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 …

My top ten of national team baseball caps

I have written several blog posts about my favorite ballcaps already. But so far, I never wrote one about my ten favorite caps of national teams. National team caps are known for their simplicity and the lack of abundancy. Here is my top ten of national team caps. 10. Croatia This cap was worn by …

French Division one will have 11 teams in 2020

Last year, the highest French League, Division 1, expanded to twelve clubs for the first time in its existence. As one team dropped in the offseason and no other teams could be found to fill the void, Division 1 will contain eleven teams in 2020. After a first season in which the Rouen Huskies, the …

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 …

2019 national champions in Europe

In the past two years, you could read an overview of the national champions in Europe. The Dutch Baseball Hangout would like to continue with that, so here is the 2019 edition. Austria: The Dornbirn Indians took a 2-0 lead over the Vienna Metrostars, with convincing victories (6-1 and 9-2) in the first weekend of …

2019 European Championship, day 8

On the eighth day, the following games were scheduled. Play downs: Croatia @ Great Britain. Consolation round: Belgium @ Czech Republic, Germany @ France. Semi-finals: Spain @ the Netherlands and Italy @ Israel. Play downs:  Great Britain  5  -  1  Croatia  A two-run first inning and a one-run second inning set the tone for the …

2019 European Championship, day 7

On the seventh day of the 2019 European Championship, the following games were scheduled.  In the play downs:  Sweden @ Great Britain and Croatia @ Austria In the quarter-finals: France @ Israel, Belgium @ Kingdom of the Netherlands, Czech Republic @ Spain and Germany @ Italy Play downs:  Sweden  2  -  12  Great Britain Despite …

2019 European Championship: Day 5

On the last day of the rounds-robin, the following games were scheduled: Belgium @ Italy, Spain @ Austria, Great Britain @ Sweden, the Netherlands @ Israel, Croatia @ France, Czech Republic @ Germany and the last part of the suspended game between the Netherlands and Great Britain.  Belgium  4  -  11  Italy Belgium wasn't a …

2019 European Championship, day 4

On the fourth day of the 2019 European Championship, the following games were scheduled: France @ Belgium, Israel @ Great Britain, Austria @ Croatia, Italy @ Spain, Sweden @ Czech Republic and Germany @ the Netherlands.  France  12  -  2  Belgium A tough loss for Belgium. The tiny country did not stand a chance against …

2019 European Championship, day 3

On the third day of the European Championship, the following games were scheduled: Austria @ Italy, Great Britain @ Czech Republic, Belgium @ Croatia, Sweden @ the Netherlands, France @ Spain and Israel @ Germany.  Austria  1  -  10  Italy In the opening game of today, Italy took on debuting Austria. Of course, the Austrians did …

2019 European Championship, day 2

On another day plagued by rain, the following games were scheduled: Belgium @ Spain, Sweden @ Israel, France @ Austria, Czech Republic @ Netherlands, Croatia @ Italy and Great Britain @ Germany.   Belgium  5  -  13  Spain  Belgium was no match for Spain. Three home runs in the first inning set the tone for …

2019 European Championship, day 1

On the first day of the 2019 European Championship, the following games were scheduled: Spain @ Croatia, Israel @ Czech Republic, Austria @ Belgium, Italy @ France, the Netherlands @ Great Britain and Germany @ Sweden. On the first day, Pluvius had a negative influence on the games as several of them dealt with rain …

U23 European Championship 2019: Belgium clinches third place

In a close game in which Belgium scored an insurance run only late in the game, France was beaten 2-0 in what was a pitching duel. After Belgium didn't stand a chance yesterday vs Germany, it recovered quite well from a 10-1 defeat. In the second inning, Benjamin Goffaux led off with a double, followed …

U23 European Championship 2019: Second consecutive loss for Dutch

Today the Dutch U23 team took on France for its second game of the tournament.  After yesterday's loss vs Great Britain, it was a must win situation for the Kingdom of the Netherlands. And once again, the Dutch stayed at the wrong side of the score as France won 2-1. The Dutch team started slowly. …

Women’s European Championship: Mixed results for the Netherlands.

On the second day of the European Championship, the Dutch ladies took on the Czech Republic and France. The Czechs, who were beaten up by France yesterday (30-7) were no match for the Dutch. Czech Republic    -    Netherlands The Dutch ladies came off with a scare after the first inning. The Czech ladies …

Women’s European Championship: Bitter loss for Dutch in opening game

For the first time in history, a Women's European Championship is played. Today it started in Rouen, France. Participating countries: Czech Republic, France, and the Netherlands. Each team will face the others twice. As the Dutch ladies have participated in the last three editions of the Women's World Cup, one would say they have a big …

U12 European Championship 2019: Dutch win tournament opener

Today, the U12 European Championship started in Trebic, Czech Republic. The Dutch had to take on France in the opening game and clinced a rather easy victory. France  4  -  8  The Netherlands The Dutch took an early lead in the first inning when Otis Ward scored on a bases-loaded sac fly, hit by Yilber …

Kingdom of the Netherlands drops one spot in World Rankings

After the U23 World Cup, that was won by Mexico, the WBSC has presented the new World Ranking. Some changes occurred as Japan regained first place again and the USA dropped into second place. Most of the countries that reached the Super Round of the U23 World Cup gained a spot in the World Rankings. …