My top ten of national team baseball caps

I have written several blog posts about my favorite ballcaps already. But so far, I never wrote one about my ten favorite caps of national teams. National team caps are known for their simplicity and the lack of abundancy. Here is my top ten of national team caps. 10. Croatia This cap was worn by …

2019 Premier 12: USA clinches surprising win vs Japan

Throughout the tournament, the USA had a 2-2 record; two wins and a los in the opening round and a loss in the Super round. Today the Americans faced Samurai Japan that had a 4-0 record so far. But today, the USA, that fields a team with minor leaguers of several levels, took an early …

WBSC, a chromium-plated package of scrap

Recently you could read my opinion about the World Baseball and Softball Confederation. The global governing body for baseball and softball is nothing more than a Riccardo Fraccari show. This year's Premier 12 shows this even more. The governing body that is boasting it is promoting baseball does more harm than it does good. Why …

2019 Premier 12: Dutch go 0-3, eliminated

Last night, the Kingdom of the Netherlands faced Mexico in its final game of the tournament. As Mexico beat the USA on Sunday, the Dutch were eliminated already. Vs Mexico, the Dutch didn't fare much better as they lost 10-2. Manager Hensley Meulens started Tom Stuifbergen, who normally is a reliever. As Stuifbergen announced he …

2019 Premier 12: Another bitter loss for Dutch

The Kingdom of the Netherlands took on the Dominican Republic. Both teams started a pitcher with MLB experience. Ervin Santana for the Dominicans, Jair Jurrjens for the Dutch. What appeared to become a great game for the Dutch ended as a major disappointment as they were beaten 14-4 in seven innings. Jair Jurrjens didn't pitch …

2019 Premier 12: Watch the Netherlands vs Dominican Republic here

Today, the Kingdom of the Netherlands will take on the Dominican Republic. The Dominicans debut at the Premier 12. For both teams it is a must-win situation as both lost yesterday. The Dominicans fell to Mexico 6-1 in a rain-shortened game. Thinking of today's matchup, the 2009 WBC comes to mind where the Dutch team …

2019 Premier 12: Dutch don’t stand a chance vs USA

The Kingdom of the Netherlands took on team USA today. On the defensive side the Dutch played a solid game, but at bat, the team didn't stand a chance against Cody Ponce and the US relievers. Good old Rob Cordemans could not stop the American offense as he gave up three runs in each of the …

2019 Premier 12: Watch The Netherlands vs USA here

Today, the opening match of the Guadalajara Group of the 2019 Premier 12 will be between the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the United States of America. The other day, both teams played each other in an exhibition match that was clearly won by the USA 12-2. The Kingdom of the Netherlands will sport a …

Dutch release Premier 12 roster

The KNBSB has released the Dutch roster for the upcoming Premier 12 tournament.  The roster is a mix of former MLB players, minor league players of several levels and players from the Dutch hoofdklasse and German 1. Bundesliga. Manager Hensley Meulens made some changes compared to the roster of the Olympic Qualifier as he added …

Two Arubans added to Dutch Premier12 roster

According to 297 Sports, Braves farmhand, Ray-Patrick Didder and Cincinnati Reds farmhand Chadwick Tromp have been added to the Premier12 roster of the Kingdom of the Netherlands by manager Hensley Meulens. Ray-Patrick Didder is coming off a sub-par season with the Mississippi Braves. In his second season with the M-Braves, he batted .203 and committed …

Dutch jump two spots on world ranking

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today unveiled the newly updated WBSC Baseball World Rankings, which weigh a country’s National Team performance, from U-12 to Professional, in official WBSC-sanctioned international competitions over a four-year period (2015-2018). Those countries that finish with the first twelve teams at the end of this year, automatically qualify for the …

Shawn Zarraga signs with Reds

Aruban catcher Shawn Zarraga has signed a contract with the Cincinnati Reds. In the past two seasons he played in the Dodgers organization where he split seasons between AA Tulsa and AAA Oklahoma City after the Milwaukee Brewers traded him in the 2014/2015 off season.  Zarraga was bothered by a nagging in jury in 2016 …

Carlton Daal gets invitation to Spring Training

Carlton Daal, the 22-year old shortstop from Curacao has been invited to the 2016 Spring Training in the Cactus League, by the Cincinnati Reds The shortstop of team Kingdom of the Netherlands earned an award for being the best shortstop at the recent Premier 12 tournament. So far Daal wasn't known for his defense but merely …

Premier 12: Kingdom of the Netherlands – USA, one disastrous inning makes the difference

Today team Kingdom of the Netherlands took on the USA in the quarter-finals. After dealing with quite some bad luck (family matters for Andruw Jones, injuries of several players), the team was hit by bad luck again. Proposed starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens had to return home due to family matters. He was replaced by Tom …

Premier 12: fourth round

In the fourth round of the Premier 12 tournament, there was perhaps one surprise. The game between Cuba and Taiwan had an unexpected outcome. Group A   Italy  0  -  4  Canada   Unbeaten Canada took on Italy that was still without a win. Jared Mortesen (seven innings) and Jared Kyle (two innings) shut out Italy …

Premier 12: Crazy game between Kingdom of the Netherlands and Puerto Rico

  Puerto Rico  7  -  11  Kingdom  o.t. Netherlands   In the fourth round of the Premier 12, the Kingdom of the Netherlands took on Puerto Rico. The Dutch started with Shawn Zarraga in the lineup. The catcher, playing in the Dodgers’ organization was hit on the hand in the previous game and was pulled. …

Premier 12, day 5: three close games and two blow outs

On day five of the Premier 12 there were no surprises. Group A:   Canada  9  -  8  Chinese Taipei   In a close game between Canada and Chinese Taipei, the Canucks stayed at the right side of the score, though it was barely. For a home crowd of only 10,245 Taiwan took a 2-0 lead …

Premier 12: Kingdom of the Netherlands A lot – Italy 1

In today's game between the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Italy, the Southern Europeans were no match for the Northern Europeans. Where Rob Cordemans got the nod of Hensley Meulens, I had my doubts because he was hit rather hard in his last two Hoofdklasse starts. And in the bottom of the first inning the …

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