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Haarlem Baseball Week is Back in 2018


Haarlem Baseball Week 2018As the World Port Tournament was going strong in Rotterdam, another biannual Dutch baseball tournament regained life as the Haarlem Baseball Week will return in 2018.

The tournament appeared dead in the water not long ago after it announced it did not have the funding to put on another edition of the tournament that has been running every other year since 1961. However, with help from some baseball supporters and the Dutch Baseball Association (KNBSB) the tournament is back for at least one more edition.

It was announced that the tournament would begin on July 13 or 14, and it would continue through July 22.

This is great news for international baseball. Each tournament like this only helps to promote the game in an area where, while it is growing, it is needed. Anytime international teams can come together and engage in a week long tournament of this caliber, it only helps to solidify the momentum that the sport has created over the past few decades in places like Euopre.

This will be the 29th edition of the tournament which has been dominated by the United States over the years. In 2016 teams from Australia, Netherlands, Curacao, Chinese Taipei, and Japan battled it out for the title. The host Dutch won its 4th title and will return to defend its title.

The announcement was seen through a tweet from the tournaments Twitter account @honkbalweek

Follow news as it breaks on the Haarlem Baseball Week here. As teams announce their intention to play, we will bring it to you. It is also a possibility that we will take our #BaseballJourneyman tag to Haarlem and be there at the tournament. Stay tuned for more information as the time nears.

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Alex Bregman to Play for Team USA in 2017 World Baseball Classic


One exciting development for Team USA at the 2017 World Baseball Classic is the announcement by young budding superstar Alex Bregman that he will play.

Bregman made his Major League debut this summer with the Houston Astros. The budding star out of LSU got off to an ice cold start for the Astros before heating up and putting in a fine rookie campaign. In 49 games Bregman hit .264 with 8 home runs and 34 RBI. Not bad after starting off 1-for-32 to begin his career.

Bregman has the tools to be a stellar corner infielder, if that is in fact where he stays during his tenure in Houston. The Astros made Alex the no. 2 overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft just behind fellow budding infield star Dansby Swanson.

Bregman has some international experience having played with the National Team at the 2014 Haarlem Baseball Week where he helped the USA take the gold medal. He was named MVP of the tournament.

In a Tweet two days ago, Bregman told the world how he is excited to represent his country once again.

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Haarlem Baseball Week Updates


The Haarlem Honkbal Week (Haarlem Baseball Week) kicked off last Friday in the Netherlands. Five teams are competing for the title in the 28th edition of the event. The teams competing this year are Netherlands, Australia, Japan, Chinese Taipei, and Curacao. There will not be back-to-back titles won since the USA did not return for the event this year having won in 2014.

So far the Netherlands are leading the way with a 4-0 record. Right behind the Dutch is Australia with its only blemish coming form the Dutch yesterday. The two teams will square off once again today as well.

Today’s Games:

Japan vs Chinese Taipei
Netherlands vs Australia

2016 Haarlem Honkbal Week Stadings:

  1. Netherlands 4-0
  2. Australia 3-1
  3. Japan 2-2
  4. Chinese Taipei 1-3
  5. Curacao 0-4

All games can be streamed online at http://www.meridix.com/everywhere.php?liveid=honkbalweek

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Haarlem Baseball Week Announces Schedule for 2014


The schedule for the 2014 Haarlem Baseball Week has been announced. The tournament kicks off with the USA facing off with Japan. Day 2 has a full schedule of games with all four teams playing kicking off with the USA taking on Chinese Taipei. The last game of Day 2 features the host Netherlands taking on Japan.

The four team tournament has each team facing each other twice before the each team is reseeded and a single elimination tournament begins on Day 9. The ten day tournament ends with the championship game on July 20th.

Date: Time*: Nr.: Home team: Away team: Final result:
11-07-2014 19:00 1 USA Japan
12-07-2014 14:00 2 Chinese Taipei USA
12-07-2014 19:00 3 Japan Netherlands
13-07-2014 14:00 4 Netherlands USA
14-07-2014 19:00 5 Chinese Taipei Japan
15-07-2014 14:00 6 Japan USA
15-07-2014 19:00 7 Netherlands Chinese Taipei
16-07-2014 14:00 8 Japan Chinese Taipei
16-07-2014 19:00 9 USA Netherlands
17-07-2014 19:00 10 Chinese Taipei Netherlands
18-07-2014 14:00 11 USA Chinese Taipei
18-07-2014 19:00 12 Netherlands Japan
19-07-2014 14:00 13 No. 2 No. 3
19-07-2014 19:00 14 No. 1 No. 4
20-07-2014 14:00 15 Final
* All times are subject to change.

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Haarlem Baseball Week Announces First Participating Teams for 2014


The 27th edition of Haarlem Baseball Week will take place this summer from July 11-20. So far three international teams have been announced including the USA, Japan, and Chinese Taipei. The Dutch National Team will be the fourth team in the tournament while the fifth and sixth teams are still in progress.

Canada, Australia and Puerto Rico have been contacted to fill out the last two spots in the tournament. An announcement will be made later on when the details are finalized.

As soon as the final two teams are announced, we will bring it to you here.

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Dates for the 2014 Haarlem Baseball Week are Announced


As the 2013 World Port Tournament kicked off this week, the dates for the 27th edition of the Haarlem Baseball Week were announced.

With the Haarlem Baseball Week occurring every two years (in even years), the next edition will take place between Friday July 11 and Sunday July 20, 2014.

