International Baseball Partners and FEBEKO Join Forces

In a statement on its website, International Baseball Partners announced it has entered a Collaboration Agreement with the FEBEKO, the Baseball Federation of Curaçao. It is not the first time that International Baseball Partners shows its interest in the island of the Dutch Caribbeans. Back in 2015, IBP signd a Memorandum Of Understanding with the …

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 …

Wladimir Balentien is Talking Retirement

A few weeks ago, Curaçao native Wladimir Balentien posted a somewhat mysterious Tweet about things having an end. Yours truly's first thought was "He is retiring." But from there no new Tweet or answer to the questions that came after that specific Tweet. The specific Tweet, Wladimir Balentien started all confusion with, is shown below. …

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 …

Dutch Don’t Stand a Chance vs Venezuela

With a team of independent minor leaguers, pitchers from the Dutch hoofdklasse and several players that hadn't played a game in a year, the Dutch took on Venezuela in the second game of the Final Olympic Qualifier. It didn't pan out well as the Dutch fell to the Venezuelans 9-3. Since players from the Caribbean, …

Fortitudo Bologna Signs Another Curaçaoan

Through their Facebook page, Fortitudo Bologna announced the signing of another foreign player. The club is the strongest in the Italian Serie A by far, so you can wonder how much stronger they want to be... The player concerned is Raywendley van Gurp from Curaçao. Born in 1989, Van Gurp made his first strides in …

Dohren Wild Farmers land Curaçaoan

The Dohren Wild Farmers, of the German first Bundesliga, have landed a player from the Dutch Kingdom, the team announced on Instagram today. Even though the Wild Farmers still hasn't played any games because it didn't get any permission by the state of Lower Saxony yet, the team is training in small groups. Their addition …

SoftBank Hawks add Wladimir Balentien to NPB Roster

It has been announced that Curaçao-born Wladimir Balentien will be added to the NPB roster of the SoftBank Hawks. This will happen on May 18. The other day, Wladimir Balentien came up with a somewhat vague Tweet, saying that God's timing is perfect. https://twitter.com/cocobalentien/status/1393884698359721986 The only thing that yours truly could think of, was his …

Another Curaçaoan Heads to Italy

Another player from Curaçao is heading to the Italian Serie A. The Dutch Antilles are a popular resort for Italian clubs, since the inhabitants have a Dutch passport and thus, according to the rules, they can be regarded as Dutch citizens. The club that has signed another player from the Caribbean island is Milano United. …

Rick van den Hurk is warming up, Wladimir Balentien not so much

Still with the Ni-Gun team of the Yakult Swallows, Rick van den Hurk is slowly warming up. With Wladimir Balentien, it is quite the opposite. Until today, Rick had pitched in three games, allowed six earned runs and struck out seven. Today, against the DeNa BayStars, Rick pitched four innings in relief. He was very …

State of the Dutchies in the Minors

Finally the Minor League season has started. Normally, I tried to make an overview of where players from the Dutch Kingdom were about to play. But since I have the experience that the data before the start of the season isn't always up to date, I have decided to create this overview after Opening Day. …

Sherten Apostel to start at AA

After making his MLB debut in 2020 with the Texas Rangers, Sherten Apostel has to get used to being sent down to the minors again. After spending the first two years of his professional career in the Dominican Summer League in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, Sherten moved up to the Appalachian League, where he played …

Another Dutchie to start MiLB season at Low A

Slowly, MLB clubs start to present the rosters of their farm teams. Today the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Low A, Chicago Cubs) presented their opening day roster. Once again a player of the Dutch kingdom will start his season at Low A. The player we are talking about is Shendrik Apostel, yes, the brother of Sherten …

Rick van den Hurk gets no decision in second Ni-Gun start, Balentien makes his presence felt.

For the second time after being presented by the Yakult Swallows, last Monday, Rick van den Hurk took the mound in a Ni-Gun (minor league) game. The Tokyo Yakult Swallows lost to Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 5-4. Two of these runs were given up by Dutch Rick van den Hurk. After pitching three scoreless innings, …

Wladimir Balentien Hits Dinger in First At-Bat of Season

Wladimir Balentien is back in Japanese baseball. Not at the highest level yet. In today's Ni-Gun (Minor League) game vs the Chunichi Dragons, he made his presence felt. Wladimir Balentien in his first at-bat of 2021 After arriving in Japan in the end of March, Wladimir Balentien had to pass two weeks in quarintine. He …

Another Dutchie goes to Italy

Today, baseballmania.eu announced that Curaçao born Urwin Juaquin will join Parmaclima Baseball for the 2021 season. Especially on the defensive side, Juaquin, who has four years in the minors under his belt, will be a reenforcement for the cheese city. Since Juaquin is from Willemstad Curaçao, he is a Dutch citizen officially. As a result, …

Ademar Rifaela not to Nettuno

As soon as the news came out that Nettuno Baseball had acquired Ademar Rifaela, the discussion broke loose in a Dutch baseball group on Twitter. Was this allowed or not? The manager of Curaçao Neptunus stated it wasn't and eventually he was right. Ademar Rifaela is blocked from going to Nettuno Baseball in the Italian …

Dutch Baseball Hangout interviews Phildrick Llewellyn

What started as a single interview with Rick van Dijck, turns out to be a series of interviews with lesser known players from the Netherlands and the Dutch kingdom, who play abroad. This time we pay attention to Phildrick Llewellyn. For the diehard Dutch baseball fan, the name Phildrick Llewellyn may ring a bell. But …