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This is the archive of the articles Grand Slam * Stats & News brought you in 2011 covering Dutch and international baseball and softball.

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Legendary sports journalist Bob Spaak passed away. (June 12)
Fallen athletes WWII remembered. (May 4)

Mike Carp remembers Greg Halman. (December 24)
Ryan Murphy to play for UVV. (December 24)
Regional awards for Cordemans, Eenhoorn. (December 21)
Golden Globe-nominations for 'Moneyball, Brad Pitt.
Sidney de Jong awarded in Almere. (December 14)
Awards for Cordemans, Urbanus in Amsterdam. (December 13)
Dutch squad Team of the Year; Brian Farley Coach. (December 12)
Brian Farley, Curt Smith honored by IBAF. (December 4)
World Baseball Classic to replace World Cup. (December 3)
Dutch Team meets Major League-teams in March. (December 2)

Dutch Prime Minister hands shirt to President Obama. (November 29)
Greg Halman laid to rest. (November 29)
Dutch BB Team; Brian Farley nominated for Awards. (November 28)
Baseball-world unites at Halman's farewell. (November 27)
Bidding farewell to Greg Halman; funeral Tuesday. (November 23)
Breaking news: Greg Halman passed away! (November 21)
Dutch Team opens European Championship vs. Belgium. (November 18)
World Title Sports Moment October in De Telegraaf-poll. (November 18)
European Cup Tournament awarded to Rotterdam. (November 15)
Brian Farley European Coach of the Year. (November 12)
Rooi MVP; Cordemans Best Pitcher; More Awards. (November 11)
Royal decorations for Dutch squad. (November 11)
Dutch Baseball Team honoured in Haarlem. (November 11)
Schedule Honouring Dutch Team announced. (November 9)
Transfers 2011: Another big list! (Oct.31-Nov.1)
Breaking News: Cordemans to stay in Amsterdam! (October 31)
Vaessen Pioniers announces transfers. (October 28)
Dave Daniels new Head Coach of ADO. (October 26)

Breaking News: Rob Cordemans to play for ADO! (October 26)
Dutch Baseball Team to be honored in Haarlem. (October 25)
Utrecht, UVV honor Rombley, Yntema. (October 21)
Members Dutch Team open Stock Exchange. (October 21)

World Championship, Panama
Successful Dutch Team returns home. (October 18)
Venezuela, Australia win; Bronze Medal-game rains out. (October 15)
Dutch also beat Venezuela; meet Cuba in Final. (October 14)
World Cup Final live on Dutch TV. (October 14)
Dutch beat Australia; final in view! (October 13)
Orange-game vs. Australia suspended by rain! (October 12)
Dutch defeat Koreans in Second Round-opener. (October 11)
Dutch Team opens Second Round vs. Koreans. (October 10)
Team USA avoids elimination and dethroning! (October 10)
Dutch Team also beats Panama! (October 9)
Canada hand Dutch first loss in 11-inning game! (October 8)
Dutch win again; almost in Play-Offs! (October 6)
Dutch Team also beats Japan! (October 4)
Huge win Dutch Team vs. Greece. (October 3)
Dutch Team opens World Cup with narrow win. (October 2)
Panama wins opening game vs. Greece. (October 1)
Duursma, N. Stuifbergen cut from Dutch WC-roster. (September 30)
4th Dutch exhibition win with walk-off vs. Venezuela. (September 29)
Third exhibition win for Dutch Team. (September 28)
Dutch Team also wins second exhibition game. (September 27)
Exhibition win Dutch Team in Panama. (September 26)

