2020 Dutch hoofdklasse: No champion this year

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After a season that stated later than usual and that was ended abruptly by the decision of the Dutch government, the KNBSB decided that no champion will be appointed after the Holland Series were cancelled.

For the first time since Dutch baseball started a league (1922), a season will end without a champion. Even during the years of German occupation in World War II there was a champion in each of those five years.

According to the KNBSB (Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation), the 2-0 lead of L&D Amsterdam was not enough to call the team champion. Last year the club proved that it is possible to come back from a sheer beaten position.

Perhaps Curaçao Neptunus deserved the championship based on the standings after the regular season as the team ended on top with eighteen wins, one tie and two losses and with a five point lead over L&D Amsterdam Pirates. But on the other hand, the 2-0 lead of Pirates in the Holland Series was also a signal of the strength of that team.

Perhaps a co-championship would have been a better option. Anyway, appointing one of both teams would have committed iniquity to the other.

Both teams will represent the Netherlands in next year’s European Champions Cup nevertheless.

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