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Netherlands WBC roster has been announced


The Netherlands WBC roster has been announced, and it is full of talent. Highlighting the roster will be the Dutch infield which is stacked with MLB talent. However, up and down the roster there is talent and they will compete for a spot in Round 2 and possibly further.

Late in January we spoke about the stacked Dutch infield. It will include the likes of Xander Bogaerts, Didi Gregorius, Jurickson Profar, Andrelton Simmons, and Jonathan Schoop. But along with those MLB players are some very experienced international players.

Curt Smith is back again for Team Netherlands. He has a lot of international experience and even hit .321 in the 2013 WBC as the Dutch ran off to a semifinal appearance. Also back from 2013 is Yurendell de Caster who hit .400 in limited action. He provides experience off the bench with a quality right handed bat that can play multiple positions.

Bringing power to the outfield is Wladimir Balentien. While he might not be a household name in the USA, he did play parts of 3 seasons with the Mariners and Reds, he is a star in Japan in the Nippon Professional Baseball league. After leaving the USA for the 2011 season, Balentien has gone on to hit 30+ home runs 5 times, including 60 in 2014 which broke the all-time record in Japan.

On the bump the Dutch have some talent as sell. Diegomar Markwell is back after a stellar 2013 WBC where he went 2-1 with a 3.07 ERA in 3 starts. While he is inching up in age (36) he still has a quality arm that should be able to get the Dutch some good starts. Also back is Orlando Yntema who had a good 2013 WBC pitching twice and making one start. In the bullpen they will return Loek Van Mil (0.00 ERA in 2013).

The most intriguing player for the Netherlands this go around is Jair Jurrjens. The former MLB starter with Atlanta, Baltimore, and Colorado pitched the 2016 season in Taiwan. Still only 31, but far past his prime, he could still give the Dutch some solid innings either out of the bullpen or perhaps in a spot start.

2017 Netherlands WBC Roster:

Pitchers:

Mike Bolsenbroek
Rob Cordemans
Tom de Blok
Lars Huijer
Jair Jurrjens
Diego Markwell
Shairon Martis
Jim Ploeger
Tom Stuifbergen
J.C. Sulbaran
Rick van den Hurk
Loek Van Mil
Orlando Yntema

Catchers:

Dashenko Ricardo
Shawn Zarraga

Infielders:

Xander Bogaerts
Yurendell de Caster
Didi Gregorius
Dwayne Kemp
Jurickson Profar
Jonathan Schoop
Sharlon Schoop
Andrelton Simmons
Curt Smith

Outfielders:

Wladimir Balentien
Christopher Garia
Randolph Oduber
Kalian Sams

Designated Pitcher Pool:

Nelmerson Angela
Kevin Heijstek
Kenley Jansen
Kevin Kelly
Ruderly Manuel
Ryan Oduber
Mark Pawelek
Berry van Driel

Netherlands WBC roster

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Netherlands will Feature Stacked Infield for 2017 World Baseball Classic


The Netherlands will feature some of the best young talent in Major League Baseball when they suit up during the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

The Red Sox Xander Bogaerts, the Rangers’ Jurickson Profar, the Orioles’ Jonathan Schoop, the Yankees’ Didi Gregorius, and the elder statesman at just 27 the Angels’ Andrelton Simmons will all play for the Netherlands. All but Gregorius played with the team in 2013, but now they are established major league talent.

Simmons has ranked as one of the best defensive players in the game over the past four seasons. He has led the MLB in Defensive Runs Saved with 112 since his first full season in 2013.

Bogaerts had a break out season in 2015 when he hit .320 for the Red Sox. He then turned himself into an offensive force in 2016 hitting .294 and slugging 34 doubles and 21 home runs.

Gregorius had his best season at the plate in 2016, his second in New York taking over for Derek Jeter. In 2016 he clubbed 20 home runs, 32 doubles, and hit .276.

Schoop stayed healthy last year and had his first complete season playing all 162 games for the Orioles. He hit .267 with 25 home runs, 38 doubles, and drove in 82.

Profar played in 90 games for the Rangers. He played every infield position and left field over the course of the year. He batted .239 with 5 home runs and 3 triples.

In 2013 the Netherlands made it to the semifinals eventually losing to the eventual champion Dominican Republic. This year they will begin in Pool A in Seoul, South Korea. There they will battle the host country, Chinese Taipei, and Israel for a spot in Round 2.

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2017 World Baseball Classic: A Look at Pool A & B


We are just seven weeks away from the first pitch in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. As teams finalize rosters, players will soon begin reporting to spring training where they will begin preparing for the  fourth installment of the tournament.

In 2013 the Dominican Republic finally dethroned the two-time champion Japanese. The Dominican Republic defeated Puerto Rico in the championship game 3-0.

Each of the four pools have at the very least three strong teams that will compete for the two spots in the second round. So let’s go pool by pool and see how the teams have fared in the past. Today we will look at Pool’s A and B, and tomorrow we will take a look at Pool’s C and D.

Pool A:

Israel – This is Israel’s first time participating in the World Baseball Classic. They qualified through the Brooklyn Qualifier late in 2016. The team went 3-0 in the qualifier defeating Great Britain twice, including 9-1 in the championship game, and Brazil once by a 1-0 score. Israel just missed the 2013 WBC by losing to Spain 9-7 in the championship of a qualifier. They look to surprise someone, and they will need to, to move on.

South Korea – Back for a fourth time, South Korea recently moved up to no. 3 on the WBSC World Rankings which is their highest ranking ever. They look to continue moving up the ranks with some huge wins at the WBC. Korea finished runner-up in 2009 to Japan for its highest finish so far.

Chinese Taipei – This is their fourth time in the tournament as well. Their highest finish so far has been to advance to Round 2 in 2013. They will be searching for their first medal in the tournament and will be poised to move onto Round 2 if they can get passed the Netherlands.

Netherlands – They might have been the surprise of the tournament last go around finishing fourth. This is their fourth venture into the tournament and they look to improve on their high finish last time. They will have a strong showing but will have to defeat either South Korea or Chinese Taipei to move on.

