the team without the MLB players had a hard time vs KBO teams during the training camp in Arizona, the team with the MLB players cruised through the first practice game on Korean soil. The bats were awake and the pitching did well. In the Gocheok Sky Dome, the stadium that will host WBC …

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 …

Jurrjens joins team Kingdom of the Netherlands

Today the Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation (KNBSB) announced in a press release, that former MLB pitcher Jair Jurrjens will join team Kingdom of the Netherlands during the upcoming World Baseball Classic.  With Jurrjens, manager Hensley Meulens can add another pitcher to the rotation with MLB experience. The other one is Rick van den …

Tampa Bay Rays reportedly show interest in Profar

With a big hole at second base to fill, the Tampa Bay Rays have reportedly informed with the Texas Rangers for Jurickson Profar. Profar, who turns 24 in February, is in a utility role with the Rangers. The Rangers are not eager to trade Profar. The Rangers dealt with a lot of injuries last season, …

Kenley Jansen to skip World Baseball Classic

Many hoped that the Dodgers' closer Kenley Jansen would join team Kingdom of the Netherlands for the upcoming World Baseball Classic but according to Dodger Beat writer Bill Plunkett and several sources, the pitcher from Curacao will not participate in the World Baseball Classic. After several players from Curacao and Aruba (Andrelton Simmons, Xander Bogaerts and …

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 …

Kingdom of the Netherlands falls to Samurai Japan in extra innings

In a festive atmosphere, like Japanese games always are, team Samurai Japan hosted the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In what was the third game in as many days for the Japanese, the Dutch made Japan work hard for its money. The Dutch could not cling on to a four run lead but fought back to take …

KNBSB presents the 2016 season

Today, the Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation (KNBSB) held a press conference in the clubhouse of new hoofdklasse club Oosterhout Twins (pronounce Oaster hout) about the upcoming season in the baseball hoofdklasse, Golden League softball, the upcoming European (nations) Cup in Hoofddorp, the upcoming ladies World Cup softball and the cooperation within the Dutch …

Hensley Meulens and Charlie Montoyo inducted in IL HOF

Today, the International League announced that current hitting coach of the San Francisco Giants and current third base coach of the Tampa Bay Rays will be inducted to the Hall of Fame in the 2016 class. Meulens was an MVP in the International League in 1990 when playing for the Columbus Clippers. In 1992 Meulens …

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 …

Curacao Baseball Week started

Yesterday the third Curacao Baseball Week started with a press conference. Attendants were (amongst others) initiators Blue Bay Resort Curacao, Hensley Meulens, Ben Thijssen and Jair Jurrjens. During the first two days, clinics will be organized for local coaches. Next to Hensley Meulens, Steve Janssen (KNBSB), Ron Wotus (San Francisco Giants), Martijn Nijhoff (KNBSB) and …