Auckland Tuatara sit out 2020/2021 ABL Season

A few months ago, you could read here about the upcoming ABL season being cut short. The intention was to play in two conferences, one in Australia (named the Australian Conference) and one in New Zealand (named the International Conference). But since the Brisbane Bandits and the Adelaide Giants had some concerns about coming to …

ABL presents 2020/2021 layout

The Australian Baseball League presented its layout for the 2020/2021 season. There will be two leagues: An Australian Conference and an International Conference. Besides this a surprise may be in the making.The Australian Conference will contain the following teams: defending champion Melbourne Aces, Sydney Blue Sox, Canberra Cavalry and Perth Heat.The International Conference will contain: …

Brisbane Bandits adopt a new look

The Brisbane Bandits, the team that dominated the Australian Baseball League in four of the past five years, has rebranded. It is not a drastic move but they change their colors. Out with the black, in with the blue. Last Friday, the team presented its new look through various social media accounts and through its …

Bolsenbroek debuts in Bandits loss

Recently you could read here about Dutch pitcher Mike Bolsenbroek having joined reigning Australian champion, the Brisbane Bandits. Today, he debuted for the Bandits in a 6-5 loss vs the Adelaide Giants (former Adelaide Bite). The Bandits took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth when Mitch Nilson singled to right field and …

Mike Bolsenbroek to join Brisbane Bandits

According to, Dutch pitcher Mike Bolsenbroek will join the Brisbane Bandits of the Australian Baseball League for the 2019/2020 season. The 32-year old Bolsenbroek joined the Regensburg Legionäre in 2008 and except for the two years he spent in the US with the organization of the Philadelphia Phillies, he played with the Legionäre ever since. …

ABL: Brisbane Bandits fourpeats

With an easy victory over the Perth Heat (9-4), the Brisbane Bandits have clinched their fourth consecutive ABL championship. The victory never was endangered as the Bandits took an early 8-0 lead before the Heat could do something back. Perth hit four home runs but as they were all solo shots it did not have …

ABL: Van Mil and Bandits one win away from fourth consecutive championship

The Brisbane Bandits made an important step towards their fourth consecutive championship as they beat the Perth Heat 3-2 in Perth. Both teams collected seven hits but Brisbane appeared to be a bit more effective. In the second inning of the game, the Brisbane Bandits took a 2-0 lead thanks to two doubles and a …

ABL: Perth vs Brisbane Championship Series

Despite quite some investments on players, the Sydney Blue Sox remain the only team in the ABL that hasn't played for the Claxton Shield yet. In the third and decisive game, two disastrous innings were the omen of the upcoming defeat by the Perth Heat (11-6). The Brisbane Bandits didn't have an easy game vs …

ABL: Semifinals set

Today was the last day of the regular competition in the ABL. Only two games were played. The Perth Heat fell to the Canberra Cavalry 4-5 and the Brisbane Bandits beat Geelong-Korea 4-3. With these results, the following playoff schedule will be effective: The Canberra Cavalry will face the Melbourne Aces in the wild-card game …

ABL: Auckland clinches historic win, another outing for Loek van Mil

The Auckland Tuatara managed to clinch a historic win today as they beat the Melbourne Aces 8-4 in game two of a doubleheader. With this win, the Tuatara managed to win its first series of their inaugural season. Even in the series vs Geelong-Korea, Auckland did not manage to clinch a win as the series …

Loek van Mil back on the mound

After a bit more than a month (after he hit a rock with his head during a hiking accident), Loek van Mil made his appearance on the mound for the Brisbane Bandits in Thursday's 21-5 win over Geelong-Korea.  In the slugfest, Brisbane collected eighteen hits of which three were doubles and nine (9!) were home …

ABL: Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra, and Perth clinch playoff berth

In close playoff spot races, it will not come down to the final weekend as all four playoff spots were clinched this weekend by the Blue Sox, the Bandits, the Aces, the Cavalry, and the Heat. After the Blue Sox lost the first game against the Auckland Tuatara 6-0, the club bounced back with close …

ABL: Sydney down to earth after sweep by Canberra

Last week things really seemed to go the Blue Sox way as they had taken a 4.5 game lead over the Brisbane Bandits in the standings. But after this weekend's sweep by the Canberra Cavalry, things have become much more interesting again. In the first game between the two teams, Alessandro Maestri, who was mostly …

ABL round seven: Sydney takes commanding lead

With three more rounds to play, everything is still possible. But the Sydney Blue Sox have made an important step to clinch a spot in the semi-finals. As the Blue Sox won today's game and the series vs the Brisbane Bandits, the Perth Heat had an easy series vs the Adelaide Bite. Today, the Sydney …

Blue Sox win in WALK-off fashion

With the series vs the Brisbane Bandits tied at one, the Sydney Blue Sox have beaten the Bandits in walk-off fashion (3-4). After trailing 3-0 after the second inning, the Sox inched closer and eventually scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. After Alessandro Maestri was masterful once again on Thursday, he …

ABL: Two sweeps and two 3-1 series wins

Behind some strong offense and solid pitching (at times), the Sydney Blue Sox handed a 4-0 series loss to the Perth Heat. The Canberra Cavalry swept the Geelong-Korea team, Brisbane clinched a 3-1 series win vs Melbourne as both teams played a tripleheader on Saturday and the Adelaide Bite clinched a 3-1 series win over …

Loek van Mil released from hospital

After Loek van Mil was hospitalized the statement on his condition, on the website of the Brisbane Bandits remained the same for the past two weeks. Today the Dutch Baseball Hangout learned that the Dutch reliever was released from the hospital last Sunday. Even though Van Mil has joined the Brisbane Bandits, he is only …

Loek van Mil’s condition still critical but stable

An article at sheds some light on the accident that happened to Dutch pitcher Loek van Mil. It also says his condition is still critical but it has turned to stable. According to the CEO of the Brisbane Bandits, Mark Ready, Van Mil remains in the hospital in a critical but stable condition. Now …

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