Italian Baseball Season Postponed

When the FIBS (Federazione Italiana Baseball e Softball) removed the schedules of the Serie A from its website a few days ago, one could imagine that the season would be postponed.The website of the FIBS confirms that the season will be put on hold and that friendly matches cannot be played either. Even though the …

New Italian Serie A format explained

Yesterday you could read about the merger of the Serie A1 and A2 into one league which will contain 32 teams. Today, the FIBS (Italian Baseball and Softball Federation) came up with extra information. The 32 team league will be split into several divisions. This reminds us to the 1990 Serie A season in which …

2021 Serie A1 will contain 32 teams!!!

Tonight the federal council of the FIBS (Italian Baseball and Softball Federation) made a lot of decisions regarding baseball and softball. But the most eye catching decision had to do with the 2021 Serie A1. One of the decisions had to do with the Serie A1, Italy's highest baseball level. As reported earlier, the Serie …

Italian Serie A1 and A2 likely to merge

Since Italian baseball has a problem to come to a twelve-team league, like the FIBS (Italian Baseball and Softball Federation) would like, the FIBS has now made four proposals for a new format of the Italian baseball championship. According to the local newspaper Corriere Romagna, the two most likely plans to be accepted are dealing …

With Baseball off the Olympic Agenda, Can We Return to Nine Innings?

Last week it became clear that baseball will no longer be an Olympic sport after the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo. Clearly the sport was a gift for the organizing country since baseball in Japan is still BIG. But now baseball won't be an Olympic sport in 2024, it is time think about the return to …

Seven-Inning Baseball Games: Good or Bad?

Due to the coronavirus, several European leagues played games of seven innings instead of nine. The Belgian Baseball Gold League was one of them. Also the Italian Serie A1 played seven innings. But with the latter, there was more behind this decision. At the start of the 2020 season in Italy, there was a video …

Italian Serie A1 schedule published

While we are still waiting for the schedule of the Dutch Hoofdklasse season, the FIBS has posted the schedule of the 2020 Italian Serie A1 on its website. As written before, the season will start on Wednesday, July 8. In the first game that will be played this year, Nettuno 2 will host Godo Knights.  …

Italian Serie A1 season engraved in stone: Turns to 7-inning games

Yesterday, a conference call with the remaining seven clubs of the Italian Serie A1, led to several decisions for the 2020 season. Most for the good, one likely not so.   First of all, the season will start on Wednesday, July 8 instead of Friday, July 10. The foundation for this decision lies in the …

One team pulls back from 2020 Serie A1 season in Italy

Italian baseball clubs had until last night 23:59 (11:59 PM) Central European Time to make clear if they wanted to play the 2020 season or not. After a lot of rumours floating around in the past weeks about Parma and the two Nettuno representatives stepping back, the FIBS (Italian Baseball and Softball Federation) announced on …

Corona: Different Situations in Europe’s main Baseball Competitions, an update

A month ago, you could read an overview of the baseball situation in each of the main baseball countries in Europe as they all were/are hit by the measurements that surround the coronavirus. Here is an update per country. Belgium: Last week, the KBBSF (Royal Belgian Baseball and Softball Federation) sent a letter to all …

Corona: Different Situations in Europe’s main Baseball Competitions

As the coronavirus seems to be on its return, the baseball situation in the main European baseball countries is very different per country. In this blog post, I try to sum up the situation per country. Belgium: The VBSL (Flemish Baseball and Softball League) has announced that practice may take off on May 18 again …

Italian baseball carefully thinks of starting the season again

In a video conference, yesterday, the Italian Baseball and Softball Federation (FIBS) discussed a possible start with the Italian clubs. For now, the start of the season is scheduled for June 14 but that can be pushed back to July 12. With these dates in mind, the playoff format the FIBS has been puzzling on …

Italian Serie A1 will expand to twelve teams

After a season with only seven teams, the FIBS (Italian Baseball and Softball Federation) has proposed to have a twelve-team league next year. Plans were presented today. In a meeting today, FIBS president Andrea Marcon presented the plans of expansion for the Serie A1. This year, the league would start with eight teams but after …

Nettuno to play for free at Stadio Steno Borghese

Financially troubled Italian baseball club Nettuno or Nettuno Baseball City as it is called now will play its home games at Stadio Steno Borghese for free for the remainder of the season. The financially strapped club is bailed out by the FIBS (Italian Baseball and Softball Federation) after a video conference with all the other clubs. …

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 …