Pool B

Japan – With two titles under their belt they are the most accomplished team in the tournament by far. Ranked no. 1 in the WBSC World Rankings, Japan will look to return to the top spot they lost last time out. A third place finish in 2013 would have been seen as a good thing for any team, except maybe the two-time defending champions. Look for a strong showing from them once again.

Cuba – Once the power in international tournaments, Cuba still has the power to make a run deep in this tournament. Their highest finish was a runner-up in 2006 in the inaugural event. Since then they have not advanced out of Round 2. I look for them to once again advance to Round 2, but go no further even though they are capable.

Australia – This is the wild card team in Pool B to me. If they can get passed a good Cuba team, they can advance to Round 2, which they have never done in the past. They had to get to this point by winning a qualifier, which they did quite easily. However, they just get passed Cuba or stun Japan to advance.

China – This is China’s fourth appearance in the tourney. They have never gotten out of Round 1 in the past but have made strides and have won at least one game in the past two tournaments. They might shock someone and hurt a team’s chances to advance by picking up a win like they did to Chinese Taipei in 2009.

Check back tomorrow for a quick look at the other two pools and soon we will start going over rosters as some of them are announced to see just how far they might be able to go.

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South Korea Climbs to No.3 in Baseball World Rankings


South Korea has climbed to the no. 3 spot in the WBSC Baseball World Rankings, its highest ranking ever moving passed Chinese Taipei. The top two spots remain the same with Japan leading the way once again, while the United States continues to be a strong no. 2.

South Korea’s climb moves them even closer to the United States in the second spot. Japan still commands a strong lead over the pack. Rounding out the top 5 are Chinese Taipei and Cuba.

The top representative from Europe comes in at no. 9 with the Netherlands, followed closely by Italy at no. 10.

Men’s Baseball Final 2016 World Rankings Top 10:

1. Japan
2. USA
3. South Korea
4. Chinese Taipei
5. Cuba
6. Mexico
7. Venezuela
8. Canada
9. Netherlands
10. Italy

Complete World Rankings

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Euro League Baseball Begins Play


Perhaps the biggest development in European baseball this past year has been is the Euro League that was established and started play this spring.

Initially there are four teams playing in the league from different leagues around Europe. Amsterdam Baseball was created to compete in the league and will be comprised of some of the Dutch League Amsterdam Pirates.

Each team will play twelve games with six home and six away. The season began on April 19th and will continue through September.

This is a huge step forward in forming a Europe wide league that could encompass many of the great leagues that are already present in countries like Germany, Italy, France, and so many more.

Inaugural Euro League Teams:

Netherlands 
Amsterdam Baseball

German Bundesliga
Buchbinder Leagionaire
Haar Disciples

Czech Extraleague
Draci Brno

Stay tuned as we will bring you updates on games, standings, and news and notes from around the league as it progresses.

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Netherlands: Curacao Neptunus and L&D Amsterdam Atop Standings


L&D Amsterdam had three big wins this weekend over Mampaey the Hawks keeping them in a tie for first place with Curacao Neptunus, who also won all three this weekend.

Amsterdam outscored the Hawks 38-4 over the weekend. Rashid Gerard had a huge weekend. He went a combined 6-for-11 with 2 doubles, 2 home runs, 10 RBI, and 5 runs scored. Joining him in a big weekend was Bas Nooij. Nooij went 5-for-11 with a double, a home run, 9 runs scored, and 7 RBI.

Dutch Major League Standings:

1. L&D Amsterdam Pirates 10-2
2. Curacao Neptunus 10-2
3. Vaessen Pioniers 8-4
4. Corendon Kinheim 7-4-1
5. UVV 6-6
6. DSS 4-8
7. HCAW Bussum 2-9-1
8. Mampaey the Hawks 0-12

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Europe gets historic victory, defeats No. 1 Japan 6-2 in global baseball showing in Tokyo


Press Release WBSC

TOKYO – Debuting in a two-game series at the Tokyo Dome against the top-ranked nation in the world, Europe recorded its historic first victory for the continent, defeating Japan 6-2 to split the two-game series.

Like in Game 1, Europe managed to get out of the gates early, tagging Samurai starter Takahiro Matsuba for back-to-back doubles in the second inning, authored by Italy’s Mario Chiarini and Spain’s Blake Ochoa, which put Europe up 2-0.

A towering three-run home run by the Netherlands’ Yurendell Decaster in the bottom of the third gave Europe a 5-0 lead. (VIDEO: Decaster HR)

With the cushion, Europe starter Diegomar Marwell (Netherlands) kept Japan’s bats quiet through three innings, only allowing three hits.

In the 5th, Tetsuto Yamada launched a solo home run and Yoshitomo Tsutsugo’s RBI single cut Europe’s lead to 5-2.

Europe manager Steve Janssen handed the ball to Germany’s Luke Sommer, who pitched a clean 6th to 8th innings.

Dutch flamethrower Tom Stuifbergen pitched the final inning, using a 95 mph/153 kmh fastball close out the game and register the save for Europe.

Sommer was credited with the win. Japan starter Matsuba took the loss.

The historic win for Europe follows the announcement by baseball’s world governing body, WBSC, to establish Team Europe. Europe was immediately pitted against the world No. 1 Japanese National Team, “Samurai Japan”, made up of top stars from Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). The majority of players on Japan’s current roster were part of the Samurai selection that faced Team MLB in a best-of-five series, won by hosts Japan, last November.

Both WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari and NPB Commissioner Katsuhiko Kumazaki went down on the field Wednesday night to congratulate the European team, following their 6-2 win and two exciting contests in as many nights.

“These two highly competitive games send another message to the world that Europe can compete with anyone and that our sport is more global than ever,” President Fraccari said.

Two European countries, No. 5 Netherlands and No. 11 Italy, are among the elite field heading to the inaugural Premier 12™ that will unite baseball’s top twelve countries.

