Personal Stories About Ballcaps: Former Cap of The Greek National Team

This series is inspired by the must read book “All Caps, Stories That Justify an Outrageous Hat Collection” by Craig Colby. Craig wrote this book about the many caps he has and the stories behind it. Anyhow, this series will be about the caps I own and the stories behind them. In this episode of …

Andruw Jones’ HOF numbers of 2021 better than the previous year

Likely no one expected Andruw Jones to be voted into the Hall of Fame. But the Curaçao Kid's numbers improved compared to last year. For a long time it looked like the improvement would be close to 20% but eventually the improvement stuck on 14.5 %. Where Jones got 19.4% of the votes last year, …

Andruw Jones joins effort for new Little League Ballpark in Curaçao

Former MLB star Andruw Jones will join an effort by the Curaçao Government and the ARBJ Foundation to build a new Little League Ballpark on the Caribbean Island. Jones, the Curaçao Government and the ARBJ Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU for short) for the construction of this state of the art ballpark. A …

The HOF voting from a different point of view: Andruw Jones stays on ballot

With Jim Thome, Vladimir Guerrero, Trevor Hoffman and Chipper Jones voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, the Walhalla of baseball adds four great players. But most important, from a Curaçao/ Dutch point of view is the fact that Andruw Jones stayed on the ballot. The outfielder who broke into the Majors with …

Andruw Jones on 2018 HOF ballot

Today, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced the newbies on the 2018 ballot. Next to players like his namesake Chipper Jones, Trevor Hoffman, first-timers Omar Vizquel and Jim Thome, Curaçao native Andruw Jones is also on the ballot. Andruw Jones broke into the majors at the age of  19. He was the youngest player to …

Team Kingdom of the Netherlands loses first practice game

In the first practice game since the start of their training camp in preparation of the 2017 World Baseball Classic, the Dutch team traveled to Tucson to face the KT Wiz from the Korean Baseball Organization for a practice game. Thanks to some sloppy defense by the Dutch, the Koreans won 5-2.  The KT Wiz …

Meulens extends contract with Giants

Manager of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and hitting coach of the San Francisco Giants has extended his contract with the Northern Californian team. Meulens will stay with the staff of manager Bruce Bochy for another two years. The former player of the New York Yankees and the Dutch national team (with the 2000 Olympics in …

Bert Blyleven pitching coach of Kingdom of the Netherlands

Today it was announced that Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven will join the staff of team Kingdom of the Netherlands with the upcoming World Baseball Classic.  Just like four years ago, Blyleven will serve as a pitching coach. Blyleven will take care of the pitchers of the Dutch team together with Steve Jansen, who is …

Andruw Jones added to staff of team Kingdom of the Netherlands

Andruw Jones who hung up his spikes earlier this year, has been added to the staff of team Kingdom of the Netherlands by manager Steve Janssen. After Jones called it a career, he was named special assistant to baseball operations of the Atlanta Braves, which makes him an outfield instructor for young players in the Minor …

Andruw Jones likely to retire

Andruw Jones attended the Atlanta Braves FanFest this weekend. To reporters he unveiled that he will likely announce his retirement soon. In October 2015, Jones participated with team Kingdom of the Netherlands in the WBSC's Premier 12 tournament in an attempt to showcase himself for a roster spot with any MLB club. The 38-year old …

Curacao Baseball Week was a great success again

The third Curacao Baseball Week was another success. The week started with a press conference and an auction/charity dinner. The dinner raised $40,000 and this painting was one of the items: On the first two days, the coach seminars were attended very well. Managers and coaches like Hensley Meulens, Steve Janssen and Ben Thijssen shared their …

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: 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 …

Premier 12: Cuba gets revenge vs Kingdom of the Netherlands

The Cuban national team beat the Kingdom of the Netherlands by a narrow margin: 6 - 5 After taking an early 1-0 lead, Cuban pitcher Frank Montieth could not hold the Dutch bats at bay. In the bottom of the third inning, the Dutch scored two runs as Kalian Sams and Sharlon Schoop were the …

Kingdom of the Netherlands falls to USA in practice game

Today team Kingdom of the Netherlands played their second practice game in Taiwan as a preparation on the Premier 12 tournament that will start Sunday. In their first practice game, the Dutch took on a local university team, but that team was no match for the orange. The Dutch team beat the Taiwanese 7-0. Today the …

Softbank Hawks, Rick van den Hurk win 2015 Nippon Series

Today the Softbank Hawks from Fukuoka beat the Yakult Swallows from Tokyo 5-0 to repeat for the NPB championship, winning the Nippon Series 4-1. . Starting pitcher Jason Standridge needed 82 pitches to get through six innings in which he limited the Swallows to four hits and kept them from scoring. Standridge walked two and …

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