Two days ago, the KNBSB (Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation) announced that in the upcoming 2020 season, no teams will relegate or will be promoted. Time for clubs to think about how to spend their resources.
With no baseball played so far and the season still up in the air, it remains to be seen if sponsors will pay the promised amounts. For them, it is also a time of financial hardship. Sure things will be engraved in contractual stone but since clubs are depending on this sponsor money, you can imagine they don’t want to have a fight with their financers.
As written in the prologue, no teams will be promoted or demoted in 2020. This means that no money needs to be spent on expensive imports. Teams that only play the second fiddle or even third fiddle don’t need to worry about going down to the overgangsklasse (second-tier league). The money that is normally spent on foreigners now can be used for other things; to fill the coffers for example. In the past weeks, the clubs hardly got any income but still had their expenses, so it is important to get some financial breathing room. Sure the KNBSB has pleaded to its members to pay the yearly contribution money to their clubs because they depend on it, even though they were not able to play.
The only thing that matters this year is the Dutch championship. And normally only two clubs are in the mix to be a contender: reigning champion L&D Amsterdam Pirates and Curaçao Neptunus. One may expect that these two clubs will spend money on the targeted imports because the championship is all that counts.
For all the other hoofdklasse teams, surviving is the most important thing. In a Dutch baseball landscape where clubs are rather thin on the ground, survival is essential, especially for smaller clubs at the lower levels of Dutch baseball. In this situation, the announced measures will be heaven-sent.
For those clubs, it will be an ideal opportunity to move up young players to the flagship teams as there is no pressure at all.
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