The Euro League Baseball released that team Amsterdam that will be run by the league itself, will contain players from L&D Amsterdam Pirates for a major part. Today the roster of the team was revealed by the ELB.
Around twenty Hoofdklasse players have volunteered to play in this team. The rest of the team be put together from retired Dutch players.
Even though team Amsterdam will contain a lot of players from L&D Amsterdam Pirates, the team will not play in the jersey of the Hoofdklasse club. The team will wear a special designed jersey which carries the name of the city on the front in a yellow script. The cap is black with a yellow lid and sports a yellow capital A on the front.
On the right sleeve of the jersey, the coat of arms of Amsterdam can be seen, while on the left sleeve, the ELB logo will be worn.
The roster of team Amsterdam:
Tom de Blok
Jos de Jong
Danny Vader (bullpen)
Dirk van ‘t Klooster
Despite the fact that the ELB announced that there would be players from various leagues from the US and Europe, most players are from the Netherlands. The sole exception is Chris Mowday, who is an Australian native who has played in the Australian Baseball League for the Brisbane Bandits but also for L&D Amsterdam Pirates.
Opening Day of the ELB will be on May 15 as team Amsterdam will take on Draci Brno from the Czech Republic. The game will start at 18.00 hours or 6.00 PM. The day will be organized around partner Terre des Hommes. Around and on the field there will be plenty of entertainment: There will be youth clinics, music, an inflatable playground, BBQ, a mascot, ceremonial first pitch, National Anthem, participation in between innings games, merchandise stands and other promotional activities.
The schedule of the ELB can be found here.
Team Amsterdam also has a Facebook page on which some information can be found.