Rick van den Hurk donates for charity

In a tweet and on his own website, Rick van den Hurk announced that he will have a weekly auction, to raise money for the Ronald McDonald Foundation. https://twitter.com/rickvandenhurk/status/1263451862633549824 The Dutch-born pitcher from Eindhoven will donate game-used baseball items and equipment from teams he played for. Since his MLB debut with the Florida Marlins in …

Paying scandal in Korean Baseball

The Samsung Lions are the latest of four clubs admitting they have paid a former umpire. The Lions, the former club of Dutchy Rick van den Hurk paid the umpire a day before they clinched the 2013 KBO title. A senior club employee wired four million Won (USD 3,850) to a person surnamed Choi, back …

Dutchies around the world, Asia part 2

Today Roger Bernadina and Wladimir Balentien both played for their respective teams. Bernadina helped the Kia Tigers to win but Wladimir Balentien and his Yakult Swallows did have an off day. After yesterday's convincing win, the Yakult Swallows fell to the Yokohama Baystars 6-1 Today.  Wladimir Balentien went 0 for 4 as he hit into a …

Rick van den Hurk to join Kingdom of the Netherlands for 2017 WBC

Today the KNBSB (Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation) came with a press release that announced that pitcher Rick van den Hurk will participate in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. This is pretty much godsend for manager Hensley Meulens. With Van den Hurk, manager Meulens will get a pitcher with a lot of international experience. …

NPB, KBO and CPBL meet for new international tournament

According to m.appledaily.com.tw the CPBL, KBO and NPB want to organize a new post season tournament between the winners of each of those leagues. This tournament would replace the defunct Asia Series. The three leagues have planned a new tournament in November 2017 with four participants. Question is who will be the fourth particpant. Will …

Van den Hurk reports at new club

Rick van den Hurk arrived in Japan yesterday to join his new team, the Softbank Hawks from Fukuoka. Shortly after his arrival he joined a training session and introduced himself to his new team members. Today the six time Japnanese champion organized a press conference to introduce the 29-year old Dutch RHP. During the last …

Kang a steal for Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Pirates signed Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang to a  four year deal. The deal, pending a physical, will guarantee Kang $16 million. Kang played for the Nexen Heroes of the KBO (Korean professional league), the runner up in the Korean championship. The Nexen Heroes fell to the Samsung Lions in the championship series of …

Despite having signed Matsuzaka, Van den Hurk still on Hawks’ radar

    The current Japanese champion, the Softbank Hawks, are still interested in Dutch pitcher Rick van den Hurk. After the winner of the Nippon Series signed Daisuke Matsuzaka they are still looking to improve their rotation. But the team from Fukuoka aren't the only team in Japan that want him. The Yomiuri Giants from Tokyo …

Yomiuri Giants also interested in Van den Hurk

According to Chunichi Sports, the Yomiuri Giants are also interested in Dutch pitcher Rick van den Hurk. The 196 cm (6 ft 5) tall Van den Hurk is currently pitching for the Samsun Lions of the KBO (Korean Professional Baseball League). This season, Van den Hurk won thirteen games and lost four. He leads the …

How to get through the baseball off season?

Now the Dutch baseball season, the MiLB season and MLB season are over, I slowly start to realize that it is time for baseball hibernation. But the problem is that I don't want to hibernate. I try to postpone that moment as long as possible. What can you do to get through the off season …

Van den Hurk to Japan?

A Korean website has mentioned that the new NPB champions Softbank Hawks have shown interest in Dutch pitcher Rick van den Hurk. Currently Van den Hurk is pitching for the Samsung Lions of the KBO. One of my contacts on Twitter confirmed that he had signed a contract but no Japanese baseball site, even not …

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