Serie A1 Opening Night in Italy

When the coronavirus struck in Italy, there was not much hope the baseball season would ever start again in 2020. But eventually, last night it happened: Opening Night of the Serie A1.  Fortitudo Bologna hosted Godo Knights, San Marino hosted Hotsand Macerata and in the Parmesan derby, Parmaclima hosted Collecchio. Perhaps it is too soon …

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 will contain 10 clubs next year

In a session of the Federal Council of the FIBS (Italian Baseball and Softball Federation), the composition of the 2020 Serie A1 has been approved. After the regular period in which clubs could apply for a spot in the Serie A1, there were only seven teams that were willing to play in the highest Italian …

Only 7 clubs in Serie A1 for now

Late October, the FIBS (Italian Baseball and Softball Federation) announced a new plan in which the Serie A1 would grow from seven clubs (after Rimini withdraw before the start of the 2019 season) to twelve. But yesterday the federation announced the names of the clubs for the 2020 season. The number of clubs was nowhere …

Smiley’s vlog, episode 1

Jarreau Martina and the Dutch Baseball hangout have agreed on a cooperation. The Dutch Baseball Hangout will post Jarreau's vlog during his stay in Bologna where he has joined the local baseball club Fortitudo Bologna or UnipolSai Bologna. Jarreau's nickname is Smiley, so that explains the title of this blog post. Jarreau wanted to film …

Overview of national champions in Europe in 2017

Here is an overview of this year's baseball champions of European countries as far as the available information allows me to write something about it. Austria: In the ten-team Baseball League Austria, the reigning champion Attnang-Puchheim Athletics took on the Vienna Wanderers. The Athletics won the first two games at home but fell twice to …

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 …

Euro League Baseball will start but without Italian and Dutch teams

In January you could read here already that the number of participants of the Euro League Baseball was down to four. Back then it was still questionable if L&D Amsterdam Pirates would participate. But today it was announced that the club from Amsterdam will not participate, still because of a ban applied by the KNBSB …

ELB to start with four teams in 2016

The other day I read a short note at the Twitter account of EBM+, the European Baseball Magazine. https://twitter.com/BaseballEBM/status/678136740276797440 This made me curious about the reason why. The general manager of the Bonn Capitals confirmed to me that they have withdrawn for the 2016 season. The reason for this withdrawal is the financial risk that …

Groups of new European Cup: Curacao Neptunus in tough group

The European Cup for club teams will be played in Rimini (Italy ) in 2016. A second facility is still up in the air, but it is very likely that San Marino will be the second host because a second ball field is needed so all games can be played in time. The Rimini Pirates …

Euro League Baseball will start in 2016 but with a different format

Last Friday, nine members of the Euro League Baseball met in Amsterdam for the first winter meeting of the league. All representatives decided to give the new league a go but with a different format than the original one. In the original format there was a bi weekly four game schedule in which the games …

Bonn Capitals joins Euro League Baseball

Yesterday the Euro League Baseball expanded with the Bonn Capitals as the tenth member. When League president Wim van den Hurk, father of former MLB player and current NPB star Rick van den Hurk, visited the Capitals in July, the club showed some serious interest already. In addition Haar Disciples became Aspirant Member of EAPB which …

Kick off for new European Professional Baseball League

Today the new European Association of Professional Baseball was founded in Amsterdam. This new EAPB will be the governing body of the new Euro League Baseball, a professional baseball league in Europe. The goal is to start this league in 2016. The inaugural meeting was attended by Co Haspels, Peter van ‘t Klooster (both Vaessen …