Participating countries will be announced later on as the planning committee continues to put together the bi-annual tournament. As they are announced, we will share them with you here.

In 2012, six teams competed with Cuba taking home the gold medal for the fifth time. Puerto Rico finished second earning its first medal in only its second appearance. Finishing third was the USA who beat the host Netherlands in the bronze medal game.

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Haarlem Baseball Week: Cuba Wins 2012 Title over Puerto Rico


HAARLEM, Netherlands – Cuba won its 5th gold medal at the 2012 Haarlem Baseball Week by defeating Puerto Rico in the final. Cuba entered the medal round as the #3 seed and took down the top two seeds en route to the title.

Semifinals

Cuba 5, USA 3 (10)

Cuba defeated the USA in the first semifinal to advance to the final. Cuba had to come from behind scoring 3 runs in the top of the 8th to tie the game and send it to extra innings. In the first extra inning game of the tournament, Cuba used the international tie-breaker rules to score two runs to advance.

Puerto Rico 1, Netherlands 0

Puerto Rico continued to roll and the Netherlands continued to be shutout. After scoring 18 runs against Japan, the Dutch team went 27 innings without scoring a run. David Bergman pitched brilliantly for the Dutch but they couldn’t get anything offensively losing by a single run.

3rd Place Game – USA 4, Netherlands 3

American starter Marco Gonzales pitched great going 8 innings allowing only 1 run on 6 hits while striking out 9 to pick up the win. David Berg struggled as the Dutch team made a comeback in the 9th inning scoring 2 runs. Dan Child came in to shut the door on the Dutch rally to earn the save.

Gonzales finished the tournament 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA in 16 innings of work. He struck out 19.

Kyle Farmer (1-for-3) drove in a pair of runs for the USA, and   picked up 2 hits driving in a run as well.

The USA finishes with the bronze medal.

Championship Game – Cuba 4, Puerto Rico 2

Puerto Rico entered the game undefeated in the tournament, but couldn’t overcome a late inning throwing error by third baseman Jorge Jimenez that allowed a run to score in the bottom of the 8th in a 2-2 game. Cuba followed up the error with a RBI single to take a 2-run lead into the 9th inning

Norberto Gonzalez picked up the win with 5.1 innings of relief allowing only 1 hit. Benigno Cepeda took the loss pitching 3.1 innings of relief allowing 2 hits and 2 unearned runs for Puerto Rico.

Frederich Cepeda had a nice day at the plate for Cuba going 2-for-3 with 2 runs scored and a solo home run. Rusney Castillo also pitched in with 2 hits and a RBI.

The win was Cuba’s 5th gold medal. Puerto Rico earned the silver marking its first medal of the tournament.

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Haarlem Baseball Week: Seeds Set for Medal Round


HAARLEM, Netherlands – The seeds for the final four teams to advance to the medal round are set after the games were finished on Friday. The four teams were set before the games started, but the seeds were still up in the air with Cuba and the Netherlands squaring off and the winner taking the #3 seed.

Puerto Rico 6, Chinese Taipei 5

Puerto Rico finished off the round robin play with a perfect 5-0 record taking down Chinese Taipei, who finished a disappointing 0-5. Puerto Rico jumped out to a 4-0 lead after a half an inning of play as Chinese Taipei starter Kuan Ju Chen couldn’t get out of the first inning only going a third of an inning. Puerto Rico pounded out 5 hits in the top of the first with the big blow coming on an  Antonio Candelaria (2-for-5) 3-run home run.

Nelson Feliu and Gabriel Robles both had 2 hits and a RBI. Ramesis Rosas didn’t pitch bad but didn’t get much help from his defense allowing 3 unearned runs on 3 hits in 4.2 innings. Rawell Rivera picked up the win finishing the game allowing 2 runs in 4.1 innings.

Cuba 4, Netherlands 0

Cuba shut out the hometown Dutch team to take the #3 seed leaving the Dutch to face Puerto Rico as the #4 seed.

Vladimir Garcia pitched great going 8 shutout innings allowing only 4 hits to pick up the win. Kevin Heijstek took the loss giving up 4 runs (3 ER) in 5.2 innings on 9 hits and 3 walks.

  had a big day at the plate for Cuba going 2-for-2 with 2 RBI and 3 walks. Barbaro Arruebarruena was also hot at the plate going 3-for-4 scoring 2 runs and knocking in another.

2012 Haarlem Baseball Week Standings:
1. Puerto Rico 5-0
2. USA 4-1
3. Cuba 3-2
4. Netherlands 2-3
5. Japan 1-4
6. Chinese Taipei 0-5

Schedule:

Saturday July 21
USA vs Cuba
Puerto Rico vs Netherlands

Sunday July 22
3rd Place
Final

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Haarlem Baseball Week: Cuba Routes Japan and USA Squeaks by Netherlands


HAARLEM, Netherlands – For the second time in three days Japan gets routed. This time by Cuba. In game 2 of the day, the USA and Netherlands were locked in a pitchers battle.

Japan 1, Cuba 12

Cuba went up 4-0 after 2 innings and never looked back. Heading into the bottom of the 8th, Cuba was up 7-1, but scored 5 runs to end the game an inning early. Norberto Gonzalez picked up the win with 3 innings of scoreless relief. Motoki Higa took the loss for Japan tossing 4 innings allowing 5 runs (3 ER).

