Dutchies around the world, part 11

In this week's edition of Dutchies around the world, we pay attention to players in the lower levels of minor league baseball, indy ball and Asian baseball: Zander Wiel, Kirvin Moesquit, Paul Brands, Wladimir Balentien, Curt Smit and Randolph Oduber. Zander Wiel Zander seems to have som problems adapting at the A-Advanced level so far. …

WBC 2017: Kingdom of the Netherlands without Gregorius

A major blow for team Kingdom of the Netherlands. Due to an injury to his throwing arm/shoulder, Didi Gregorius will not participate in the semi-final later today.  At the request of the New York Yankees, the Curacaoan shortstop, who served as DH, has flown back to Tampa to let the meds of the Yankees take a …

WBC 2017: Dutch humiliate Cuba in seven innings

In a must-win situation for both teams, the Dutch totally humiliated Cuba in a walk over. It was painful to see how Cuba was slaughtered by the Dutch. As a fan, you always hope for an exciting game, but this one was very lopsided as the Dutch beat Cuba 14-1 in seven innings. Diegomar Markwell …

WBC 2017: Dutch go down in eleven vs Japan

In another promotion for the WBC, Japan bested the Kingdom of the Netherlands in dramatic fashion as Rick van den Hurk could not keep the Japanese All-Star lineup on a leash like he has been doing in the past two seasons in the NPB. After Van den Hurk was replaced, the bullpen kept the Dutch …

WBC 2017: Dutch take it easy and fall to Israel

This game was about nothing as both teams had reached the second round already. And that showed as the Dutch team took the hitting a bit too lightly. Eventually, the team lost 4-2 and finishes second in group A. In what could have been advertised as the clash of the Titans of group A, the …

WBC 2017: Dutch beat Taiwan in nerve wrecking game

The Kingdom of the Netherlands "hosted" Taiwan in their second game of the tournament. In an exciting game in which the score went back and forth, the Dutch came back from trailing 5-4 and eventually walked off as a winner with a 6-5 win, due to a bases loaded walk.  In a must win game …

Kingdom of the Netherlands warming up

Where the team without the MLB players had a hard time vs KBO teams during the training camp in Arizona, the team with the MLB players cruised through the first practice game on Korean soil. The bats were awake and the pitching did well. In the Gocheok Sky Dome, the stadium that will host WBC …

First win in WBC preparation match for Kingdom of the Netherlands

Today, after a couple of rainouts earlier this week, the Kingdom of the Netherlands took on Gateway Community College from Phoenix in Arizona, an NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) Division II team.. In a very lopsided game vs the Geckos, the Dutch  Lars Huijer started on the mound for the Dutch as he cruised …

Team Kingdom of the Netherlands loses first practice game

In the first practice game since the start of their training camp in preparation of the 2017 World Baseball Classic, the Dutch team traveled to Tucson to face the KT Wiz from the Korean Baseball Organization for a practice game. Thanks to some sloppy defense by the Dutch, the Koreans won 5-2.  The KT Wiz …

KNBSB unveils WBC roster of team Kingdom of the Netherlands

In a press release the Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation Due to an agreement with MLB, the roster of team Kingdom of the Netherlands could not presented before 0:30 AM (Dutch time). The Dutch roster only contains familiar faces of players that have played for the team before. In the past months names of …

Chris Garia next player from Curacao to play with Saltdogs

The Lincoln Saltdogs have signed the next Dutchie. After Shairon Martis, Curt Smith (who has joined Pioniers of the Dutch hoofdklasse but only will play there in the play offs when the Saltdogs are eliminated), Randolph Oduber and Dashenko Ricardo, the team signed Christopher Garia on November 18.  Garia sustained an injury during Spring Training …

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

In yesterday's blogpost, I wrote about several players that can be put on the roster of the Kingdom of the Netherlands for the upcoming World Baseball Classic. But later I realized that I forgot a few and that I may have made a mistake a couple of players. This morning I saw this possible WBC …

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 …

Oduber and Ricardo next Dutchies to join Lincoln SaltDogs, Curt Smith to join Pioniers

Randolph Oduber and Dashenko Ricardo will follow the example of Curt Smit and Shairon Martis. Smith and Martis joined the Lincoln SaltDogs of the independent American Association in 2016. Oduber and Ricardo reached an agreement on a contract for the 2017 season. Randolph Oduber played for the organization of the Washington Nationals from 2010 through …

Holland Series 2016: Neptunus clinches fourth consecutive title

In an exciting game that was a promotion for Dutch baseball both teams were each other's match, Curacao Neptunus stayed at the right side of the score. After the team took a 3-0 lead, things looked gloomy for L&D Amsterdam Pirates. But the team from Amsterdam managed to bounce back before Neptunus scored the winning …

Holland Series 2016: Neptunus one win away from clinching championship

In a game that started like the one of yesterday, Curacao Neptunus stepped off the field as a victor. In a close game both teams left eight runners on the bases. Pirates got runners in scoring position four times without taking advantage of it, Neptunus did so three times. Where Neptunus' bullpen was the achilles heel …