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Building up to MLB’s standards — in the Netherlands

Sep 5, 2013, 8:54 AM EDT


The New York Times has a story about a new ballpark being built in the Netherlands, where baseball is on the rise.  The problem: the folks in the Netherlands building the ballpark have certain needs and a certain budget but they’re also trying to lure some MLB exhibition games — or even regular season games — to the park at some point.

That means that they are working with MLB on certain standards for clubhouses, dugouts, grass and dirt. And that’s kind of a pain in the ezel:

Major League Baseball insisted on 400 square meters, about 4,300 square feet, per team. “For daily use, what’s the sense of that?” Mr. Broersen said, striding across the construction site, a hard hat bobbing on his head. “Or showers: I don’t need a shower room with 10 or 12 shower heads, but M.L.B. said, ‘I want it.’ ”

To Mr. Broersen I’d say the same thing I’d say to civic leaders in America: if MLB wants something make them friggin’ pay for it.

  1. Francisco (FC) - Sep 5, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    With all the money MLB has, you would think it would be a drop in the bucket to pay a portion of the building costs if it means more promotion for Baseball in Europe.

    • zzalapski - Sep 5, 2013 at 9:45 AM

      Its fascination with building ballparks using other people’s money trumps everything else.

  2. Liam - Sep 5, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    -Maybe the windmills will keep the players cool.

  3. historiophiliac - Sep 5, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    I want to make a Holland, Michigan joke!

    • historiophiliac - Sep 5, 2013 at 1:33 PM

      What’s with all the Holland hate?

      • natstowngreg - Sep 5, 2013 at 2:24 PM

        You sure it isn’t Michigan hate? Bunch of Ohioans or something?

      • historiophiliac - Sep 5, 2013 at 2:51 PM

        Could be snooty Dutchmen too, I guess.

        I love Tulip Time though.

  4. granadafan - Sep 5, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    The ghosts of baseball legends will emerge from the tulip fields in clogs.

    • zzalapski - Sep 5, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      Bert Blyleven is still alive.

  5. Caught Looking - Sep 5, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Perhaps they could bring in materials across the North Sea from IKEA and get the cost down.

  6. lew24 - Sep 5, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    You build it (and pay for it), they will come!

  7. Old Gator - Sep 5, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Why don’t they each pay half? Then they can go….heh…heh….

  8. denny65 - Sep 5, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    If you’re a Mariners fan (hey, somebody has to be), when you see Holland and baseball mentioned, you immediately think of Greg Halman and what if.

    RIP, Greg.

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