Hoofddorp Pioniers hit by Coronavirus

Through its Facebook page, Hoofddorp Pioniers has announced that a player of the club has been infected with the coronavirus. The club has taken the necessary steps to prevent the virus from spreading. The player we are talking about is playing for the farm team of the club. As a result the scheduled game of …

KNBSB is lobbying hard for early start of season

With the current rules set by the Dutch government, the Dutch baseball season will not start before September 1st due to the coronavirus. But the Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation (KNBSB) is lobbying to move the starting date forward. Through the Dutch Olympic Committee/Dutch Sporting Federation, the KNBSB is trying to convince the Dutch …

COVID-19 cause for Dutch clubs to make smart financial decisions

Two days ago, the KNBSB (Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation) announced that in the upcoming 2020 season, no teams will relegate or will be promoted. Time for clubs to think about how to spend their resources. With no baseball played so far and the season still up in the air, it remains to be …

Dutch baseball season postponed until further notice

Today, the KNBSB (Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation), announced the postponement of the upcoming baseball season. For sure, the season will not start before April 27. But as the Dutch government announced new measures due to the stubbornness of several people not to follow the rules that should prevent a rapid spread of the …

Kinheim and DSS on merger course

According to the website of Baseball and Softball Club Kinheim from Haarlem, an important step towards a merger with DSS has been made. Both DSS' and Kinheim's members decided to work on a merger proposal in the coming months. With the meeting at DSS, there was a unanimous vote, at Kinheim, a vast majority of …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2019: Promotion/relegation series, game 5

After the warning track and the infield of Kinheim's home, Pim Mulier Stadium were flooded due to superfluous rainfall yesterday, the decisive game was moved to today. In a do or die matchup for both parties, DSS stayed at the right side of the score as it overcame a 5-1 deficit and beat Kinheim 14-5.  …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2019: Promotion/relegation series, game 4

As game four of the promotion/relegation series was rained out on Sunday, it was played tonight. After blowing the lead on Saturday, Glenn Wassink was clearly the man of the match as he pitched nine innings to guide Kinheim to a 6-3 victory. After Linus Holmberg singled up the middle and drove in René Cremer …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2019: Promotion/relegation series, game 3

Today, Kinheim was the home team in its own Pim Mulier Stadium in this Haarlem get-together. Kinheim had the lead for the biggest part of the game but in the final inning, its pitching collapsed and surrendered two runs to hand DSS the 3-2 win. In the sixth innings, after five scoreless innings, DSS pushed …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2019: Promotion/relegation series, game 2

After yesterday's game of the promotion/relegation series was rained out yesterday, DSS and Kinheim faced each other tonight. Kinheim bounced back big time after Saturday's loss as they beat DSS 12-7. Kinheim jumped on DSS starting pitcher Nick Keur as they scored four times in the first inning. Singles by Jeldwin Orman and Jenk Lemmink …

Omron Pioniers clinches spot in overgangsklasse

With Omron Pioniers (farm team of Meerlease Pioniers) and Alcmaria Victrix finishing with the same number of wins and losses in the bottom eight group of the overgangsklasse, a decisive game was needed. Today both teams met at the ballpark of Sparks in Haarlem. Alcmaria Victrix didn't stand a chance against Omron Pioniers' pitching as …

2019 Dutch hoofdklasse: Promotion/relegation series, game 1

Today the first game of the promotion/relegation series between Kinheim (overgangsklasse) and DSS (hoofdklasse) was played. The background of this series is rather odd as both teams, that are literally neighbors, are investigating cooperation. In this best-of-five series, DSS struck first and won 1-0. Even though Kinheim was the home team, the game was played …

Situation in the overgangsklasse

With the overgangsklasse season ready as well, most things have been decided. The champion of the overgangsklasse was known after it won yesterday and after today, three of four teams that will be demoted are known as well. Yesterday, HSV Kinheim from Haarlem clinched its second overgangsklasse championship in as many years as it beat …

A day at an overgangsklasse game: a photo thread

Today, I went to see a game in the Dutch overgangsklasse (second-tier league) as the Dutch hoofdklasse season is already over. The game between Alcmaria Victrix and Oosterhout Twins 2 (farm team of the Hoofdklasse club Oosterhout Twins) was played in Oosterhout. Twins 2 won the game 14-7. Here is a photo impression of that …

Baseball developments in Haarlem

On their website, DSS from Haarlem has announced it will have talks with neighbour Kinheim. Both teams play at the Pim Mulier Sportspark and are only separated by a small road that lies between their baseball grounds. According to the website, both clubs have had talks in which they agreed to further talks about a …

Are baseball academies good for Dutch youth baseball?

Dutch baseball academies exist for about twenty years now. It all started with the Unicorns in Rotterdam, founded by Robert Eenhoorn, who had a cup of coffee in the Bigs with the Yankees. Other cities like Haarlem and Amsterdam followed. In the heydays, there were six academies, now there are only four left. What did …

Another Dutch kid heads to NJCAA college

Milan van der Breggen, a RHP will be another Dutch kid that heads to the United States to join a (community) college. After finishing the regular season in the Netherlands, Milan will go to Indian Hills Community College during Fall 2019.  The 17-year old youngster, who will turn 18 in April has played for various …

Promotion/relegation series 2018: Game two suspended due to darkness

Silicon Storks wasn't able to cling on to a 2-0 lead as Kinheim tied the game in the top of the ninth inning. In extra innings, the game was called due to darkness after the twelfth inning. In the bottom of the second inning, Silicon Storks opened the score. After Gino Gil was hit by a …