Five years Dutch Baseball Hangout

This month, the Dutch Baseball Hangout celebrates its fifth anniversary. Five years ago, shortly before I went on vacation, I was "struck by lightning" and got the idea of starting my own blog next to writing for several magazines and websites. After I blew out my arm in 2007 during a warmup, I fell into …

Are baseball academies good for Dutch youth baseball?

Dutch baseball academies exist for about twenty years now. It all started with the Unicorns in Rotterdam, founded by Robert Eenhoorn, who had a cup of coffee in the Bigs with the Yankees. Other cities like Haarlem and Amsterdam followed. In the heydays, there were six academies, now there are only four left. What did …

Adelaide Bite add Loek van Mil to roster

The Adelaide Bite of the Australian Baseball League have added Dutch pitcher Loek van Mil to their roster. The 2m16 (7' 1") right hander will use the time in Australia to prepare himself on a new season in the minors, very likely AAA. At the end of last season, Van Mil signed a deal that …

Premier 12: Awards for Carlton Daal and Randolph Oduber

After the final out of today's final of the Premier 12 tournament, the All World team was selected. Two players of the Kingdom of the Netherlands were selected. Carlton Daal, the young shortstop of the Cincinnati Reds organization, was chosen as the best shortstop of the tournament. The organisation of the tournament looked at the …

Spencer Kieboom added to Nats 40-man roster

Spencer Kieboom, the US born catcher with a Dutch father has been added to the 40-man roster of the Washington Nationals. This will prevent him from being drafted in the rule 5 draft. As a result of this, he will receive an invitation to the Nats' Spring Training camp next year. Throughout his short career, …

Van den Hurk to Fukuoka

After the posts "Van den Hurk to Japan?", "Yomiuri Giants also interested in Van den Hurk" and "Despite having signed Matsuzaka, Van den Hurk still on Hawks' radar", I can finally tell that according to,  Rick van den Hurk has signed a  two year deal with the Softbank Hawks from Fukuoka. According to the …

European Cup 2014: Dutch play their short game vs Croatia

In today's second game in Ostrava (Czech Republic), the Dutch took on Croatia. Ostrava was lucky since Regensburg in Germany was bothered by the rain and the first game there was rained out. The Dutch were the road team and started the game at bat. Hainley Statia led off but grounded out to first base …

France International Baseball Tournament: Dutch win not convincing

Tonight the Dutch got their "revenge" for the 12-8 loss vs France last night. The Dutch won 3-2, but the win wasn't convincing. The Dutch started with Rob Cordemans on the mound. The hero of the 2011 World Cup final recently burned his hand and was pulled after one inning in which he allowed one …

France International Baseball Tournament: Major upset

A major upset tonight in Sénart. The French national team gave the Dutch a spanking with a 12-8 victory over the orange squad.The Dutch started the game with a two run inning when Nick Urbanus drew a walk after Michael Duursma popped out at first base. Urbanus advanced on a passed ball by catcher Andy …

France International Baseball Tournament: Dutch win game two as well

In the second game, the Dutch squad took on Belgium. Our Southern neighbours are also preparing themselves for the upcoming European Cup. Tom Stuifbergen, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, took the mound for the Dutch. He retired the side in the first inning. The Dutch took off with a three run first inning. …

Dutch win first exhibition game in preparation for European Cup

A few days ago the Dutch national team left for Sénart, a Parisian suburb. At the field of the baseball club Les Templiers de Sénart, the France International Baseball Tournament is played. Last night the Dutch faced the Japanese amateur champion Seino Unyu The Japanese sent Shoji Saeki to the mound. The Dutch had a …

Dutch competion: Play Downs

It may appear strange to American baseball fans, but in the Netherlands, and actually in most European countries, we have a promotion/relegation system in our baseball leagues.In the Netherlands, the highest league is the Hoofdklasse. The team that finishes last at the end of the season will play a series of play down games vs …

European Cup 2014: Dutch provisional roster

Less than a day after I posted the probables, the Dutch baseball and softball federation (KNBSB) announced the provisional roster of the Dutch national team.The Dutch will go to Sénart with the following players* :Pitchers:Rob Cordemans (L&D Amsterdam Pirates) Diegomar Markwell  (DOOR Neptunus)David Bergman (Corendon Kinhiem)Kevin Heijstek (L&D Amsterdam Pirates)Orlando Yntema (DOOR Neptunus)Wendell Floranus  (Gulf …

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