Confident Hamburg Stealers Prep for Home Games with Japanese Pitcher Leading the Way

Hamburg. Why the Hamburg baseball Bundesliga team is confidently going into its first home games and what a Japanese has to do with it.

After their perfect start with two safe away wins (10:1 and 4:0) against their northern Lower Saxony rivals Dohren Wild Farmers (Harburg district). Hamburg Stealers this weekend with a lot of confidence for their first two home games of the season in the Baseball Bundesliga.

The opponents on Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m., both at Ballpark am Langenhorst in Hamburg-Niendorf) are the two-time team German champion (2018 and 2022) Bonn Capitalswho had mostly dominated the North relay in recent years.

Baseball: Hamburg Stealers with home opener

Now the Stealers are heading into the two matches against the club from the former capital, which shared victories with the Paderborn Untouchables (5:3 and 2:7) last weekend as the leaders of the northern squad, which has shrunk to five teams.

Stealers coach David Wohlgemuth can rely on all top performers against Bonn. “We don’t have to hide from any team this season. Our team is a lot of fun, both offensively and defensively. “We want to offer our fans a lot, especially at home, and beat Bonn,” says the 33-year-old head coach.

Stealers coach Wohlgemuth with a bold announcement

As with the victories in Dohren, Wohlgemuth is now likely to rely on national player Simon Bäumer (22) as starting pitcher in the first game and the Japanese Yasutomo Kubo in the second game. The 43-year-old, who was also a professional pitcher in his home country, the USA and Mexico, was named player of the week in the entire league after his shut-out (complete game without a point) with twelve strikeouts in Dohren.

On offense, 26-year-old newcomer Quin Cotton was the most impressive with a total of four hits (successful attempts), closely followed by Simon Bäumer, who hit his team’s first home run of the season in Dohren.

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The Hamburg team will once again be led by captain Brehan Murphy this season. The now 46-year-old infielder, who has played for the Stealers since 2003, remains the team’s captain and a fixture at third baseman.

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The honor of first pitch will go to Stealers talent Carl Korthals on Saturday, who was voted the tournament’s most valuable player (MVP) at the German U-12 Championship in 2023.

2024-04-13 04:12:35
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