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… Continue reading Team Kingdom of the Netherlands loses first practice game
Yesterday the Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation (KNBSB) presented the roster of team Kingdom of the Netherlands for the upcoming World Baseball Classic. But next to that roster, there is, what they call, a designated pool of pitchers. This designated pool of pitchers is a list with reserve players. Even though Kenley Jansen has… Continue reading Team Kingdom of the Netherlands: the roster behind the WBC roster
Last Saturday and Sunday, team Kingdom of the Netherlands played two exhibition games vs team Samurai Japan. The two games were part of a four game series. Two were played between Mexico and Japan. For Japan it was a must to win all games, but one was lost to Mexico (7-3). The Dutch played two… Continue reading Kingdom of the Netherlands: What conclusions can be drawn from friendly matches vs Japan?
By now this is old news already, but I have totally missed it. Bad news for L&D Amsterdam Pirates, good news for the rest of the Dutch Hoofdklasse. Baseball website Grand Slam Stats & News announced this on June 12. Kevin Heijstek injured himself during the final of the European Champions Cup as he covered first… Continue reading Kevin Heijstek out for the season
You all may have noticed by now that L&D Amsterdam Pirates won the European Champions Cup by beating A.S.D. Rimini Pirates in extra innings. But was this a surprising win? Even though Curacao Neptunus won the cup last year, Italian club baseball was dominant in Europe over the past eight years. Since 1996, Neptunus from… Continue reading European Champions Cup 2016: L&D Amsterdam Pirates a surprising winner?
In the second game that the European delegation played at the Asia Winter League, team Chinese Taipei was too strong. One of the highlights was the 2-6 double play that Italian catcher Alberto Mineo made in the first inning. Another positive thing was that starting pitcher Maickel Rietel pitched three good frames before he was… Continue reading Asia Winter League: Europe falls to Chinese Taipei 1-5
The Dutch national team went to Curacao to prepare for the upcoming Premier 12 tournament which will start on November 8. The players arrived at the Blue Bay Curaçao Golf & Beach Resort in Willemstad yesterday. At the resort the local players that received a call up joined the team, together with manager Hensley Meulens. Meulens… Continue reading Dutch gather at Curacao to prepare for Premier12