WBSC Unveils New World Ranking

Today, the World Baseball and Softball Confederation unveiled the new World Ranking. The top three did not change much. Japan and Chinese Taipei are still firm in first and second place, but Korea was overtaken by the USA for rank #3. Of the European countries, the Netherlands remains the strongest. As a matter of fact, …

Regensburg Awarded WBC Qualifier

Good news for German baseball fans. The rumors were floating around in the past few weeks, but now it has been announced officially. Regensburg (Germany) has been awarded one of the two World Baseball Classic Qualifiers. The other qualifier goes to Panama City. The last time, Regensburg hosted a qualifier of the World Baseball Classic …

2022 Federation Cup: Brasschaat Braves @ Astros Valencia, a Photo Impression

The championship game never really was a game. Therefore, this team with many (if not all) South- and Central Americans) was simply too strong for the Brasschaat Braves. Slowly, the Astros walked away to a 7-0 lead in the seventh inning, but a three-run home run in the eighth inning ended the game prematurely in …

2022 Federation Cup: Astros Valencia @ Diving Ducks Wiener Neustadt, a Photo Impression

The second game of today was played between the Spanish runner up of 2021 and the Austrian champion. In fact, one can write "Spanish," as hardly any player on the squad is from Spain. Anyhow, for five innings, Diving Ducks Wiener Neustadt could keep pace rather well, but in the sixth inning, the Astros scored …

2022 Federations Cup: London Mets @ Brasschaat Braves, A Photo Impression

The second game of the first day of the 2022 Federations Cup, was between the multiple British (and reigning) champion London Mets and the multiple (and runner up of 2021) Belgian champion Brasschaat Braves. It was an entertaining match in which the Braves had a, what appeared a comfortable 6-1 lead after seven innings, but …

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 …

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