Dutch Baseball Hangout Interviews Tim Collins

In 2016, during the European Championship in Hoofddorp, yours truly met Tim Collins for the first time in person. An American, who is residing in Munich. In Germany, he is well known in the baseball scene, and also in the Netherlands, several people know him because of his fine play-by-play announcing for the Munich-Haar Disciples …

Wladimir Balentien Calls it Quits

Curaçao-born baseball player Wladimir Balentien has announced his retirement. Last year, you could read here that Balentien already hinted at his retirement. Now the word is out. Always known as a hitter with a powerful bat, Balentien broke into the Majors in 2007 with the Seattle Mariners. In that season, he played only three games …

Transactions in Belgian Baseball For The 2022 Season: The Merchtem Cats

In this episode of "Transactions in Belgian Baseball For The 2022 Season," we pay attention to the Merchtem Cats, which is located about five kilometers Northwest of Brussels. Even though the Merchtem Cats will have the same core as last year, there are some new additions to the team (one veteran that is returning to …

KNBSB Presents New Competition Scheme

Something many Dutch baseball fans have been waiting for has been presented today by the Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation (KNBSB). The new schedule is not revolutionary but it is different for sure. First of all the competition will start on Thursday, April 7, 2022. In the first round, which will last nine weeks, …

Eugene Helder Will Join Draci Brno For Second Consecutive Year

According to the Czech baseball website milujeme-baseball.cz, Aruban-born Eugene Helder will return to the multiple Czech champions. Eugene Helder with the Everett AquaSox Helder joined the Dragons from Brno at the end of the regular season. He played a total of seven games in which he batted .333 with a .515 OBP and a .619 …

Transactions in Belgian Baseball For the 2022 Season: Mortsel Stars

In today's episode of "Transactions in Belgian Baseball For the 2022 Season," we pay attention to five-time Belgium champions Koninklijke (Royal) Mortsel Stars. The Mortsel Stars, still located at the Southern end of the Antwerp Airport, where they will stay for the 2022 season before moving to their new facility (later, more about that), saw …

Ballparks Around The World: Jackie Robinson Stadium

In this episode of Ballparks Around The World, we pay attention to Jackie Robinson Stadium, home of the baseball team of the UCLA Bruins. The ballpark is located in West Los Angeles, adjacent to Interstate 405. Compared to the college ballparks shown in the previous weeks, the ballpark isn't as super-duper but it is a …

Yankees Allegedly Cut Ties With Staten Island Namesake Due to Temporary Name

According to the New York Post, and if they write about it it must be true 😉 , the New York Yankees cut the ties with the Staten Island Yankees (former low A affiliate) because of the temporary moniker the farm team used. Through the years since 2018, the SI Yankees adopted a temporary moniker …

Transactions in Belgian Baseball For The 2022 Season: Brussels Kangaroos

In today's episode about "Transactions in Belgian Baseball For The 2022 Season," we pay attention to perhaps the biggest surprise of the 2021 season, the Brussels Kangaroos. As you may know, the Kangaroos earned a spot in Division 1 as the highest league of Belgian Baseball BB1 was merged with the second tier league BB2. …

Transactions in Belgian Baseball For The 2022 Season: Deurne Spartans

In the fifth episode of "Transactions in Belgian Baseball For The 2022 Season," we pay attention to the Deurne Spartans. Not many acquisitions (so far) but a surprising new head coach for sure. At the end of last season, three of the core players of Deurne Spartans decided to hang up their spikes: Morris De …

Transactions in Belgian Baseball For The 2022 Season: Mont-Saint-Guibert Phoenix

In the fourth episode about the transactions in Belgian Baseball for the upcoming season, we pay attention to the sole Wallonian club that reached the Gold Division (playoffs) in Division 1 in the past season: Mont-Saint-Guibert Phoenix BSC. For the 2022 season, Phoenix has not acquired new players yet. The core of the team is …

Transactions in Belgian Baseball For the 2022 Season: Borgerhout Squirrels

In this third episode of "Transactions in Belgian Baseball For the 2022 Season," we pay attention to the players that joined and that left the Borgerhout Squirrels. For the first time in this series, we have a club, where no players will look for greener pastures in the Netherlands. But that doesn't mean that there …

Transactions in Belgian Baseball For the 2022 Season: Brasschaat Braves

With the Belgian transaction period well behind us, it is time to have a look at the players that were acquired by and left the various Division 1 clubs in Belgium. Today, we pay attention to the runner-up in the 2021 Belgian championship: Brasschaat Braves. From yesterday's post, we know already about second baseman Lino …

FIBS Releases Schedule of 2022 Serie A

The Italian Baseball and Softball Federation (FIBS) has released the schedule of the 2022 Serie A season. Unlike last season, when there were eight groups of four teams, there will be three groups of eight teams and one of seven teams this year. The federal council of the FIBS announced the 2022 schedule. Next to …

Transactions in Belgian Baseball For The 2022 Season: Hoboken Pioneers

With the transaction period behind us, it is time to look at the various clubs in the Belgian Division 1 and the transactions they made. Let's start this series with the 2021 champions: Hoboken Pioneers. For Hoboken Pioneers it remained rather quiet on the transaction front. Manager T.J. Antonacci saw two players leave the club …

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