Tom de Blok signs deal with the Detroit Tigers

Today L&D Amsterdam Pirates announced on their Facebook page that Tom de Blok will leave the club. De Blok has signed a deal with the Detroit Tigers after his good performance during the World Baseball Classic for team Kingdom of the Netherlands. Tom de Blok had a couple of solid outings during the World Baseball …

Good performance in WBC brings Jurrjens new contract

As one of the few Dutchie free agents, Jair Jurrjens has signed a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. Only four days after the World Baseball Classic, the pitcher from Curacao signed a deal with an MLB organization. Jair Jurrjens was still without a club after he was released by the Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions …

The World Baseball Classic seems to be a keeper

With the attendance reaching more than a million and the USA winning it for the first time, the World Baseball Classic has made a serious point to stay alive. Last year there were some strong rumors about the event. It should make some serious money, otherwise, the 2017 edition would be the last. A few …

WBC 2017: My thoughts on the defeat of the Kingdom of the Netherlands by Puerto Rico

After yesterday's defeat of team Kingdom fo the Netherlands by Puerto Rico, I am still having a huge hangover. I keep thinking what if... what if... Once again we had to face an unbeaten team in the semi-final but this time we had a good chance to beat them. Four years ago, the Dominican Republic scored …

WBC 2017: Base running boners cost Dutch the game

I wasn't meant to be but what a game!In a slow but nerve wrecking matchup between the two best offenses of this year's World Baseball Classic, Puerto Rico took on the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Puerto Rico hit .330 as a team in the previous two rounds as the Kingdom of the Netherlands hit .324. …

WBC 2017: Kingdom of the Netherlands without Gregorius

A major blow for team Kingdom of the Netherlands. Due to an injury to his throwing arm/shoulder, Didi Gregorius will not participate in the semi-final later today.  At the request of the New York Yankees, the Curacaoan shortstop, who served as DH, has flown back to Tampa to let the meds of the Yankees take a …

WBC 2017: Van den Hurk gets nod for semi-final

According to the Dutch news website, manager of team Kingdom of the Netherlands, Hensley Meulens, will give the nod to pitcher Rick van den Hurk to start the semi-final game vs Puerto Rico . The 31-year old already had two starts in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. The first start of Van den Hurk …

WBC 2017: We will have a new champion

Last night it became clear that the World Baseball Classic will have a new champion. In a must win game for both teams, the United States stayed at the right side of the score vs the Dominican Republic. The story of this game was clutch hitting as the sellout crowd at Petco Park saw the …

Kingdom of the Netherlands no match for AZ Diamondbacks

In the final test before the WBC semi-final against Puerto Rico, team Kingdom of the Netherlands was no match for the Arizona Diamondbacks. In the five innings that Zack Greinke was on the mound, he limited the Dutch to six hits and one run. Eventually, the Dutch fell to the Diamondbacks 12-5. D-Backs manager Lovullo …

Future of the World Baseball Classic not so gloomy after all?

In November last year, you could read that the future of the WBC was in doubt.  But with the attendance figures of the first round released recently, the outlook of this top event in the baseball world may not be as gloomy as reported earlier. In November 2016, Cristian Moreno of ESPN tweeted that the …

WBC 2017: Kingdom of the Netherlands so far

In the weeks before the start of the tournament, the star-studded infield of the Dutch was laureled over and over again. The experts claimed that the pitching would be the Achilles heel. But the pitching did a lot better than many expected.  The Kingdom of the Netherlands has reached the semi-finals of the World Baseball …

WBC 2017: Kenley Jansen available for Dutch in championship round

If the Kingdom of the Netherlands will qualify for the championship round of the World Baseball Classic, the team can count on Kenley Jansen. The closer of the Los Angeles Dodgers confirmed his eventual participation. The Kingdom of the Netherlands made a huge step towards the championship round by beating Cuba 14-1 earlier today. If …

WBC 2017: Dutch humiliate Cuba in seven innings

In a must-win situation for both teams, the Dutch totally humiliated Cuba in a walk over. It was painful to see how Cuba was slaughtered by the Dutch. As a fan, you always hope for an exciting game, but this one was very lopsided as the Dutch beat Cuba 14-1 in seven innings. Diegomar Markwell …

WBC 2017: Cuba gives game away in eighth

Cuba let Japan work hard for its money. The Caribbean nation took the lead twice but eventually gave the game away in the eighth inning as it was beaten by Japan 8-5. Japan took an early lead in the bottom of the first on a solo homerun hit by Tetsuto Yamada. But Cuba fought back …

WBC 2017: Italy ousted in tie-breaker game

In a tie-breaker game of which the participation of Venezuela was rather controversial, Italy was kicked out of the tournament as the team blew a 2-1 lead in the top of the ninth inning. After having beaten Venezuela on Sunday, Mexico was convinced that it would be the opponent of Italy in the tie-breaker game. …

WBC 2017: Dutch restore order vs Israel in eight innings

In the second game between the two nations, Israel was no match for the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Dutch needed seven innings to seal Israel's fate. The Dutch needed eight frames to win this game 12-2. The Dutch needed one inning to get warm but from the second inning the Big Orange Machine started …

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