Samurai Japan manager Hiroki Kokubo said, “We have to give them credit. They’ve come a long way and played the game at a high level.”

“The victory was a historic one, as it was the debut of the multinational Team Europe,” The Japan Times reported.

Head coach Janssen (Netherlands National Team manager) and bench coach Marco Mazzieri (Italy National Team manager) compiled a roster of 28 European players from six countries: (by world rank) Netherlands, Italy, No. 17 Spain, No. 18 Germany, No. 20 Czech Republic and No. 27 France.

No. 36 Belgium and No. 39 Austria were also represented as part of Europe’s coaching staff.

Yokohama BayStars rising star Tsutsugo, 23, was one of the bright spots for the Samurai in the series, collecting a pair of hits and RBIs. “I would like come up with positive results during the [NPB] season [that are] worthy of a Samurai Japan member,” he said.

Over 44,000 people attended the historic matches, with an increase in attendance of approximately 2,000 more fans for Game 2, following Samurai Japan’s thrilling 4-3 come-from-behind victory in Game 1 Tuesday night.

The two-game series was broadcast free-to-air nationally across Japan by the Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS), while Eurosport 2 transmitted the games live to potentially 73 million households across more than 50 European nations.

Prior to the start of Game 2 there was a moment of silence to honor the victims and raise awareness of ongoing recovery efforts four years after the 11 March 2011 Tsunami devastated the Fukushima region.

NPB — the second highest-attended major sports league in the world in 2014 (approx. 23 million) and WBSC Associate Member — hosted the Europe versus Japan two-game series.

Umpires from the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL; WBSC Associate Member) officiated the two games.

Leading sports performance brand Asics backed Europe as the official kit sponsor.

The game ball that marked Europe’s first-ever pitch in Game 1 Tuesday night will be going to Japan’s Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, along with Team Europe’s official game jersey.

In the two-game series, Japan outhit Europe 16 to 13. Japan played spotless defense with the glove, committing no errors on defense. Europe also flashed the leather, executing a pickoff and making only one error on defense.

Copyright © 2015 WBSC. All rights reserved.

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Global Baseball Match: Europe Reveals Starting Lineup #EURvsJPN


TOKYO, Japan – The All-Euro team announced its starting lineup for the first game of the Global Baseball Match against Japan. The game will take place later today in the Tokyo Dome.

The starting ten (with DH) will feature players from only three countries: Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands.

Europe manager Steve Janssen revealed the lineup via Twitter:

 

1. Juan Carlos Infante 3B (Italy)
2. Alessandro Vaglio 2B (Italy)
3. Curt Smith 1B (Netherlands)
4. Fernando Martinez RF (Spain)
5. Kaliam Sams LF (Netherlands)
6. Yurendell De Caster DH (Netherlands)
7. Oscar Angelo SS (Spain)
8. Ricardo Daschenko C (Netherlands)
9. Stefano Desimoni CF (Italy)
Rob Cordemans P (Netherlands)

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Global Baseball Match: Rob Cordemans Named Europe Starter for Game 1


TOKYO, Japan – It is only a few hours away from the big event of Europe versus Japan in the first ever Global Baseball Match.

Not long ago Europe manager Steven Janssen announced that his starting pitcher for Game 1 will be Dutch right-hander Rob Cordemans.

Rob has been a fixture on the Dutch National Team for years and has been a top European pitcher for the past ten years or more. He will be up against a stout Samurai Japan team.

The All-Euro team is behind the Japanese team in terms of training so far this year. Weather forced the European team’s warm up game. They have been forced to rely mainly on training indoors with a few outside practices. While Japan has already played a few spring games.

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Global Baseball Match: Japan Announces Starting Pitchers; Europe Announces Schedule


The Global Baseball Match between the Samurai Japan and the All-Euro team is approaching quickly. The two teams will meet next Tuesday and Wednesday in the Tokyo Dome for a pair of games.

Team Europe arrived in Japan yesterday and has announced its schedule. And there is news coming out now from the Japan squad as well as they have announced their starting pitchers for the two games.

Starting in Game 1 will be Daichi Osera of the Hiroshima Toyo Carp. Osera, a 23-year old right hander, won the 2014 Rookie of the Year Award this past season posting a 10-8 record with a 4.05 ERA.

Pitching Game 2 will be the Orix Buffaloes Takahiro Matsuba. He went 8-1 in 2014 in 21 starts. He posted an ERA of just 2.77 in his second year in the league.

Schedule courtesy IBAF.org

Friday, 6 March: Visit To Fukushima – Four Years Later

Following the team workout session Friday, members of Team Europe will visit the Fukushima region that was devastated on 11 March 2011. The area is still in the process of recovery from the disaster, and the visit is intended to pay tribute and raise awareness of the region’s ongoing recovery efforts.

Saturday, 7 March: Baseball Clinic with School Children

School children will join the team and have the opportunity to play ball and engage with the European players in a one-hour session after Europe’s official team practice.

Sunday, 8 March: Test match vs. Yomiuri Giants minor league team

On Sunday, Team Europe will play a friendly match versus the minor league affiliate of the Yomiuri Giants. Europe’s coaching staff will get its first opportunity to evaluate the team and get in some ‘live’ game experience.

Monday, 9 March: Practice Session And Press Conference

Team Europe’s final workout will take place at QVC Stadium.

Representatives from both Samurai Japan and Team Europe will attend a press conference at QVC Stadium. The time of the press conference is scheduled for 13:00 – 13:30local time. 

Tuesday, 10 March: Europe vs Japan Game 1 – 18:00

Europe will make its debut on the international stage as the visiting team, wearing their road grey jersey.

Photo shoots for both Europe and Japan will also be organized at the Tokyo Dome prior to pre-game batting practice.

Wednesday, 11 March: Europe vs Japan Game 2 – 18:00

Europe will play its first-ever game as the home team, sporting the white jersey. A special Opening Ceremony will be held prior to Game 2 at 17:25.

Broadcast Coverage

Both games of the historic Europe vs Japan Series will be broadcast ‘live’ in Europe via Eurosport 2, in addition to national coverage in Japan.

