Baseball Shorts: Curfews in MLB

For those Dutch baseball fans who thought, the curfew rule in the Dutch hoofdklasse is unique, forget about it. There was a time in MLB when curfews happened more often. But it wasn't a rule, it was merely an agreement between two teams. The curfew rule in the Dutch hoofdklasse prohibits to start a new …

The qualification for the European Champions Cup is flawed

In the recent weeks it became all too clear that the current way to qualify for the European Champions Cup has its flaws. The Dutch competition is set up in such a way that the winner of the regular competition earns a ticket to the ECC. The other ticket goes to the team that reaches …

Hoofdklasse Runner Up competition: Friday August 28

In the runner up competiton there were also two rescheduled games tonight: Pronto DSS @ UVV and Mampaey the Hawks @ HCAW. Only the series between Mampey the Hawks and HCAW  is significant. Pronto DSS @ UVV  0 – 6 In a very lopsided game UVV took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning …

Mampaey The Hawks will replace ADOLakers in Dutch Hoofdklasse

Last week I wrote about the special member's meeting of baseball club ADOLakers. Even though the required 3/4 of the members did not show up in the clubhouse, the available memvers voted to dismantle the club. This means that the club will be withdrawn from the Dutch Hoofdklasse.ADOLakers is the fifth club since 1988 that …

Baseball in the Netherlands: Not always a story about heroics, part 3

In the previous edition of Baseball in the Netherlands: Not always a story about heroics, I wrote about the upcoming special meeting of AdoLakers from the Hague. The club got into financial trouble and the members had to vote about the future of the club. Well that special meeting was last night. The outcome? 2/3 …

Dutch competition : Play Downs, opponent Mampaey the Hawks known.

About two weeks ago I wrote about the play downs, a series of games between the team that finished last in the Hoofdklassen and the team that won the Overgangsklasse. This series will start coming Saturday, 27th of September. Two weeks ago, DSS from Haarlem was leading the Overgangsklasse by one point over Twins from …

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 …

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