Draci Brno wins in dramatic fashion

Munich-Haar Disciples  4  -  5  Draci Brno While the Munich-Haar Disciples aren’t doing very well in the German competition and lost both ELB games vs Regensburg (after Regensburg lost one game vs Draci Brno), one would expect that Draci Brno would be no match for the Munich-Haar Disciples. But in this game, nothing looked like that. …

Regensburg strikes back in second game

The second ELB game between Draci Brno and Regensburg Legionäre, was a close one again. Only in the fourth  inning the opening run was scored. This game had various faces. The quick one as it took a little bit more than an hour to play the first four innings and the slow one as it took more …

Draci Brno wins inaugural ELB game

  Regensburg Legionäre  1  -  4  Draci Brno    Tonight, the Buchbinder Legionäre took on Draci Brno in the Czech city for the very first game of the Euro League Baseball. The president of the European Association of Professional Baseball, Wim van den Hurk threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Lukas Jahn hit the very first hit …

Inaugural ELB season to start coming week

The inaugural season of the Euro League Baseball will start coming Tuesday when the Buchbinder Legionäre from Regensburg will visit Draci Brno for a two game series. In May 2015 the announcement of the ELB shook up the European baseball community. The inaugural season will start on April 19. To make this European professional league …

Euro League Baseball: Pirates will be the backbone of team Amsterdam

The Euro League Baseball released that team Amsterdam that will be run by the league itself, will contain players from L&D Amsterdam Pirates for a major part. Today the roster of the team was revealed by the ELB. Around twenty Hoofdklasse players have volunteered to play in this team. The rest of the team be …

Euro League Baseball will start but without Italian and Dutch teams

In January you could read here already that the number of participants of the Euro League Baseball was down to four. Back then it was still questionable if L&D Amsterdam Pirates would participate. But today it was announced that the club from Amsterdam will not participate, still because of a ban applied by the KNBSB …

ELB to start with four teams in 2016

The other day I read a short note at the Twitter account of EBM+, the European Baseball Magazine. https://twitter.com/BaseballEBM/status/678136740276797440 This made me curious about the reason why. The general manager of the Bonn Capitals confirmed to me that they have withdrawn for the 2016 season. The reason for this withdrawal is the financial risk that …

Euro League Baseball will start in 2016 but with a different format

Last Friday, nine members of the Euro League Baseball met in Amsterdam for the first winter meeting of the league. All representatives decided to give the new league a go but with a different format than the original one. In the original format there was a bi weekly four game schedule in which the games …

Bonn Capitals joins Euro League Baseball

Yesterday the Euro League Baseball expanded with the Bonn Capitals as the tenth member. When League president Wim van den Hurk, father of former MLB player and current NPB star Rick van den Hurk, visited the Capitals in July, the club showed some serious interest already. In addition Haar Disciples became Aspirant Member of EAPB which …

European Cup in Rotterdam, final game

Maybe rather unexpected but certainly deserved, Draci Brno faced Curacao Neptunus in the final game of the 2015 European Cup in Rotterdam. What a game it was. This game was a true promotion for European baseball. Draci scored a run in the first and a run in the second to take an unexpected 2-0 lead. …

European Cup 2015: Results of day five in Rotterdam and Paris

Heidenheim Heideköpfe @ Draci Brno  5 - 1 Draci had to win to get to the final game towmorrow. Of course they were depending on the result of the afternoon game between A.S.D. Rimini Pirates and Curacao Neptunus. In the first inning Draci Brno openened the score when they scored a run when Michal Ondracek …

European Cup 2015: Results of day four Rotterdam and Paris

UnipolSai Bologna @ Solingen Alligators  18 – 10 With a 12-2 score in the favor of Bologna, it looked that this would be another mercy rule, seven inning game.  But in the seventh inning, Solingen decided to spoil Bologna’s party. Pietro Caldoni entered the game in relief for Justin Cicatello, much to the liking of …

European Cup 2015: Results of day two from Rotterdam and Paris

Due to other obligations, I will focus on the Dutch teams. The opening game of day two in Paris was a big one, between T&A San Marino and L&D Amsterdam Pirates.  UnipolSai Bologna had an easy one vs Brest Zubrs and another exciting game was scheduled for the night between Solingen Alligators and PUC. T&A …

European Cup 2015: Results from Rotterdam and Paris

This morning the European Cup started in Rotterdam and in Paris. Draci Brno @ Templiers de Sénart 0 - 2 In a game that came close to a pitchers duel, the only two runs of the game came in the bottom of the second inning. With Rolando Merino at second base, Felix Brown singled down …

Preview European Cup for clubs 2015 Rotterdam

Tomorrow the yearly European Cup for clubs will start again. One edition in Rotterdam at Curacao Neptunus and one edition in Paris at PUC. As far as I can remember, it is the first time since 1987 that PUC is hosting a European tournament. The winners of each edition will face each other later this …

Jakub Sladek added to roster of team Europe

Manager Steve Jansen added one more player to the roster of the European team that will head to Japan on March 3 to take on Samurai Japan later that month. Czech national team player Jakub Sladek was added at he last moment. Here is his bio that I wrote for the WBSC: Jakub Sladek Born: …

Groups set for 2015 European Cup for clubs

From June 1st through June 7th 2015, the European Cup will be played in Paris and Rotterdam. The following teams will play in Paris at the home field of PUC (Paris Université Club): L&D Amsterdam Pirates (Netherlands) PUC Paris (France) T&A San Marino (San Marino) Morth Stars Moscow (Russia) Solingen Alligators (Germany) Fortitudo Bologna (Italy) …