Belgian Federation Lifts European Ban of Deurne Spartans

Some nice news for the Deurne Spartans that came to me on New Year's Eve. The Belgian Baseball and Softball Federation (KBBSF-FRBBS) has decided to lift the ban it imposed on the Spartans two years ago. The Dutch Baseball Hangout heard the KBBSF-FRBBS announced this at a meeting of Division 1 clubs in November, 2022, …

Transactions in Belgian Division 1 For The 2023 Season: Deurne Spartans

With the end of the transaction period in Belgian baseball behind us, it is time to pay attention to the several clubs in Division 1 and to the players they acquired and those who they lost. Today, we pay attention to the four-time Belgian champions Deurne Spartans. Except for several players that came from Antwerp …

WBSC Unveils New World Ranking

Today, the World Baseball and Softball Confederation unveiled the new World Ranking. The top three did not change much. Japan and Chinese Taipei are still firm in first and second place, but Korea was overtaken by the USA for rank #3. Of the European countries, the Netherlands remains the strongest. As a matter of fact, …

Transactions in Belgian Division 1 For The 2023 Season: Namur Angels

With the end of the transaction period in Belgian baseball behind us, it is time to pay attention to the several clubs in Division 1 and to the players they acquired and those who they lost. Today, we pay attention to the one-time Belgian champions Namur AngelsToday's episode of "Transactions in Belgian Division 1 For …

Transactions in Belgian Division 1 For The 2023 Season: Borgerhout Squirrels

With the end of the transaction period in Belgian baseball (just) behind us, it is time to pay attention to the several clubs in Division 1 and to the players they acquired and those who they lost. Today, we pay attention to the four-time Belgian champions Borgerhout Squirrels. Except for Yannick Gontier, none of the …

Transactions in Belgian Division 1 For The 2023 Season: Hoboken Pioneers

With the end of the transaction period in Belgian baseball (just) behind us, it is time to pay attention to the several clubs in Division 1 and to the players they acquired and those who they lost. Today, we pay attention to the nine-time and current Belgian champions Hoboken Pioneers. After a successful season in which …

Reconstruction of Belgian Division 1 for 2023

Two years ago, the top two divisions in Belgian baseball were merged, and the Division 1 was born. The intention was to play with twelve teams but eleven was the best possible thing. For 2023, a reconstruction is necessary, as three teams have decided to withdraw. As written above, two years ago, the intention was …

Transactions in Belgian Division 1 For The 2023 Season: Mont-Saint-Guibert Phoenix BSC

With the end of the transaction period in Belgian baseball just behind us, it is time to pay attention to the several clubs in Division 1 and to the players they acquired and those who they lost. Today we pay attention to one of the two Wallonian clubs in Division 1: Mont-Saint-Guibert Phoenix BSC. The …

Also Kenny Van Den Branden Calls it a Career

Next to Thomas de Wolf, Hoboken Pioneers will lose another player. Starting pitcher Kenny van den Branden played his last game on Saturday October 8. He hung up his cleats as well. In Kenny van den Branden, Hoboken Pioneers and the Belgian national team lose a versatile pitcher that could be used as a starter …

Thomas de Wolf Hangs up His Cleats

With the championship game of the Belgian Series, on Sunday, October 9, the career of slugger Thomas de Wolf came to an end. After twenty-nine years, Thomas decided to call it quits. No better way to finish your career with a championship. In 1993, Thomas got acquainted with baseball thanks to a classmate at kindergarten …

2022 Belgian Series: Game Four

After yesterday's mistake at home, a 6-4 loss against the Deurne Spartans, today the Hoboken Pioneers put things in order by beating up their opponent at their opponent's home field. In fact, after three innings, it wasn't much of a game anymore, and Pioneers proved why it was the strongest team throughout the season. Hoboken …

2022 Belgian Series, Game Three: A Photo Impression

Yesterday, yours truly went to Hoboken (Antwerp) to attend game three of the Belgian Series. Unlike the previous two games, Hoboken Pioneers did not stand much of a chance and fell 6-4 to Deurne Spartans. Here is a photo impression of the game. https://www.instagram.com/reel/Cjea8FUK1x9/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link This blog post is brought to you by  

2022 Belgian Series: Game Three

In a game that could be the championship clincher for Hoboken Pioneers, that club was a ghost of its last week's self. It resulted in a 6-4 victory for the Deurne Spartans. Deurne Spartans  6  -  4  Hoboken PioneersIt was one of those games in which Pioneers collected six more hits than Spartans, but still …

2022 Belgian Series, Game One: A Photo Impression

In game one of the Belgian Series, Deurne Spartans was no match for Hoboken Pioneers. The team simply couldn't get a grip on the pitches of BeBee Brayden, even though the latter was not vastly dominant. It resulted in a tedious game for the neutral fan and a 5-0 victory for Hoboken Pioneers. Here is …

2022 Belgian Series Game One

In a matchup between the still reigning champion Hoboken Pioneers and the Deurne Spartans, Hoboken stayed at the right side of the score. For the neutral fan, it was a tedious game, as Hoboken was simply too strong, even though the score may tell a different story. Deurne Spartans  0  -  5  Hoboken PioneersThe score …

2022 Belgian Division 1 Gold: Round 4

Last weekend, in the fourth round of the 2022 Belgian Division 1 Gold, the following series were scheduled: Mortsel Stars @ Brussels Kangaroos, Hoboken Pioneers @ Deurne Spartans, and Brasschaat Braves @ Borgerhout Squirrels. Mortsel Stars @ Brussels Kangaroos (0 - 1 ; 4 - 6)This was the only series played on one day. Game …

2022 Belgian Division 1 Gold: Round 3

Today, the final game of round three was played. Borgerhout Squirrels hosted neighbor Deurne Spartans but stayed at the wrong side of the score for the second day in a row. Deurne Spartans  7  -  1  Borgerhout SquirrelsAfter yesterday's wipeout, today's game wasn't much better for the Borgerhout Squirrels. By the time the Squirrels got …

2022 Belgian Division 1 Gold: Round 3

In the third round of the Belgian playoffs, the Division 1 Gold, the following series were scheduled: Deurne Spartans @ Borgerhout Squirrels, Mortsel Stars @ Hoboken Pioneers, and Brussels Kangaroos @ Brasschaat Braves. Deurne Spartans  10  -  5  Borgerhout SquirrelsOnly one game today in Borgerhout. The second game of this series will be played tomorrow. …

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