2019 Premier 12: Another bitter loss for Dutch

The Kingdom of the Netherlands took on the Dominican Republic. Both teams started a pitcher with MLB experience. Ervin Santana for the Dominicans, Jair Jurrjens for the Dutch. What appeared to become a great game for the Dutch ended as a major disappointment as they were beaten 14-4 in seven innings. Jair Jurrjens didn't pitch …

2019 Premier 12: Watch the Netherlands vs Dominican Republic here

Today, the Kingdom of the Netherlands will take on the Dominican Republic. The Dominicans debut at the Premier 12. For both teams it is a must-win situation as both lost yesterday. The Dominicans fell to Mexico 6-1 in a rain-shortened game. Thinking of today's matchup, the 2009 WBC comes to mind where the Dutch team …

2019 Premier 12: Dutch don’t stand a chance vs USA

The Kingdom of the Netherlands took on team USA today. On the defensive side the Dutch played a solid game, but at bat, the team didn't stand a chance against Cody Ponce and the US relievers. Good old Rob Cordemans could not stop the American offense as he gave up three runs in each of the …

2019 Premier 12: Watch The Netherlands vs USA here

Today, the opening match of the Guadalajara Group of the 2019 Premier 12 will be between the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the United States of America. The other day, both teams played each other in an exhibition match that was clearly won by the USA 12-2. The Kingdom of the Netherlands will sport a …

Dutch release Premier 12 roster

The KNBSB has released the Dutch roster for the upcoming Premier 12 tournament.  The roster is a mix of former MLB players, minor league players of several levels and players from the Dutch hoofdklasse and German 1. Bundesliga. Manager Hensley Meulens made some changes compared to the roster of the Olympic Qualifier as he added …

Two Arubans added to Dutch Premier12 roster

According to 297 Sports, Braves farmhand, Ray-Patrick Didder and Cincinnati Reds farmhand Chadwick Tromp have been added to the Premier12 roster of the Kingdom of the Netherlands by manager Hensley Meulens. Ray-Patrick Didder is coming off a sub-par season with the Mississippi Braves. In his second season with the M-Braves, he batted .203 and committed …

The Olympic Qualification is questionable

With the European/African Olympic Qualifier just finished, there is only one chance left for Europe to get a ticket for Tokyo. Other continents are offered three opportunities, the regional qualifiers included. In a recent post, you could read about the way of working of Italian-born Riccardo Fraccari, chairman of the WBSC. All by himself and …

2019 Olympic Qualifier, day 5

On the fifth and final day of the European/African Olympic Qualifier, the following games were scheduled: Israel @ South Africa, Kingdom of the Netherlands @ Italy and Spain @ Czech Republic.  Israel  11  -  1  South Africa The only way Israel could blow its ticket to Tokyo was by losing to South Africa. But Israel …

2019 Olympic Qualifier: Dutch need two big innings to shove Italy aside

On the final day, Italy hosted the Kingdom of the Netherlands as both countries faced each other for the second time in a week. Where the Dutch only had one big inning last week, the team had two this time as they beat Italy 8-3. In the bottom of the third inning, with a runner …

2019 Olympic Qualifier: Watch the Netherlands @ Italy here

On the final day of the Olympic Qualifier, the Netherlands is hosted by Italy in another of many confrontations between the two countries. So far, the Dutch won the most contests. The winner will have the right to participate in the last qualifier that will take place in Taiwan, early 2020. The direct ticket to …

2019 Olympic Qualifier, day 4

On the fourth day of the Olympic Qualifier, the following games were scheduled: South Africa @ Kingdom of the Netherlands, Italy @ Spain and Czech Republic @ Israel.  South Africa  1  -  7  Kingdom o/t Netherlands  To keep the chance of qualifying alive, the Kingdom of the Netherlands did what it had to do: beating …

2019 Olympic Qualifier: Watch South Africa @ Netherlands here

Today the Kingdom of the Netherlands will face South Africa. Both countries did not face each other much, but the South Africans managed to win once. That was during the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Two days after the Dutch had stunned the baseball world by beating Cuba, South Africa pulled off a stunt against the …

2019 Olympic Qualifier, day 3

On the third day of the Olympic Qualifier, the following games were scheduled: South Africa @ Czech Republic, Israel @ Italy and Spain @ Kingdom of the Netherlands. Besides these games, the remainder of the game between South Africa and Italy, that was rained out on Wednesday, was resumed.  Italy  10  -  4  South Africa …

2019 Olympic Qualifier: Dutch bounce back

For a long time, the Kingdom of the Netherlands had a hard time to walk away but eventually, in the seventh inning, the Dutch scored some insurance run that secured the 6-2 win.  Spain sent Holwuin Sacramento to the mound, the pitcher that made the Dutch life very hard during the European Championship's semi-final. But …

2019 Olympic Qualifier: Watch Spain @ the Netherlands here

After yesterday's heartbreaking loss vs Israel, it is up to the Dutch team to bounce back. Today the opponent is Spain, a country that has made the Dutch go deep in the past few times the both countries faced each other. In the European Championship's semi-final, the Dutch won by the smallest possible margin: 1-0. To …

2019 Olympic Qualifier, day 2

On day two of the Olympic Qualifier the following games were scheduled:  South Africa @ Spain, the Czech Republic @ Italy and the Kingdom of the Netherlands @ Israel.  South Africa  1  -  7  Spain After a strong part of a game vs Italy yesterday, South Africa appeared to continue to surprise the baseball community …

2019 Olympic Qualifier: Israel humiliates the Netherlands

On the second day of the Olympic Qualifier, the Kingdom of the Netherlands was the visiting team vs Israel. Since the 2017 World Baseball Classic, this was the fourth time both teams faced each other. In the first round of the 2017 WBC, Israel beat the Kingdom of the Netherlands but in the next round, …

2019 Olympic Qualifier: Watch Netherlands @ Israel here

In its second game of the Olympic Qualifier, the Kingdom of the Netherlands will face Israel. The team with American-born players from the American affiliated and independent minor leagues and colleges was no match for the Dutch during the 2019 European Championship last week, as it lost 4-13. But this is a different tournament. Last …