Yulieski Gourriel had a big day at the plate for Cuba going 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored, and 3 RBI. Ariel Pestano had the big blow with a 2-run home run that ended the game. Pestano was 2-for-4. Jose Abreu added 2 hits and 2 RBI.

Yoshiki Eto homered for Japan knocking in the only run. Toru Hirai went 3-for-4 and was the only Japanese batter with more than 1 hit.

USA 1, Netherlands 0

The USA and Netherlands battled it out in a pitcher’s duel with the winner making a hold on the 2nd seed heading into the playoff round.

Carlos Rodon, a freshman from North Carolina State, pitched brilliantly going 7 shutout innings striking out 9 to pick up the win.  It was his second win of the tournament. Dan Child, a sophomore from Oregon State, picked up the save pitching the last 2 innings striking out 4 and not allowing a hit.

The USA scored a run in the 5th inning when with 1 out 2 straight hitters were hit by a pitch. The next batter walked. With the bases loaded, Michael Lorenzen was the 3rd batter to be hit by a pitch as the would be winning run scored.

The Dutch pitchers pitched great limiting the USA hitters to only 3 hits and 2 walks. However, Leon Boyd hit the 3 batters allowing the lone run to score taking the loss.

2012 Haarlem Baseball Week Standings:
1. Puerto Rico 4-0
2. USA 4-1
3. Netherlands 2-2
4. Cuba 2-2
5. Japan 1-4
6. Chinese Taipei 0-4

Schedule:

Friday July 20
Puerto Rico vs Chinese Taipei
Cuba vs. Netherlands

Saturday July 21
No. 2 vs No. 3
No. 1 vs No. 4

Sunday July 22
3rd Place
Final

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Haarlem Baseball Week: Puerto Rico and USA Remain Top Two Teams


HAARLEM, Netherlands – Puerto Rico stayed hot and improved to 4-0 in the tournament with a win over Japan. The USA stayed a game back by beating Chinese Taipei in a close game.

Japan 5, Puerto Rico 7

Puerto Rico stayed hot by coming back from a 3-1 deficit to beat Japan and stay in the top spot with one more game to go before the playoff on the weekend.

Rawell Rivera picked up the win tossing 3 innings of relief giving up 2 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks. Rabell Rivera picked up the save. Luis Rivera led Puerto Rico at the plate going 2-for-4 with a double scoring a run and driving in two. Jaime Ortiz drove in a pair of runs.

Naoyuki Morizono took the loss pitching 2.2 innings of relief giving up 3 runs on 3 hits. Keisuke Mekaru went 2-for-4 with a double driving in a pair of runs for Japan.

Chinese Taipei 0, USA 2

Team USA got back in the win column with a shout out of Chinese Taipei. Adam Plutko started pitching 4 innings not allowing a hit. Michael Lorenzen pitched .2 innings of relief and earned the win.  David Berg pitched the 9th inning striking out a pair to earn his second save. The American pitching staff only allowed 2 hits while striking out 9 in a dominating effort.

Kyle Farmer and Johnny Field each drove in a run with a double in the bottom of the 8th inning putting the USA on top.

2012 Haarlem Baseball Week Standings:
1. Puerto Rico 4-0
2. USA 3-1
3. Netherlands 2-1
4. Cuba 1-2
5. Japan 1-3
6. Chinese Taipei 0-4

Schedule:

Thursday July 19
Japan vs Cuba
USA vs The Netherlands

Friday July 20
Puerto Rico vs Chinese Taipei
No. 3 vs No. 2

Saturday July 21
5th Place
No. 1 vs No 4

Sunday July 22
3rd Place
Final

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Haarlem Baseball Week: Puerto Rico Defeats USA to stay Unbeaten


HAARLEM, Netherlands – After a little bit of rain that postponed a few games, the tournament is back on. Tuesday three games were played making up one of the rained out games.

Chinese Taipei 1, Cuba 2

Cuba finally got in the win column in a match of the two remaining winless teams. A pitcher’s duel ended with a 2-1 Cuba win when  Frederich Cepeda hit a 2-run home run in the bottom of the 8th inning. Ismel Jimenez picked up the win in relief tossing a scoreless inning. Pablo Fernandez got the save  getting the last two outs in the 9th.

Chen Meng Fan pitched well for Chinese Taipei tossing 8 innings allowing only 2 runs on 6 hits but took the loss. Po Ting Hsiao went 2-for-4 with a double.

USA 2, Puerto Rico 3

Puerto Rico continued its strong run through the field with its 4th straight win. This time they beat the formerly unbeaten USA.

Juan Padilla pitched well earning the win going 6.1 innings allowing only 2 runs (1 ER) on 6 hits. Jorge Jimenez had a big day at the plate going 1-for-2 with 2 walks and a 2-run home run.

Ryne Stanek took the loss for the USA going 5 innings allowing 3 runs on 3 hits. Jose Trevino, a freshman from Oral Roberts, led the way for the Americans offensively going 3-for-4 with a RBI.

Netherlands 18, Japan 3 (7)

The game was close with The Netherlands winning 3-2 heading into the top of the 4th inning. Then the flood gates opened and the Dutch scored 9 runs in the 4th to take a huge lead.

Diegomar Markwell picked up the win for the Dutch pitching 6 innings allowing only 3 runs on 9 hits. Rudy van Heydoorn had a big day at the plate going 3-for-4 with 5 RBI. Heydoorn hit a 3-run home run and a double. Bas de Jong went 3-for-5 driving in 4 runs and scoring 3 times. Dwayne Kemp had 3 hits and Wesley Conner picked up 2.