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Andruw Jones Withdraws from Europe vs. Japan Series


Team Europe lost a high profile player today as 10-time MLB Gold Glove winner Andruw Jones withdrew from the team for its upcoming trip to Japan.

Jones would have been a representative of the Netherlands for Team Europe in the Global Baseball Match coming up next week in Japan.

He released the following statement through the World Baseball Softball Confederation:

“It is with tremendous regret that I announce the difficult decision that I will not be able to represent Team Europe in its historic debut versus the Japanese National Baseball Team in front of passionate and familiar Japanese fans. While I had initially planned to be part of Europe’s roster, new duties may call upon me to be away from home for the next several months, so spending as much time as I can at home with my family and children who are in school is the number one priority for me right now. It remains a great honour to have been selected by Coach Janssen to wear the Europe jersey and I wish Team Europe and the Samurai Japan Global Baseball event nothing but success. I will be following the games and hope this great initiative can continue to further globalise our sport.”

Jones spent 17 years in the Major Leagues and the past two in Japan as part of the NPB. The rest of the team will arrive today in Japan and begin workouts for the games tomorrow.

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Europe Logo and Jersey Revealed for Global Baseball Match Against Japan


The All-Euro team for the upcoming Global Baseball Match versus Japan has revealed both its logo and jersey.

A team of Europeans will take on some of the best from Japan in a two game series in March at the Tokyo Dome. The games will be held March 10 and 11.

The jersey, pictured below, will feature the home flag of each player’s home country on the right shoulder. Seven flags will be featured between the players and coaches representing Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands.

Asics is the official apparel sponsor for Team Europe.

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Eurosport 2 to Broadcast Global Baseball Match between Japan and All-Euro Team


The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) announced earlier today that the upcoming Global Baseball Match between the No. 1 world ranked Japan versus an All-Euro team to take place in Tokyo on March 10 and 11 will be televised in Europe by Eurosport 2.

Eurosport 2 broadcasts to over 73 million homes across 51 counties and in 18 different languages. It has obtained the broadcasting rights for the inaugural event including online and mobile devices in all languages.

This is a big step for European baseball in opening up the door for many to view via television and online to some of the best baseball players on the continent and in Japan.

This could help spur more interest in the upcoming Premier 12 tournament that will take place in November featuring the world’s top 12 ranked teams. In the world top 12 there are two European nations that will compete in No. 5 Netherlands and No. 11 Italy. Both countries will have a strong presence on the All-Euro team.

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All-Euro Team Announces Roster for Global Baseball Match Versus Japan


Recently Japan released its roster for the 2015 Global Baseball Match versus the All-Euro team. And now the All-Euro team roster has been announced.

It is comprised of players from five different European countries and led by a manager from a sixth. The Netherlands, 2011 World Champions, have the most players represented with fifteen. Included is 10-time Major League Baseball Gold Glove winner Andruw Jones.

Jones joins fellow NPB player Alessandro Maestri on the roster. Maestri was the first European raised player to make it to the NPB. He currently pitches for the Oriz Buffaloes where he had a solid season last year.

All-Euro Roster:

Pitchers:
Luke Sommer – Germany
Diegomar Markwell – Netherlands
Jose Escalona – Italy
Rob Cordemans – Netherlands
Owen Ozanich – France
Alessandro Maestri – Italy
Tom Stuiffbergen – Netherlands
Shairon Martis – Netherlands
Loek van Mil – Netherlands
Rick van den Hurk – Netherlands
Leslie Nacar – Spain
Jan-Niclas Stoecklin – Germany
Orlando Yntema – Netherlands
Kevin Heijstek – Netherlands

Catchers:
Blake Ochoa – Spain
Richard Daschenko – Netherlands
Gianison Boekhoudt – Netherlands

Infielders:
Curt Smith – Netherlands
Alessandro Vaglio – Italy
Oscar Angulo – Spain
Juan Carlos Infante – Italy
Michael Duursma – Netherlands

Outfielders:
Stefano Desimoni – Italy
Fernando Martinez – Spain
Kaliam Sams – Netherlands
Mario Chiarini – Italy
Yurendell De Caster (Utility) – Netherlands
Andruw Jones (DH) – Netherlands

Coaching Staff:
Steve Janssen Manager – Belgium
Marco Mazzieri Assistant Manager – Italy
Wim Martinus Assistant Coach – Netherlands
Sidney De Jongh Hitting Coach – Netherlands
Martin Brunner Pitching Coach – Austria
Ben Thijssen 3rd Base Coach – Netherlands
Augusto Medina 1st Base Coach – Italy

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Netherlands: A Look Back at the 2014 Honkbal Hoofdklasse


The DOOR Neptunus made it back to the Holland Series for the third straight season and looked to defend its championship from a year ago. DOOR dominated the league during the regular season winning that title with a 34-7 overall record. Finishing in second and facing off with the Neptunus in the Holland Series would be L&D Amsterdam.

Entering the Holland Series Amsterdam led the league in ERA with a 1.89 over league play. Leading the way for Amsterdam on the hill was Kevin Heijstek who led the league in wins (10-3) and was second in ERA (1.33). Following closely behind Heijstek for Amsterdam was Rob Cordemans who went undefeated on the year (8-0) posting a 1.53 ERA.

Even with Amsterdam heading into the Holland Series with the best pitching, the Neptunus were right behind them finishing second in team pitching ERA on the year at 2.17. Leading the league in ERA on the season was Orlando Yntema at 1.13 who went 8-1 on the season. Diegomar Markwell also went 8-1 posting a 1.97 ERA helping DOOR to the league’s best record.

The strong Amsterdam pitching showed up in Game 1 of the Holland Series as the Pirates shut down the Neptunus 5-0 on a strong outing from Heijstek. The bats for the Pirates came out in Game 2 posting 17 runs roughing up ERA leader Yntema winning 17-7 to take a 2-0 lead. DOOR Neptunus finally got a solid outing from Markwell in Game 3 as he pitched a complete game victory winning 3-1. However, Amsterdam took a commanding 3-1 lead in the series with a win in Game 4 and was just a win away from the title. It wasn’t meant to be for Amsterdam as the Neptunus came roaring back with three straight wins to take the series.

