Dutch Hoofdklasse Becomes a Closed Circuit

After months of preparations, negotiations, and surveys among hoofdklasse clubs, the KNBSB (Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation) announced today in an online press conference that the Dutch hoofdklasse will become a closed circuit. The Dutch baseball Hangout also received an invitation for this press conference, but unfortunately, yours truly couldn't get a day off …

2021 Belgian Series, Game One: A Photo Impression

In game one of the Belgian Series, the Brasschaat Braves didn't stand a chance. Nevertheless, the atmosphere at their ballpark was nice. A good crowd, fans cheering on their teams, and lots of sunshine. In other words, the ingredients for a nice day of baseball. Here is a photo impression of today. There were some …

2021 Belgian Series: Braves Doesn’t Stand a Chance Against Pioneers

In a lopsided game one of the best-of-three Belgian Series, Brasschaat Braves didn't stand a chance against Hoboken Pioneers. Therefore, Hoboken's starting pitcher Sven Schüller was too strong. Hoboken needed eight innings to finish the game. Hoboken Pioneers  12  -  1  Brasschaat BravesLots of sunshine, a good crowd, fans that cheered on their teams, and …

Australian Baseball League Cancels 2021/2022 Season

Since the ABL is still facing challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the league has decided to cancel the 2021/2022 season and focus on 2022/2023. According to chief of Baseball Australia, Glenn Williams, it was a very hard decision, but it was made with the league's future and sustainability in mind. “There is still too …

2021 Holland Series: L&D Amsterdam Pirates Denies Curaçao Neptunus Its Twentieth Title

If there would have been a poster of this rubber game of the 2021 Holland Series, it would show the two best pitchers in the Dutch hoofdklasse at the moment: Kevin Kelly for Curaçao Neptunus and Shairon Martis for L&D Amsterdam Pirates. In this clash of the Titans, Martis proved to be a bit better …

2021 Relegation Series: RCH-Pinguïns Strikes First

Who would have thought that this first game of the relegation series would be a walk over for the Dutch hoofdklasse representative, will be very disappointed. Silicon Storks didn't stand much of a chance against pitcher Dion Steijl, who pitched a complete game, despite giving up six runs. Silicon Storks 6 - 16 RCH-Pinguïns For …

2021 Dutch hoofdklasse: Bottom 4, Quick Amersfoort Avoids Relegation Baseball

By beating Silicon Storks in two of the three game series last weekend, the canceled game between Quick Amersfoort and Hoofddorp Pioniers of two weeks ago, still had to be played to decide which team would be destined to play relegation baseball. Quick put itself into safety in the final at-bat of the game. The …

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: Day 2

On the second day of the 2021 European Championship of Baseball, the following games were scheduled: Sweden @ Slovakia, Austria @ Greece, Croatia @ Ukraine, Spain @ Germany, Great Britain @ Russia, Israel @ France, Italy @ Belgium, Netherlands @ Czech Republic. Sweden  11  -  0  SlovakiaIn the matchup between two countries that lost their …

2021 European Championship: Kingdom of the Netherlands clinches easy victory

Since the Czech Republic managed to beat the Kingdom of the Netherlands twice in previous tournaments, the Dutch were warned. Unfortunately, the Czech Republic was very disappointing today. The Dutch did not have to go deep to clinch the victory. Kingdom of the Netherlands  11  -  1  Czech RepublicAfter Ray-Patrick Didder doubled home Roger Bernadina …

Belgian Division One: Makeup Game no. Two Between Brasschaat and Deurne

Normally, series are played like doubleheaders on one day. But in this case, the teams opted to play on two separate days. After a hard fought victory in yesterday's game, the Braves won again today, and much easier this time. A little bit later than normal, as yours truly had to call a game in …

1,500 followers

A long awaited milestone was reached today, as the Dutch Baseball Hangout reached the milestone of 1,500 followers. I’d like to thank all those who pressed the like button at Facebook or those who decided to follow my Twitter account, but also those who subscribed to my blog directly through WordPress.

2021 U15 European Championship: Dutch Also Shove Aside Slovakia

After yesterday's four inning victory over Austria, the Netherlands also made quick work of the game vs Slovakia. In five innings, the Dutch bested the Slovakians 15-1. In the five-inning game, the Dutch scored at least one run per inning. It all started with a five-run first. Singles by Reyes Mercado, Mauricio Espinoza Montenegro, D'mani …

2021 Dutch hoofdklasse: Round 9, Day 2

On the second day of the ninth round of the Dutch hoofdklasse, the following games were scheduled: HCAW @ Hoofddorp Pioniers, Silicon Storks @ Quick Amersfoort, and DSS/Kinheim @ Oosterhout Twins. HCAW  7  -  1  Hoofddorp PioniersEven though it wasn't a blowout score, HCAW really had its way with Hoofddorp Pioniers today.  A single by …

Alessandro Maestri Calls it a Career

Italian pitcher and globetrotter Alessandro Maestri announced today that he has decided to hang up his spikes. His career began in Torre Pedrera, in one of Italy's lower leagues. In 2005, he broke into the Serie A with San Marino. But Maestri's stint with San Marino would not last long as he was signed by …

Frontier League Excludes Canadian teams

Last season, the Frontier League could not play due to COVID19. To avoid the same scenario for 2021, the league has taken necessary steps. With the strict rules the Canadian government has applied, there may be a big chance teams cannot cross the Canadian -US border. In order to avoid the cancellation of the 2021 …

Uniforms Of Mavericks League Trickle In, Part 2

A few weeks ago, you could read a blog post here about some new uniforms of the Independent Mavericks League that will be run by the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. Since then a new uniform has reared its head. The new uniform is of the Campesinos de Salem-Keizer. Campesinos is Spanish for farmers. The jersey comes in …

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