Once Again WBSC Does Not Act in The Interest of Baseball

As we all know, the WBSC is supposed to act in the interest of baseball. We also know, that the world baseball governing body doesn do that. Two days ago, the WBSC added another chapter to not acting in the best interest of our beloved sport. A few years ago, WBSC chairman Fraccarri allowed national …

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. …

Regensburg Awarded WBC Qualifier

Good news for German baseball fans. The rumors were floating around in the past few weeks, but now it has been announced officially. Regensburg (Germany) has been awarded one of the two World Baseball Classic Qualifiers. The other qualifier goes to Panama City. The last time, Regensburg hosted a qualifier of the World Baseball Classic …

2022 Federations Cup: London Mets @ Brasschaat Braves, A Photo Impression

The second game of the first day of the 2022 Federations Cup, was between the multiple British (and reigning) champion London Mets and the multiple (and runner up of 2021) Belgian champion Brasschaat Braves. It was an entertaining match in which the Braves had a, what appeared a comfortable 6-1 lead after seven innings, but …

WBSC: Presidential Vote Ahead And Other Issues

On July 5th, a new president of the WBSC will be voted for at a congress scheduled to be held in Taiwan. Next to the incumbent president, Riccardo Fraccari, two other candidates will run for the position. Those two persons are Didier Seminet, the incumbent president of the FFBS (Féderation Française Baseball et Softball) and …

Rudy van Heydoorn Joins Nettuno BC 1945

After announcing the acquisition of Victor Draijer, a few days ago, Italy's oldest baseball club, Nettuno BC 1945, announced the acquisition of another player with a link to the Dutch Kingdom. The 32-year old Rudy van Heydoorn returns to Italy to join the club of the Italian Serie A. Van Heydoorn spent five seasons in …

2021 National Champions in Europe

It has become a tradition. An overview of the national champions of most European countries per season. This year we will sum up the champions per country once again after a full season that was adapted in some countries due to COVID-19. AustriaAfter the first two games were played in Vienna and ended in a …

2021 World Cup U23: Dutch Don’t Stand a Chance vs Nicaragua

In their final game of the tournament, the Kingdom of the Netherlands did not stand a chance against Nicaragua. It wasn't a blowout score, but one cannot expect a team to win when it produces only three base hits. Nicaragua  6  -  1  Kingdom of the NetherlandsThe Dutch lineup was kept in check by the …

2021 World Cup U23: The Netherlands Clinches First Victory

Finally! The Kingdom of the Netherlands won its first game at the U23 World Cup. In a real team effort with superb pitching and good offense, the Dutch beat Panama that had a 2-1 record before the start of today's game. Kingdom of the Netherlands  4  -  1  PanamaKoen Postelmans pitched a stellar game, keeping …

2021 World Cup U23: Dutch Still Without a Win After Three Matches

After three games at the 2021 U23 World Cup of Baseball, the Dutch team is the only European team without a win. Last night the team was no match for Columbia as they were shutout 10-0. Until the fourth inning, the Dutch could keep pace with Columbia as they trailed 1-0. But in the fourth …

2021 World Cup U23: Dutch do Not Stand a Chance Against Venezuela, Czechs Pull Off a Surprise Against Mexico

In the opening game for team Kingdom of the Netherlands U23, the team did not stand a chance against Venezuela. The Venezuelan manager juggled with his pitchers and that kept the Dutch rather off balance. The Czech Republic, on the other hand, pulled off the first surprise of the tournament. Kingdom of the Netherlands  4  …

2021 European Championship: Italy Wins Bronze

A bronze medal game that was worthy to be a final game. Good pitching, good defense, and two teams that kept each other in check for most of the game. Spain  0  -  2  ItalyEven though both teams had their opportunities to open the score, neither team did cross home plate until the seventh inning. In …

2021 European Championship: Placement Matches

On the last day but one, six placement matches were played. France @ Slovakia, Greece @ Ukraine, Sweden @ Austria, Belgium @ Croatia, Russia @ Germany, and Great Britain @ Czech Republic. France  6  -  5  SlovakiaIn a matchup between two countries that were demoted to the B-group already, France stayed at the right side …

2021 European Championship: Israel Advances to Final After Convincing Win

Shortly before midnight, the dream of team Italy to win the European championship in its own country, shattered. Team Israel shoved the Azzurri aside as the tactics of manager Nate Fish worked pretty well. Italy  5  -  11  IsraelWhen Italy took a 3-0 lead in the first inning, it looked like Israel was no match. …

2021 European Championship: Placement Matches

Today, the first of the placement matches for the fifth to eighth places took place. Belgium took on Great Britain and the Czech Republic faced Croatia. Great Britain  12  -  11  BelgiumBelgium fought hard but just fell short against a team with 46% of foreign born players. Thanks to the many errors, this game didn't deserve …

2021 European Championship: Hard-Fought Victory for The Netherlands in Semi Final

A game that was a semi final worthy. A close affair in which the Kingdom of the Netherlands barely ended up at the right side of the score. The only thing that marred this semi final, were the three errors the Dutch committed. Kingdom of the Netherlands  9  -  8  SpainIt goes too far to …

2021 European Championship: Quarter Finals

Today the following quarter finals were scheduled: Croatia @ Italy, Belgium @ Spain, Czech Republic @ Israel, and Great Britain @ Kingdom of the Netherlands. All games were quarter final worthy as all of them had close scores. Croatia  5  -  8  ItalyA four-run eighth inning saved Italy from losing to Croatia today. Croatia fought …

2021 European Championship: Dutch Have to go Deep For Quarter Final Win

In the last quarter final of the day, the Kingdom of the Netherlands clinched a hard-fought victory over Great Britain. The Brits made the Dutch go deep and never let them walk away too far. Great Britain  5  -  7  Kingdom of the NetherlandsIn the top of the first inning, Great Britain took a 1-0 …

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