The Neptunus finished off the series with a 1-0 victory in Game 7 behind a strong outing from Berry van Driel who tossed 7.2 innings of shutout ball out dueling Cordemans. Regular starting pitching Markwell was unavailable to pitch since he was serving a four game suspension for actions that occured during a brawl earlier in the series. Berry van Driel was awarded the Holland Series MVP honors after posting a 2-0 record and 1.56 ERA over three games.

The title was the 15th for the Neptunus and the 24th for the city of Rotterdam (including nine by Sparta). This will be the last, after 17 years, of DOOR sponsoring the Neptunus Rotterdam. A new sponsor, Curacao, will take over the title role for 2015.

In other news around the Dutch Major League, the awards for 2014 were announced.

Complete Dutch Major League Awards:

  • MVP 2014: Vince Rooi (Vaessen Pioniers)
  • Left-handed pitcher: Diegomar Markwell (DOOR Neptunus)
  • Right-handed pitcher: Kevin Heijstek (L&D Amsterdam)
  • Catcher: Gianison Boekhoudt (DOOR Neptunus)
  • First Base: Kenny Berkenbosch (L&D Amsterdam)
  • Second Base: Benjamin Dille (DOOR Neptunus)
  • Third Base: Vince Rooi (Vaessen Pioniers)
  • Shortstop: Michael Duursma (L&D Amsterdam)
  • Left field: Roeland Henrique Jr. (L&D Amsterdam)
  • Center field: Shaldimar Daantji (DOOR Neptunus)
  • Right field: Bas de Jong (L&D Amsterdam)
  • Designated hitter: Dè Flanegin (Vaessen Pioniers)
  • Best Coach: Evert-Jan ‘t Hoen (DOOR Neptunus)

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Baseball’s Rise Marked By New Stadiums Worldwide


Press Release IBAF.org

“Our sport has entered into a new era of globalisation.” WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — A fresh wave of planned or recently completed baseball and softball construction projects is set to boost the growing popularity and globalisation of the bat-and-ball sports, as well as local economies, World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) officials reported. The latest developments follow historic growth for baseball and softball across Africa, with first-ever national stadiums erected in Ghana and Uganda in early 2014.

Now, as baseball and softball’s global footprint deepens, new facilities are being rolled out in the Bahamas, the Netherlands, South Africa, Spain and the United Kingdom, in addition to new-builds in mature markets like Mexico — and South Korea and Taiwan, where the first-ever domed baseball stadiums are currently taking shape.

Bahamas 

In 2015, a new national baseball stadium in the Bahamas — Andre Rodgers National Baseball Stadium — will be completed and “heralds rapid expansion of the game of baseball in the Bahamas,” reads a statement posted in November on the official website of the Government of the Bahamas.

Prime Minister of the Bahamas Perry Christie told reporters at the groundbreaking ceremony:”This is a result of the extraordinary progress of baseball in the [Bahamas], without government support, sponsored by people who had an interest, who stimulated young people…to get involved in baseball. We are now talking a benefit to the economy of the Bahamas.”

Government officials in the Bahamas indicate the state-of-the-art facility “will support the nation’s current energies to fully develop its sports tourism.”

Netherlands

Europe’s first state-of-the-art baseball and softball complex just outside Amsterdam in Hoofddorp, Netherlands was inaugurated for the 2014 season and has already hosted its first international competition. As well as attracting major baseball and softball events to the region and providing a new and exciting athlete-/fan-experience, the venue’s strategic location makes it very attractive as a regional training centre to further strengthen the development of baseball and softball in the Netherlands and in Europe.

In 2013, the Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Association unveiled Europe’s first baseball and softball urban playground. The innovative “urban” concept was rolled out in Rotterdam and aims to take organised baseball and softball to the street, increasing the sports’ pathway and connection with young people in non-traditional settings.

New Zealand

Last month, the Auckland Council unveiled a new crown jewel baseball facility, cited by Auckland city officials as “the first of its kind in New Zealand.” Baseball New Zealand and McLeod Park Baseball Diamond have since been awarded the hosting rights of the U18 Baseball Oceania Championship, which serves as the qualifier for the 2015 U18 WBSC Baseball World Cup. Following McLeod Park’s opening ceremonies, officials in New Zealand have already been assessing the feasibility of building baseball’s first-ever national stadium in New Zealand.

Spain

The Instituto Barcelona Deportes (Barcelona Sports Institute) announced last week that it is set to begin construction on a new sports/community project, including the roll out of a new softball field next to baseball’s Estadio Carlos Perez de Rozas on Pierre de Coubertin Street in Barcelona.

“Sport is fundamental in Barcelona, so we are committed to providing the city with sports facilities necessary to ensure constant sport and of quality,” Deputy Mayor for Quality of Life, Equality and Sports, Ms. Maite Fandos, said in a statement.

South Africa

In a joint venture, the City of Cape Town and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport announced last month the unveiling of the rebuilt Bishop Lavis Softball field, which included laser-levelling of the pitch, installation of irrigation, construction of a backstop and fence, as well as installation of floodlights to hold training and competitions in the evenings.

“We are committed to providing facilities which will encourage communities to participate in sport and will nurture young talent. Sport encourages young people to live healthy and keeps them involved in wholesome activities and off the street,” the Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services, Alderman Belinda Walker, said in a statement.

United Kingdom

Following the first-ever dedicated baseball/softball stadium in the U.K. with Farnham Park Baseball and Softball Complex built last year in Slough, BaseballSoftballUK (BSUK) recently announced plans to build a new baseball and softball facility in Manchester to promote the sports and bolster participation numbers in the North of England. As growth has taken off in the U.K., including the newest facility inaugurated in Essex, John Boyd, BSUK Joint CEO, announced in November a project to expand the Farnham complex to include another international-standard baseball field.

