2021 European Championship: Small Loss by Belgium vs Spain

In the first quarter final of today, Belgium took on Spain. Likely not many would have thought the Belgians could beat a team loaded with South and Central American players of which some have MLB experience. Belgium lost but played a good game and doesn't need to be ashamed about the result. Belgium  2  -  …

A Walk Along European Foul Lines

Another overview of played games in Europe's major baseball countries. Austria As usual, we take off in Austria where some extra games were played on Ascension Day. The Traiskirchen Grasshoppers pushed over the Schwechat Bats in the first game of a three-game series 12-1 in seven innings. The other two games also lasted seven frames …

Walk Along European Foul Lines

Time for another overview of the results of the European Leagues that have started already. Austria A surprising result this weekend as the Diving Ducks Wiener Neustadt beat the leaders in the Baseball Bundesliga East standings, Dornbirn Indians twice. In game one, the Ducks won with the smallest possible margin: 1-0. In game two, Dutchie …

A Walk Along The European Foul Lines

With the Dutch hoofdklasse starting this weekend, there are now five major countries where the competition has started: Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain. Here is an overview of this week's games in the various leagues. Austria Two clear victories for the Schwechat Blue Bats, that is debuting in the Austrian Baseball Bundesliga. …

A Walk Along The European Foul Lines

We have to wait five more days before the Dutch hoofdklasse will start. Therefore we will have another walk along the baseball diamonds in Europe, where the season has started already. Austria On Friday, the Diving Ducks Wiener Neustadt clinched a surprising win vs the reigning champions Vienna Metrostars as they beat the team from …

Baseball in Europe Slowly Taking Off

Last week, the German 1. Bundesliga South had the scoop of being the first league to start the season in Europe. This weekend, three other countries will start their baseball season.In Germany there is this curious situation that only the Southern Division has started play. In the North, local corona rules do not allow to …

Spanish División de Honor gets a rebrand

Some baseball news from Spain. The Spanish Baseball and Softball Federation (RFEBS: Real Federación Española de Béisbol y Sófbol) had decided to rename the current highest baseball and softball leagues in the country. The highest baseball league in Spain is scheduled to start on April 11, barring corona misery. The RFIBS has announced through a …

Spain’s Competition to Start at the End of August

Recently you could read here that the Spanish Baseball Federation would organize a tournament early September to decide which club would be the Spanish champion. This was wrong. The tournament was intended to serve as the Copa del Rey (Spanish Cup). Yesterday the RFEBS decided that the Spanish season will start on August 30. The …

Spain’s Copa del Rey to be played in final four format

Spain's baseball season (División de Honor de Beisbol) should have started on April 4 but COVID-19 spoiled the RFEBS' (Royal Spanish Baseball and Softball Federation) party. Now the Copa del Rey (Spanish Cup) will be played in a final four format in Bilbao. According to Mundo Deportive (World of Sports), the sports center of El …

José Bautista may represent Spain in 2021 WBC

Pending on the fact if Spain will qualify for the main tournament, it was announced today that José Bautista may represent Spain in next year's World Baseball Classic.  https://twitter.com/CarlossRBB/status/1252633535745339392 It also depends on if Bautista will be called up for the Dominican team. If that is the case, he will play for the Dominican Republic …

WBSC suspends nine players after brawl

After Saturday's game between Spain and Italy (which was won by Spain), hell broke loose and both teams got involved in a brawl. As a result of this brawl, the WBSC studied the footage of the brawl and decided to suspend and fined nine players for a total of 67 games. The individuals suspended are …

2019 Olympic Qualifier, day 5

On the fifth and final day of the European/African Olympic Qualifier, the following games were scheduled: Israel @ South Africa, Kingdom of the Netherlands @ Italy and Spain @ Czech Republic.  Israel  11  -  1  South Africa The only way Israel could blow its ticket to Tokyo was by losing to South Africa. But Israel …

2019 Olympic Qualifier, day 4

On the fourth day of the Olympic Qualifier, the following games were scheduled: South Africa @ Kingdom of the Netherlands, Italy @ Spain and Czech Republic @ Israel.  South Africa  1  -  7  Kingdom o/t Netherlands  To keep the chance of qualifying alive, the Kingdom of the Netherlands did what it had to do: beating …

2019 Olympic Qualifier, day 3

On the third day of the Olympic Qualifier, the following games were scheduled: South Africa @ Czech Republic, Israel @ Italy and Spain @ Kingdom of the Netherlands. Besides these games, the remainder of the game between South Africa and Italy, that was rained out on Wednesday, was resumed.  Italy  10  -  4  South Africa …

2019 Olympic Qualifier: Dutch bounce back

For a long time, the Kingdom of the Netherlands had a hard time to walk away but eventually, in the seventh inning, the Dutch scored some insurance run that secured the 6-2 win.  Spain sent Holwuin Sacramento to the mound, the pitcher that made the Dutch life very hard during the European Championship's semi-final. But …

2019 Olympic Qualifier: Watch Spain @ the Netherlands here

After yesterday's heartbreaking loss vs Israel, it is up to the Dutch team to bounce back. Today the opponent is Spain, a country that has made the Dutch go deep in the past few times the both countries faced each other. In the European Championship's semi-final, the Dutch won by the smallest possible margin: 1-0. To …

2019 Olympic Qualifier, day 2

On day two of the Olympic Qualifier the following games were scheduled:  South Africa @ Spain, the Czech Republic @ Italy and the Kingdom of the Netherlands @ Israel.  South Africa  1  -  7  Spain After a strong part of a game vs Italy yesterday, South Africa appeared to continue to surprise the baseball community …

2019 European Championship: Spain clinches third place

In the battle for third place, a Spanish team with mainly players from South and Central America and an Israeli team with mainly players from the USA played a crazy and high scoring game in which Spain stayed at the right side of the score. Thirteen extra-base hits led to a 16-11 score.  In the …

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