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. …

Two Milestones For Wladimir Balentien

In an inter league game vs the Yakult Swallows, Curaçoa's own Wladimir Balentien set two milestones in the NPB. Two dingers from his bat could not prevent the SoftBank Hawks from falling to the "other" team from Tokyo. In a 6-4 loss, Balentien reached two milestones. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Wladimir put …

Rick van den Hurk Gets No-Decision in Debut With Yakult Swallows

Rick van den Hurk made his debut with the Yakult Swallows today. The circumstances were far from ideal as the rain came down pouring. If it was because of the rain is not sure but of all teams, Rick did not bring his A game against the DeNA Baystars, the team with the worst record …

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 …

Rakuten Golden Eagles and Rakuten Monkeys are discussing an exchange program

Throughout the worldwide web, several messages about an upcoming cooperation between the Rakuten Golden Eagles and the Rakuten Monkeys are swirling around. A cooperation between the two clubs would not be strange as both are owned by the e-commerce company Rakuten. The Rakuten Golden Eagles are playing in the NPB (Japan), while the Rakuten Monkeys …

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 …

105,000 home runs in Japanese Pro Ball

Today, Orix Buffaloes catcher Torai Fushimi hit a home run in the sixth inning of the 5-4 victory over the SoftBank Hawks. His home run proved to be a very special one. Torai Fushimi Fushimi, hammered an 0-2 pitch over the right center field wall to give the Buffaloes a 4-0 lead. His home run …

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, …

Yakult Swallows Present Rick van den Hurk

It was a perfect day to present some new players. With no games on Monday, the Yakult Swallows had all the time to present their newest (foreign) acquisitions. Next to Dutchie Rick van den Hurk, the club presented pitcher Cy Sneed, outfielder Domingo Santana and infielder José Osuna. Four foreign players presented by the Yakult …

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 …

SoftBank Hawks call up youngster that preferred Japan over the USA.

The SoftBank Hawks have called up Carter Stewart Jr, the pitcher that did not sign with the Atlanta Braves after the 2018 draft, but decided to head to Japan to join the SoftBank Hawks. Stewart was considered one of the top prospects for the 2018 Major League Baseball draft, and was drafted by the Atlanta Braves with the …

It’s official: Rick van den Hurk is a Swallow

Last week you could read here about the Yakult Swallows chasing Dutch pitcher Rick van den Hurk to bolster their rotation. Today the news was released that the 35-year old was signed by the "other" team from Tokyo. Rick van den Hurk in a SoftBank Hawks uniform The Swallows signed Van den Hurk for 79 …

Rick van den Hurk likely to stay in Japan

It appears that Rick van den Hurk is to stay in Japan for the 2021 season. According to a Japanese news website, the Dutch hurler is about to be signed by the Yakult Swallows. After forty-three victories for the SoftBank Hawks, Rick appears not to be re-signed by the team from Fukuoka. But luckily the …

It’s Official: Masahiro Tanaka Returns to Rakuten Golden Eagles.

The Rakuten Golden Eagles made an official announcement about the return of pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. The 32-year old pitcher returns from New York where he spend seven years with the New York Yankees. The 32-year old RHP has opted to return to Japan after the Yankees did not quite hurry to re-sign him. In fact …

Ichiro Suzuki to coach Japanese High School Team

According to the Asahi (Sunrise) Shimbun, former MLB star Ichiro Suzuki will coach a Japanese high school team. At the end of this year, Ichiro will be at the helm of a team that has won the national championship at least once. It has always been a dream of the Japanese star to manage a …