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 …

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 …

Kingdom of the Netherlands rises a spot in World Ranking

The WBSC (World Baseball and Softball Confederation) revealed the new World Rankings today. The Kingdom of the Netherlands rose one spot and overtook Cuba. Compared to the previous world ranking, the Dutch gained 269 points to get on a total of 2690. The Australians, that were on spot in front of the Dutch in the …

WBC Qualifier groups known

According to the Nicaraguan website BeisbolNic, the group of the first WBC Qualifier has been revealed by MLB. The first Qualifier will take place in Tucson Arizona, at the former spring training facility of the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Chicago White Sox from March 12-17. The countries in that first qualifier will be: Brazil France …

WBC likely to be played in USA and Japan only

Rumors are swirling around about the 2021 World Baseball Classic to be played in the USA and Japan only. With MLB trying to save money on minor league teams, this seems to be another move to save money for the billion making industry. According to Septimaentrada.com, Mexico will be excluded by Major League Baseball to …

The Olympic Qualification is questionable (part 2)

In September last year, you could read a blog post about the farce that the Olympic Qualification actually is. Today, I discovered another disturbing fact that supports the previous blog post. In the previous blog post, you could read about the strange rule the WBSC is using. For Europe, there are/were only two options to …

Europe’s oldest baseball clubs per country

Baseball is played throughout Europe with the Netherlands and Italy as hot spots. Besides the oldest club of Europe, AHC Quick from the Netherlands, there are only a few clubs that are nearing their centennial. This is an overview of the oldest clubs per European country.  Austria: Even though the US occupation brought baseball to …

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 …

Italian Serie A1 will contain 10 clubs next year

In a session of the Federal Council of the FIBS (Italian Baseball and Softball Federation), the composition of the 2020 Serie A1 has been approved. After the regular period in which clubs could apply for a spot in the Serie A1, there were only seven teams that were willing to play in the highest Italian …

Balentien opts for Softbank Hawks

According to yahoo.co.jp, Curaçao born Wladimir Balentien has reached a basic agreement with the Softbank Hawks. The Japanese news website states that the news will be announced officially by the Hawks later this year. That Balentien has decided to join the Hawks, doesn't come as a surprise. In the past months, he could not hammer …

Paul Kirkpatrick joins Bologna

Meerlease Pioniers has to do without their British pitcher Paul Kirkpatrick next season as he has opted to play for Fortitudo Bologna next season. Kirkpatrick was mainly used as a reliever but still made four starts for the team from Hoofddorp. Like the past two seasons, Fortitudo Bologna is roaming European baseball, looking for European …

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 …

Discussion about new rule in Belgium, a storm in a teacup

Recently, the Royal Belgian Baseball and Softball Federation (KBBSF) proposed a new rule regarding the use of foreigners in the highest Belgian Baseball League, the BBG (Baseball Gold). Now all of a sudden a hefty discussion is going on on a Belgian baseball page on Facebook. But this discussion is, in fact, a storm in …

Only 7 clubs in Serie A1 for now

Late October, the FIBS (Italian Baseball and Softball Federation) announced a new plan in which the Serie A1 would grow from seven clubs (after Rimini withdraw before the start of the 2019 season) to twelve. But yesterday the federation announced the names of the clubs for the 2020 season. The number of clubs was nowhere …

Softbank Hawks about to make Balentien a two-year offer

According to several Japanese news outlets, the Softbank Hawks from Fukuoka will make Curaçaoan slugger Wladimir Balentien an offer for a two-year deal worth about $9 million. One of the demands/wishes Balentien has is to play with number four, the number he has worn during his NPB career with the Yakult Swallows. The Softbank Hawks …

Pitch limit for Japanese high school pitchers

For the first time since Japanese high school baseball is played, pitchers will be limited to 500 pitches per week. The Japanese National High School Baseball Federation has decided to go with this rule to protect young pitchers from abuse. In the (recent) past it was pretty common that pitchers threw over 200 pitches per …

Rick van den Hurk stays loyal to Hawks

The Softbank Hawks and Dutchie Rick van den Hurk agreed on a one-year contract extension. It was rumored Rick was looking for opportunities in the MLB but he decided to stay with the Japanese champion. Van den Hurk's contract expired after the 2019 season, which was rather injury-riddled. Rick appeared in only three games of …

Stadio Steno Borghese in state of disrepair

The ballpark Stadio Steno Borghese in Nettuno, Italy, home of the two baseball clubs in Nettuno, Nettuno BC 1945 and Nettuno Baseball City, is in state of despair. The mayor of Nettuno, Alessandro Coppola, is willing to renovate the ballpark but only when certain demands are met. The ballpark where Nettuno Baseball City celebrated four …