2021 World Cup U23: Dutch do Not Stand a Chance Against Venezuela, Czechs Pull Off a Surprise Against Mexico

In the opening game for team Kingdom of the Netherlands U23, the team did not stand a chance against Venezuela. The Venezuelan manager juggled with his pitchers and that kept the Dutch rather off balance. The Czech Republic, on the other hand, pulled off the first surprise of the tournament. Kingdom of the Netherlands  4  …

No Olympic Ticket For Team Kingdom of the Netherlands

In a do-or-die game for both teams, it was especially Team Kingdom of the Netherlands that did not do and so they fell to Venezuela in seven innings. As a result the road to Tokyo ended in Puebla for the Dutch and the Venezuelans advanced to the winner-take-all game against the Dominican Republic. In the …

Dutch Don’t Stand a Chance vs Venezuela

With a team of independent minor leaguers, pitchers from the Dutch hoofdklasse and several players that hadn't played a game in a year, the Dutch took on Venezuela in the second game of the Final Olympic Qualifier. It didn't pan out well as the Dutch fell to the Venezuelans 9-3. Since players from the Caribbean, …

Slugfest in Olympic Qualifier Opener

In the opening match of the final Olympic Qualifier, the Dominican Republic stayed at the right side of the score as they beat Venezuela 10-7. In a seesaw game Venezuela scored a run in each of the first seven innings. As a result, it took the lead twice. The Dominican Republic on the other hand, …

U15 World Cup to take place in October/November

Today, the WBSC announced that the U15 World Cup Baseball will take place from October 30 through November 8. This is more positive news after a lot of cancellations due to the coronavirus. As the tournament will be played in Tijuana, Mexico, the place will be a baseball hotbed in October and November as the …

Dutch tumble two spots in World Ranking

Just two months after the previous World Ranking, the WBSC unveiled the newest one. In this new ranking the Dutch drop two spots from the seventh place to the ninth. Only after two months, the WBSC comes with a new ranking for baseball and softball. Of course, it is rather odd that after just two …

Ballparks around the world: Venezuela builds largest ballpark in South America

Despite the deplorable state, its economy is in, Venezuela is constructing a 37,000 seat baseball stadium in its capital Caracas. According to the Minister of Public Works, Cesar Salazar Coll, the stadium is expected to be inaugurated in September 2018. Photo by Gensler.com According to Gensler.com, the ballpark will be named Estadio La Rinconada. The ballpark …

WBC 2017: Italy ousted in tie-breaker game

In a tie-breaker game of which the participation of Venezuela was rather controversial, Italy was kicked out of the tournament as the team blew a 2-1 lead in the top of the ninth inning. After having beaten Venezuela on Sunday, Mexico was convinced that it would be the opponent of Italy in the tie-breaker game. …

2017 WBC: Exciting games a real promotion

Yesterday's games were a real promotion for the World Baseball Classic. Exciting games in which the score went back and forth and the one of this morning with a perhaps unexpected outcome showed that this event is worth watching.  Venezuela  11 -  10  Italy Yesterday, team Italy showed again that you cannot rule out the …

Ballparks Around the World: Estadio Charros de Jalisco

In Ballparks Around the World, the Dutch Baseball Hangout pays attention to one of the venues of the upcoming World Baseball Classic: Estadio Charros de Jalisco, home of the Charros de Jalisco from the Mexican Pacific League. Estadio de Béisbol Charros de Jalisco is located in Zapopan, near Guadelajara in Mexico. The stadium was created …

Premier 12: fourth round

In the fourth round of the Premier 12 tournament, there was perhaps one surprise. The game between Cuba and Taiwan had an unexpected outcome. Group A   Italy  0  -  4  Canada   Unbeaten Canada took on Italy that was still without a win. Jared Mortesen (seven innings) and Jared Kyle (two innings) shut out Italy …

Premier 12, day 5: three close games and two blow outs

On day five of the Premier 12 there were no surprises. Group A:   Canada  9  -  8  Chinese Taipei   In a close game between Canada and Chinese Taipei, the Canucks stayed at the right side of the score, though it was barely. For a home crowd of only 10,245 Taiwan took a 2-0 lead …

Premier 12: Day four with more surprises

On day four, the first full day with a complete program, we could experience a few surprises again. Group A   Puerto Rico  0 - 2  Canada   Both teams had won their first game on the previous day. Canada vs Cuba and Puerto Rico vs Italy. In this game both would be each other's match …

Premier 12: Surprises at day 3

On the third day of the Premier 12 Canada and Mexico provided a couple of surprises. In group A, Canada took on Cuba and Italy faced Puerto Rico. In group B, Mexico faced Venezuela and USA took on the Dominican Republic. Group A   Canada  5  -  1  Cuba   In group A, the Canadians stayed …

WBSC announces groups for inaugural Premier 12 tournament

This morning the World Baseball and Softball Confederation has presented the pairings of the two groups for the first ever Premier 12 tournament that will be held later this year. One thing that catches my eye is that the USA has been paired to Japan and Korea. So obviously, the WBSC has struck a deal …

The new baseball complex on Curacao seems to be a big thing

My blog post about the new baseball complex on Curacao has gotten many hits the last couple of days. It has been shared on Facebook over a thousand times. Even the Prime Minister of the island, Ivar Asjes, shared it. Now even the local newspaper Antilliaans dagblad is mentioning the new project, referring to this …

Cuba wins first Caribbean Series in fifty-five years

It was fifty-five years ago that the Cuban representative Elefantes de Cienfuegos won the last Caribbean Series in which the island participated. After Fidel Castro overthrew the regime of dictator Bautista, the island withdrew from the tournament, making it disappear for ten years. In 1970 the series were reborn and the Dominican Republic took Cuba's …

Cuba reaches Caribbean Series final after big turnaround.

After years without a Cuban representative the Caribbean Series added a Cuban team to the lineup of teams in 2014. Cuba lost all games but one and did not reach the semi-finals. This year the Cubans sent their national champion Pinar de Rio. But unlike last year, this year's Cuban team was heavily fortified with …