Owen Ozanich to return to Parma for the season

According to Grandeslam.net, French national team player Owen Ozanich will return to Parmaclima for the 2020 season. Originally, Ozanich had signed with the Montpellier Barracudas for 2020 but as the French season has been cancelled due to the coronavirus, he is free to join any club he wants. It was Ozanich himself who approached Parmaclima …

Corona: Different Situations in Europe’s main Baseball Competitions, an update

A month ago, you could read an overview of the baseball situation in each of the main baseball countries in Europe as they all were/are hit by the measurements that surround the coronavirus. Here is an update per country. Belgium: Last week, the KBBSF (Royal Belgian Baseball and Softball Federation) sent a letter to all …

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 …

No French Baseball in 2020

Today the French Baseball and Softball Federation (FFBS) announced that all baseball and softball competitions in France will be cancelled for the year 2020. Of course the reason is the coronavirus. According to the website of the FFBS, it was a hard decision but it was inevitable as a result of the announcements made by …

French Division one will have 11 teams in 2020

Last year, the highest French League, Division 1, expanded to twelve clubs for the first time in its existence. As one team dropped in the offseason and no other teams could be found to fill the void, Division 1 will contain eleven teams in 2020. After a first season in which the Rouen Huskies, the …

Montpellier Barracudas acquire Desi Relaford

Some stunning baseball news from France. Former Major Leaguer Desi Relaford will reinforce the ranks of French Division 1 club Montpellier Barracudas. It is not the first reinforcment for the club from the South of France. A few weeks ago, the club announced the acquisition of Andy Cosgrove, who spent the past few years at …

CEB announces groups of European Champions Cup

As we already knew which clubs would participate in the European Champions Cup, it was waiting for the grouping. Yesterday the CEB unveiled both groups A and B of the event in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Group A contains of the following clubs: Curaçao Neptunus (Ned) Fortitudo Bologna (Ita) Heidenheim Heideköpfe (Ger) Rouen Huskies (Fra) Group …

Bruce Bochy officially announced as manager of team France

About two months after his retirement from managing the San Francisco Giants, Bruce Bochy has been officially appointed as manager of team France during the World Baseball Classic Qualifier. Bochy, who was born in Landes de Bussac in the Aquitane region (about 120 kilometers Northeast of Bordeaux), is best known as the manager of the …

2020 CEB cup goes to Sénart

On their website, the Templiers de Sénart announced they have been appointed the organization of the 2020 CEB cup. The French runner up will host an international tournament like this for the first time. The Templiers de Sénart was the runner up in this year's French championship as they fell to the Rouen Huskies in …

Owen Ozanich joins Barracudas

Returning from Parma after his Italian adventure, one would expect Owen Ozanich to return to the Rouen Huskies. But Ozanich kind of surprised the baseball community by signing with the Montpellier Barracudas, the three-time French champion. Unfortunately for Owen, he could not finish his season with Parma as he broke his shin bone because of …

Rouen Huskies in driver’s seat

In France's Division 1 best-of-five championship series (Championnat de France), the Rouen Huskies have taken a commanding 2-0 lead. After yesterday's game in Sénart was rained out, a doubleheader was played today.  In both games, the Huskies beat the Templiers de Sénart with big margins: 9-2 and 10-3. The first game of today was also …

U23 European Championship 2019: Belgium clinches third place

In a close game in which Belgium scored an insurance run only late in the game, France was beaten 2-0 in what was a pitching duel. After Belgium didn't stand a chance yesterday vs Germany, it recovered quite well from a 10-1 defeat. In the second inning, Benjamin Goffaux led off with a double, followed …

U23 European Championship 2019: Second consecutive loss for Dutch

Today the Dutch U23 team took on France for its second game of the tournament.  After yesterday's loss vs Great Britain, it was a must win situation for the Kingdom of the Netherlands. And once again, the Dutch stayed at the wrong side of the score as France won 2-1. The Dutch team started slowly. …

U12 European Championship 2019: Dutch win tournament opener

Today, the U12 European Championship started in Trebic, Czech Republic. The Dutch had to take on France in the opening game and clinced a rather easy victory. France  4  -  8  The Netherlands The Dutch took an early lead in the first inning when Otis Ward scored on a bases-loaded sac fly, hit by Yilber …

My top ten of European ballcaps

Recently I wrote a blog post about my favorite Dutch ballcaps. Today I will post one about my favorite European ballcaps. Throughout Europe, there are many baseball clubs. Some of them sport some nice ballcaps. Time for an overview of my favorite ones. Be warned, there is a lot of green coming up.  10. Munich-Haar …

CEB Cup 2019: Heidenheim and Brno still unbeaten

As most of the attention of this blog is going to the European Champions Cup, one would forget there is also another European tournament going on: the CEB cup is taking place in Brno, Czech Republic. With two groups of four teams, two teams stood out above the rest so far: the Heidenheim Heideköpfe in …

European Champions Cup 2019: Day 4

On day four of the ECC, the following games were scheduled:  Deurne Spartans @ Rouen Huskies, Parmaclima Parma @ L&D Amsterdam Pirates, Arrows Ostrava @ Bonn Capitals and UnipolSai Bologna @ Curaçao Neptunus.  Deurne Spartans  4  -  5  Rouen Huskies A very bitter loss for the Deurne Spartans. After the team took an unexpected 4-0 …

European Champions Cup 2019: Day 3

On the third day of the ECC, the following games were scheduled: Group A: Parmaclima Parma @ Bonn Capitals, Rouen Huskies @ Curaçao Neptunus Group B: Arrows Ostrava @ L&D Amsterdam Pirates, UnipolSai Bologna @ Deurne Spartans. Parmaclima Parma  17  -  8  Bonn Capitals In a crazy game, the Bonn Capitals took a 7-0 lead …