World Baseball Classic 2023: Czechs Clinch Come-Back-From-Behind Victory vs. China

In a see saw game between the Czech Republic (or Czechia as the Czech government likes to call the country now) and China, both teams took the lead but eventually the Czechs stayed at the right side of the score, scoring four runs in the ninth. In the first inning, the Czech Republic scored two …

WBC 2023: Kingdom of The Netherlands Goes 2 – 0

After yesterday's victory over Cuba, the Dutch made an important stride towards the second round by beating Panama 3-1. Once again the pitching did well and this time several players delivered at the right time. One day shy of the seventeenth anniversary of his WBC no-hitter against.... Panama in 2006, Shairon Martis took the mound …

WBC 2023: Kingdom of The Netherlands Stays at Right Side of The Score

With some internationally (23 years and older) rather inexperienced pitchers, the Kingdom of the Netherlands managed to keep Cuba at bay in the tournament opener in Taiwan as they beat the Caribbeans 4-2. In the first inning, Tom de Blok, who hadn't pitched a game for a year due to an injury-riddled 2022 season, struggled …

WBC Home Uni of KOTN Unveiled

Today, M Sports, the clothing sponsor of team Kingdom of the Netherlands, unveiled the home uniform of the team. The uniform contains a white jersey and pants with navy pinstripes, and the words Kingdom of the Netherlands in navy as well. On the right sleeve, the Dutch flag is added. Assumingly, the 2023 World Baseball …

Dutch WBC Roster Presented

Last night, MLB presented the rosters of the countries that participate in the 2023 World Baseball Classic. Many of them are full with MLB players, some aren't. The Dutch roster is a mix of players that currently play in the Bigs, players with MLB experience, and players from the Dutchhoofdklasse (mainly pitchers). At an impossible …

Edwin Louisa Invited to The World Baseball Classic

Today, Dutch baseball website Grand Slam Stats & News announced that Dutch umpire Edwin Louisa is one of four European umpires who have received an invitation by the World Baseball Classic. Next to Fabry Fabrizi (Italy), Serge Makouchetchev (France), Tim Meyer (Germany) and Cuti Suarez (Spain), Louisa is one of five European umpires to be …

Cuba Allowed to Use MLB Players During 2023 WBC

Several Cuban news outlets announced the Cuban Baseball Federation has received the permission of the US government to use Cuban-born MLB players during the 2023 World Baseball Classic. Since Cuban baseball in general is deteriorating, partially due to many players trying to go after an MLB career, this is big news for the FCB. According …

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 …

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 …

2021 World Baseball Classic very unlikely

According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, the 2021 World Baseball Classic will not be played. When it will take place is not clear yet. Rojas added that the organizers think the tournament cannot be played before 2023. Games for the fifth World Baseball Classic were set to be held in Taiwan, Japan,  and the …

José Bautista may represent Spain in 2021 WBC

Pending on the fact if Spain will qualify for the main tournament, it was announced today that José Bautista may represent Spain in next year's World Baseball Classic. It also depends on if Bautista will be called up for the Dominican team. If that is the case, he will play for the Dominican Republic …

MLB does the only right thing: Postponing the season. WBCQ also postponed

Earlier today you could read a rant about MLB owners refusing to postpone the start of the season due to the coronavirus as they don't want to lose money. But since MLB was under enormous pressure, the governing body of professional baseball did the only right thing: Postponing the start of the season.  All day …

Sites and dates of 2021 WBC announced

Even though rumors floated around about only two countries, MLB has announced three countries where the first rounds will be played. The 2021 edition will be played in Japan, Taiwan, and the USA. Marlins Park, home of the Miami Marlins will be the hotspot of this tournament that will be played from March 9 through …

WBC Qualifier groups known

According to the Nicaraguan website BeisbolNic, the group of the first WBC Qualifier has been revealed by MLB. The first Qualifier will take place in Tucson Arizona, at the former spring training facility of the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Chicago White Sox from March 12-17. The countries in that first qualifier will be: Brazil France …

WBC likely to be played in USA and Japan only

Rumors are swirling around about the 2021 World Baseball Classic to be played in the USA and Japan only. With MLB trying to save money on minor league teams, this seems to be another move to save money for the billion making industry. According to, Mexico will be excluded by Major League Baseball to …

My baseball top five of the decade

In the past decade, a lot of baseball took place. This is my top five of the best baseball moments in the past decade. 5. Cubs win World Series After 108 years, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series in 2016. In a nailbiter of a World Series that went seven games, the Cubbies bested …

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