After last year’s appearance, team Europe will return to Chinese Taipei to participate in the Asia Winter Baseball League.
Last year team Europe debuted in this tournament with a tie. The team won one game and managed to get two more ties.
Next to many talented players from the rest of Europe, some very talented Dutch players participated in the 2015 edition: Kevin Weijgertse, Maickel Rietel, Rashid Gerard, Lars Huijer and Urving Kemp to name a few.
Of the Dutch players that debuted last year Kevin Weijgertse, Matz Schutte and Urving Kemp will return. Next to these three players six other players from the Dutch Kingdom will be added to the roster: Misja Harcksen (Curacao Neptunus), Paul Brands (Pittsburgh Pirates organization), Taylor Clemensia (Minnesota Twins organization, Eugene Helder from Aruba (Seattle Mariners organization), Francisco Taveras from Aruba (Mannheim Tornados), Ross Ismael from Aruba (released by the Cincinnati Reds) and Dudley Leonora (Kinheim).
This year the number of teams will be six. The NPB will be represented by two teams. One team will contain talented players from the Western League and the other will contain talents from the Eastern League. Both leagues are part of the NPB’s minor league system or Ni-Gun teams.
Also the Korean KBO will send a team. Chinese Taipei will send two teams. One will be a training team with internationals between 18 and 23 years old. The other will contain players from the CPBL (Chinese Professional Baseball League).
As soon as the other members of team Europe are known, you will read it here.
The schedule of team Europe is as follows:
Saturday, November 26 : KBO – Team Europe
Sunday, November 27 : Team Europe – NPB B
Monday, November 28 : Chinese Taipei – Team Europe
Tuesday, November 29 : Team Europe – CPBL
Thursday December 1 : Team Europe – NPB A
Friday, December 2 : NPB B – Team Europe
Saturday, December 3 : Team Europe – Chinese Taipei
Sunday, December 4 : Team Europe – KBO
Monday, December 5 : NPB A – Team Europe
Tuesday, December 6 : KBO – Team Europe
Thursday, December 8 : Team Europe – NPB B
Friday, December 9 : Chinese Taipei – Team Europe
Saturday, December 10 : NPB B – Team Europe
Sunday, December 11 : Team Europe – NPB A
Monday December 12 : Team Europe – KBO
Tuesday, December 13 : CPBL – Team Europe
Thursday, December 15 : Team Europe – CBPL
Friday, December 16 : Om de vijfde en zesde plaats
Saturday, December 17 : Play-Offs
Sunday, December 18 : Final