Dutch hoofdklasse 2018: Neptunus wins title, Storks remains in hoofdklasse

As expected, Curaçao Neptunus won the Dutch championship for the sixth time in a row. After two poor games, the team fought back and won the Holland Series in Six games. In the promotion/relegation series, Silicon Storks from The Hague prolonged its stay in the hoofdklasse with one more year. After Neptunus won 4-1 in …

Promotion/relegation series 2018: Game two suspended due to darkness

Silicon Storks wasn't able to cling on to a 2-0 lead as Kinheim tied the game in the top of the ninth inning. In extra innings, the game was called due to darkness after the twelfth inning. In the bottom of the second inning, Silicon Storks opened the score. After Gino Gil was hit by a …

Hoofdklasse promotion/relegation series 2018: game 1

In a battle of provincial capitals between Silicon Storks (The Hague) and Kinheim (Haarlem), the runs did not come cheap until the eighth inning. Storks needed one big inning to strike first in this series for promotion/relegation. Former hoofdklasse pitcher Glenn Wassink and Storks starter Juan Carlos Sulbaran performed well in a real pitching duel. …

Ballparks around the World: Pim Mulier Stadium

In this episode of Ballparks around the World, we pay attention to the oldest baseball stadium in the Netherlands: the Pim Mulier Stadium. After the city of Haarlem organized the first baseball week in 1961, it was clear that a bigger venture was needed. So the city of Haarlem started to make plans for a …

Niels van Weert joins L&D Amsterdam Pirates

Through its website, L&D Amsterdam Pirates announced today it has signed Niels van Weert as reinforcement. Van Weert joins the club from the Dutch capital to fill the void that Gilmer Lampe left as he decided to join Fortitudo Bologna. Niels used to play for Kinheim from Haarlem, with which he won the 2012 Holland …

Another Dutchie signs contract with MLB club

The Astros signed another Dutchie to a 7-year contract. After Stijn van der Meer, Oliver Van der Wijst Severino signed a contract with the team from Houston. Several MLB organizations have kept an eye on the 19-year old talent for about two years. But Oliver proved that he is a smart kid as he preferred …

Tom Stuifbergen transfers to role of reliever

Former Corendon Kinheim starting pitcher Tom Stuifbergen has signed with Kinheim's neighbor DSS for the coming season, just like a couple of his team mates.  But where Stuifbergen used to have a role as starting pitcher, he will become a reliever with the Haarlem based club. In an interview with the local Haarlem newspaper, Stuifbergen …

Annual player shift in Dutch hoofdklasse

The month of October has passed and so has the transition period in Dutch baseball . The top two teams in Dutch baseball, L&D Amsterdam Pirates and Curacao Neptunus did not acquire many players this year. Especially in the lower ranks of the hoofdklasse were a lot of moves made. European champion L&D Amsterdam Pirates saw …

Kinheim withdraws from 2017 hoofdklasse

Another example of the deplorable situation that Dutch baseball is in. According to an official press release sent to all hoofdklasse clubs by the KNBSB (Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation), baseball club Kinheim from Haarlem has withdrawn from the Dutch hoofdklasse. It was rumored for a longer period that many players would leave the …

Dutch Hoofdklasse 2016: Play offs and runner up competition, August 28

Today was the very last day of the play offs and of the runner up competion.  In fact only two games mattered today: Curacao Neptunus @ L&D Amsterdam Pirates and Vaessen Pioniers @ Kinheim. Neptunus already clinched a spot in the Holland Series (Dutch championship series) but there was still a battle between L&D Amsterdam …

Dutch Hoofdklasse 2016: Play offs and runners up, August 27

On the second day of the final round of the play offs and runner up competition Curacao Neptunus hosted L&D Amsterdam Pirates, Vaessen Pioniers took on Kinheim in a lopsided game, UVV hosted DSS in another very lopsided game and HCAW hosted De Glaskoning Twins in another high scoring game. Kinheim  1  -  9  Vaessen …

Dutch Hoofdklasse 2016: Play offs and runners up, Thursday August 25

On the first day of the final round of the play offs and of the runner up competition, the following games were scheduled: Vaessen Pioniers hosted Kinheim, L&D Amsterdam took on Curacao Neptunus in Rotterdam, HCAW hosted De Glaskoning Twins and UVV hosted DSS. Kinheim  4  -  5  Vaessen Pioniers Against all odds, Kinheim took …

Dutch Hoofdklasse 2016: Play offs and runners up, August 22

Tonight the rained out games of Sunday August 21 were played. A very unusual day because normally those games are played on a Tuesday.  Anyhow, HCAW headed to Pickles UVV, De Glaskoning Twins went to Haarlem to face DSS and L&D Amsterdam Pirates also went to Haarlem, but across the street of DSS, to face …

Dutch Hoofdklasse 2016: Play offs and runners up, August 20

Today Curacao Neptunus hosted Vaessen Pioniers and blew a big lead. L&D Amsterdam Pirates hosted Kinheim. UVV clinched a surprising win against HCAW in Bussum and DSS blew a 3-0 lead @ De Glaskoning Twins. Kinheim  1  -  8  L&D Amsterdam Pirates Robin Schel dominated the Kinheim lineup today. In nine innings, he surrendered only …

Dutch Hoofdklasse 2016: Play offs and runners up, August 18

In the second round of the play offs and the runner up competition (play downs), the following games were scheduled: Kinheim @ L&D Amsterdam Pirates, Vaessen Pioniers @ Curacao Neptunus, DSS @ De Glaskoning Twins and Pickles UVV @ HCAW. Kinheim  5  -  3  L&D Amsterdam Pirates For two innings both teams did not score …

Dutch Hoofdklasse 2016: Play offs and runners up, Sunday August 14

On the final day of the first round of the play offs and the runner up competition (play downs), Vaessen Pioniers hosted L&D Amsterdam Pirates, Curacao Neptunus hosted Kinheim, De Glaskoning Twins headed to Utrecht to face Pickles UVV and DSS was the visiting team in Bussum as they took on HCAW. Kinheim  9  - …

Dutch Hoofdklasse 2016: Play offs and runners up, August 13

Today was the second day of the play offs and the runner up competiton (play downs).  Kinheim hosted Curacao Neptunus again and L&D Amsterdam Pirates had the home field advantage vs Vaessen Pioniers. Curacao Neptunus  13  -  3  Kinheim Once again Curacao Neptunus was much too strong for Kinheim. After two innings the team from …

How to get the Dutch Hoofdklasse back on track?

Baseball is losing ground. Not only in the USA but also in the Netherlands. Less fans that head to the ballparks. Less people that play the game. Thirty years ago, some Hoofdklasse games drew around 800 - 1,000 fans per game easily. Nowadays clubs are happy if there are 100-200 fans in the stands. What needs to be …