Esselman wins elections at joint CEB-ESF Congress in Bled, Slovenia
By International Baseball Federation (IBAF)
Jan Esselman (Netherlands), who had served since 2005 as the Chair of the Technical Commission, is the new President of the Confederation of European Baseball (CEB). Esselman won the election(15 to 7, 6 votes were invalid) against Vojco Korosec of Slovenia, the country that hosted the Congress in Bled.
After Massimo Fochi of Italy and Angelo Vicini of San Marino withdrew their candidatures, Peter Kurz (Israel) became the 1st Vice President.
Juergen Elsishans of Germany was elected 2nd Vice President over (14 votes to 12, 2 invalid) Alexander Ratner of Russia.
Petr Ditrich, who had been acting President for the last 11 months, after elected President Miller resigned, becomes the 3rd Vice President with 20 votes over Rod Moore of Denmark (4).
René Laforce (Belgium) was confirmed unopposed as the organization Treasurer. He had presented a 2012 accounting with an advance over 28,000 euros and is hopeful that CEB can breakeven also at the end of 2013.
Xavier Mateu of Spain is the new Secretary General. After Mario De Bono of Malta withdrew, he also won unopposed.
Matts Franson (Sweden), Michael Manning (Ireland), Didier Seminet (France), Monique Schmidt (Switzerland) and Valentinas Bobulis (Lithuania) are the five members at large.
After the winning teams of the 2012 season, CEB also awarded the individuals who had a special year.
The Coach of the Year was Marco Mazzieri, who led Italy to back to back European Championships (2010 and 2012).
The Umpire of the Year was Frantisek Prybil (Czech Republic).
The Scorer of the year was Denis Duin of The Netherlands.
Spain that qualified for the 2013 World Baseball Classic, was named The Federation of the Year.
Bled also hosted the Congress of the European Softball Federation (ESF), that confirmed President André Van Overbeek of the Netherlands, who won the voting (17 to 11) against Giovanni Antonio Sanna of Italy.
Ami Baran (Israel), who was the only candidate after Francesca Fabretto of Italy withdrew her candidature, is the new Secretary General. Eddy Van Straelen (Belgium) was unanimously confirmed as the Treasurer.
Gabriel Waage (Czech Republic) is the new 1st Vice President.
The other five Vice Presidents are Youri Alkalay (Bulgaria), Dejan Jesic (Serbia), John Austin (Ireland), Mette Niessen Jakobsen (Denmark) and Gilbert Tobbak (Belgium).
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.