U15 World Cup to take place in October/November

Today, the WBSC announced that the U15 World Cup Baseball will take place from October 30 through November 8. This is more positive news after a lot of cancellations due to the coronavirus. As the tournament will be played in Tijuana, Mexico, the place will be a baseball hotbed in October and November as the …

My top ten of national team baseball caps

I have written several blog posts about my favorite ballcaps already. But so far, I never wrote one about my ten favorite caps of national teams. National team caps are known for their simplicity and the lack of abundancy. Here is my top ten of national team caps. 10. Croatia This cap was worn by …

WBC likely to be played in USA and Japan only

Rumors are swirling around about the 2021 World Baseball Classic to be played in the USA and Japan only. With MLB trying to save money on minor league teams, this seems to be another move to save money for the billion making industry. According to Septimaentrada.com, Mexico will be excluded by Major League Baseball to …

Curaçao heads to Little League World Series final

It was a close call as Japan threatened in the sixth inning with runners in scoring position but the tiny Caribbean island managed to keep Japan at bay and advance to the Little League finals, where it will meet the winner of the game between the US Southwest region and West region.  Thanks to an …

Kingdom of the Netherlands drops one spot in World Rankings

After the U23 World Cup, that was won by Mexico, the WBSC has presented the new World Ranking. Some changes occurred as Japan regained first place again and the USA dropped into second place. Most of the countries that reached the Super Round of the U23 World Cup gained a spot in the World Rankings. …

U15 World Cup 2018: The Netherlands doesn’t stand a chance vs Japan

For four innings the Kingdom of the Netherlands may have had hope to beat Japan as they clung on to a narrow 1-0 lead. But in the fifth, Japan scored three runs and never looked back as they outscored the Dutch 11-1. In the first inning, the Dutch took a surprising lead. Back-to-back singles and …

Schedule of U-15 World Cup released

The World Baseball and Softball Confederation (WBSC for short) has released the schedule of the U-15 World Cup that will be played from August 10 through August 19 in Panama. The Kingdom of the Netherlands is in the tough group B together with Japan, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Australia and South Africa. On day one, …

World baseball ranking: Netherlands drops a spot, Italy drops out of top 12

Today, a month and a half after the previous one, the WBSC announced the new baseball world ranking in a press release. The most surprising part was the move Mexico made. The Central Americans moved into the fifth place, their highest ranking ever. Another surprise is the fact that the United States has passed Japan for …

Kingdom of the Netherlands gains a spot in world ranking

Today, the World Baseball and Softball Confederation presented the new world rankings baseball. In this ranking, the Dutch moved one place up, from the ninth to the eighth thanks to several good performances of several national teams. The other European top team, Italy, lost two places and dropped to the twelfth spot in the rankings, …

U18 World Cup 2017: Dutch fall to Taiwan in consolation round

The Kingdom of the Netherlands had to swallow a loss vs Taiwan after wins vs Mexico (in the first round) and Nicaragua (in the consolation round). Some sloppy defense cost the Dutch the game as they fell to Taiwan 4-1.  It took the Dutch until the fourth inning to get on the board. In the …

U18 World Cup 2017: Japan beats Kingdom of the Netherlands in hard fought victory

In a pitching matchup between Samurai Japan and Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Dutch were on course to pull off an upset, but in the sixth inning, Japan turned the tables and eventually walked away with a 3-1 win. Both teams played very good baseball and because of that, it was an enjoyable game.  Donny …

U18 World Cup 2017: Japan beats Kingdom of the Netherlands in hard fought victory

In a pitching matchup between Samurai Japan and Kingdom of the Netherlands was on course to pull off an upset, but in the sixth inning, Japan turned the tables and eventually walked away with a 3-1 win. Both teams played very good baseball and because of that, it was an enjoyable game.  Donny Breek took a …

World Port Tournament 2017: Taiwan beats Japan in extra innings

In a typical small ball and low scoring game, Taiwan bested Japan in extra innings.  For a long time, Taiwan had the lead in this game but Japan managed to tie the game in the ninth inning.  In a battle of two Asian giants, Japan took the lead in the first inning. Hiroto Kobukata doubled to …

World Port Tournament 2017: Dutch fall to Japan despite ninth inning rally

After an easy win vs Cuba, team Kingdom of the Netherlands did not stand a chance vs Japan. The team was outscored 7-3 and outhit 12-5. Except for the ninth inning, the Dutch did not take advantage of the few situations with runners in scoring position and were kept in check by the Japanese pitching. …

Remarkable selection of Dutch team for World Port Tournament

Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf posted an article on its website about the selection of team Kingdom of the Netherlands for the upcoming World Port Tournament in Rotterdam.  The creation of the 24-man roster can be called remarkable, to put it mildly. This year the coaching staff will be led by Sydney de Jong. This is …

WBC 2017: Cuba gives game away in eighth

Cuba let Japan work hard for its money. The Caribbean nation took the lead twice but eventually gave the game away in the eighth inning as it was beaten by Japan 8-5. Japan took an early lead in the bottom of the first on a solo homerun hit by Tetsuto Yamada. But Cuba fought back …

Ballparks around the world: Tokyo Dome

In Ballparks around the world another World Baseball Classic venue will be in the center of the attention. The Tokyo Dome in Japan will be host to the WBC for the fourth time since 2006. Next to hosting group B with Australia, China, Cuba and Japan, it will also host group E in the second …