Ginji Miyoshi went 2-for-4 for Japan scoring a run and driving in another. Kazuto Wakizono pitched in with 2 hits of his own. Tomu Inoue started and took the loss going only an inning giving up 3 runs. Ryoma Yamashiro took the brunt of the Dutch attack pitching only .2 innings giving up 7 runs on 7 hits.

2012 Haarlem Baseball Week Standings:
1. Puerto Rico 3-0
2. USA 2-1
3. Netherlands 2-1
4. Japan1-2
5. Cuba 1-2
6. Chinese Taipei 0-3

Schedule:

Wednesday July 18
Chinese Taipei vs USA
Cuba vs The Netherlands

Thursday July 19
Japan vs Cuba
USA vs The Netherlands

Friday July 20
Puerto Rico vs Chinese Taipei
No. 3 vs No. 2

Saturday July 21
5th Place
No. 1 vs No 4

Sunday July 22
3rd Place
Final

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Haarlem Baseball Week: USA and The Netherlands Pick up Wins on Day 3


HAARLEM, The Netherlands – Day 3 of the 2012 Haarlem Baseball Week continued with a pair of close games as the USA stayed unbeaten and the host Dutch team put a notch in the win column.

Netherlands 3, Chinese Taipei 0

Chinese Taipei committed three errors and the Dutch team took advantage scoring three unearned runs to pick up the win.

David Bergman pitched well for The Netherlands going 7 scoreless innings allowing only 6 hits to pick up the win. Berry van Driel finished the game to pick up the save. Jung Hao Hsieh took the loss lasting 5.1 giving up 3 unearned runs.

Rudy van Heydoorn had a big day at the plate going 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a RBI. Stijn van der Meer added a couple hits of his own and a RBI. Po Ting Hsiao led the Chinese Taipei team at the plate going 2-for-4 with a double.

Cuba 2, USA 5

With the score tied at 2, the USA picked up 3 runs in the bottom of the 7th to pick up the win against Cuba.

Jonathon Crawford, a sophomore from Florida, pitched well going 5.1 innings and allowing only 2 runs (1 ER) but didn’t factor into the decision. Carlos Rodon, a freshman from North Carolina St., picked up the win in relief pitching 2 scoreless innings. Michael Lorenzen, sophomore from Cal State Fullerton, picked up the save coming in in the 9th to pitch out of a bases loaded jam.

Freddy Alvarez took the loss lasting 6 innings allowing 3 runs (2 ER) on 5 hits.

Trea Turner, freshman from North Carolina St., had a big day at the plate again. Turner went 3-for-4 with 2 doubles, 2 runs scored, a RBI, and a stolen base. D.J. Peterson, sophomore from New Mexico, picked up a pair of hits as well driving in a run with a solo home run in the first inning.

Alfredo Despaigne hit a solo home run for Cuba leading off the top of the 6th inning.

2012 Haarlem Baseball Week Standings:
1. Puerto Rico 2-0
2. USA 2-0
3. Japan 1-1
4. Netherlands 1-1
5. Cuba 0-2
6. Chinese Taipei 0-2

Schedule:

Monday July 16
Japan vs Puerto Rico
Chinese Taipei vs Cuba

Tuesday July 17
USA vs Puerto Rico
The Netherlands vs Japan

Wednesday July 18
Chinese Taipei vs USA
Cuba vs The Netherlands

Thursday July 19
Japan vs Cuba
USA vs The Netherlands

Friday July 20
Puerto Rico vs Chinese Taipei
No. 3 vs No. 2

Saturday July 21
5th Place
No. 1 vs No 4

Sunday July 22
3rd Place
Final

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Haarlem Baseball Week: Puerto Rico and USA Win on Day Two


HAARLEM, The Netherlands – The 2012 Haarlem Baseball Week continued on Saturday with a pair of good games including the host country squaring off with a surprising Puerto Rican club.

Japan 1, USA 4

Marco Gonzales, a sophomore this past season at Gonzaga, pitched 7 solid innings for Team USA. Gonzales gave up only 1 run on 3 hits while striking out 10 to pick up the win. David Berg, a freshman from UCLA, picked up the save with 2 innings of hitless relief.

Michael Conforto, a freshman from Oregon State, led the offense with a pair of hits driving in a run. Second baseman Trea Turner was the catalyst at the top of the order going 0-for-1 but walked 3 times, stole 2 bases, and scored twice.

Tomu Inoue took the loss starting and only going 2 innings allowing 2 runs. Second baseman Yoshiki Eto hit a solo home run for the only Japanese run.

Puerto Rico 4, The Netherlands 2

Puerto Rico continued its winning ways taking down the host Netherlands for its second win in a row. Both teams jumped out for 2 runs in the first inning, but the Puerto Rican pitching staff shut down the Dutch the rest of the way.

Milton Velazques picked up the win going 6.1 innings allowing 2 runs on 4 hits, 2 walks, and striking out 6. Rabell Rivera picked up his second save in as many games. Rob Crordemans took the loss tossing 6 innings allowing only 3 runs (2 ER).

Bryan Engelhardt led the Dutch offense going 2-for-4 and driving in 2 runs. Jimenez, Ortiz, and Nazario all pitched in with 2 hits for Puerto Rico in the win.