WBSC on Baseball/Softball’s Continued Trend of Global Growth

WBSC president Riccardo Fraccari hailed the wave of initiatives as a major boost for the positioning of baseball and softball as one of the world’s leading global sports, particularly as WBSC and its partners continue working toward a return of baseball and softball in the Olympic Games.

“Our sport has entered into a new era of globalisation,” said the world governing body president. “More and more clubs, communities, cities and nations are investing in the development of baseball and softball because it is being recognised that baseball and softball are proven and popular sporting and fan activities that engage young people across both genders as well as sponsors and broadcasters, and can help to stimulate economies.

“WBSC, our National Federations, our professional league partners and the youth leagues are heavily invested in promoting our sport around the world to attract and reach — and remain relevant to — the next generation of athletes and sport fans, alike. This recognition and support from governmental institutions to help drive growth marks a significant breakthrough for our sport in terms of universality and evolving into a truly global sport.”

Based on data compiled, the WBSC estimates that over 65 million athletes practice the sport of baseball and softball in over 140 countries, with youth and females making up the majority of the participation-demographic.

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Netherlands: Three Way Race for Top Two Spots Heading into Last Weekend of First Half


The first half of the Dutch Major League is about to conclude in the Netherlands. The race for the top spot is still up for grabs even with just a few games left in the first half. The Vaessen Pioniers lead the league so far with a record of 14-2-1 just a single point ahead of both the DOOR Neptunus and L&D Amsterdam.

Vaessen will face off with Amsterdam this weekend in a three game series. With the top two teams qualifying for the semifinals, this series will be huge as one team could knock the other out of the race. Vaessen will also have one make up game against UVV to end the first half. That game will be played next Tuesday.

While Vaessen and Amsterdam are battling it out, DOOR Neptunus will take on a 6-13 Mr. Cocker HCAW. The defending champs are set up nicely to qualify for the semifinals after the first half.

Dutch Major League Standings:

1. Vaessen Pioniers 14-2-1
2. DOOR Neptunus 14-4
3. L&D Amsterdam 14-4
4. Corendon Kinheim 12-7
5. Mr. Cocker HCAW 6-13
6. UVV 4-12-2
7. Ado Lakers 4-14-1
8. Mampey the Hawks 3-15

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Photos of New Baseball Complex in Hooddorp, Netherlands


The Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Association held a press conference at the new stadium in Hooddorp, Netherlands recently. Photographer Rob Jelsma was there and was able to snap a few photos of the new facilities.

You can check out the photos here at www.robjelsma.nl

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Netherlands: DOOR Neptunus Faces Vaessen Pioniers in 2013 Holland Series


The championship series of the Dutch Major League, better known as the Holland Series, is set and there will be a new champion for the 2013 season.

The Vaessen Pioniers will face off with DOOR Neptunus in the Holland Series after finishing up the semifinals.

Door Neptunus finished off the semifinal round robin with a loss to the 2012 champion Corendon Kinheim, but advanced with a semifinal best record of 6-3. Vaessen earned its way into the championship with a 2-1 win over L&D Amsterdam last Sunday. With the win, Vaessen advanced due to tiebreakers after finishing in a three-way tie at 4-5.

DOOR Neptunus finished the regular season with the best record in the league at 34-8. However, Vaessen wasn’t too far behind with a 29-12-1 record.

In the relegation round, the Ado Lakers will take on the Oosterhout Twins to see who will play in the Dutch Major League next season.

2013 Holland Series Schedule:

Saturday September 14
2:00 pm Vaessen Pioniers at DOOR Neptunus

Sunday September 15
2:00 pm Vaessen Pioniers at DOOR Neptunus

Thursday September 19
7:30 pm DOOR Neptunus at Vaessen Pioniers

Saturday September 21
2:00 pm DOOR Neptunus at Vaessen Pioniers

Sunday September 22
2:00 pm DOOR Neptunus at Vaessen Pioniers

Saturday September 28
2:00 pm Vaessen Pioniers at DOOR Neptunus

Sunday September 29
2:00 pm Vaessen Pioniers at DOOR Neptunus

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Netherlands: DOOR Neptunus Sweeps L&D Amsterdam; Playoffs Start This Weekend


The Dutch Major League finished its regular season this past weekend. The top two teams, DOOR Neptunus and L&D Amsterdam played a three game series that would determine playoff spots. DOOR would wind up sweeping the series knocking Amsterdam down to the #4 seed heading into the playoffs.

Corendon Kinheim headed into the final week just a game and a half up on the Vaessen Pioniers. Both teams went into the final weekend playing some of the teams lower in the standings. And both would wind up sweeping their opponents to advance to the playoffs claiming the #2 and #3 seeds.

L&D Amsterdam Pirates 3, DOOR Neptunus 4
L&D Amsterdam Pirates 8, DOOR Neptunus 6
DOOR Neptunus 9, L&D Amsterdam Pirates 3

DOOR Neptunus set the tone of the series in Game 1 with a late inning walk-off comeback.

Both starting pitchers pitched well. Amsterdam’s Rob Cordemans started and pitching into the seventh inning. He finished 6.2 innings allowing just two runs on four hits while striking out seven. He left the game with it tied at two, but the Pirates came back after giving up the lead.

In the top of the eighth, Amsterdam took a 3-2 lead on a Percy Isenia (3-for-4) RBI single. That’s where the score would stay until the bottom of the ninth.

Pirates reliever Jurrian Koks came in to shut down Neptunus in the ninth, but the bats would get to him. Dwayne Kemp (2-for-4) led off the inning with a single. He was sacrificed to second but on the play Koks threw the ball away allowing both runners to be safe as Kemp advanced to third. Another error by the shortstop allowed a run to score and Gyenuar Lopez (0-for-3) to reach base.

And then the final stroke, the third error of the inning ended the game. Rudy van Heydoorn (0-for-4) reached on an error by the Pirates center fielder allowing the winning run to score from second.

Koks didn’t get an out but gave up two runs to take the loss.

