European Women’s Baseball Championship postponed to 2022

The European Baseball Confederation (CEB) and the French Baseball and Softball Federation announce the postponement of the European Women's Baseball Championships scheduled for this summer to 2022. According to the CEB, it is very hard to to make any final decisions regarding the tournaments at this moment. As a result, the Executive Committee of the CEB is …

CEB pushes back European cups

In an official statement, the CEB (European Baseball Confederation announced the various European Cups will be pushed back due to the situation around COVID-19. Originally planned for May 25/26 through May 29/30, the European Champions Cup and the CEB cup will be pushed back to July 14 through 18. Nothing changes regarding the locations. The …

CEB cancels all remaining international tournaments

In a press release, the CEB has announced today that all remaining European international tournaments will be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, the U18 European championship and the European Championship for B countries have been cancelled as well. The U18 European Championship was postponed before to September or October earlier this …

European Cups cancelled

Unfortunately, it is not an April Fools joke. Due to the corona pandemic, the CEB (European Baseball Confederation) has announced that all European Cup tournaments will be cancelled for 2020, something the FIBS (Italian Baseball and Softball Federation) asked for the other week. This means that the European Champions Cup with L&D Amsterdam Pirates and …

Changes ahead in European Baseball

Interesting news from the European Baseball Front. Fellow blogger Extra Innings published an interesting article about upcoming changes in European baseball. Below, I will expound what exactly. First of all the European Championship. The CEB announced that the bi-annual tournament may expand. In the past edition (2019) there were twelve participating countries. If it is …

CEB and KNBSB should review their regulations

Yes you are reading it well. The European Confederation of Baseball (CEB) and the Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation (KNBSB) should review their regulations.  Why? Well, let me explain. The International Skating Union (ISU) tried to prohibit speed skaters to participate in a lucrative speed skating event in Dubai (yes it sounds strange: Speed …

The qualification for the European Champions Cup is flawed

In the recent weeks it became all too clear that the current way to qualify for the European Champions Cup has its flaws. The Dutch competition is set up in such a way that the winner of the regular competition earns a ticket to the ECC. The other ticket goes to the team that reaches …

Future of ELB may not be as gloomy as it looks like

When Jan Esselman and the CEB threatened to ban L&D Amsterdam Pirates from the European Champions Cup, Amsterdam Baseball withdrew from the Euro League Baseball. L&D Amsterdam Pirates was the main supplier of players to Amsterdam Baseball. Since Esselman allegedly adapted some CEB rules single-handed, L&D Amsterdam Pirates did not have a choice but to …

CEB, Baseball popular in Europe?

Recently I bumped into this stat, showing the decline of baseball players in Europe. When you read this from right to left, you will see an incline of members first but from 2014 the numbers go down with a sharp drop in 2015. Baseball Popular in Europe? When you know that Jan Esselman is the …

KNBSB changes stance regarding ELB

When the European Association of Professional Baseball (EAPB) announced the newly erected Euro League Baseball, the CEB announced that it would not recognize the new competiton. In the slipstream of the CEB, the Dutch Federation, the KNBSB, also announced that it would not allow Dutch clubs, playing in the Hoofdklasse, to participate in the ELB …

Fact checking appears to be hard for certain persons within KNBSB

Recently a board member of the KNBSB, involved with umpires and officials, has sent a letter to the officials/umpires in the Netherlands in which he told that it is forbidden to participate in Euro League Baseball games as an umpire by means of the threat of severe consequences, both nationally as internationally. The latter because the ELB is …

Samurai Japan to play friendly match against European team?

  vs   According to the Japanese newspaper 5Newspaper the Japanese All Star team that took on an MLB All Star team in November, the Samurai Japan, is planning to play a friendly game vs a European All Star Team in March. Kumazaki Katsuhiko, the commissioner of the NPB (Nippon Professional Baseball) said this according to …

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