Misja Harcksen called up for Dutch team

Yesterday, Misja Harcksen got a phone call from the new manager of the Dutch national team Evert-Jan 't Hoen. In this call, Van 't Hoen told Misja he had been selected for the Dutch squad that will participate in the 2018 Baseball Week Haarlem (previously known as Haarlem Baseball Week). I got a soft spot …

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Spencer Kieboom gets his first MLB hit

In his first start behind the dish, Spencer Kieboom collected his first MLB hit. The 27-year old catcher was called up last week but saw action for the first time today.  Spencer caught the first game of a doubleheader vs the Los Angeles Dodgers. In the bottom of the third inning, Spencer got his first …

Kenley Jansen helps out MS patient

A 25-year old MS patient from Rijswijk (near The Hague) in the Netherlands was in desperate need of funds to pay for a stem cell treatment. But this treatment is not available in the Netherlands, so he has to go to Russia, which makes it very expensive. Too much for him to pay. But he got …

Reds promote Hendrik Clementina

Hendrik Clementina has been promoted to A Full Season Dayton Dragons by the Cincinnati Reds. Last season he played at A Short Season with the Billings Mustangs. The 20-year old catcher will play his fifth season in 2018. Curaçao native Clementina made his first steps with the Dodgers in the Dominican Summer League. After two …

Shawn Zarraga released by Dodgers

Shawn Zarraga has to look for a new club. At the end of Spring Training, on March 30, the Dodgers acquired catcher Cael Brockmeyer, who was released by the Cubs. In order to make room for him, the club from Los Angeles released Shawn Zarraga. After the 29-year old Aruban signed a minor league contract …

Shawn Zarraga non-roster invitee for Dodgers spring training camp

Once again Aruban catcher Shawn Zarraga has received an invitation for the spring training camp of an MLB club as a non-roster player. This time the Dodgers invited the player of team Kingdom of the Netherlands. Zarraga was signed to a new contract on January 17. The Dodgers assigned him to their AAA roster and invited …

The HOF voting from a different point of view: Andruw Jones stays on ballot

With Jim Thome, Vladimir Guerrero, Trevor Hoffman and Chipper Jones voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, the Walhalla of baseball adds four great players. But most important, from a Curaçao/ Dutch point of view is the fact that Andruw Jones stayed on the ballot. The outfielder who broke into the Majors with …

Roger Bernadina to stay in Korea

After a very successful season in which he helped the Kia Tigers win the KBO championship, Roger Bernadina has signed a one-year extension with the club from Gwangju. The Tigers have been very active to keep the trio of foreign players in their team. Next to Bernadina, the club signed Hector Noesi to a $2 …

Andruw Jones on 2018 HOF ballot

Today, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced the newbies on the 2018 ballot. Next to players like his namesake Chipper Jones, Trevor Hoffman, first-timers Omar Vizquel and Jim Thome, Curaçao native Andruw Jones is also on the ballot. Andruw Jones broke into the majors at the age of  19. He was the youngest player to …

Kenley Jansen recovers from two unfortunate outings

With Kenley Jansen retiring the side in the ninth inning, the Los Angeles Dodgers have forced a seventh game in the 2017 World Series. In another pitching matchup, the pitching staff of the Dodgers outdueled the staff of the Astros as the Dodgers beat the Astros 3-1. Once again a run was scored on a home …

Dodgers tie series despite Jansen being human

Game four of the World Series was a nailbiter. It had all the drama you'd expect the Fall Classic to have. It was only decided in the ninth inning when the bullpen of the Astros collapsed and gave up five runs as the Astros fell to the Dodgers 6-2. Throughout the game the Astros were …

Kenley Jansen earns reliever of the year award

With the season he had, this doesn't really come as a surprise. Kenley Jansen has earned the Trevor Hoffman award as the best reliever of the National League for the second year in a row. In 65 appearances, Kenley had 42 save opportunities of which he converted 41 into saves. On top of that, he …

Jansen has a share in bad night for Dodgers’ bullpen

Until the ninth inning, it looked like the Dodgers would win game two as well when they had a 3-1 lead. But from there, their bullpen faltered and gave away the chance of taking a 2-0 lead in the World Series. It is clear the Dodgers are located near Hollywood as the team made a …

Jansen wraps up first victory for Dodgers

After the family of legend Jackie Robinson threw out the ceremonial first pitch, two aces battled for the win but the Dodgers stayed at the right side of the score. A vastly dominating Clayton Kershaw was practically unhittable as he bested Houston's ace Dallas Keuchel. Kenley Jansen did what he normally does: shut the door …

Shawn Zarraga not long without a club

A week after the independent Cleburne RailRoaders released Aruban catcher Shawn Zarraga, he has been picked up by the Los Angeles Dodgers, the club he played for in 2015 and 2016. With the RailRoaders of the American Association, Zarraga collected 37 hits in 136 at-bats (.272), hit three home runs, eight doubles and drove in …

Jair Jurrjens suspended for PED use

A shock went through the Curaçao and Dutch baseball community as it was announced that Jair Jurrjens was suspended for PED use. Major League Baseball's commissioner announced on Thursday that LA Dodgers farmhand Jair Jurrjens was suspended 80 games for testing positive for exogenous testosterone. So far this season Jurrjens, 31, has pitched in 11 …