Dutch Fall to Dominicans in Close Affair, Show Improvement

Another day, another loss. But the Dutch team clearly showed improvement compared to the game vs Venezuela. Eventually the Dutch lost 4-3 against a heavy favored Dominican team. For five innings, Dutch starter, Tom de Blok pitched a gem, shutting out the Dominicans and allowing only three hits. But in the sixth inning, De Blok …

Slugfest in Olympic Qualifier Opener

In the opening match of the final Olympic Qualifier, the Dominican Republic stayed at the right side of the score as they beat Venezuela 10-7. In a seesaw game Venezuela scored a run in each of the first seven innings. As a result, it took the lead twice. The Dominican Republic on the other hand, …

U15 World Cup to take place in October/November

Today, the WBSC announced that the U15 World Cup Baseball will take place from October 30 through November 8. This is more positive news after a lot of cancellations due to the coronavirus. As the tournament will be played in Tijuana, Mexico, the place will be a baseball hotbed in October and November as the …

2019 Premier 12: Another bitter loss for Dutch

The Kingdom of the Netherlands took on the Dominican Republic. Both teams started a pitcher with MLB experience. Ervin Santana for the Dominicans, Jair Jurrjens for the Dutch. What appeared to become a great game for the Dutch ended as a major disappointment as they were beaten 14-4 in seven innings. Jair Jurrjens didn't pitch …

2019 Premier 12: Watch the Netherlands vs Dominican Republic here

Today, the Kingdom of the Netherlands will take on the Dominican Republic. The Dominicans debut at the Premier 12. For both teams it is a must-win situation as both lost yesterday. The Dominicans fell to Mexico 6-1 in a rain-shortened game. Thinking of today's matchup, the 2009 WBC comes to mind where the Dutch team …

Two Arubans added to Dutch Premier12 roster

According to 297 Sports, Braves farmhand, Ray-Patrick Didder and Cincinnati Reds farmhand Chadwick Tromp have been added to the Premier12 roster of the Kingdom of the Netherlands by manager Hensley Meulens. Ray-Patrick Didder is coming off a sub-par season with the Mississippi Braves. In his second season with the M-Braves, he batted .203 and committed …

U15 World Cup 2018: Dutch fall to Dominicans

In a matchup between two teams with a 2-2 record, the Kingdom of the Netherlands took on the Dominican Republic. By no means, the Dutch were capable to keep the Dominicans at bay as they lost 11-2. With a win against the Dominicans, the Dutch would have reached the second round but it wasn't meant …

Schedule of U-15 World Cup released

The World Baseball and Softball Confederation (WBSC for short) has released the schedule of the U-15 World Cup that will be played from August 10 through August 19 in Panama. The Kingdom of the Netherlands is in the tough group B together with Japan, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Australia and South Africa. On day one, …

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 …

2017 WBC: Exciting games a real promotion

Yesterday's games were a real promotion for the World Baseball Classic. Exciting games in which the score went back and forth and the one of this morning with a perhaps unexpected outcome showed that this event is worth watching.  Venezuela  11 -  10  Italy Yesterday, team Italy showed again that you cannot rule out the …

Ballparks around the world: Marlins Park

With the World Baseball Classic nearing, it is time to show another ballpark to you that will host a WBC group. This time Marlins Park in Miami, home of the Miami Marlins. This state of the art ballpark will host group C with Colombia, Dominican Republic, Canada and the United States of America. It will …

Premier 12: fourth round

In the fourth round of the Premier 12 tournament, there was perhaps one surprise. The game between Cuba and Taiwan had an unexpected outcome. Group A   Italy  0  -  4  Canada   Unbeaten Canada took on Italy that was still without a win. Jared Mortesen (seven innings) and Jared Kyle (two innings) shut out Italy …

Premier 12, day 5: three close games and two blow outs

On day five of the Premier 12 there were no surprises. Group A:   Canada  9  -  8  Chinese Taipei   In a close game between Canada and Chinese Taipei, the Canucks stayed at the right side of the score, though it was barely. For a home crowd of only 10,245 Taiwan took a 2-0 lead …

Premier 12: Day four with more surprises

On day four, the first full day with a complete program, we could experience a few surprises again. Group A   Puerto Rico  0 - 2  Canada   Both teams had won their first game on the previous day. Canada vs Cuba and Puerto Rico vs Italy. In this game both would be each other's match …

Premier 12: Surprises at day 3

On the third day of the Premier 12 Canada and Mexico provided a couple of surprises. In group A, Canada took on Cuba and Italy faced Puerto Rico. In group B, Mexico faced Venezuela and USA took on the Dominican Republic. Group A   Canada  5  -  1  Cuba   In group A, the Canadians stayed …

WBSC announces groups for inaugural Premier 12 tournament

This morning the World Baseball and Softball Confederation has presented the pairings of the two groups for the first ever Premier 12 tournament that will be held later this year. One thing that catches my eye is that the USA has been paired to Japan and Korea. So obviously, the WBSC has struck a deal …

Cuba reaches Caribbean Series final after big turnaround.

After years without a Cuban representative the Caribbean Series added a Cuban team to the lineup of teams in 2014. Cuba lost all games but one and did not reach the semi-finals. This year the Cubans sent their national champion Pinar de Rio. But unlike last year, this year's Cuban team was heavily fortified with …

Dreaming about MLB International

In an article built around an interview with the Baltimore Sun, previous commissioner of Major League Baseball Bud Selig, said the following: After nearly 22 1/2 years that began with unprecedented labor unrest, unfolded with rapid innovation and ended with unparalleled prosperity,he predicted a future filled with more transformation, perhaps with expansion to other countries. …