Kingdom of the Netherlands: What conclusions can be drawn from friendly matches vs Japan?

Last Saturday and Sunday, team Kingdom of the Netherlands played two exhibition games vs team Samurai Japan. The two games were part of  a four game series. Two were played between Mexico and Japan. For Japan it was a must to win all games, but one was lost to Mexico (7-3). The Dutch played two …

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Summing up the Dutchies per MLB organization: Washington Nationals

Today in "Summing up the Dutchies " the organization that used to be known as Montreal Expos. Since 2005 they are know as:       Number of Dutchies:  3 Matt den Dekker: Matt den Dekker was born in the USA, but there are close ties with Dutch ancestors. Matt was drafted by the New York …

Dutchies on play off course?

After the post about the Montgomery Biscuits being on play off course, I wondered if any of the Dutchies playing in US baseball is on play off course as well. I will only write about the teams in contention. A team like Roger Bernadina's Albuquerque Isotopes is going nowhere this season, so it doesn't really …

Dutchies in the Minor Leagues, May 11

AAA The Albuquerque Isotopes fell 4-5 to the Sacramento RiverCats. Batting leadoff, Roger Bernadina went 0 for 4 with three strikouts. He also drew a walk. Matt den Dekker also hit leadoff in the Syracuse Chiefs' 5-2 win over the Gwinnett Braves. The right fielder went 3 for 5 with a double, a strikout and …

Dutchies in the minor leagues: Saturday, May 2

AA At AAA level two of the three Dutchies were on the DL (Roger Bernadina and Jair Jurrjens), but Roger Bernadina played his first game since his stay on the DL yesterday. Roger Bernadina went 3 for 5 with a double, two RBI, a run scored and a strikeout. So he contributed in a big …

Yankees and Dutchies in Major League Baseball, Sunday April 12

Yesterday I expressed my displeasure with the performance of the Yankees on Saturday. Some times you wonder if the players you rant about have read your article. Nah.... I rather think that Joe Girardi showed his disgruntlement and had some tirade. Anyhow, the difference between Saturday's game and Sunday's game was like day and night. …

Yankees and Dutchies in MLB, Friday April 10

Once again, several Dutchies showed their defensive capabilities. It shows once more that the Dutch have a shortstop overload. The Red Sox needed two games to beat, what many call "the Nursery home. The Bosox took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning and extended it with two runs in the top of the …

Yankees and Dutchies in the Majors, April 6

The Yankees were no match for the Blue Jays. Masahiro Tanaka could keep the Blue Jays at bay for two innings, but allowed six runs, of which five earned. Didi Gregorius didn't get a basehit in two at bats, but reached base due to a HBP. After Brian McCann got a base on balls, Gregorius …

Roster spots of Dutchies in US baseball

A few months ago, I wrote a blog post about Dutch and Netherlands Antillian players and where I expected them to start the season. Now is the time to come to see whether is was right or not. In case of leagues lower than AAA, the rosters will be revealed on Monday or Tuesday. So …

Yankees and Dutchies in Spring Training, Saturday April 4

First of all I'd like to wish you all a happy Easter. Today a rather short report because hardly any Dutchies saw action yesterday. Yesterday, the very last Spring Training games were played. Today the season will officially start in Chicago, where the arch rivals Cardinals and Cubs will face each other in a Wrigley …

Yankees and Dutchies in Spring Training, Friday April 3

C.C. Sabathia started the game vs the Nationals and six batters later he had given up three runs already. The the remaining 4.1 innings on he mound, he settled down, but once again this Spring Training he was tabbed with the loss (L 0-3). Perhaps the Yankees can trade Sabathia. I wonder if they will …

Yankees and Dutchies in Spring Training, Wednesday April 1

Yesterday's game between the Rays and the Yankees looked like an April Fools joke. The story line was the Yankees' ineptness to hit. In nine innings, the Yankees collected the whopping total of four basehits; only Brett Gardner, Carlos Beltran, Ramon Flores and Mark Teixeira got a hit. The pitching didn't really do a bad …

Yankees and Dutchies in Spring Training, Tuesday March 31

On the last day of March, the Yankees fell to the Twins 3-1. Masahiro Tanaka allowed three runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings of work. He only struck out one batter. Tanaka claims that he didn't throw full speed to save his arm for the season. I hope that he is not fooling us. …

Mets send Den Dekker to Nats in exchange for Blevins

This is a bit of old news, but I totally missed it. Matt den Dekker is no longer a Met. The Mets traded him to the Washington Nationals in exchange for Jerry Blevins. The Nationals had a surplus of left handed relievers while they needed some outfield depth. Blevins was hit hard this spring and …

Yankees and Dutchies in Spring Training, Saturday March 28

The Yankees were outslugged by the Orioles and fell 10-2. After missing the early part of the week to get dental work, Jonathan Schoop of the Orioles was pretty hot when going 2 for 4 with an RBI single and a two run double on a long fly ball into the left center field gap. …

Yankees and Dutchies in Spring Training, Wednesday March 25

Masahiro Tanaka was hit hard in yesterday's game vs the Mets. In 4.2 innings he allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits. But he struck out seven. His fastballs do not hit the high nineties that ofter so far. According to Tanaka that is because he is practicing on his two seamer and that …

Yankees and Dutchies in Spring Training, Tuesday March 24

Didi Gregorius went 1 for 3 with a double that scored Ramon Flores in New York's 9-8 win over the Tigers. Esmil Rogers pitched a tough game in which he allowed five runs (one earned) on five hits in only three innings. Trailing 8-2 after the top of the seventh, the Yankees scored two in …

Yankees and Dutchies in Spring Training, Friday March 20

Against the Detroit Tigers the Yankees flexed their muscles with seven extra basehits, eleven runs on eleven hits in total. Jose Pirela hit a bases clearing triple in the first with runner on third and second. Rob Refsnyder hit his first homerun in the first inning and took Jose Pirela with him. A-Rod took him …