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Jurrjens joins team Kingdom of the Netherlands

Today the Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation (KNBSB) announced in a press release, that former MLB pitcher Jair Jurrjens will join team Kingdom of the Netherlands during the upcoming World Baseball Classic.  With Jurrjens, manager Hensley Meulens can add another pitcher to the rotation with MLB experience. The other one is Rick van den… Continue reading Jurrjens joins team Kingdom of the Netherlands

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News on Wladimir Balentien and Tom de Blok

The Yakult Swallows and Wladimir Balentien have agreed on a new one-year contract worth $3,000,000 + incentives.  After you could read here that the Yakult Swallows had made an offer to Wladimir Balentien, one of my sources in Japan informed me about an article at sponchi.co.jp about the Swallows and Balentien signing a new deal. Masayuki… Continue reading News on Wladimir Balentien and Tom de Blok

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Good news for Balentien from Tokyo

Good news for Wladimir Balentien from Tokyo. Even though the Yakult Swallows stated that they were not quite happy with his defense the team has made him a new contract offer. At the end of the season the Swallows said that Coco’s high salary was a limitation and that they would consider to sign him… Continue reading Good news for Balentien from Tokyo

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Wladimir Balentien’s future in Japan may be secured

Wladimir Balentien, who has played for the Yakult Swallows in the past six years is trying to get a deal with his club for another year and perhaps more. But the Swallows are having their doubts. Not only are they worried about the fact that Balentien is injury prone, they also are not happy with… Continue reading Wladimir Balentien’s future in Japan may be secured

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Swallow’s interest in minor leaguer may diminish Balentien’s chances

Now the Yakult Swallows have announced that a new contract for Wladimir Balentien isn’t sure yet, it remains to be seen if the slugger from Curacao will sign with the club. His (according to the club) questionable defense, his injury record and weak arm may lead to both parties parting ways.  The Swallows have expressed… Continue reading Swallow’s interest in minor leaguer may diminish Balentien’s chances

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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

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Balentien and Swallows may get closer together regarding contract extension

The other day you could read a blog post here about the uncertain future of Wladimir Balentien with the Yakult Swallows. The Swallows made clear that they may not resign Balentien to a new contract due to concerns about his defense and erratic hitting, combined with his high salary. The Swallows have to deal with… Continue reading Balentien and Swallows may get closer together regarding contract extension