HCAW tournament played at an unusual date

Today, HCAW (Honkbalclub Allen Weerbaar) from Bussum sent out a press release about their annual tournament. This tournament is normally played around the end of March or at the start of April, right before the start of the Dutch hoofdklasse season. But this year it will be played on the weekend of July 16 till …

KNBSB unveils Hoofdklasse schedule

The 2020 Dutch hoofdklasse season is engraved in stone. Today the KNBSB (Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation) put the schedule online. After a long period of uncertainty, in which the KNBSB lobbied the best it could, the official schedule of the Dutch hoofdklasse has been placed online. The season will start on Thursday night, …

KNBSB guarantees 2021 ECC spot to L&D Amsterdam Pirates and Curaçao Neptunus

Last month, when the CEB announced that the European Champions Cup was canceled due to the coronavirus, the KNBSB (Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation) made clear that both Dutch champion L&D Amsterdam Pirates and runner up Curaçao Neptunus would be guaranteed a spot in the 2021 ECC. This can be read on the website …

COVID-19 cause for Dutch clubs to make smart financial decisions

Two days ago, the KNBSB (Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation) announced that in the upcoming 2020 season, no teams will relegate or will be promoted. Time for clubs to think about how to spend their resources. With no baseball played so far and the season still up in the air, it remains to be …

L&D Amsterdam Pirates bolsters pitching staff

After a transition period in which quite some pitchers left the club, L&D Amsterdam Pirates needed some reinforcements. They found one in former Major Leaguer Shairon Martis. The 32-year old pitcher from Curaçao has signed a deal for one season. After Tom Stuifbergen, Jhan Rifaela, Maikel Rietel, and Kevin Heijstek left the club, Pirates needed …

CEB announces groups of European Champions Cup

As we already knew which clubs would participate in the European Champions Cup, it was waiting for the grouping. Yesterday the CEB unveiled both groups A and B of the event in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Group A contains of the following clubs: Curaçao Neptunus (Ned) Fortitudo Bologna (Ita) Heidenheim Heideköpfe (Ger) Rouen Huskies (Fra) Group …

Ballparks around the World: Loek Loevendie Ballpark

In this episode of Ballparks around the World, we pay attention to the home field of L&D Amsterdam Pirates: Loek Loevendie Ballpark. The facility opened in the year 2000 and was renamed after the founder of Pirates, Loek Loevendie in 2019. Of course, Pirates started as a baseball branch of the Amsterdam based soccer club …

My baseball top five of the decade

In the past decade, a lot of baseball took place. This is my top five of the best baseball moments in the past decade. 5. Cubs win World Series After 108 years, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series in 2016. In a nailbiter of a World Series that went seven games, the Cubbies bested …

Auckland Tuatara signs Bas Nooij

Dutchie baseball news from the ABL. The Auckland Tuatara has signed catcher Bas Nooij to replace an injured player. The Dutch-born catcher spent the last few years with the Adelaide Bite but hardly got playing time. In 2016, Bas played a total of thirteen games with the Adelaide Bite, currently playing as the Adelaide Giants, …

A lot of transfers for L&D Amsterdam Pirates

Once again, L&D Amsterdam saw several players go and added a lot of new players to its roster. Three of those players come from their farm team and one was playing for them last year more or less. Of the players that turned their back on the club, the name of Kevin Heijstek is the …

Michael Duursma new manager of L&D Amsterdam Pirates

On their website, Amsterdam Pirates have announced that former Pirate Michael Duursma will be the flagship team's new manager. This after Brian Finnegan told the club he won't be available for the 2020 season.     Duursma played for a variety of clubs in the Dutch hoofdklasse, L&D Amsterdam Pirates was the last one before …

Holland Series 2019: Pirates marks anniversary year with championship

In a somewhat lopsided game, Curaçao Neptunus was no match for L&D Amsterdam Pirates. After the team tied the series at three yesterday, Pirates clearly had the momentum going. After six years, the dominance of Neptunus ended and Pirates could celebrate its fifth overall Dutch championship as it beat Neptunus 6-0. The unlikely hero for …

Holland Series 2019: Walk off walk ties series at three

In a nailbiter of a game, L&D Amsterdam Pirates tied the Holland Series at three games apiece. After trailing 3-0, the team managed to come back in the game and win in the final inning as they beat Neptunus 4-3. After quite a long absence, Rob Cordemans took the mound for L&D Amsterdam Pirates. The …

Holland Series 2019: L&D Amsterdam Pirates inches closer

After Sunday's win, L&D Amsterdam Pirates was still trailing 3-1 in the Holland Series. But tonight, the club clinched another win (2-1) to get within a win from Curaçao Neptunus. With two outs in the second inning, Pirates took the lead when Max Clarijs doubled to left center field and scored on Delano Selassa's single …

Holland Series 2019: L&D Amsterdam Pirates fights back

After four scoreless innings, Curaçao Neptunus opened the score as it plated two runs in the top of the fifth inning. But in the bottom of that frame, L&D Amsterdam Pirates scored five times to reach the final score of 5-2.  As written in the prologue, Neptunus opened the score thanks to an RBI single …

Holland Series 2019: Neptunus in driver’s seat

Another close game, another victory for Curaçao Neptunus. For five innings the team was kept in check by Kevin Heijstek as he limited them to one hit. The team needed only two innings to turn the tables and walk off the field with a 2-1 victory. Until the third inning, neither team did not score …

Holland Series 2019: Neptunus strikes first

In game one of the 2019 Holland Series, Curaçao Neptunus hosted L&D Amsterdam Pirates. In a real see-saw game, both teams took the lead several times. But eventually, Neptunus took full advantage of Pirates' struggling pitching and beat their opponent 6-4. Curaçao Neptunus opened the score in the third inning when Stijn van der Meer …