U23 European Championship: Dutch advance to finals by beating Belgium

Today, the Kingdom of the Netherlands U23 team became the first finalist as they beat Belgium 10-5.  With this win, the Dutch also earned a ticket to the 2018 U23 World Cup. Even though the team remained unbeaten, today's victory wasn't as easy as it looked like on paper. In the first inning, Belgium took a …

U23 European Championship: Cumbersome victory for Dutch

After the first two innings, it looked like the Kingdom of the Netherlands would clinch an easy victory vs Russia, but after those innings the offense stalled. Only in the seventh, the Dutch scored a couple of runs again. Even though the Dutch had some problems adapting to the speed of the Russian pitchers, Russia …

World Port Tournament 2017: Dutch win consolation game vs Cuba

In what was the last game for both teams, the Kingdom of the Netherlands bested Cuba 3-1. A three-run inning was all the Dutch needed to beat Cuba for the second time this week. Manager Sidney de Jong used four pitchers to keep the Cubans in check. Before the game, pitcher Rob Cordemans and infielder …

World Port Tournament 2017: Dutch surrender win in last inning

For 8.5 innings it looked like team Kingdom of the Netherlands would beat Taiwan but three errors by the Dutch catcher cost them the game eventually. The Dutch pitching was superb last night but unfortunately, the effort was in vain as the Dutch lost 4-3. The Dutch took a quick lead in the first inning. …

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. …

World Port Tournament 2017: Easy victory for Dutch vs Cuba

A juvenile team Kingdom of the Netherlands beat Cuba in a surprisingly easy way. The Dutch pitching limited the Cubans to one run and seven hits in a 6-1 victory as the Dutch outhit them 12-7.  After Gianison Boekhoudt doubled home Stijn van der Meer from second base, Cuba tied the game in the bottom …

World Port Tournament 2017: Dutch win first game

After falling to Chinese Taipei in the final inning last night, the Dutch bounced back vs Curaçao. In thirteen innings the Dutch clinched the 10-7 victory. In the regular innings, the runs did not come cheap. In the third inning, Rob Cordemans gave up two runs to Curaçao when Reangelo Beaumont was driven in from second …

Shawn Zarraga released by Reds

Aruban catcher Shawn Zarraga has been released by the Cincinnati Reds according to a MiLB transaction overview of Baseball America. In the offseason, Zarraga signed a minor league contract with the Reds because they gave him the best feeling. After a season that he split between AA Tulsa Drillers and AAA Oklahoma City Dodgers, Zarraga …

WBC 2017: Kenley Jansen available for Dutch in championship round

If the Kingdom of the Netherlands will qualify for the championship round of the World Baseball Classic, the team can count on Kenley Jansen. The closer of the Los Angeles Dodgers confirmed his eventual participation. The Kingdom of the Netherlands made a huge step towards the championship round by beating Cuba 14-1 earlier today. If …

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 …

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 …

Kingdom of the Netherlands falls to Koreans in second game as well

Today the Kingdom of the Netherlands took on the NC Dinos, also from the KBO. In a wild game in which the score went back and forth, the Dutch ended at the wrong side of the score. The Dutch pitching staff showed two faces today; one that performed well and another that did not deliver when needed. …

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 …

Korean manager on his guard for Kingdom of the Netherlands

Manager of the Korean national team, Kim-In Sik says that he fears team Kingdom of the Netherlands most. The team will be the toughest test for the Koreans, with its infield stacked with MLB players. Kim-In Sik claims that the primary goal for Korea is to survive round one. Kim-In Sik claims that the Dutch …

Hensley Meulens can add 2 MLB players to roster of Kingdom of the Netherlands

A few minutes ago, the KNBSB (Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation) released a statement in which was announced that two more MLB players will be added to the Dutch roster for the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Next to Andrelton Simmons, Xander Bogaerts, Jonathan Schoop and Rick van den Hurk, Jurickson Profar and Didi Gregorius …