While we are displaying the Hoofdklasse standings with wins and losses, the Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Association (KNBSB) awards teams with points, similar to soccer, two for a win and one for a draw.
According to a report on Honkbalsite.com the Almere Magpies got stripped from two points by the KNBSB, as they used an ineligible player during the 1-6 loss against DOOR Neptunus on Tuesday. According to a new rule, which was implemented before the start of the 2010 season, only one of three foreign players can be used as a starting pitcher during a three-game series against the same team and also may not return as a reliever later in the same series.
On Tuesday the 26-year-old American Justin Prinstein entered the game to pitch in the fourth and fifth frame. Since this was a make-up game of a series from the end of April, he already took the mound for the second time, as he already had started a game against DOOR Neptunus on April 30th. With less two points the task for the Magpies didn’t get easier in their pursuit of avoiding relegation from the Hoofdklasse.