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 …

Start of German Baseball Season pushed back further

Even though leagues in some of the surrounding countries have started or will start soon (the Czech Republic, Switzerland, and Belgium), the German Baseball and Softball Federation (DBV) has pushed back the start of the season until the end of June, June 29 to be exact. According to the website baseball-bundesliga.de, the DBV has to …

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 …

German baseball season pushed back even further

The German Baseball Federation (DBV) has announced a further postponement of the 2020 baseball season. The Bad Homburg Hornets tweeted the message about the postponement with a link to their website. https://twitter.com/Hornets_HG/status/1252878534176935936 Where the DBV pinned a date for the start of the season during the previous press release (May 2020), the governing body of …

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 …

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 …

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 …

German club is looking for a player

A club from the German First Bundesliga is looking for a player with a passport from the European Union. The manager of the club prefers a player that can play catcher and third base. The club has around 100 active members of which fifty adults. The club has several years of experience in the German …

Mike Bolsenbroek to join Brisbane Bandits

According to mister-baseball.com, Dutch pitcher Mike Bolsenbroek will join the Brisbane Bandits of the Australian Baseball League for the 2019/2020 season. The 32-year old Bolsenbroek joined the Regensburg Legionäre in 2008 and except for the two years he spent in the US with the organization of the Philadelphia Phillies, he played with the Legionäre ever since. …

2019 European Championship: Czechs clinch fifth spot with the long ball

In the battle for fifth place and thus a spot in the upcoming European/African Baseball Olympic Qualifier, Germany took on the Czech Republic. In a close game  the Czech Republic eventually stayed at the right side of the score: Germany took a quick lead in the second inning. Erik Brenk scored all the way from …

Watch Germany @ the Netherlands here

Today, the Netherlands will face hosting nation Germany. After an easy victory over Sweden, the Dutch are looking for their second win of the tournament. Germany lost its unbeaten status yesterday after a heartbreaking loss vs Israel in ten innings. The game will be played as the nightcap of a long day of baseball. It …

Complaining neighbors manage to annoy baseball fans

Once again complaining neighbors have made baseball's life nearly impossible. In the past, the Dutch Baseball Federation implemented the dreaded curfew rule to avoid complaints from people living around or near baseball diamonds. The curfew rule prevents clubs to start a new inning after 22:30 (10:30 PM) during night games. This time neighbors living near …

U23 European Championship 2019: Czech Republic new champions

The Czech Republic succeeded the Netherlands as new U23 European Champions. Last year the Czechs lost in a nail biter to the Dutch 10-9. Today, the Czechs were too strong for Germany as they won 4-1. After Martin Muzik was hit by a pitch in the second inning, he scored all the way from first …

U23 European Championship 2019: Dutch clinch first win

Already eliminated from the semi-finals, team Kingdom of the Netherlands clinched its first victory of the tournament by beating Germany, that was unbeaten until today, 2-1 in another close affair. Two pitchers of Oosterhout Twins and one of Meerlease Pioniers had strong outings. Thomas Roijers (Twins) pitched four solid innings in which he gave up …

A day at the Dohren Wild Farmers

Yesterday, I spend a day at the Dohren Wild Farmers, a baseball club about 20-40 km from Hamburg in Germany. The baseball facility was made by the club itself without any financial help of the local municipality. As Dohren counts a bit more than 1,200 inhabitants, the club counts about 150 active members. The weather …

U12 European Championship 2019: Dutch unbeaten to finals

In the first semi-final of the day, the Netherlands took on the number two of group B, Germany. The Dutch' neighbours didn't stand a chance against the Dutch lineup.  The Dutch clinched an easy 11-3 victory. This victory was the fourth in a row for the Netherlands as the team enters the final for the …