Another player leaves Cuba for MLB

In past few years, Cuba has suffered from many baseball players leaving the island to try their luck in America. As a result, Cuban baseball is deteriorating. Proof of that? What about the 14-1 defeat by the Kingdom of the Netherlands during the 2017 WBC? A new player has decided to leave the socialist republic …

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Kalian Sams to Quebec for another year

Dutch outfielder Kalian Sams has signed another deal with les Capitales de Quebec. The French-Canadian team of the CanAm League has signed the outfielder for a year. Today the Quebec Capitales announced on their website that they have completed their outfield with the signing of Kalian Sams. The Dutch outfielder will don the uniform of the …

Contract Shairon Martis acquired by Orioles

Another pitcher of team Kingdom of the Netherlands has signed a deal with a Major League organization thanks to a good performance during the World Baseball Classic. In this case, Shairon Martis, who has been acquired by the Baltimore Orioles. Today the website of the American Association stated that the contract of Shairon Martis has been …

Tampa Bay Rays reportedly show interest in Profar

With a big hole at second base to fill, the Tampa Bay Rays have reportedly informed with the Texas Rangers for Jurickson Profar. Profar, who turns 24 in February, is in a utility role with the Rangers. The Rangers are not eager to trade Profar. The Rangers dealt with a lot of injuries last season, …

Dushan Ruzic back in ABL

Dutch baseball fans and especially those in Rotterdam will remember him: Dushan Ruzic. The tall Australian pitched a few years as closer/reliever for (then) DOOR Neptunus. In 2008, Ruzic joined DOOR Neptunus after having spent several years in the minor leagues where he reached AA level. In 20 appearances with Neptunus he recorded one win …

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 …

Cuba won’t allow defectors to represent the country in 2017 WBC

Despite some encouraging sounds about defectors possibly representing the country during the 2017 World Baseball Classic, earlier this year, president of the country's National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation,  Antonio Becali said that this won't happen. The island is sticking with the athletes and it is something that we keep as indissoluble principle according …

What to expect from the Dutchies this year? Wladimir Balentien

With Spring Training at full swing now, it is time to see how the players from the Kingdom of the Netherlands will do in the upcoming season. Of course there is no crystal ball and it is still up in the air, but in general you can make a decent prediction based on the performance of …

WBC Qualifier 1: South Africa moves on to final

In this game between South Africa and New Zealand it became clear that New Zealand is still quite a bit away from competing with the rest of the world. But since the New Zealand baseball federation was founded in 2002, you can say that baseball in New Zealand is pretty much in its infancy so …

WBC Qualifier 1: South Africa 1 – Australia 4

Okay, Australia won the night cap of today's double header vs South Africa. And it was in a convincing way as they never really got into trouble. But despite the loss, the South Africans kept the damage limited and can be really proud of their performance. For Australia it was a case of "Noblesse oblige". …

WBC Qualifier 1: Diamondblacks keep hopes alive

In a must win situation for both New Zealand and the Philippines, the Diamondblacks stayed at the right side of the score.in an entertaining and high scoring game. The Philippines took a 1-0 lead. Eric Farris hit a lead off double off Andrew Marck and advanced on a fly out to right field hit by …

WBC Qualifier 1: Australia beats Philippines in seven

In the night cap of today's double header, Australia hosted the Philippines. For six innings the archipelago republic could keep pace rather well before its defense collapsed and it eventually became a blow out score. The Philippines surprisingly got on the board first as Eric Farris scored from second base on a line drive single …

WBC Qualifier 1: New Zealand no match for South Africa

Today the World Basecall Qualifier 1 in Sydney took off. In the first game New Zealand hosted South Africa. The final score was rather lopsided as the winner only walked away in the final inning. The game was rather close until the ninth and the runs did not come cheap until then. South Africa started …

Former Japanese star helping New Zealand baseball

It is always good to see that there are people who intent to help other countries to develop the game of baseball. In the eighties there was a Dutch group, called the Trailblazers, that helped to develop the game in Eastern Europe, back then still under communist rule. After a career that brought him to …

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 …

Dutchie baseball news: Jansen agrees on one year deal

The Dodgers have avoided salary arbitration with their star closer Kenley Jansen. They signed the 28-year old closer from Curacao, who filed for salary arbitration on Tuesday and who was the last of those Dodgers players that remained unsigned. This was the third time in a row that Kenley avoided salary arbitration by signing a …

Sadaharu Oh inducted in Taiwanese Hall of Fame

    Sadaharu Oh and his typical stance Despite being born in Tokyo in 1940, Sadaharu Oh has been inducted to the Taiwanese Baseball Hall of Fame. I hear you wonder: "why?" Well, he was the son of a Chinese (Taiwanese) father and a Japanese mother. Despite the fact that he never played in Taiwan, Oh …