2012 Haarlem Baseball Week Standings:
1. Puerto Rico 2-0
2. USA 1-0
3. Japan 1-1
4. Cuba 0-1
5. Netherlands 0-1
6. Chinese Taipei 0-1

Schedule:

Sunday July 15
The Netherlands vs Chinese Taipei
Cuba vs USA

Monday July 16
Japan vs Puerto Rico
Chinese Taipei vs Cuba

Tuesday July 17
USA vs Puerto Rico
The Netherlands vs Japan

Wednesday July 18
Chinese Taipei vs USA
Cuba vs The Netherlands

Thursday July 19
Japan vs Cuba
USA vs The Netherlands

Friday July 20
Puerto Rico vs Chinese Taipei
No. 3 vs No. 2

Saturday July 21
5th Place
No. 1 vs No 4

Sunday July 22
3rd Place
Final

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Haarlem Baseball Week: Japan and Puerto Rico Win on Day One


Haarlem Baseball Week kicked off yesterday with a couple matches between some of the best international teams. Japan and Chinese Taipei kicked off the bi-annual event in Game 1 as Cuba and Puerto Rico took to the field in Game 2.

Chinese Taipei 1, Japan 4

Japan jumped out early scoring a run in the first two innings to take a 2-0 lead. They would add another in the 4th before Chinese Taipei finally got on the board in the 5th, but it was too late.

Johnny All Staff pitched for Japan as they marched out 5 pitchers on the day. Keita Honzaki picked up the win in relief tossing two scoreless innings. Motoki Higa picked up the save with a scoreless 9th. The Japanese first baseman Mekaru went 2-for-4 with a home run. Second basemen Eto stole 2 bases to go along with his 2 hits.

Puerto Rico 3, Cuba 2

Puerto Rico defeated Cuba in Game 2 of the tournament as Benigno Cepeda pitched strong in relief going 4.2 innings allowing only 2 hits. Rabell Rivera pitched a scoreless 9th to pick up the save.

Puerto Rico got the game started off with a bang as lead off hitter and center fielder Mendez led the game off with a solo home run. Puerto Rico would never trail in the game.

Puerto Rico picked up a second run in the 4th on a RBI single before Cuba would come back in the bottom half of the inning to tie it at 2.

Schedule:

Saturday July 14
Japan vs USA
Puerto Rico vs The Netherlands

Sunday July 15
The Netherlands vs Chinese Taipei
Cuba vs USA

Monday July 16
Japan vs Puerto Rico
Chinese Taipei vs Cuba

Tuesday July 17
USA vs Puerto Rico
The Netherlands vs Japan

Wednesday July 18
Chinese Taipei vs USA
Cuba vs The Netherlands

Thursday July 19
Japan vs Cuba
USA vs The Netherlands

Friday July 20
Puerto Rico vs Chinese Taipei
No. 3 vs No. 2

Saturday July 21
5th Place
No. 1 vs No 4

Sunday July 22
3rd Place
Final

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Haarlem Baseball Week Starts This Weekend


Haarlem Baseball Week kicks off in just over 2 days. Teams from around the globe will come to compete in one of the most anticipated tournaments of the year.

Besides the host team from The Netherlands, teams from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Japan, Chinese Taipei, and the USA will compete for the title. This marks the 2nd appearance of Puerto Rico (fewest) and the 13th for Cuba (most besides host).

The host Netherlands teams is the defending champion having finished the 2010 tournament 7-1. Cuba was the runner-up with Japan finishing 3rd.

The USA leads the all-time medal count with 29 total medals including 13 gold. Previously, collegiate and other amateur teams represented the USA and sometimes had several teams entered in the tournament. Now the USA is represented by the USA National Team, currently made up of collegiate players.

Cuba is second in gold medals with 4 and third in total medals with 12. The host nation has a total of 17 medals including 3 golds.

The games will be held July 13-22 at Pim Mulier Stadium in Haarlem.

2012 Haarlem Baseball Week Schedule:

Date: Time*: Nr.: Home team: Away team: Final result:
13-7-2012 14:00 1 Japan Chinese Taipei
13-7-2012 19:00 2 Cuba Puerto Rico
14-7-2012 14:00 3 USA Japan
14-7-2012 19:00 4 Netherlands Puerto Rico
15-7-2012 14:00 5 Chinese Taipei Netherlands
15-7-2012 19:00 6 USA Cuba
16-7-2012 14:00 7 Puerto Rico Japan
16-7-2012 19:00 8 Cuba Chinese Taipei
17-7-2012 14:00 9 Puerto Rico USA
17-7-2012 19:00 10 Japan Netherlands
18-7-2012 14:00 11 USA Chinese Taipei
18-7-2012 19:00 12 Netherlands Cuba
19-7-2012 14:00 13 Cuba Japan
19-7-2012 19:00 14 Netherlands USA
20-7-2012 14:00 15 Chinese Taipei Puerto Rico
20-7-2012 19:00 16 No. 2 No. 3
21-7-2012 14:00 17 5th place
21-7-2012 19:00 18 No. 1 No. 4
22-7-2012 12:00 19 3rd place
22-7-2012 16:00 20 Final
* All times are subject to change.

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Team USA Joins Haarlem Baseball Week & Schedules Announced


The schedule for the 2012 Haarlem Baseball Week was recently announced. It was also noted that the US collegiate team will compete along with Taiwan, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Japan, and The Netherlands.