Frank Koene new Head Coach of UVV. (September 28)
Amsterdam Pirates lets bronze slip away in Brno. (September 22)
Amsterdam Pirates opens Final Four with loss. (September 21)
Dutch roster for World Cup announced. (September 19)
EC 2012 awarded to Rotterdam, Haarlem and Utrecht. (September 19)
Rudy Dirksen new Head Coach HCAW. (September 11)
Jansen, Jaarsma help Antwerp to promote. (September 10)
Amsterdam Pirates wins big to take 3-1 lead. (September 10)
ADO nips Euro Stars to remain in big league. (September 10)
Amsterdam takes 2-1 lead in Holland Series. (September 9)
ADO declared winner of halted game. (September 9)
Tjerk Smeets steps down as Head Coach RCH-Pinguďns. (September 9)
Game 3 Holland Series rains out. (September 8)
Halman's teammate Liddi first Italian in Major League. (September 6)
Urbanus, Daal conclude first pro-season. (September 5)
Bernadina homers in comeback. (September 4)
Second appearance Van den Hurk. (September 4)
Pioniers evens Holland Series with one-run win. (September 4)
Game 3 ADO vs. Euro Stars halted by umpires. (September 4)
Amsterdam Pirates opens Series with marathon-win. (September 3)
Euro Stars equals series vs. ADO. (September 3)
Roger Bernadina recalled by Washington. (September 2)
ADO opens vs. Euro Stars with convincing win. (September 1)
Rick van den Hurk back in Majors! (September 1)

Amsterdam second finalist after thrilling victory! (Aug. 31)
Euro Stars wins title, meets ADO for promotion. (August 31)
Amsterdam wins; Wednesday will decide 2nd finalist. (August 30)
Euro Stars, PSV need one-game play-off. (August 30)
Pioniers gains home advantage in Holland Series. (August 29)
Pioniers first to reach Holland Series; ADO in last place. (August 25)

Neptunus beats UVV in make-up game; Starting Pitchers. (July 25)
Van den Hurk ends losing streak. (July 24)
Bert Blyleven inducted into Hall of Fame. (July 24)
Five consecutive losses for Rick van den Hurk. (July 24)
Four more rainouts. (July 24)
Amsterdam, Neptunus clinch Play-Offs. (July 23)
Greg Halman hits second ML-homerun. (July 22)
First home victory for ADO. (July 21)
Starting Pitchers coming days. (July 20)
Van 't Klooster hits 1000th basehit. (July 19)
KIN vs. PIO cancelled again; Changes starting pitchers. (July 18)
Four rainouts on Sunday; Dirk's quest continues Monday. (July 17)
More rainouts; Van 't Klooster adds basehit. (July 16)
Adjusted Pitching Rotations coming days. (July 15)
Thursday-evening games rain out. (July 14)
Sparta-Feyenoord and Coach Bernadina separate! (July 13)
First home loss Pirates; Van 't Klooster 3 hits shy of 1000. (July 9)
Van 't Klooster closing in on 1000th basehit. (July 8)
World Port Tournament. (June 23-July 3)

World Port Tournament. (June 23-July 3)
Van den Hurk wins fifth game. (June 22)
Nick Urbanus, Rodney Daal make professional debut. (June 20)
Team North wins All Star Game. (June 19)
Amsterdam Pirates to meet San Marino in Final Four. (June 18)
Fourth victory for Van den Hurk. (June 17)
Halman hits first big league-homerun! (June 15)
Former umpire Dick van der Klaauw passed away. (June 14)
Starting line-ups & rosters All Star Game announced. (June 13)
Neptunus avoids sweep; HCAW wins again. (June 13)
3 tie-breaks on Sunday; Late win for Amsterdam. (June 12)
Van den Hurk wins third game. (June 12)
Cordemans strikes out 1500th batter. (June 11)
Halman back in Major League; plays 4th game. (June 10)
Starting Pitchers coming series. (June 9)
Cordemans, Van 't Klooster closing in on milestones. (June 9)
European Cup
Amsterdam qualifies, Neptunus eliminated for Final Four. (June 5)
Neptunus, Amsterdam open with victories. (June 1)

