Bowie Kuhn once regarded Dutch turf better as the grass in MLB stadiums

I bumped into this English baseball newsletter created in 1973. It was tweeted by @ExtrainningsUK. It is nice to see how people from abroad are writing about the Netherlands. In this newsletter, it is written that former MLB commissioner Bowie Kuhn visited the Netherlands during the 1973 European Championship and regarded the Dutch turf better …

Kinheim and DSS on merger course

According to the website of Baseball and Softball Club Kinheim from Haarlem, an important step towards a merger with DSS has been made. Both DSS' and Kinheim's members decided to work on a merger proposal in the coming months. With the meeting at DSS, there was a unanimous vote, at Kinheim, a vast majority of …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2019: Promotion/relegation series, game 5

After the warning track and the infield of Kinheim's home, Pim Mulier Stadium were flooded due to superfluous rainfall yesterday, the decisive game was moved to today. In a do or die matchup for both parties, DSS stayed at the right side of the score as it overcame a 5-1 deficit and beat Kinheim 14-5.  …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2019: Promotion/relegation series, game 4

As game four of the promotion/relegation series was rained out on Sunday, it was played tonight. After blowing the lead on Saturday, Glenn Wassink was clearly the man of the match as he pitched nine innings to guide Kinheim to a 6-3 victory. After Linus Holmberg singled up the middle and drove in René Cremer …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2019: Promotion/relegation series, game 3

Today, Kinheim was the home team in its own Pim Mulier Stadium in this Haarlem get-together. Kinheim had the lead for the biggest part of the game but in the final inning, its pitching collapsed and surrendered two runs to hand DSS the 3-2 win. In the sixth innings, after five scoreless innings, DSS pushed …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2019: Promotion/relegation series, game 2

After yesterday's game of the promotion/relegation series was rained out yesterday, DSS and Kinheim faced each other tonight. Kinheim bounced back big time after Saturday's loss as they beat DSS 12-7. Kinheim jumped on DSS starting pitcher Nick Keur as they scored four times in the first inning. Singles by Jeldwin Orman and Jenk Lemmink …

2019 Dutch hoofdklasse: Promotion/relegation series, game 1

Today the first game of the promotion/relegation series between Kinheim (overgangsklasse) and DSS (hoofdklasse) was played. The background of this series is rather odd as both teams, that are literally neighbors, are investigating cooperation. In this best-of-five series, DSS struck first and won 1-0. Even though Kinheim was the home team, the game was played …

Situation in the overgangsklasse

With the overgangsklasse season ready as well, most things have been decided. The champion of the overgangsklasse was known after it won yesterday and after today, three of four teams that will be demoted are known as well. Yesterday, HSV Kinheim from Haarlem clinched its second overgangsklasse championship in as many years as it beat …

Baseball developments in Haarlem

On their website, DSS from Haarlem has announced it will have talks with neighbour Kinheim. Both teams play at the Pim Mulier Sportspark and are only separated by a small road that lies between their baseball grounds. According to the website, both clubs have had talks in which they agreed to further talks about a …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2018: Neptunus wins title, Storks remains in hoofdklasse

As expected, Curaçao Neptunus won the Dutch championship for the sixth time in a row. After two poor games, the team fought back and won the Holland Series in Six games. In the promotion/relegation series, Silicon Storks from The Hague prolonged its stay in the hoofdklasse with one more year. After Neptunus won 4-1 in …

Promotion/relegation series 2018: Game two suspended due to darkness

Silicon Storks wasn't able to cling on to a 2-0 lead as Kinheim tied the game in the top of the ninth inning. In extra innings, the game was called due to darkness after the twelfth inning. In the bottom of the second inning, Silicon Storks opened the score. After Gino Gil was hit by a …

Hoofdklasse promotion/relegation series 2018: game 1

In a battle of provincial capitals between Silicon Storks (The Hague) and Kinheim (Haarlem), the runs did not come cheap until the eighth inning. Storks needed one big inning to strike first in this series for promotion/relegation. Former hoofdklasse pitcher Glenn Wassink and Storks starter Juan Carlos Sulbaran performed well in a real pitching duel. …

Ballparks around the World: Pim Mulier Stadium

In this episode of Ballparks around the World, we pay attention to the oldest baseball stadium in the Netherlands: the Pim Mulier Stadium. After the city of Haarlem organized the first baseball week in 1961, it was clear that a bigger venture was needed. So the city of Haarlem started to make plans for a …

Niels van Weert joins L&D Amsterdam Pirates

Through its website, L&D Amsterdam Pirates announced today it has signed Niels van Weert as reinforcement. Van Weert joins the club from the Dutch capital to fill the void that Gilmer Lampe left as he decided to join Fortitudo Bologna. Niels used to play for Kinheim from Haarlem, with which he won the 2012 Holland …

Another Dutchie signs contract with MLB club

The Astros signed another Dutchie to a 7-year contract. After Stijn van der Meer, Oliver Van der Wijst Severino signed a contract with the team from Houston. Several MLB organizations have kept an eye on the 19-year old talent for about two years. But Oliver proved that he is a smart kid as he preferred …

Tom Stuifbergen transfers to role of reliever

Former Corendon Kinheim starting pitcher Tom Stuifbergen has signed with Kinheim's neighbor DSS for the coming season, just like a couple of his team mates.  But where Stuifbergen used to have a role as starting pitcher, he will become a reliever with the Haarlem based club. In an interview with the local Haarlem newspaper, Stuifbergen …

Annual player shift in Dutch hoofdklasse

The month of October has passed and so has the transition period in Dutch baseball . The top two teams in Dutch baseball, L&D Amsterdam Pirates and Curacao Neptunus did not acquire many players this year. Especially in the lower ranks of the hoofdklasse were a lot of moves made. European champion L&D Amsterdam Pirates saw …

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