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 …

History of Dutch baseball: 2000 –

The new millennium started with a blast for the Dutch baseball world. With the Olympic baseball tournament in Sydney, the Dutch upset the Cubans by beating them 4-2. For the first time, the best possible team with (former) pro players that played in the US was put together. Players like Hensley Meulens, Rikkert Faneyte, Ralph …

Despite having signed Matsuzaka, Van den Hurk still on Hawks’ radar

    The current Japanese champion, the Softbank Hawks, are still interested in Dutch pitcher Rick van den Hurk. After the winner of the Nippon Series signed Daisuke Matsuzaka they are still looking to improve their rotation. But the team from Fukuoka aren't the only team in Japan that want him. The Yomiuri Giants from Tokyo …