No-decision Van den Hurk in Softbank Hawks win

With the Pacific League's Climax Series (the NPB semi-finals) tied at two, thanks to an extra win awarded to the Softbank Hawks as the winner of the regular competition, the Softbank Hawks took on the Rakuten Golden Eagles in game four and beat their opponent 4-3 after blowing a 2-0 lead. In game four, Dutchie Rick …

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Softbank Hawks clinch Pacific League title

Today the Softbank Hawks clinched the Pacific League title by beating the Seibu Lions 7-3. By winning the Pacific League, the Hawks will have a bye in the first round of the playoffs. As the Softbank Hawks beat the Seibu Lions, the latter team was eliminated from clinching the Pacific League. The Hawks started the …

Tom de Blok signs deal with the Detroit Tigers

Today L&D Amsterdam Pirates announced on their Facebook page that Tom de Blok will leave the club. De Blok has signed a deal with the Detroit Tigers after his good performance during the World Baseball Classic for team Kingdom of the Netherlands. Tom de Blok had a couple of solid outings during the World Baseball …

Tom de Blok stays with L&D Amsterdam Pirates

Relief pitcher Tom de Blok will not head to Japan for the time being. The Rakuten Golden Eagles showed interest in the 20-year old closer and invited him for a two-day tryout. According to a source within the club of L&D Amsterdam Pirates, De Blok has decided not to try his luck in Japan. A …

News on Wladimir Balentien and Tom de Blok

The Yakult Swallows and Wladimir Balentien have agreed on a new one-year contract worth $3,000,000 + incentives.  After you could read here that the Yakult Swallows had made an offer to Wladimir Balentien, one of my sources in Japan informed me about an article at sponchi.co.jp about the Swallows and Balentien signing a new deal. Masayuki …

Loek van Mil to play in ABL again

The Adelaide Bite announced its roster for the new Australian Baseball League season, that will start tomorrow. One of the familiar faces is Loek van Mil. The Dutch right handed pitcher joined the Bite in the course of the 2015/2016 season. Van Mil has quite some experience under his belt. Before he returned to the …

Tom de Blok pitching in tryout with Rakuten Golden Eagles

Yesterday, Tom de Blok threw some pitches in a test session for the Rakuten Golden Eagles. The 20-year old, hard throwing Dutch reliever has drawn the attention of the 2014 NPB champion from Sendai a while ago. After the success of Rick van den Hurk with the Softbank Hawks, Japanese teams start to roam the …

More on Japanese interest for Tom de Blok

Yesterday you could read here that the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles had shown interest in L&D Amsterdam Pirates pitcher Tom de Blok. The 20-year old can easily throw a 93 mph fastball and that is always something interesting for a baseball club, especially in times in which the focus is on speed.   After posting …

Japanese team eyeing Tom de Blok

According to the Japanese sports website nikkansports.com, Tom de Blok appears to attract a lot of attention of a Japanese team. With the success of Rick van den Hurk in Japan, it seems that the NPB is looking further than the USA and Central and South America. Now teams seem to check out the European …

De Glaskoning Twins hire Japanese pitcher

The newest team in the Dutch Hoofdklasse, De Glaskoning Twins, has struck a deal with former Rakuten Golden Eagles and Hanshin Tigers pitcher Keiji Uezono in a very surprising move.  The 32-year old relief pitcher pitched for the Hanshin Tigers from 2007 through 2011. In 2007 he won the Central League's rookie of the year …

Instead of playing, Hawks and Eagles raised funds

The games between the Softbank Haws and the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Friday and Saturday were cancelled due to the earthquakes that struck the area south of Fukuoka on the island of Kyushu the southernmost of the four main islands of Japan. After the area was hit by a powerful earthquake on Thursday, another one …

Loek van Mil and Max Kepler will be team mates

Since I didn't hear much about Loek van Mil and his preparation for the upcoming season, I decided to check the roster of the Minnesota Twins' AAA affiliate, the Rochester RedWings. Of course it was announced earlier this week that the Twins had sent Max Kepler to theirAAA farm team, but it didn't ring a …

Andruw Jones likely to retire

Andruw Jones attended the Atlanta Braves FanFest this weekend. To reporters he unveiled that he will likely announce his retirement soon. In October 2015, Jones participated with team Kingdom of the Netherlands in the WBSC's Premier 12 tournament in an attempt to showcase himself for a roster spot with any MLB club. The 38-year old …

Adelaide Bite add Loek van Mil to roster

The Adelaide Bite of the Australian Baseball League have added Dutch pitcher Loek van Mil to their roster. The 2m16 (7' 1") right hander will use the time in Australia to prepare himself on a new season in the minors, very likely AAA. At the end of last season, Van Mil signed a deal that …

Softbank Hawks, Rick van den Hurk win 2015 Nippon Series

Today the Softbank Hawks from Fukuoka beat the Yakult Swallows from Tokyo 5-0 to repeat for the NPB championship, winning the Nippon Series 4-1. . Starting pitcher Jason Standridge needed 82 pitches to get through six innings in which he limited the Swallows to four hits and kept them from scoring. Standridge walked two and …

Curaçao Neptunus signs Loek van Mil

Loek van Mil will join the ranks Curaçao Neptunus from Rotterdam. The tall pitcher from Oss in the Netherlands signed a deal with the Rakuten Golden Eagles last year but spent most of the season at Ni-Gun level (the Japanese Minor League). He was called up at the end of the season and pitched in …

Youkilis joins Epstein at Cubs

Former Red Sock, White Sock and Yankee, Kevin Youkilis has joined the Chicago Cubs as special assistent. Youkilis who played for the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan last year, announced his retirement in October 2014. Youkilis was drafted before Epstein was in charge but he got his call up in 2004 when he played 72 …

Another year in the Majors for Andruw Jones unlikely or not?

After two years in the NPB (Nippon Professional Baseball League) Andruw Jones is trying to sign a deal with a Major League team. According to his agent Scott Bora$$, at least two teams have shown interest. The 37-year old outfielder probably has to settle with a minor league deal. In two years with the Tohoku …