The tournament starts July 13th with Taiwan taking on Japan in the opener. A pair of games will be played each day from the 13th to the 22nd with the final set for 4pm on the 22nd.

Each team will play 5 games in a round robin format. The top 4 teams will then go on to compete for the championship while the last 2 teams will play in a game for 5th place.

This is the 26th installment of the tournament. The host team The Netherlands are the defending champions.

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Cuba Wins Haarlem Baseball Week Finale


THE NETHERLANDS – Yunier Mendoza highlighted a five-run opening frame with a two-run double, and Angel Pena tossed five scoreless innings before running out of gas, as Cuba finished the Haarlem Baseball Week international tournament with a 12-5 victory Sunday against the Netherlands.

Cuba, which finished in second place with a 6-2 record, roughed up Dutch starter David Bergman for five runs and eight hits over four innings. However, Rene Cremer wrapped up a game-tying rally in the sixth with a two-run single to get the tournament host back into the game.

Former Cuban League Home Run champion Alexei Bell put the Big Red Machine back on top in the seventh with a solo shot, and skipper German Mesa’s squad rocked Dutch relievers Nick Veltkamp and Gregory Gustina for six runs the following frame to settle the outcome.

Mendoza drove in a trio of runs with two hits, while Bell went 3-for-4 with three RBIs for Cuba.

JAPAN 16, NJCAA ALL-STARS 6
Yukihiro Mushima knocked in four runs and Japan plated nine scores in the eighth to capture third place with a win over the American squad of junior college standouts. Yusuke Matsubayashi scattered five hits and two runs in six innings to earn the win. Jared Womack and Wade Hinkle both hit went deep for the NJCAA All Stars.

Below is a list of the 2010 Haarlem Baseball Week Individual Awards:

Most Valuable Player
Netherlands Danny Rombley (11 H, 7 RBIs)

Best Pitcher
Netherlands Diegomar Markwell (0.00 ERA in 11 IP)

Best Hitter
Po-Ting Hsiao, Taiwan (.500)

Best Defensive Player
Koki Uchiyama, Japan (27 putouts, 19 assists, 0 errors)

Home Run King
Jared Womack, United States (1 HR in 22 AB)

Most Popular Player
Mitsuo Takahashi, Japan

Press Award
Jim Stoeckel, Netherlands

2010 HAARLEM BASEBALL WEEK RESULTS:

Friday, July 9
NJCAA All Stars 3, Taiwan 1
Cuba 6, Japan 0

Saturday, July 10
Japan 4, NJCAA All Stars 2
Netherlands 1, Taiwan 0

Sunday, July 11
Cuba 7, NJCAA All Stars 4
Netherlands 5, Japan 0

Monday, July 12
Cuba 9, Taiwan 6
Netherlands 4, NJCAA All Stars 1

Tuesday, July 13
Taiwan 3, Japan 1
Netherlands 10, Cuba 0

Wednesday, July 14
Japan 4, Cuba 2
Taiwan vs. Netherlands (Ppd.)

Thursday, July 15
Cuba 3, Taiwan 2
Netherlands 12, NJCAA All Stars 4

Friday, July 16
Japan 5, Taiwan 2
Cuba 4, NJCAA All Stars 3
Netherlands 5, Taiwan 0

Saturday, July 17
NJCAA All Stars 7, Taiwan 5
Netherlands 10, Japan 9

Sunday, July 18
Japan 16, NJCAA All Stars 6
Cuba 12, Netherlands 5

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Dutch Wins Haarlem Baseball Week Crown


THE NETHERLANDS – DOOR Neptunus slugger Danny Rombley capped a big night at the plate with a game-ending, two-run double in the bottom of the 10th, and the Dutch national team clinched the 2010 Haarlem Baseball Week championship with a 10-9 victory against Japan. The reigning European champion improved to 7-0 with the narrow win.

Rombley, a former Wasington Nationals prospect who won the 2007 Dutch League batting title, put together a 4-for-6 effort with a pair of doubles and four RBIs to lead the Dutch national squad to its third Haarlem Baseball Week crown. Former big league slugger Randall Simon (pictured) went hitless in three at-bats in his first action since rejoining the Orange and Black a few days ago.

Daisuke Ikemoto drove in two runs and scored twice with four hits to pace a youthful Japanese contingent.

Michiel van Kampen picked up the win in relief of starter Rob Cordemans, while Japanese reliever Tatsuya Masuda was charged with the loss.

NJCAA All-Stars 7, Taiwan 5
Jared Womack and Marty Gant collected a pair of RBIs apiece, and the American junior college All-Stars used a seven-run fifth to capture their second win of the tournament against Taiwan.

Tyler Bremer picked up the win despite giving up five runs and a whopping 11 hits in five innings of work.

Po Ting Hsiao tallied three hits and drove in two runs for the Taiwanese squad.

Sunday, July 18
11:00 – Japan (2-5) vs. USA JUCO All-Stars (2-5)
15:00 – Cuba (5-2) vs. Netherlands (7-0)

2010 HAARLEM BASEBALL WEEK

Team Won Lost
Netherlands* 07 00
Cuba 05 02
Japan 02 05
NJCAA All-Stars 02 05
Chinese Taipei 06 08

* Clinched Tournament Championship

Visit Official Haarlem Baseball Week Website

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Cuba Set Haarlem Baseball Week Team


CUBA – International baseball heavyweight Cuba has announced a final 23-man roster for the 2010 Haarlem Baseball Week international tournament. The Cuban will open play on European soil on July 8 with an exhibition game against the Dutch national team in the Dutch city of Haarlem.

