Major League Baseball · NPB · Uncategorized

Ads on MLB jerseys, a matter of time?

With the NBA allowing teams to place advertisements on their jerseys it may be a matter of time before MLB will open the doors for it. Especially now commissioner Rob Manfred does not rule out ads on jerseys. In April 2016, the NBA announced that it will allow teams to sell 2.5-inch-by-2.5-inch space to companies. For… Continue reading Ads on MLB jerseys, a matter of time?

Cuban baseball · Japanese Baseball · NPB

Cuban players popular in Japan

Ever since Cuban players got permission by the Castro regime to leave the country to play abroad (except in the USA), quite a couple of players were signed by NPB clubs. The latest signees are RHP Raidel Martinez, Leonardo Urgelles and Alfredo Despaigne. Alfredo Despaigne was a familiar face in Japanese baseball already of course,… Continue reading Cuban players popular in Japan

Dutch baseball · Japan Baseball · Korean baseball · World Baseball Classic

Rick van den Hurk to join Kingdom of the Netherlands for 2017 WBC

Today the KNBSB (Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation) came with a press release that announced that pitcher Rick van den Hurk will participate in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. This is pretty much godsend for manager Hensley Meulens. With Van den Hurk, manager Meulens will get a pitcher with a lot of international experience.… Continue reading Rick van den Hurk to join Kingdom of the Netherlands for 2017 WBC

Curacao baseball · Dutch baseball · International Baseball · Japanese Baseball

Balentien and Van den Hurk won’t join KOTN in friendly vs Japan

The Japanese sports website hochi.jp.co announced that Curacao slugger and Dutch pitcher Rick van den Hurk will not join team Kingdom of the Netherlands in the friendly matches vs Samurai Japan in November. The article doesn’t tell why the two Dutchie stars of the NPB will not join the team but it mentioned that both… Continue reading Balentien and Van den Hurk won’t join KOTN in friendly vs Japan

Japanese Baseball · Nippon Series · NPB

Japan will have a new champion

After Rick van den Hurk guided the Softbank Hawks to a 5-2 victory over the Nippon Ham Fighters on Saturday, the team from Fukuoka faced another must win situation on Sunday with the Fighters leading 3-2 in games. The Softbank Hawks had a flying start as they scored four runs in the first inning. With… Continue reading Japan will have a new champion

Japan Baseball · Japanese Baseball · NPB

Van den Hurk leads Hawks to play off win

As winner of the Pacific League, the Nippon Ham Fighters already had an extra win on their account and after they won two games, the team had a 3-1 lead over the Softbank Hawks in the second stage of the Climax Series, the NPB’s semi final. So it was a must win situation for the… Continue reading Van den Hurk leads Hawks to play off win

Dutch baseball · Japanese Baseball · NPB

Van den Hurk wins first start since coming off DL

In his first start since being activated from the disabled list, Rick van den Hurk was as sharp as usual. In six innings, the tall Dutchman threw ninety-one pitches, faced twenty-five hitters, walked one, struck out seven and allowed two runs on six hits. Even though the lowly Orix Buffaloes scored two runs with Rick… Continue reading Van den Hurk wins first start since coming off DL