WBC 2023: Kingdom of The Netherlands Stays at Right Side of The Score

With some internationally (23 years and older) rather inexperienced pitchers, the Kingdom of the Netherlands managed to keep Cuba at bay in the tournament opener in Taiwan as they beat the Caribbeans 4-2. In the first inning, Tom de Blok, who hadn't pitched a game for a year due to an injury-riddled 2022 season, struggled …

Cuba Allowed to Use MLB Players During 2023 WBC

Several Cuban news outlets announced the Cuban Baseball Federation has received the permission of the US government to use Cuban-born MLB players during the 2023 World Baseball Classic. Since Cuban baseball in general is deteriorating, partially due to many players trying to go after an MLB career, this is big news for the FCB. According …

2023 World Baseball Classic Groups Announced

Today, the groups and venues of the 2023 World Basball Classic have been announced. For the change, Korea won't be one of the hosts. This time Taiwan (Taichung) will be one of the hosts, next to Japan (Tokyo), and the USA (Phoenix and Miami). Tokyo, Taichung, and Phoenix will only host the first round games. …

Kingdom of The Netherlands Climbs One Spot in World Ranking

Today, the WBSC (World Baseball and Softball Confederation) released the new world ranking. As usual, there were some countries that rose some spots and there were countries that dropped some spots. First of all Japan. The land of the rising sun is unchallenged with a more than eight hundred point lead over the second place …

Caribbean Cup to Start Today

Today, June 26th, the Caribbean Cup will tee off. Originally, the tournament was scheduled for the Month of April but a spike in COVID-19 contaminations pushed back the starting date. Since former manager of the Cuban national team and chairman of the Cuban baseball federation, Higinio Velez passed away on May 13, the tournament will …

Alazanes de Granma Wins Cuban Championship

In a Championship Series that became closer than was expected after two games, Alanzanes de Granma clinched a comeback from behind victory in game six to win this year's Cuban title. After trailing 5-1 the team managed to come back and win it in the ninth. After the Alazanes took a 2-0 lead in games, …

Watch Cuban Championship Series here

Tonight the Cuban Championship Series (Serie Nacional de Cuba) will start. At. 19:45 CET game one will take off. Opponents are Alazanes de Granma and Cocodrilos de Matanzas. As they have met in the playoffs and championship series in the past years, both teams have somewhat become bitter rivals. As Alazanes de Granma beat the …

Today in Baseball: The Netherlands World Champion

Today in 2011, the unthinkable happened. The Netherlands beat Cuba in the final of the last World Championship, sanctioned back then by the IBAF (now WBSC). From 2013 on, the World Baseball Classic would replace the official World Championship. As European champion, the Netherlands represented Europe together with Greece, Germany and Italy. That 2011 team had …

Cuban players and human trafficking

I just read this article on Universo Beisbol, a Cuban online baseball magazine. It is an interesting article I want baseball fans to read. I will not copy the text or make an own version of it because the author of this article deserves all the credits. A must read IMHO. https://universobeisbol.mlblogs.com/cuban-players-human-trafficking-and-other-x-files-tales-70043bced0ab?fbclid=IwAR3hNmBrmNEsKjomcoTVja8CP9dnAwpnvlZm5FbPV0w6khpcjlJCbqL3Ie0

Haarlem Baseball Week 2018: Cubans still without a win

After Cuba fell to Germany, Japan and Italy, it also was beaten by the Netherlands tonight. Even though the score may indicate a close game, Cuba never really was dangerous. The Dutch won 6-4.  After Cuba took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, the Kingdom of the Netherlands bounced back in the second inning. …

Haarlem Baseball Week 2018: Surprising win by Germany

Tonight, the Germans, who fell to the Kingdom of the Netherlands yesterday, stunted vs Cuba, the 25-time world champion. In a seesaw game, the Germans eventually prevailed as they clinched the surprising 5-4 win. Germany took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning that lasted until the top of the second when the Cubans …

Another player leaves Cuba for MLB

In past few years, Cuba has suffered from many baseball players leaving the island to try their luck in America. As a result, Cuban baseball is deteriorating. Proof of that? What about the 14-1 defeat by the Kingdom of the Netherlands during the 2017 WBC? A new player has decided to leave the socialist republic …

U18 World Cup 2017: Dutch fall to Cuba despite good game

In a rather close game between Cuba and the Netherlands, the Dutch stayed at the wrong side of the score (3-0) for the second day in a row. But the bright spot was it wasn't a trouncing like yesterday. Unlike yesterday, the Kingdom of the Netherlands managed to collect several hits, seven to be exact, …

World Port Tournament 2017: Dutch win consolation game vs Cuba

In what was the last game for both teams, the Kingdom of the Netherlands bested Cuba 3-1. A three-run inning was all the Dutch needed to beat Cuba for the second time this week. Manager Sidney de Jong used four pitchers to keep the Cubans in check. Before the game, pitcher Rob Cordemans and infielder …

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