Serie A1 Opening Night in Italy

When the coronavirus struck in Italy, there was not much hope the baseball season would ever start again in 2020. But eventually, last night it happened: Opening Night of the Serie A1.  Fortitudo Bologna hosted Godo Knights, San Marino hosted Hotsand Macerata and in the Parmesan derby, Parmaclima hosted Collecchio. Perhaps it is too soon …

Ray-Patrick Didder joins Fortitudo Bologna

Just before the start of the 2020 Serie A1 season, Fortitudo Bologna has signed Aruban shortstop Ray-Patrick Didder who will replace Nico Giarratano who hung up his spikes for personal reasons. After spending seven years in the Braves' minor league system, Didder became a free agent at the end of the 2019 season. He signed …

Italian Serie A1 schedule published

While we are still waiting for the schedule of the Dutch Hoofdklasse season, the FIBS has posted the schedule of the 2020 Italian Serie A1 on its website. As written before, the season will start on Wednesday, July 8. In the first game that will be played this year, Nettuno 2 will host Godo Knights.  …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

UnipolSai Bologna acquires Andy Paz, releases Jarreau Martina

As Fortitudo Bologna acquired Cuban born but now France citizen Andy Paz, they had to make room on the roster. Victim of this move was Dutchie Jarreau Martina. The Italian champion released the backup catcher. Paz, born in Havana in 1993, moved to France and became a French citizen in 2007. He played seven seasons in …

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 …

Smiley’s vlog, episode 4

Jarreau Martina and the Dutch Baseball hangout have agreed on a cooperation. The Dutch Baseball Hangout will post Jarreau’s vlog during his stay in Bologna where he has joined the local baseball club Fortitudo Bologna or UnipolSai Bologna. Jarreau’s nickname is Smiley, so that explains the title of this blog post. In this fourth episode, …

European Champions Cup 2019: Neptunus doesn’t stand a chance against unleashed Bologna

The story of tonight's game was Stephen Perakslis. The American with Greek roots was at the right time at the right place for Bologna as he kept Neptunus totally in check. Eventually, Neptunus fell to the Italian champion 10-3. In a battle of the champions, Fortitudo Bologna struck first in the second inning. With Diegomar …

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 …

European Champions Cup 2019: Day 1

On the first day of the European Champions Cup, the following games were scheduled: Group A: Deurne Spartans @ Arrows Ostrava and Curaçao Neptunus @ Parmaclima Parma. Group B: Rouen Huskies @ Bonn Capitals and UnipolSai Bologna @ L&D Amsterdam Pirates. Deurne Spartans  2  -  17  Arrows Ostrava In every possible way, Arrows Ostrava was superior …

European Champions Cup 2019: Victory for L&D Amsterdam Pirates in close game

UnipolSai Bologna  1  -  2  L&D Amsterdam Pirates Also, today's second Italian-Dutch matchup was won by the Dutch side. Two solo home runs gave L&D Amsterdam Pirates a 2-0 lead after four innings. Denzel Richardson connected for a leadoff long ball to left-center field in the second inning. In the fourth, hired gun Sharlon Schoop …