Ballparks Around the World: Blacktown Stadium, Sydney

In this episode of "Ballparks Around the World, " we pay attention to the home of the Sydney Blue Sox: Blacktown Stadium. Blacktown Stadium opened its doors in 1999. In fact Blacktown is a big sports facility with several baseball and softball diamonds, two cricket grounds and a football field. The sports facility is located …

Red Sox sign Bogaerts to contract extension

The Boston Red Sox wanted to keep one of the corner stones of their 2018 championship team with them. According, the club and shortstop Xander Bogaerts have signed a seven-year, $132MM contract extension.   The Aruban born shortstop has been a valued part of the team since he joined the Red Sox in 2013. …

Evert-Jan ‘t Hoen new manager Dutch national team

With Steve Janssen gone to the USA to try his luck in a coaching job in the Chicago Cubs organization, the Dutch national team was without a manager. Today, the KNBSB announced that the void is filled by former Curaçao Neptunus manager Evert-Jan 't Hoen. In the past weeks, a lot of rumors floated around …

Steve Janssen to join Cubs’ organization

Earlier today, the KNBSB (through their website) and Steve Janssen (through his Facebook account) announced that Steve Janssen will leave the KNBSB (Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation) immediately to join the Chicago Cubs organization. Belgian born Steve Janssen was the manager of team Kingdom of the Netherlands since 2013. During the World Baseball Classics …

Tom de Blok enters Tigers’ prospect top 50

According to the website, Dutch pitcher Tom de Blok has entered the top 50 of Detroit Tigers prospects. Rather quick after his debut with the Tigers' A Full Season team, the West Michigan WhiteCaps, Tom has made his presence felt. Just before the 2017 season, Tom was signed by the Detroit Tigers after a …

Ballparks around the world: Armin-Wolf-Arena, Regensburg

In this episode of Ballparks around the world, we pay attention to the home of the Regensburg Legionäre (with 700 members, the biggest baseball club in Germany), the Armin-Wolf-Arena. The ballpark was constructed from September 1997 through July 1998. On September 8, 1996, the members of the Bavarian Baseball Federation held a special meeting in …

Another player leaves Cuba for MLB

In past few years, Cuba has suffered from many baseball players leaving the island to try their luck in America. As a result, Cuban baseball is deteriorating. Proof of that? What about the 14-1 defeat by the Kingdom of the Netherlands during the 2017 WBC? A new player has decided to leave the socialist republic …

Kalian Sams to Quebec for another year

Dutch outfielder Kalian Sams has signed another deal with les Capitales de Quebec. The French-Canadian team of the CanAm League has signed the outfielder for a year. Today the Quebec Capitales announced on their website that they have completed their outfield with the signing of Kalian Sams. The Dutch outfielder will don the uniform of the …

Contract Shairon Martis acquired by Orioles

Another pitcher of team Kingdom of the Netherlands has signed a deal with a Major League organization thanks to a good performance during the World Baseball Classic. In this case, Shairon Martis, who has been acquired by the Baltimore Orioles. Today the website of the American Association stated that the contract of Shairon Martis has been …

Tampa Bay Rays reportedly show interest in Profar

With a big hole at second base to fill, the Tampa Bay Rays have reportedly informed with the Texas Rangers for Jurickson Profar. Profar, who turns 24 in February, is in a utility role with the Rangers. The Rangers are not eager to trade Profar. The Rangers dealt with a lot of injuries last season, …

Dushan Ruzic back in ABL

Dutch baseball fans and especially those in Rotterdam will remember him: Dushan Ruzic. The tall Australian pitched a few years as closer/reliever for (then) DOOR Neptunus. In 2008, Ruzic joined DOOR Neptunus after having spent several years in the minor leagues where he reached AA level. In 20 appearances with Neptunus he recorded one win …

Balentien and Van den Hurk won’t join KOTN in friendly vs Japan

The Japanese sports website announced that Curacao slugger and Dutch pitcher Rick van den Hurk will not join team Kingdom of the Netherlands in the friendly matches vs Samurai Japan in November. The article doesn't tell why the two Dutchie stars of the NPB will not join the team but it mentioned that both …

Cuba won’t allow defectors to represent the country in 2017 WBC

Despite some encouraging sounds about defectors possibly representing the country during the 2017 World Baseball Classic, earlier this year, president of the country's National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation,  Antonio Becali said that this won't happen. The island is sticking with the athletes and it is something that we keep as indissoluble principle according …

What to expect from the Dutchies this year? Wladimir Balentien

With Spring Training at full swing now, it is time to see how the players from the Kingdom of the Netherlands will do in the upcoming season. Of course there is no crystal ball and it is still up in the air, but in general you can make a decent prediction based on the performance of …

WBC Qualifier 1: South Africa moves on to final

In this game between South Africa and New Zealand it became clear that New Zealand is still quite a bit away from competing with the rest of the world. But since the New Zealand baseball federation was founded in 2002, you can say that baseball in New Zealand is pretty much in its infancy so …

WBC Qualifier 1: South Africa 1 – Australia 4

Okay, Australia won the night cap of today's double header vs South Africa. And it was in a convincing way as they never really got into trouble. But despite the loss, the South Africans kept the damage limited and can be really proud of their performance. For Australia it was a case of "Noblesse oblige". …

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