Starting Pitchers coming series. (May 31)
Breaking news: HCAW dismisses Bill Froberg! (May 31)
No-decision for Van den Hurk in 10th start. (May 30)
Six days left to vote for All Star Game. (May 30)
Sparta-Feyenoord nips HCAW in marathon. (May 29)
Neptunus takes 1st place on crazy Saturday. (May 28)
Victories for league-leaders. (May 27)
Top-3 expands lead. (May 26)
Three new players for Neptunus. (May 25)
Starting Pitchers coming series. (May 25)
Danny Arribas signs professional contract. (May 23)
Van den Hurk throws good, but suffers another loss. (May 22)
Amsterdam-UVV game suspended; ADO ends streak. (May 22)
Losses for league-leaders Amsterdam, Neptunus. (May 21)
Big wins for Amsterdam and HCAW. (May 19)
ADO, Sparta-Feyenoord add players. (May 18)
Starting Pitchers coming 3-game series. (May 18)
Another loss for Van den Hurk. (May 16)
Sparta-Feyenoord beats Amsterdam. (May 15)
HCAW wins big vs. Kinheim. (May 14)
HCAW ends losing streak; Cordemans impressive. (May 12)
Loss for Van den Hurk. (May 11)
Baseball Hall of Famer Gé Hoogenbos passed away. (May 11)
Starting Pitchers coming 3-game series. (May 10)
Top-4 complete sweeps; BB supports Pink Ribbon. (May 8)
On-line voting for All Star Game activated. (May 8)
Pioniers moves into top-4; Huge win Neptunus. (May 7)
Good outing Van den Hurk. (May 6)
Top-3 wins; Big win Pioniers vs. UVV. (May 5)
Starting Pitchers coming 3-game series. (May 3)
First win ADO; Another tie-break. (May 1)

Van den Hurk hit hard in 5th start. (April 30)
Kinheim ends Amsterdam's winning streak. (April 30)
New Venezuelan pitcher for HCAW. (April 29)
Two more tie-breaks; First win Sparta-Feyenoord. (April 28)
Starting Pitchers coming 3-game series. (April 26-29)
First win for Rick van den Hurk. (April 25)
Tie-break premieres; Huge win Amsterdam. (April 25)
Kinheim beats Neptunus on walk-off homerun. (April 24)
First win HCAW; big loss Neptunus. (April 23)
Vasquez HRs again in SMR-loss. (April 22)
HR Vasquez, loss Ruzic; Bolsenbroek's team beaten. (April 21)
Starting Pitchers Easter Weekend. (April 21)
Another loss for Rick van den Hurk. (April 20)
First victory UVV. (April 17)
Amsterdam, Kinheim, Neptunus, Pioniers win again. (April 16)
Ruzic wins first game in Italy. (April 15)
Dates Haarlem Baseball Week 2012 announced. (April 15)
Starting Pitchers Update. (April 15)
Bologna opens Italian season with win. (April 14)
Second loss Van den Hurk. (April 12)
Big wins Pirates, Pioniers; 900th win Neptunus. (April 12)
Starting Pitchers Opening Day II announced. (April 12)
American pitcher Martin joins ADO. (April 12)
Mike Bolsenbroek pitches (again) in Germany. (April 12)
Kinheim, Pioniers close exhibition season with win. (April 10)
Isenia HRs twice; Amsterdam Pirates first league-leader. (April 10)
Loss Van den Hurk; other Dutch pros start season. (April 9)
UVV wins exhibition season. (April 9)
Amsterdam wins home opener. (April 9)
Neptunus opens season with shutout-win. (April 7)
Shutout exhibition win for UVV. (April 7)
Venezuelan Gonzalez replaces Granadillo at HCAW. (April 7)
Opening Day starting pitchers announced. (April 5)
Australian pitcher for Neptunus. (April 5)
Tournament-wins for Kinheim, UVV, Neptunus. (April 3)
Kinheim, UVV, Neptunus lead in tournaments. (April 2)
Pirates, Sparta-Feyenoord win tournament openers. (April 1)

