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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… Continue reading Tom de Blok stays with L&D Amsterdam Pirates

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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… Continue reading News on Wladimir Balentien and Tom de Blok

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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… Continue reading Loek van Mil to play in ABL again

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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… Continue reading Tom de Blok pitching in tryout with Rakuten Golden Eagles

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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… Continue reading More on Japanese interest for Tom de Blok

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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… Continue reading Japanese team eyeing Tom de Blok

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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… Continue reading De Glaskoning Twins hire Japanese pitcher