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This is the archive of the articles Grand Slam * Stats & News brought you in 2020 covering baseball and softball from the Netherlands and international.

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Rosters Dutch Big League 2020 | Rosters Golden League 2020



March
Baseball Week Haarlem 2020 cancelled! (March 24)
Olympic Games postponed until 2021! (March 24)

NEWS ITEM DUTCH GOVERNMENT: STRICTER MEASURES! (March 23)
KNBSB cancels all games through April 27; Opening seasons delayed. (March 23)

Major League-series in Mexico and Puerto Rico cancelled. (March 20)

WBSC unveils new Baseball Rankings; Netherlands in 9th place. (March 18)

Baseball Week Haarlem with 5 teams; Org.Com. follows developments. (March 17)

Opening Major League-season pushed back further. (March 16)

NO SPORTS ACTIVITIES THROUGH APRIL 6; ALL CLUBS CLOSED! (March 15)

International Mastenbroek Tournament in Enschede also cancelled. (March 13)

NCAA cancels all Collegiate Championships, incl. College World Series. (March 12)
Schoop HRs in final game; Start Minor League-seasons also delayed. (March 12)
KNBSB CANCELS ALL EXHIBITION GAMES THROUGH MARCH 31. (March 12)
Government: New measures to stop spread of coronavirus in the Netherlands. (March 12)
Start Major League-season delayed; Spring Training-games cancelled. (March 12)
World Baseball Classic Qualifiers & Americas Olympic Qualifier postponed. (March 12)

Sherten Apostel to Double-A; Games cancelled for Giants, Mariners. (March 11)
Changes in schedule Dutch Major League-season. (March 11)
4 European Youth Championships PONY League cancelled due to coronavirus. (March 11)

Productive afternoon for Didi Gregorius and Ozzie Albies. (March 10)
Season-start Japan postponed; MLB closes locker rooms due to coronavirus. (March 10)

Albies, Gregorius, Simmons hitless in Spring Training on Monday. (March 9)
Start Italian competitions postponed due to coronavirus. (March 9)
Pioniers-pitcher Paul Kirkpatrick to play for Bologna this season. (March 9)

Carter Kieboom successful with 2 hits, 1 RBI for Washington. (March 8)
Hoofddorp Pioniers plays first exhibition game against second team. (March 8)

Edmond Americaan hits basehit in Spring Training-debut. (March 7)
HCAW opens exhibition season with win. (March 7)

Simmons singles and scores; Profar, Apostel also productive. (March 6)

Kenley Jansen allows first batter to reach base. (March 5)

Xander Bogaerts plays in first Spring Training-game. (March 4)

Ozzie Albies and Carter Kieboom collect two Spring Training-basehits. (March 3)
Nicaragua, Cuba, Venezuela complete field of participants U23 World Cup. (March 3)
Legendary Japanese player/manager Katsuya Nomura passed away. (March 3)

Sherten Apostel contributes to Spring Training-win Texas Rangers. (March 2)
Final Olympic Qualifier moved to June due to coronavirus. (March 2)

Productive outings Jurickson Profar, Andrelton Simmons & Kenley Jansen. (March 1)
Netherlands ends 5th; France first Baseball5 European champion. (March 1)

February
Carter Kieboom walks twice and scores for Washington. (February 29)
Netherlands BB5-team eliminated in Quarter Finals European Championship. (February 29)

Jonathan Schoop hits 2-run double for Detroit Tigers. (February 28)
Netherlands advances to Quarter Finals Baseball5 European Championship. (February 28)

Zander Wiel hits second Spring Training-homerun. (February 27)

Good Spring Training-outings Ozzie Albies & Kenley Jansen. (February 26)

Spring Training-basehits for Albies, Apostel and Kieboom. (February 25)
Playing sites announced for 2021 World Baseball Classic. (February 25)

No hits, but 3 walks for 5 Netherlands-players in Spring Training. (February 24)

Wiel homers for Minnesota; Gregorius makes Philadelphia-debut. (February 23)

Five Netherlands-players in Spring Training-action on Saturday. (February 22)

Sherten Apostel & Zander Wiel first NL-players in action in Spring Training. (February 21)

10 Kingdom-players open Spring Training on Major League-rosters. (February 20)

Amsterdam Pirates adds international & ex-MLB pitcher Shairon Martis. (February 18)

Tony Fernández, legendary short stop of Toronto Blue Jays, passed away. (February 16)

Henri van Heijningen named European Umpire of the Year. (February 9)

Former big league-player Piet Burg passed away. (February 8)

Toros del Este (Dominican Republic) wins Caribbean Series. (February 7)
Famous baseball-books author Roger Kahn passed away. (February 7)

January
Longtime KNBSB-contributor, Honorary Member Ron Voerman passed away. (January 29)

Former Haarlem Baseball Week-admin., journalist Hans de Bie passed away. (January 27)

Derek Jeter and Larry Walker elected into Hall of Fame. (January 22)

Peter Brink named new Commissioner for Baseball Umpires. (January 16)

Pitching legend Don Larsen (threw lone World Series Perfect Game) passed away. (January 2)



March
Windmill Classic Slowpitch Tournament in Almere postponed to 2021. (March 27)

Olympic Games postponed until 2021! (March 24)

KNBSB cancels all games through April 27; Opening seasons delayed. (March 23)

NO SPORTS ACTIVITIES THROUGH APRIL 6; ALL CLUBS CLOSED! (March 15)

International Mastenbroek Tournament in Enschede also cancelled. (March 13)

KNBSB CANCELS ALL EXHIBITION GAMES THROUGH MARCH 31. (March 12)

Lars Looijen gets role in British National Softball Teams Program. (March 5)

February
Former softball-administrator Iet Wennekes passed away. (February 13)

Rebecca Soumeru elected into ESF-Hall of Fame. (February 11)

Neptunus also wins Pre-Season Tournament. (February 9)

New format EC; Pool-alignments & hosts announced. (February 8)

January
Neptunus wins Indoor Cup; Four new Hall of Famers inducted. (January 19)

Former softball-player and Hall of Famer Els Smit-ter Meulen passed away. (January 17)

Longtime softball-administrator Anton Kops passed away. (January 5)



March
KNBSB cancels all games through April 27; Opening seasons delayed. (March 23)

NO SPORTS ACTIVITIES THROUGH APRIL 6; ALL CLUBS CLOSED! (March 15)

KNBSB CANCELS ALL EXHIBITION GAMES THROUGH MARCH 31. (March 12)

Japan captures U18 World-title; First medal for Czechs. (March 1)


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