Spain’s Competition to Start at the End of August

Recently you could read here that the Spanish Baseball Federation would organize a tournament early September to decide which club would be the Spanish champion. This was wrong. The tournament was intended to serve as the Copa del Rey (Spanish Cup). Yesterday the RFEBS decided that the Spanish season will start on August 30. The …

2020 Schedule Belgian BBG League online

The 2020 BBG (Baseball Gold) season is for real now. Today, the KBBSF (Royal Belgian Baseball and Softball Federation) put the schedule of the BBG League online. In the past week there were some rumors that the Royal Greys would not participate in the BBG, but luckily that rumor is not true. As written before, …

Swiss National Liga A Baseball started today

After the Czech Republic, the Swiss are the second European country to start their baseball competition. Today, a limited number of games were programmed in the National Liga A, the highest level of baseball in Switzerland, but next week there will be a full schedule ahead. Today, two doubleheaders were scheduled: The Therwil Flyers hosted …

Despite Opening Day set, Italian Baseball Season still questionable

Parmaclima appears to have a hard time to put together a team in time for the 2020 season. In fact, Parma has made clear that it rather steps back this year and organizes some local tournaments. But Parma isn't the only team that has threatened not to play this season. A few weeks ago, the …

KNBSB guarantees 2021 ECC spot to L&D Amsterdam Pirates and Curaçao Neptunus

Last month, when the CEB announced that the European Champions Cup was canceled due to the coronavirus, the KNBSB (Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation) made clear that both Dutch champion L&D Amsterdam Pirates and runner up Curaçao Neptunus would be guaranteed a spot in the 2021 ECC. This can be read on the website …

CEB cancels all remaining international tournaments

In a press release, the CEB has announced today that all remaining European international tournaments will be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, the U18 European championship and the European Championship for B countries have been cancelled as well. The U18 European Championship was postponed before to September or October earlier this …

Corona: Different Situations in Europe’s main Baseball Competitions

As the coronavirus seems to be on its return, the baseball situation in the main European baseball countries is very different per country. In this blog post, I try to sum up the situation per country. Belgium: The VBSL (Flemish Baseball and Softball League) has announced that practice may take off on May 18 again …

Will the Financial Structure of Serie A1 Baseball hold?

Officially, baseball is an amateur sport in Italy. But when you read the story below, you can only come to one conclusion: It is far from amateur status. It is merely a semi-pro sport. But for how long?  I bumped into an article about the construction of the Serie A1 finances. According to a spokesperson …

Some positive baseball news surrounds the corona misery

The Bonn Capitals (German First Bundesliga) announced that six players of the German National team are allowed by the City of Bonn to start practicing again. With a link to the website of the City of Bonn, the club sent out a Tweet this morning. The aforementioned website states that the city allows the six …

Baseball is struggling with COVID-19 shutdown

Throughout the world, baseball is shut down due to the coronavirus. The sole exception is Taiwan, where the CPBL started this week without fans in the stands. But elsewhere clubs struggle to stay afloat. Take Europe for example. Baseball season hasn't started yet and the question remains if there WILL be any baseball in 2020. …

The ELB wasn’t the first attempt to start a professional league in Europe

In recent years, two baseball enthusiasts from the Netherlands tried to start a professional league in Europe, the Euro League Baseball. Unfortunately, this attempt was destined to fail due to the sabotage of the Dutch Baseball Federation and the European Baseball Confederation. But this attempt wasn't the first one. Somewhere in the 1970s, a Scotsman …

Bowie Kuhn once regarded Dutch turf better as the grass in MLB stadiums

I bumped into this English baseball newsletter created in 1973. It was tweeted by @ExtrainningsUK. It is nice to see how people from abroad are writing about the Netherlands. In this newsletter, it is written that former MLB commissioner Bowie Kuhn visited the Netherlands during the 1973 European Championship and regarded the Dutch turf better …

European Cups cancelled

Unfortunately, it is not an April Fools joke. Due to the corona pandemic, the CEB (European Baseball Confederation) has announced that all European Cup tournaments will be cancelled for 2020, something the FIBS (Italian Baseball and Softball Federation) asked for the other week. This means that the European Champions Cup with L&D Amsterdam Pirates and …

German baseball season postponed

Today, the DBV (Deutscher Baseball und Softball Verband or German Baseball and Softball Federation) announced through its website that the upcoming season will be postponed until May 9th. According to the federation, this will give the clubs the opportunity to prepare for the season if training activities can be started again mid-April or at the …

Second Super6 tournament scheduled in two years

In 2018 the first Super6 tournament was played in the Netherlands. This tournament served as a substitute for the postponed European Championship, that was pushed back to serve as a qualifier for the EMEA Olympic Qualifier. According to Mister-baseball.com, the Super6 tournament is scheduled for 2022.  The 2018 Super6 tournament wasn't quite a success. First …

Changes ahead in European Baseball

Interesting news from the European Baseball Front. Fellow blogger Extra Innings published an interesting article about upcoming changes in European baseball. Below, I will expound what exactly. First of all the European Championship. The CEB announced that the bi-annual tournament may expand. In the past edition (2019) there were twelve participating countries. If it is …

Czech Republic not represented by Eagles Praha in CEB Cup

This year, the Czech Republic will not be represented by the runner up of the Czech championship. Eagles Praha has announced to denounce participation. As a result, multiple Czech champion Draci Brno will take the place of Eagles Praha. According to the Czech baseball website Milujeme baseball, which is Czech for we love baseball, Eagles …