Brenden Wise picked up the win in relief. DOOR starter Diegomar Markwell pitched well going 7.2 innings allowing three runs (one earned) on seven hits.

DOOR would go on to take the next two games of the series setting up a rematch this weekend with Amsterdam in the first round of the playoffs. The top four teams in the standings advance to a round robin format. The two teams with the best record in the round robin will play in the 2013 Holland Series for the league championship.

Final Dutch Major League Standings:

1. DOOR Neptunus 34-8
2. Corendon Kinheim 31-11
3. Vaessen Pioniers 29-12-1
4. L&D Amsterdam Pirates 28-13-1
5. UVV 17-25
6. Mr. Cocker HCAW 14-27-1
7. Mampaey the Hawks 11-30-1
8. Ado Lakers 2-40

Dutch Major League Playoff Schedule:

Thursday August 22
7:30 pm DOOR Neptunus vs L&D Amsterdam Pirates
7:30 pm Corendon Kinheim vs Veaessen Pioniers

Saturday August 24
2:00 pm L&D Amsterdam Pirates vs DOOR Neptunus
2:00 pm Vaessen Pioniers vs Corendon Kinheim

Sunday August 25
2:00 pm DOOR Neptunus vs L&D Amsterdam Pirates
2:00 pm Corendon Kinheim vs Veaessen Pioniers

Thursday August 29
7:30 pm Corendon Kinheim vs L&D Amsterdam Pirates
7:30 pm DOOR Neptunus vs Vaessen Pioniers

Saturday August 31
2:00 pm L&D Amsterdam Pirates vs Corendon Kinheim
2:00 pm Vaessen Pioniers vs DOOR Neptunus

Sunday September 1
2:00 pm Corendon Kinheim vs L&D Amsterdam Pirates
2:00 pm DOOR Neptunus vs Vaessen Pioniers

Thursday September 5
7:30 pm Vaessen Pioniers vs L&D Amsterdam Pirates
7:30 pm DOOR Neptunus vs Corendon Kinheim

Saturday September 7
2:00 pm L&D Amsterdam Pirates vs Vaessen Pioniers
2:00 pm Corendon Kinheim vs DOOR Neptunus

Sunday September 8
2:00 pm Vaessen Pioniers vs L&D Amsterdam Pirates
2:00 pm DOOR Neptunus vs Corendon Kinheim

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Netherlands: Exciting Final Weekend in Dutch Major League


The Dutch Major League is headed into the last weekend of the regular season, and it is all set up for a final weekend showdown between the top two teams.

Heading into the weekend, DOOR Neptunus is leading L&D Amsterdam by 2.5 games with a three game set coming up. If Amsterdam can sweep the top team, they will finish in the top spot heading into the playoffs.

Corendon Kinheim sits just half a game back of Amsterdam. Corendon Kinheim will play the Ado Lakers which rank last in the league. So they could jump past Amsterdam in the final weekend if Amsterdam falters.

That’s not the only team that could pass Amsterdam if they play bad this weekend. The Vaessen Pioniers are sitting just two games back of Amsterdam as well. So there could be a lot of moving in the standings come this final weekend.

Dutch Major League Scores:

Ado Lakers 0, Vaessen Pioniers 3
Ado Lakers 0, Vaessen Pioniers 27
Vaessen Pioniers 15, Ado Lakers 0

DOOR Neptunus 3, Corendon Kinheim 8
DOOR Neptunus 2, Corendon Kinheim 1
Corendon Kinheim 3, DOOR Neptunus 11

Mr. Cocker HCAW 1, L&D Amsterdam 7
Mr. Cocker HCAW 2, L&D Amsterdam 3
L&D Amsterdam 2, Mr. Cocker HCAW 6

UVV 3, Mampaey the Hawks 6
UVV 8, Mampaey the Hawks 12
Mampaey the Hawks 0, UVV 10

Dutch Major League Standings:

1. DOOR Neptunus 31-8
2. L&D Amsterdam 28-10-1
3. Corendon Kinheim 28-11
4. Vaessen Pioniers 26-12-1
5. UVV 17-22
6. Mr. Cocker HCAW 13-25-1
7. Mampaey the Hawks 9-29-1
8. Ado Lakers 2-37

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Netherlands: DOOR Neptunus Leading Dutch Major League Late in Season


With just a few weekends left in the Dutch Major League regular season, DOOR Neptunus  is still leading the league with L&D Amsterdam and Corendon Kinheim not far behind in the standings.

However, during the last two weeks of the season DOOR Neptunus will play both Corendon Kinheim and L&D Amsterdam setting up the finish of the season to be an exciting one.

This past week only a few games were scheduled, but the league leaders had a pair of games with two different teams.

On Thursday, DOOR Neptunus downed the Ado Lakers 12-2. Tim Roodenburg pitched six shutout innings. He pitched great allowing just two hits and two walks.

Providing the offense for the Neptunus was Gianison Boekhoudt, Benjamin Dille, and Dwayne Kemp. Beokhoudt hit a solo home run going 1-for-3 with two walks. Dille had the biggest day going 4-for-4 with four doubles scoring four runs. Kemp went 2-for-5 driving in three runs in the game as the team pounded out ten hits.

On Saturday, DOOR Neptunus took on Mr. Cocker HCAW winning once again by ten runs. This time Neptunus won by a score of 14-4.

Diegomar Markwell picked up the win tossing six innings giving up three runs (two earned) on two hits. He walked two and struck out eight. Markwell improved to 9-2 on the year which ties him for the league lead in wins.

DOOR Neptunus pounded out 13 hits in the game with the 2-6 hitters all picking up two hits apiece. Rudy van Heydoorn doubled and drove in three runs going for 2-for-5. Dwayne Kemp doubled (2-for-4) scoring three runs and driving in two more.

In other league action:

Rob Cordemans gave up no runs and two hits in five innings winning for L&D Amsterdam. He improved his record to 9-1 putting him in a tie for the league lead in wins.

