Dutch baseball · Major League Baseball

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,… Continue reading Tampa Bay Rays reportedly show interest in Profar

Australian Baseball · Dutch baseball · Dutch Hoofdklasse

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… Continue reading Dushan Ruzic back in ABL

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

Cuban baseball

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

Curacao baseball · Dutch baseball · Japanese Baseball · NPB

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… Continue reading What to expect from the Dutchies this year? Wladimir Balentien

International Baseball

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… Continue reading WBC Qualifier 1: South Africa moves on to final

International Baseball · Uncategorized

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”.… Continue reading WBC Qualifier 1: South Africa 1 – Australia 4