Rosters of the Dutch All Star Game presented

Yesterday the rosters of the Dutch All Star game were announced. There is a slight change regarding to previous years with the forming of the teams. In the previous years you had a North team and a South team. North mainly cointaining players form L&D Amsterdam Pirates, Corendon Kinheim, Vaessen Pioniers and HCAW. The South …

Dutch Hoofdklasse, Tuesday July 7: Curacao Neptunus @ L&D Amsterdam Pirates

Because of European Cup obligations Curacao Neptunus later this season, the game that was scheduled then, between Curacao Neptunus and L&D Amsterdam Pirates was played today. In a high scoring and close game, Neptunus took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. With two outs and Rien Vernooij on first, Vernooij advanced …

L&D Amsterdam Pirates wins first round of the Hoofdklasse

Tonight one more first round game had to be played between Curacao Neptunus and L&D Amsterdam Pirates. For Pirates it was a must win situation because with a loss, Corendon Kinheim from Haarlem would clinch the second place and thus a play off spot. Neptunus already had clinched a play off spot, only the outcome …

Three of Dutch top four teams played in Easter tournament as preparation on upcoming season

L&D Amsterdam Pirates (last year's runner up in the Holland Series), Vaessen Pioniers and Corendon Kinheim prepared themselves to the upcoming season at the Charles Urbanus Tournament, organized by other Hoofdklasse club HCAW from Bussum during the Easter weekend. After HCAW from Bussum merged with Amstel Tijgers from Amsterdam prior to the 1989 season, the …

Europe gives it’s best but falls short vs. Samurai Japan

In what is a promotion for Japan's Olympic baseball bid in 2020, a European All Star team took on Samurai Japan, the team that beat the MLB All Stars in November 2014. The atmosphere in the Tokyo Dome was fantastic. Thousands of enthousiastic Japanese fans in the famous cheering sections. Rob Cordemans earned the honour …

Baseball Miscellaneous 2

Besides the fact that some minor league teams are called bees; Salt Lake (AAA Pacific Coast League affiliate of the Angels), Burlington (A Full Season Midwest League affiliate of the Angels) and Binghamton (AA Eastern League affiliate of the Mets), Bees do not have much to do with baseball. But yesterday a swarm decided to …

Holland Series 2014: Game 7

           vs  Game seven of the Holland Series turned out to be a game that a championship game should be: A nailbiter. Runs didn't come cheap. For five innings both teams didn't score despite having some runners in scoring position. The tie was broken in the bottom fo the sixth when Reilly Legito singled …

Dutch baseball: decisive weekend ahead

Coming weekend will be full with decisive games in Dutch baseball. Not only in the Dutch Hoofdklasse (highest league in the Netherlands) but also in lower leagues. I will focus on the Hoofdklasse championship series and the playdown series between the team that ended at the bottom of the Hoofdklasse and the winner of the …

Holland Series 2014: Game 4

      vs  Despite my fear that Rob Cordemans wouldn't pitch, he was sent to the mound by manager Charles Urbanus. But even with Rob Cordemans on the mound, L&D Amsterdam Pirates trailed after one inning. With runners on first and second and two outs, Kalian Sams proved his value for DOOR Neptunus. When he …

Holland Series 2014: Game 2 (slugfest with only one homerun)

      vs  After having won the first game of the best of seven series, L&D Amsterdam Pirates started game two in similar fashion. With one out and runners on third and second in the second inning, Percy Isenia drew a walk on a 3-2 count when Orlando Yntema threw a wild pitch. Bas Nooij …

European Cup 2014: Dutch clinch 21st title

Yogi Berra said it once: "It aint over until it's over." Italy proved that this Berraism is very true. After the Dutch took a 5-0 lead, all runs but one were scored on solo homeruns, the Italians started to get back into the game. In the top of the fourth, the Italians started to see …

European Cup 2014: Final roster of team Netherlands and Italy

The final roster for the Dutch has been published. To me there are some surprises. The last cuts have been made by manager Steve Janssen. After Roger Bernadina was called up to the Majors, one cut didn't have to be made. Now a second one doesn't need to be made. Juan Carlos Sulbaran has been …

France International Baseball Tournament: Dutch win not convincing

Tonight the Dutch got their "revenge" for the 12-8 loss vs France last night. The Dutch won 3-2, but the win wasn't convincing. The Dutch started with Rob Cordemans on the mound. The hero of the 2011 World Cup final recently burned his hand and was pulled after one inning in which he allowed one …

European Cup 2014: Dutch provisional roster

Less than a day after I posted the probables, the Dutch baseball and softball federation (KNBSB) announced the provisional roster of the Dutch national team.The Dutch will go to Sénart with the following players* :Pitchers:Rob Cordemans (L&D Amsterdam Pirates) Diegomar Markwell  (DOOR Neptunus)David Bergman (Corendon Kinhiem)Kevin Heijstek (L&D Amsterdam Pirates)Orlando Yntema (DOOR Neptunus)Wendell Floranus  (Gulf …

European Cup 2014: Dutch probables

Now the play offs are over, the Dutch will focus on the upcoming European Cup first.Two years ago, the Dutch celeberated the 100th birthday of the Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation (KNBSB). Because of that the 2012 European Cup was played in the Netherlands. But what had to be a cherry on the cake turned …