Wesley Connor had a huge game for Amsterdam. He went 4-for-4 with a double, two home runs, and seven RBI.

Jos de Jong had a nice day at the plate as well for Amsterdam going 3-for-4 ending up just a home run shy of the cycle.

Reginald Bomberg pitched well for the Ado Lakers tossing five innings allowing just one unearned run on four hits.

Dutch Major League Scores:

Thursday August 1
L&D Amsterdam Pirates 22, UVV 3 (7)
Ado Lakers 2, DOOR Neptunus 12 (7)

Saturday August 3
UVV 2, Ado Lakers 1
Mr. Cocker HCAW 4, DOOR Neptunus 14 (8)

Dutch Major League Standings

1. DOOR Neptunus 29-7
2. L&D Amsterdam Pirates 26-9-1
3. Corendon Kinheim 27-9
4. Vaessen Pioniers 23-12-1
5. UVV 16-20
6. Mr. Cocker HCAW 12-23-1
7. Mampaey the Hawks 7-28-1
8. Ado Lakers 2-34

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Cuba Claims 2013 World Port Title with Win Over the Netherlands


The 2013 World Port Tournament finished up earlier today with the championship match between the world’s #1 ranked Cuba against the host Netherlands.

The two teams split their first two matches with the Dutch winning the first game 7-0 but falling in the second game 4-0. Heading into the final day of the round robin play on Saturday, three teams were sitting at 3-2 in Cuba, Netherlands, and Chinese Taipei.

Cuba defeated Curacao 11-0 to finish at 4-2 and earn a spot in the championship. Then it came down to the winner of the Netherlands and Chinese Taipei to see who would face Cuba.

The Dutch got a great performance out of Diegomar Markwell who tossed 8.2 innings of shutout ball to pitch the Netherlands into the championship game.

So it was all set. Cuba against the Netherlands for the 2013 World Port Tournament Championship.

Cuba 4, Netherlands 0

Wilber Perez was outstanding on the hill for Cuba. He pitched 5.1 innings allowing just two hits to earn the win. Rasiel Iglesias came on to finish off the game and earn the save. Iglesias tossed 3.2 innings allowing just one hit and striking out four.

The Dutch bats were silenced by Cuba’s arms, but the Cuban bats showed up. Rob Cordemans didn’t pitch bad, but he got no support. He allowed four runs, just two earned, in 7.2 innings.

Alexander Malleta had a great day at the plate for Cuba. He went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBI. Andy Ibanez chipped in with three singles, which was equal to what the entire Dutch team had, going 3-for-5. Jose Miguel Fernandez and Yadiel Hernandez both scored a run and went 2-for-4.

As a team Cuba led the tournament in every major category. They had the best ERA (1.73), team batting average (.276), and fielding percentage (.991) committing only two errors.

It was the ninth gold medal for Cuba, and thirteenth overall. The Dutch earned its eleventh medal and sixth silver.

Photo Courtesy WorldPortTournament.nl

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WPT: Cuba and Chinese Taipei Pick Up Wins on Day Four; Lead Tournament


Back to a full slate of games on Wednesday as all teams played at the 2013 World Port Tournament, the defending champion Chinese Taipei faced off with Curacao who was coming off its first win. The later game was a rematch between host Netherlands and the #1 world ranked Cuba.

Game 1 of the day saw a great pitching performance from Chinese Taipei’s Yank Jhih-long who tossed seven innings to earn the win. Over those seven innings he gave up just one run on three hits while striking out eight. Chen Yu-hsun came on to pick up his second save of the tournament pitching the final inning and a third.

Curacao starter Sherwenne Antersijn didn’t pitch bad, but didn’t pitch great. He tossed 6.1 innings giving up three runs on six hits taking the loss.

Neither team did too much offensively. Chinese Taipei took advantage of a late inning error to take on two unearned runs. Kuo Ming-jen had a nice day at the plate for Chinese Taipei. The shortstop went 2-for-4 in the game, scored a run, and drove in another.

Johannes Gregorius went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI for Curacao who fell to 1-3.

Game 2 featured Cuba and the Netherlands. The Dutch had defeated Cuba the first go around 7-0, but this time Cuba would get its revenge. It got a great start from Wilber Perez who shut down the Dutch offense for 7.1 innings. He allowed just four hits, walked six, and struck out seven as Cuba went on to win 4-0.

Rasiel Iglesias pitched the final 1.2 innings to earn the save.

It was a closer game than the score indicates. It was scoreless for the first seven innings as neither side could get to the opposing team’s starter until Cuba got two runs in the top of the eighth.

Dutch stater Orlando Yntema was touched up for a pair of runs in the eighth. After cruising through seven innings, Yntema walked the lead off hitter. After a sacrifice moved the runner to second base, Yadeil Hernandez came on as a pinch-hitter. On a 2-2 pitch, Hernandez hit a single up the middle to put Cuba on the board with a RBI single.

Yntema would be relieved but his relief, Leon Boyd, would immediately give up a double driving home Hernandez. That left Yntema with a line of 7.1 IP/5 H/ 2 R and the loss.

Cuba would take on some insurance runs in the top of the ninth on a Eriel Sanchez two-run single.

2013 World Port Tournament Schedule:

Sunday June 30
Cuba 3, Curacao 0
Netherlands 7, Chinese Taipei 2

Monday July 1
Chinese Taipei 4, Curacao 2
Cuba 0, Netherlands 7

Tuesday July 2
Curacao 3, Netherlands 2 (10)

Wednesday July 3
Curacao 5, Chinese Taipei 2
Netherlands 0, Cuba 4

Thursday July 4
19:30 Cuba vs Chinese Taipei

Friday July 5
14:00 Chinese Taipei vs Cuba
19:30 Netherlands vs Curacao

Saturday July 6
14:00 Curacao vs Cuba
19:30 Chinese Taipei vs Netherlands

Sunday July 7
14:00 Championship Game

2013 World Port Tournament Standings

1. Cuba 2-1
1. Chinese Taipei 2-1
3. Netherlands 2-2
4. Curacao 1-3

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