Rick van den Hurk assigned to Triple-A. (March 30)
Rick van den Hurk put on waivers by Baltimore. (March 29)
Roger Bernadina sent down to Triple-A. (March 28)
Last games Carrington in Spain? (March 28)
Sparta-Feyenoord adds former pro to roster. (March 27)
Neptunus, Pirates win tournaments. (March 27)
Neptunus, HCAW lead tournaments. (March 26)
Sparta-Feyenoord's Carrington active in Spain. (March 24)
Extra game Neptunus, Sparta-Feyenoord at Hawks-tournament. (March 22)
Good chance for Major League Baseball in Netherlands. (March 21)
New sponsor for Hoofddorp Pioniers. (March 21)
Third exhibition win for Kinheim, HCAW, Sparta-Feyenoord. (March 20)
First full exhibition day; Wins for top-4 2010. (March 19)
Loek van Mil optioned to Double-A. (March 15)
New logo World Port Tournament; Tickets on sale. (March 15)
Dates World Championship will probably change. (March 15)
Gregory Halman optioned to Triple-A. (March 14)
HCAW, Sparta-Feyenoord play second exhibition game. (March 13)
Exhibition wins HCAW, Kinheim. (March 12)
First exhibition game called off. (March 4)

St. Petersburg Baseball International
Dutch Team closes with big loss vs. Phils. (March 13)
Dutch suffer surprise loss vs. college-team. (March 11)
Small loss Dutch Team vs. Tampa Bay Rays. (March 9)
Dutch Team wins memorial game. (March 7)
Big win Dutch vs. Canadian Juniors. (March 5)
Dutch Team also empty-handed in second game. (March 3)
Dutch Team opens tournament with loss. (March 1)

Field of participants complete for World Port Tournament. (February 24)
Roster National Team announced for Florida-trip. (February 21)
UVV awarded organisation 2nd All Star Game. (February 18)
New Venezuelan player for HCAW. (February 9)
Dutch participation World Championship unsure. (February 4)

Panama to host Baseball World Cup. (January 30)
Bryan Engelhardt MVP; Leon Boyd Best Pitcher 2010; More awards. (January 22)
Bert Blyleven in Hall of Fame! (January 5)

Nomination for Tex Town Tigers. (December 22)
André Prins to coach Czech National Team. (December 18)
Areke Spel nominated in Almere, but no award. (December 14)

Candidates European tournaments 2012 announced. (November 13)
Spel MVP; Scheele Best Pitcher; More Awards. (November 11)
American top-pitcher for Terrasvogels. (November 2)

Transfers 2011: New clubs for Tuk, Van Uden, Vonk! (October 31)
Ton van Koeverden new Head Coach Amsterdam Pirates. (October 22)
Bill Gates new Head Coach of Tex Town Tigers. (October 3)
Sparks Haarlem takes 2-0 lead in Holland Series! (October 1)

Sparks, Terrasvogels in Holland Series & EC! (Sep. 24)
UVV sweeps Centrals, promotes to big league! (Sep. 24)
Alcmaria wins marathon to equal Play-Off. (September 20)
Game 2 Terrasvogels, Alcmaria postponed again. (September 18)
Sparks Haarlem, Terrasvogels open Play-Offs with wins. (September 17)
UVV wins two vs. Centrals; approaches promotion. (September 17)
André Prins returns as Head Coach of Gryphons. (September 14)
Softball-teams close additional rounds. (September 10)
Terrasvogels hands Sparks Haarlem second loss. (September 4)
Sparks Haarlem, Terrasvogels win to set Play-Offs. (September 3)
Daisy de Peinder to lead Twins in 2012. (September 2)

Regular season ends with big shutout Terrasvogels. (August 28)
1st games extra round rain out; Centrals in last place. (August 27)
Olympia Haarlem last to reach Play-Offs, despite loss. (August 23)
Tex Town Tigers wins European Cup; Sparks Haarlem 2nd! (August 20)
Terrasvogels silver in Cup Winners Cup! (August 20)
Dutch Cadets also win European title! (August 13)
Dutch Softball Team captures European title! (August 6)

Quest for fourth place continues. (July 16)
Orange Roster announced for European Championship. (July 14)

Terrasvogels wins twice vs. Juniors. (June 26)
Saturday-games big league rain out. (June 25)
Tex Town Tigers shuts out Centrals. (June 23)
Sparks Haarlem extends winning streak. (June 19)
Sparks Haarlem first team to clinch Play-Offs. (June 18)
New pitchers for Centrals, UVV. (June 18)
Two wins for Alcmaria Victrix. (June 13)
Big extra inning rally gives Terrasvogels win. (June 12)
Sparks wins twice; Dutch vs. FAST games cancelled. (June 11)
Breaking news: Centrals and coach Kenepa separate! (June 1)

