Jurrjens and Albies to play in Dominican Winter League

Curaçaoans Jair Jurrjens and Ozzie Albies will participate in the Dominican Winter League or the Liga de Béisbol Profesional de la República Dominicana (LIDOM), which will start in October. Jurrjens has signed a contract with the Tigres del Licey, Ozzie Albies has signed a deal with the arch rival of the Tigres del Licey: Aguilas Cibaeñas. For …

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Jair Jurrjens suspended for PED use

A shock went through the Curaçao and Dutch baseball community as it was announced that Jair Jurrjens was suspended for PED use. Major League Baseball's commissioner announced on Thursday that LA Dodgers farmhand Jair Jurrjens was suspended 80 games for testing positive for exogenous testosterone. So far this season Jurrjens, 31, has pitched in 11 …

Dutchies around the world, part 7

In this week's edition of Dutchies around the world, we pay attention to Kenley Jansen, Jair Jurrjens, Sharlon Schoop, Ray-Patrick Didder, Chris Pieters and Roger Bernadina.  Kenley Jansen The stud closer from Curaçao is having a helluva season. So far his ERA is the lowest of his career but one as it stands at 1.50. …

Dutchies around the World, part 5

In this week's edition of Dutchies around the World, we pay attention to Andrelton Simmons, Jair Jurrjens, Spencer Kieboom, Gianfranco Wawoe, Tom de Blok and Mike Bolsenbroek. Andrelton Simmons After a good start, Andrelton Simmons' batting average dropped to .246, 14 points lower than his career average. In the month of April, Andrelton was hitting very …

Dutchies around the world, part 2

In this week's edition of Dutchies around the world,  we are paying attention to Kenley Jansen, Jair Jurrjens, John Polonius, Ray-Patrick Didder, Chris Pieters, Wladimir Balentien and Mike Bolsenbroek. Kenley Jansen So far, Kenley had four save opportunities and he did convert them all. Next to these four games, Kenley appeared in two games in a …

Jurrjens still makes his projected start at AAA

Yesterday you could read here that Jair Jurrjens was placed on the roster of the Ogden Raptors (Advanced Rookie, Pioneer League). Now it is clear the move was meant to make room for someone on the roster of the OKC Dodgers as Jair made his projected start with the Dodgers yesterday. In a couple of …

Solid debut Jair Jurrjens with OKC Dodgers

After a year of absence, Jair Jurrjens is back in US baseball. Yesterday Jair debuted with the Oklahoma City Dodgers. And what a debut it was. A solid start and plenty of run support earned him the win. After several years of decline, Jair Jurrjens showed that he seems to be back during the 2017 …

Good performance in WBC brings Jurrjens new contract

As one of the few Dutchie free agents, Jair Jurrjens has signed a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. Only four days after the World Baseball Classic, the pitcher from Curacao signed a deal with an MLB organization. Jair Jurrjens was still without a club after he was released by the Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions …

WBC 2017: Base running boners cost Dutch the game

I wasn't meant to be but what a game!In a slow but nerve wrecking matchup between the two best offenses of this year's World Baseball Classic, Puerto Rico took on the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Puerto Rico hit .330 as a team in the previous two rounds as the Kingdom of the Netherlands hit .324. …

WBC 2017: Kingdom of the Netherlands so far

In the weeks before the start of the tournament, the star-studded infield of the Dutch was laureled over and over again. The experts claimed that the pitching would be the Achilles heel. But the pitching did a lot better than many expected.  The Kingdom of the Netherlands has reached the semi-finals of the World Baseball …

WBC 2017: Dutch restore order vs Israel in eight innings

In the second game between the two nations, Israel was no match for the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Dutch needed seven innings to seal Israel's fate. The Dutch needed eight frames to win this game 12-2. The Dutch needed one inning to get warm but from the second inning the Big Orange Machine started …

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 …

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 has tryout with Royals

Former MLB pitcher Jair Jurrjens is currently participating in the spring training camp of team Kingdom of the Netherlands in preparation for the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Apparently, scouts of the Kansas City Royals liked what they saw and thus, Jurrjens received an invitation for a tryout. The former All-Star pitched in a session in front …

KNBSB unveils WBC roster of team Kingdom of the Netherlands

In a press release the Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation Due to an agreement with MLB, the roster of team Kingdom of the Netherlands could not presented before 0:30 AM (Dutch time). The Dutch roster only contains familiar faces of players that have played for the team before. In the past months names of …

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 …

Preliminary roster of team Kingdom of the Netherlands revealed

Today the KNBSB (Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation) revealed the big names on the preliminary roster for the upcoming World Baseball Classic. As expected the big names of MLB players are on the list. The big names on this list are: Xander Bogaerts (Boston Red Sox), Didi Gregorius (New York Yankees), Kenley Jansen (Los Angeles …