Category Archives: Netherlands

Andrelton Simmons on WBC: “I Felt More Responsible for Carrying the Team”

The fourth in a series of World Baseball Classic retrospectives. ANAHEIM, Calif. – Andrelton Simmons is a household name now, but in the spring of 2013, the slick-fielding shortstop had fewer than 50 major league games under his belt. Simmons … Continue reading

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Jansen on Baseball in Curaçao: “I Never Stop Helping”

          First in a series of World Baseball Classic retrospectives. LOS ANGELES – Kenley Jansen has had more signature moments on the world stage than most, getting the final out in the 2016 All-Star Game, setting … Continue reading

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MLB Legend Jim Kaat Talks New Zealand Baseball, Dutch Heritage, and WBC

LOS ANGELES – Jim Kaat is a household name among older baseball fans after a lengthy baseball career, but among fans outside the United States, he may be just as well-known for his post-retirement work with New Zealand and the … Continue reading

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“It Means a Lot”: Balentien and Profar on WBC

LOS ANGELES – Wladimir Balentien was a unanimous selection to the World Baseball Classic All-Tournament Team after an outstanding performance for the Netherlands, while teammate Jurickson Profar was only a step behind. Balentien hit .615, setting WBC records with 12 … Continue reading

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Jansen on Putting the Netherlands ‘On the Map’

LOS ANGELES – Kenley Jansen joined the Netherlands for the Final Round of the World Baseball Classic, and threw a crucial ninth inning against Puerto Rico in a game the Netherlands lost, 4-3. Fresh off signing a five-year, $80 million … Continue reading

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Puerto Rico Survives Netherlands, Will Play for World Title

LOS ANGELES – Edwin Díaz worked out of a bases loaded jam in the eleventh and Puerto Rico played the tiebreaker rule to perfection as Eddie Rosario broke the hearts of the Netherlands with a game-winning sacrifice fly to send … Continue reading

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Dutch Slug Their Way to European Title

BRNO, Czech Republic – The Netherlands claimed the 2014 European Baseball Championship title exactly the way it won all its games in the tournament: crushing home run after home run. The Dutch launched five roundtrippers and got strong pitching from … Continue reading

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Netherlands Qualifies for European Baseball Championship Final

BRNO, Czech Republic – The Netherlands (7-0) pounded out 16 hits, including home runs by Curt Smith and Gianison Boekhoudt, to beat France (4-3) 14-5 at the 2014 European Baseball Championships final round. There was little doubt from the beginning that … Continue reading

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Netherlands Tops Germany on Two Big Innings

BRNO, Czech Republic – The Netherlands (6-0) scored four runs in the fifth and seventh innings, adding two more in the ninth to defeat Germany (3-3), 10-2. The final score masked the fact that the final game of day one … Continue reading

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The 2017 World Baseball Classic

Now that we’ve had two days to enjoy the incredible run by the Dominican Republic, it’s time to glance at least one eye to the future, which for international baseball fans means the 2017 World Baseball Classic. With the establishment … Continue reading

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