The tournament favorites, which claimed the silver medal at the 2008 event, features 2009 World Cup pitchers Maikel Folch and Freddy Asiel Alvarez, and 2009 World Baseball Classic performers Eriel Sánchez, Rolando Meriño and Norberto González.

Besides skipper Germán Mesa and coaches Bárbaro Martín and Gerardo Simón, the Cuban delegation will also include Julio Romero (bullpen coach), José Alvarez (team doctor), Daniel Rodríguez (physical therapist) and Luis Cartón (delegation chief).

CATCHERS:
Rolando Meriño (Santiago de Cuba), Osvaldo Arias (Cienfuegos) and Eriel Sánchez (Sancti Spíritus).

INFIELDERS:
Yunier Mendoza (Sancti Spíritus), Yoennis Southeran (Guantánamo), Mario Jorge Vega (Ciego de Avila), Danel Castro (Las Tunas), Donald Duarte (Pinar del Río), Rudy Reyes (Industriales) and Alexander Ayala (Camagüey).

OUTFIELDERS:
Alexei Bell (Santiago de Cuba), Ariel Sánchez (Matanzas), Reutilio Hurtado (Santiago de Cuba) and Serguey Pérez (Industriales).

PITCHERS:
Luis Borroto (Ciego de Avila), Ciro Silvino Licea (Granma), Yoelkis Cruz (Las Tunas), Yoandry Portal (Industriales), Freddy Asiel Alvarez (Villa Clara), Maikel Folch (Ciego de Avila), Robelio Carrillo (Villa Clara), Norberto Goinzález (Cienfuegos) and Duniel Ibarra (Cienfuegos).

Source: BaseballdeCuba.com

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Venezuela Name Haarlem Tourney Team


VENEZUELA – A youthful Venezuelan national team will be competing at the 2010 Haarlem Baseball Week international tournament in the Netherlands. Venezuela will open the competition on July 9 against Japan.

Former Major leaguer Luis Soto will be calling the shots for Venezuela, which will bring back just one player (José Escalona) who wore the national colors at last year’s IBAF Baseball World Cup. Escalona is currently one of the top relievers in the Italian Baseball League (IBL) with T&A San Marino, sporting a 2-0 record and six saves with an 1.84 ERA in 12 games.

2010 VENEZUELAN NATIONAL TEAM:
Alexander Arteaga, José Bergola, Alexis Bethermy, José Blanco, José Bruzual, José Camacaro, Marcos Carvajal, Fernando Castro, Alfredo Chávez, José Díaz, José Escalona, Antonio Jiménez, Oswaldo Landaeta, José Lara, Juan Lucena, Manuel Martínez, Ramón Martínez, Manuel Mendez, Enrique Mori, Carlos Ovalles, Alexander Ozarta, Tua Pachano, Orlando Pérez, Victor Pinto, Gustavo Rivas, Alberto Rodríguez, Wladimir Siviria, Augusto Vázquez and María Yépez.

Source: BaseballdeCuba.com

Venezuela Name Haarlem Baseball Week Team

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Dutch Name Haarlem Week Roster


THE NETHERLANDS – The Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Association (KNBSB) has announced a 27-man roster for the Haarlem Baseball Week international tournament slated for July 9-18. Europe’s most decorated national baseball team will be guided by American Jim Stoeckel.

The Dutch, who will also be competing at the 2010 European Championship this summer in Germany (Heidenheim, Tuebingen and Stuttgar), will battle in the Dutch city of Haarlem against international heavyweight Cuba, Japan, NJCAA All Stars (USA), Venezuela and Taiwan.

CATCHERS:
Sidney de Jong (L&D Amsterdam), Jason Halman (Corendon Kinheim), and Bas Nooij (L&D Amsterdam).

INFIELDERS:
Dwayne Kemp (DOOR Neptunus), Raily Legito (DOOR Neptunus), René Cremer (Corendon Kinheim), Michael Duursma (Konica Minolta Pioniers), Bryan Engelhardt (Corendon Kinheim), Vince Rooi (L&D Amsterdam) and Jeroen Sluijter (DOOR Neptunus).

OUTFIELDERS:
Eugene Kingsale (DOOR Neptunus), Danny Rombley (pictured, DOOR Neptunus), Shaldimar Daantji (DOOR Neptunus), Bas de Jong (L&D Amsterdam) and Dirk van ‘t Klooster (Corendon Kinheim).

PITCHERS:
Leon Boyd (DOOR Neptunus), Rob Cordemans (L&D Amsterdam), Michiel van Kampen (Corendon Kinheim), Diegomar Markwell (DOOR Neptunus), Arshwin Asjes (Konica Minolta Pioniers), David Bergman (Corendon Kinheim), Dave Draijder (Konica Minolta Pioniers), Nick Stuifbergen (Corendon Kinheim), Nick Veltkamp (Corendon Kinheim), Berry van Driel (DOOR Neptunus), Gregory Gustina (Sparta/Feyenoord) and Kevin Heijstek (DOOR Neptunus).