Dutch Team off to Italy with 20 players. (May 31)
Britt Vonk in College World Series! (May 29)
Small wins Tex Town Tigers vs. Juniors. (May 29)
Tex Town Tigers splits with Terrasvogels. (May 28)
Second victory for Dutch Juniors. (May 22)
Leaders Sparks Haarlem, Terrasvogels win twice. (May 21)
Big wins Terrasvogels vs. Dutch Juniors. (May 15)
Terrasvogels hands Sparks Haarlem first loss. (May 14)
Dutch Softball Pioneer Riet Vermaat passed away. (May 11)
Dutch Juniors beat Twins! (May 8)
Alcmaria Victrix wins twice vs. Centrals. (May 7)
Sparks Haarlem shuts out Dutch Juniors. (May 1)

New coach leads Tex Town Tigers to first win. (April 30)
Head Coach Tex Town Tigers steps down. (April 29)
Two more losses for Tex Town Tigers. (April 25)
Gryphons wins twice and takes first place. (April 23)
Centrals moves into first place. (April 23)
Kees van Vegten interim-coach Pirates. (April 23)
Centrals and Terrasvogels split on Sunday. (April 17)
Pirates-coach Boland steps down! (April 16)
Robur, UVV, Gryphons, Pirates win twice. (April 16)
Solange Starrenburg sets records in opener. (April 16)
Opening Day Softball Major League. (April 15)
Sparks Haarlem wins Jan de Wit Tournament. (April 10)
Gryphons, UVV split opening double-header. (April 9)
Opening Day Softball-season. (April 8)
Terrasvogels, Twins win tournaments. (April 3)
Sparks Haarlem, Terrasvogels win tournament-pools. (April 2)

American pitchers for Gryphons. (March 31)
New coach, players for Tex Town Tigers. (March 31)
Amsterdam Pirates adds Canadian pitcher. (March 29)
Dutch quartet opens Italian season. (March 28)
Canadian pitcher for UVV. (March 23)
Sponsor for Sparks Haarlem. (March 21)
American pitcher Terrasvogels arrived. (March 19)
Euro Stars withdraws from big league. (March 10)

USA Tour
Dutch Team closes trip with marathon. (March 13)
Rebecca Soumeru throws first pitch at Phillies; Dutch win again. (March 12)
Dutch Team wins double-header. (March 10)
Small loss Dutch Team. (March 9)
Win & loss for Dutch. (March 8)
Shutout loss after return from Tennessee. (March 7)
Two losses in freezing conditions. (March 6)
Come-from-behind win and rainout for Dutch Team. (March 5)
Loss Dutch Team in second game. (March 3)
Strong opening Dutch Team. (March 2)

Roster National Team announced for trip to USA. (February 24)
André Prins to coach French Team. (February 13)

Kim Kluijskens MVP; Lindsey Meadows Best Pitcher 2010; More awards. (January 22)

Regional nomination Spikes, but no award. (December 21)
Game 3 Holland Series canceled again! (October 12)
Game 3 Holland Series rains out on Saturday & Sunday. (October 8-9)
DVH and Storks split Holland Series-openers. (October 1)

National Team participates in Zeister Slot Tournament. (June 10)
National Team Indonesia to play games in Netherlands. (May 24)

World Baseball Classic to replace World Cup. (December 3)

World Championship, Panama
Panama wins opening game vs. Greece. (October 1)

Major League Play-Offs
ALDS: Yankees win; Rangers even Series. (October 1)
NLDS: Brewers, Phillies win first game. (October 1)
ALDS: Rays win; Yankees vs. Tigers rain out. (September 30)

other news
Unbelievable ending of Major League-season. (September 28)
Team USA announces roster for World Cup. (September 15)
Alex Liddi first Italian in Major League. (September 6)
Derek Jeter hits 3000th basehit! (July 9)
80-year old Jack McKeon named Manager of Florida Marlins. (June 20)
Legendary hitter and Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew passed away. (May 17)
Bologna opens Italian season with win. (April 15)
Panama to host Baseball World Cup. (January 30)

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