European Champions Cup 2017: There will be a new champion

Yesterday, Curaçao Neptunus beat T&A San Marino in a rather lopsided game in which the Italians could not get a grip on Diegomar Markwell's pitches. In the other semi-final, L&D Amsterdam just stayed at the wrong side of the score as they fought their way back after trailing 7-0.  T&A San Marino  1  -  7 …

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European Champions Cup 2017: Day 3

Two games next to the ones with the Dutch teams involved: Fortitudo Bologna vs Mainz Athletics and A.S.D. Rimini Pirates vs T&A San Marino. In the game between Bologna and Mainz, it showed what a lack of pitching depth can lead to. Mainz Athletics  2  -  22  Fortitudo Bologna The Mainz Athletics weren't a shadow …

European Champions Cup 2017: Day 2

Despite Rimini's 9-2 loss vs L&D Amsterdam Pirates, it was a good day for the Italian baseball clubs. The other two Italian representatives won with big numbers. Rouen Huskies  0  -  14  Fortitudo Bologna If Fortitudo Bologna had stepped on it a bit more, the game vs the Rouen Huskies could have been over in …

European Champions Cup 2017: Another solid Dutch victory

After L&D Amsterdam Pirates beat their "Italian" opponent this morning, it was Curaçao Neptunus' turn to face an Italian team. So far in the Dutch hoofdklasse, Neptunus did not show their best baseball yet, but today vs Fortitudo Bologna, it was the way it used to be. In a walk over victory, the Rotterdam-based team beat …

Groups in European Champions Cup 2017 announced

According to the website of the Italian Baseball and Softball Federation (FIBS), the groups of the 2017 European Champions Cup have been announced. Traditionally two of the three representatives of the IBL are in one group. In the tournament that will host the best teams of Europe, the Dutch and Italian teams will be the …

European Champions Cup: Thursday, June 2

On the third day of the European Champions Cup the following games were scheduled: Heidenheim Heideköpfe vs Fortitudo Bologna,  Regensburg Legionäre vs L&D Amsterdam Pirates, T&A San Marino vs Curacao Neptunus and Kotlarka Prague vs A.S.D. Rimini Pirates. Despite not making it to the semi-finals, the German teams left a good impression for sure. Buchbinder Legionäre …

European Champions Cup 2016: Wednesday, June 1

Today the following games were scheduled: L&D Amsterdam vs Kotlarka Prague, Fortitudo Bologna vs Curacao Neptunus, T&A San Marino vs Heidenheim Heidekõpfe, Regensburg Legionäre vs A.S.D. Rimini Pirates. For Kotlarka Prague, T&A San Marino, Heidenheim Heidekõpfe and A.S.D. Rimini Pirates it was a must win situation because all lost yesterday. Fortitudo Bologna  1  -  0  Curacao …

2016 European Champions Cup: Tuesday, May 31

Today the European Champions Cup (ECC for short) has started in Rimini and San Marino, both located  on the east shore of the Italian peninsula. Group A will play in San Marino and contains the following teams: Curacao Neptunus (NED) Fortitudo Bologna (ITA) T&A San Marino (SM) VOITH Heidenheim Heideköpfe (GER) Group B will play in …

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 …

Van ‘t Hoen European coach of the year 2015

Evert Jan 't Hoen, manager of current European and Dutch champion Curacao Neptunus, has been named European coach of the year during the congress of the European Baseball Confederation CEB in Hoofddorp Netherlands (near Amsterdam Airport). Last year Curacao threepeated as Dutch champion and also clinched the European title for clubs. During the season, Van …

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 …

Groups of new European Cup: Curacao Neptunus in tough group

The European Cup for club teams will be played in Rimini (Italy ) in 2016. A second facility is still up in the air, but it is very likely that San Marino will be the second host because a second ball field is needed so all games can be played in time. The Rimini Pirates …

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 best of three: Game 3 in Rotterdam

Finally after eight years, the supremacy of Italian baseball clubs has been broken. In a rather dominant outing Curacao Neptunus from Rotterdam, beat Fortitudo Bologna 7-3. The rubber game of the three game series started at noon today, because of the flight schedule of the Italians. Curacao Neptunus took a lead in the bottom of the …

European Cup best of three: Game 2 in Rotterdam

After the 5-3 loss in Bologna last Thursday, it was a must win game for Curacao Neptunus. The game would be a real nail biter. After two innings both team had not scored but in the bottom of the third, Shaldimar Daantji scored the opening run for Neptunus.  After he doubled down the left field line, …

European Cup best of three: Game one in Bologna.

Today the two winners of the preliminary rounds of the European Cup in Rotterdam and in Paris faced each other for game one in Bologna. Fortitudo Bologna had won the tournament in Paris and advanced to the championship series. So did Curacao Neptunus from and in Rotterdam. Curacao Neptunus @ Fortitudo Bologna  3 - 5 …

Fortitudo Bologna joins Euro League Baseball

Yesterday, the European Association of Professional Baseball announced that reigning Italian champion has joined the Euro League of Baseball. This news comes two weeks after Czech champion, Draci Brno, announced to join the league as well. Fortitudo Bologna won the qualifier tournament of the European Cup in Paris. Draci Brno was runner up in the …