Teams are standing in line for Johan Santana

Johan Santana (36), who tried to make a combeack with the Orioles last year but faltered thanks to a torn left Achilles tendon, is followed by at least six teams. Santana pitched two perfect innings last Tuesday in a Venezuelan Winter League game in which he only needed 17 pitches. The last four seasons Santana …

Atlantic League baseball in Cuba?

Today I bumped into an article about Peter Kirk, president of the independent Atlantic League. In an interview Kirk stated that he is interested in placing an Atlantic League team in Cuba. It is not that this idea comes all of a sudden due to the recent diplomatic developments between the USA and Cuba. Two …

Rick van den Hurk’s numbers with KBO stats at the background

Rick van den Hurk had a marvelous 2014 season in the KBO. As we all may know by now, the former Major Leaguer (Marlins, Orioles, and Pirates) won the league's awards for lowest ERA  and most strikeouts. When you know that the  KBO is a very offensive league with an average of 5.71 runs per …

Worst World Series ever?

ESPN published this article on the upcoming World Series. According to ESPN the 2014 edition would be the worst World Series ever.... Why? Because there are two Wild Card teams in it and their win-loss record isn't quite something to write home about. Both teams had fewer than 90 wins in the regulars season. Why …

Dutchies in the MLB playoffs: ALCS game 4

       vs  The playoff adventure of Jonathan Schoop and the Baltimore Orioles has ended. The Royals brought out the brooms. The Royals took off full speed in the first inning when they put runners on third (Alcides Escobar) and second (Nori Aoki). When Eric Hosmer hit a grounder to first baseman Steve Pearce, the …

Dutchies in the MLB playoffs: ALCS game 3

      vs The runs didn't come cheap in game three of the American League Championship Series. After game three was postponed on Monday, the team faced each other on Tuesday. The O's scored the opening run in the second inning when Steve Pearce scored on a double by J.J. Hardy. The Royals came alongside in …

Dutchies in the MLB playoffs: ALCS game 2

             vs  Once again a great game. Once again a surprising outcome. In a game that was a feast for the neutral fan the Royals took a lead twice and as many times the Orioles came back to tie the game. The game had a lot of hitting, nice fielding and a couple of …

Dutchies in the MLB playoffs: ALDS game 2

  vs  What a game it was. Game two of the ALDS between the Tigers and the Orioles. The O's took a 2-0 lead after Jonathan Schoop got on base on the first single for Baltimore in the bottom of the third. Nick Markakis took Schoop with him when he hit a homerun. At least, …

Dutchies in the MLB playoffs: ALDS game 1

  vs What a night it was for Jonathan Schoop. Not only did his team, the Baltimore Orioles, win with a big margin, Jonathan himself performed very well. In the bottom of the second inning Jonathan was responsible indirectly for the run that the Orioles scored. With Ryan Flaherty on first, Jonathan singled on a …

Dutchies in the Major Leagues: Wednesday September 17, 2014

It appears that the Dodgers don't want to win the NL West pennant. Last night they lost again vs the Rockies: 16-2. Roger Bernadina got a pinch hit appearance but grounded out 3-1. The Giants inched a bit closer with their 4-2 win over the Diamondbacks. Boston lost with big numbers as well. The Pirates …

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