Steve Janssen manager of German national team

In a surprising move, the DBV (German Baseball Federation) assured itself of the services of Belgian native and former Dutch national team manager Steve Janssen.  According to, the 46-year old will start his assignment on January 1st, 2019. Janssen will also be responsible for the German U23 team. Janssen will replace Martin Helmig who …

Danny Rombley calls it a career

L&D Amsterdam Pirates announced today that Dutch hoofdklasse player, former minor leaguer and former Dutch national team player Danny Rombley has decided to call it a career. The 38-year old outfielder has decided to focus on his professional career. Rombley debuted in 1997 in the Dutch hoofdklasse with HCAW from Bussum. In 1998, Danny played for …

Dushan Ruzic back in ABL

Dutch baseball fans and especially those in Rotterdam will remember him: Dushan Ruzic. The tall Australian pitched a few years as closer/reliever for (then) DOOR Neptunus. In 2008, Ruzic joined DOOR Neptunus after having spent several years in the minor leagues where he reached AA level. In 20 appearances with Neptunus he recorded one win …

Yankeebiscuitfan’s Dutchblog interviews Roger Bernadina

Roger Bernadia former outfielder of the Washington Nationals and now playing for the Albuquerque Isotopes of the Colorado Rockies organization was prepared to do an interview with me for this blog. First of all I would like to thank Roger for the fact that he has taken the time to answer my questions. Because of …

Curaçao Neptunus presents team for 2015

Tonight, current Dutch champion, Curacao Neptunus from Rotterdam presented their Hoofdklasse team to club members and the press. Chairman and former Hoofdklasse pitcher Geoffrey Kohl, said some nice words about the former main shirt sponsor DOOR Training (which will remain as sub sponsor at the back of the jerseys) and explained how the contact with …

History of Dutch baseball: 1980 – 2000

The eighties and nineties will be bad decades for many baseball clubs. In 1986, Charles Urbanus jr. decided that it would be his last season. In the long run (2 years) this was a huge blow for his club, Amstel Tijgers. Urbanus was a magnet for players. It was an honour to play with him. …

History of Dutch baseball: 1960-1980

Like said before until 1963 baseball was dominated by teams from Amsterdam and Haarlem. But in 1963 out of nowhere Sparta from Rotterdam became Dutch champion. From 1963 to 1974 the club clinched nine national titles, a record only to be improved in 1985 by Haarlem Nicols and later by DOOR Neptunus from Rotterdam. Haarlem …

Holland Series 2014: Game 7

           vs  Game seven of the Holland Series turned out to be a game that a championship game should be: A nailbiter. Runs didn't come cheap. For five innings both teams didn't score despite having some runners in scoring position. The tie was broken in the bottom fo the sixth when Reilly Legito singled …

Dutch baseball: decisive weekend ahead

Coming weekend will be full with decisive games in Dutch baseball. Not only in the Dutch Hoofdklasse (highest league in the Netherlands) but also in lower leagues. I will focus on the Hoofdklasse championship series and the playdown series between the team that ended at the bottom of the Hoofdklasse and the winner of the …

Holland Series 2014: Game 5

        vs   Where L&D Amsterdam Pirates managed to win Saturday's game in a comeback fashion, they couldn't on Sunday. DOOR Neptunus took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Gianison Boekhoudt led off the inning with a doube and advanced to third on a 4-3 groundout hit by Kalian Sams. Dwayne Kemp drove in …

Holland Series 2014: Game 4

      vs  Despite my fear that Rob Cordemans wouldn't pitch, he was sent to the mound by manager Charles Urbanus. But even with Rob Cordemans on the mound, L&D Amsterdam Pirates trailed after one inning. With runners on first and second and two outs, Kalian Sams proved his value for DOOR Neptunus. When he …

Holland Series 2014: Game 3

  vs  In game one Diegomar Markwell was hit hard and Kevin Heijstek was practically unhittable. Game three was the other way around. Kevin Heijstek struggled in the first two innings. He allowed two runs on four hits in the first inning. In the second he allowed one more run on two hits, but eventually …

Holland Series 2014: Game 3 probables

       vs     Tonight, game three will be played at the home field of L&D Amsterdam Pirates. I am going to attend, so I am really looking forward to this game. I wonder who will be the starters for both teams. Since Kevin Heijstek pitched on Saturday, he has had four days …

Holland Series 2014: Game 2 (slugfest with only one homerun)

      vs  After having won the first game of the best of seven series, L&D Amsterdam Pirates started game two in similar fashion. With one out and runners on third and second in the second inning, Percy Isenia drew a walk on a 3-2 count when Orlando Yntema threw a wild pitch. Bas Nooij …

Holland Series 2014: Game 1

  vs  Yesterday, L&D Amsterdam Pirates headed to Rotterdam to take on still reigning champion DOOR Neptunus. In the first game of the best of seven series, things went rather different than I expected. Even though I am rooting for L&D Amsterdam Pirates, I think that DOOR Neptunus is the team to beat. IMHO, DOOR …

Dutch play offs 2014

Today the final games of the play offs were played. Most important of them all was the matchup between the two teams that had clinched a spot in the Holland Series already: DOOR Neptunus and L&D Amsterdam Pirates. The winner of this match would win the homefield advantage in the championship series. After two games …

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