COACHING STAFF:
Jim Stoeckel, Manager
Steve Janssen, Pitching Coach
Wim Martinus, Hitting Coach
Ben Thijssen, Bench Coach
Tjerk Smeets, Bullpen Coach

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Haarlem Baseball Week: Cuba Set Roster


CUBA – Santiago de Cuba slugger Alexei Bell headlines the 2010 Cuban National Team that will participate at the Haarlem Baseball Week international tournament slated for from July 9 to July 18 in the Netherlands.

The squad will be led by Industriales skipper German Mesa, who steered the Lions to an unlikely Cuban National Series title a few months ago. He will be assisted by Bárbaro Marín, Gerardo Simón and Julio Romero.

2010 CUBAN NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER:

Catchers:
Rolando Meriño, Yulexis La Rosa, Osvaldo Arias and Eriel Sánchez.

Infielders:
Yunier Mendoza, Yoenni Southeran, Joan Carlos Pedroso, Mario Jorge Vega, Danel Castro, Vismay Santos, Donald Duarte, Rudy Reyes, Dainer Moreira and Alexander Ayala.

Outfielders:
Alexei Bell, Andy Zamora, Ariel Sánchez, Reutilio Hurtado, Edilse Silva and Serguey Pérez.

Pitchers:
Ángel Peña, Luís Borroto, Ciro Silvino Licea, Yoelkis Cruz, Yoandry Portal, Freddy Asiel Álvarez (pictured), Maikel Folch, Robelio Carrillo, Raudel Lazo, Norberto González, Duniel Ibarra and Alberto Soto Lao.

Manager:
Germán Mesa

Assistant Coaches:
Bárbaro Marín, Gerardo Simón and Julio Romero.

Official Haarlem Baseball Week website

Source: Baseballdecuba.com

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Taiwan Announce Preliminary NT Roster


TAIWAN – The Taiwanese National Team has announced a 50-man preliminary roster that will represent the baseball-loving island nation this summer at the Haarlem Baseball Week Tournament in the Netherlands from July 9 to July 18, and the World University Championship from July 30 to August 7 in Japan.

The roster includes a pair of former minor league prospects, Po-Yu Lin (Chicago White Sox) and Yen-Wen Kuo (Cincinnati Reds), and current Hanshin Tigers pitcher Yi-Chieh Hsiao. The national squad will conduct several intrasquad games before reducing the roster to 30 players on June 13.

2010 TAIWAN NT PRELIMINARY ROSTER:

Catchers:
Chun-Chieh Wang, Kuan-Wei Yang, Sheng-Hsun Chou, Kun-Sheng Lin, Jui-Mu Chen and Cheng-Da Wu.

Infielders:
Yen-Wen Kuo (pictured), Chi-Wai Teng, Wei-Che Chen, Yen-Chi Huang, Chi-Pei Huang, Wei-Ting Lin, Ting-Yu Tang, Tsung-Han Yu, Po-Ting Hsiao, Han Lin, Pai-Hung Wu, Chih-Hsiang Lin and Hsien-Yin Yang.

Outfielders:
Chen-Yu Hong, Chia-Chu Lee, Chun-Liang Lin, Yi-Kun Huang, Wang-Qi-Wei Lin, Yin-Lun Lan, Chia-Jung Lee and Wei-Kan Lin.

Pitchers:
Yi-Chieh Hsiao, Wen-Yang Liao, Chen-Hua Lin, Tsung-Hsuan Tseng, Hao-Chun Chiu, Yu-Ching Lin, Hung-Cheng Lai, Kuan-Yu Chen, Wen-Hao Cheng, Chun-Ju Liao, Kuan-Ju Chen, Kuan-Han Lin, Wen-Cheng Hsu, Po-Kai Lai, Ying-Shan Wang, Chi Chuan, Hao-Che Tu, Yu-Hsun Chen, Po-Yu Lin, Chu-Chien Hsu, Chia-Chun Tang, Wei-Hsiang Lin and Cheng-Lung Lo.

Source: Taiwan Baseball

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2010 Haarlem Baseball Week Tournament


NETHERLANDS – The six-team field for the 2010 Haarlem Baseball Week has been finalized with the Venezuelan national team set to make their first appearance at the international baseball tournament.

The 25th edition of the event will be held from July 9-18 at the Pim Mulier Stadium in Haarlem.

Besides newcomer Venezuela, other participating squads includes national teams from Chinese Taipei (Taiwan), Cuba, Japan and the Netherlands. The United States will also be represented by a team of minor league players.

2010 HAARLEM BASEBALL WEEK SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY, JULY 9
Japan vs Venezuela
USA vs Chinese Taipei

SATURDAY, JULY 10
Cuba vs Japan
Netherlands vs Chinese Taipei

SUNDAY, JULY 11
USA vs Cuba
Japan vs Netherlands

MONDAY, JULY 12
Chinese Taipei vs Cuba
Venezuela vs USA

TUESDAY, JULY 13
Chinese Taipei vs Venezuela
Netherlands vs Cuba

WEDNESDAY, JULY 14
USA vs Japan
Venezuela vs Netherlands

THURSDAY, JULY 15
Cuba vs Venezuela
Netherlands vs USA

FRIDAY, JULY 16
Chinese Taipei vs Japan
2nd Place vs 3rd Place

SATURDAY, JULY 17
5th Place vs 6th Place
1st Place vs 4th Place

SUNDAY, JULY 18
2nd vs 3rd Loser vs 1st vs 4th Loser
2nd vs 3rd Winner vs 1st vs 4th Winner

Visit the Haarlem Baseball Week website

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