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Former Big Leaguer Playing this Summer in Italy, Mark Teahen

Former contributor to BaseballdeWorld Gabriel Fidler recently talked to a former big leaguer playing this summer in Italy, Mark Teahen. The former Royals star will be suiting up for Tommasin Padova this summer.

Fidler, who contributed here with some in depth posts on the WBC in 2013, has been writing for both Mister-Baseball and at his own site at Extra Innings: Baseball Around the World. Be sure to follow Gabriel on Twitter as well as read his articles at Extra Innings. You can find him tweeting at @Extrainnings_bb.

I found it interesting how Teahen came to play in Italy as well as how playing there will impact his other business, a wine room. Gabriel and Mark talked a good bit of baseball and wine and it is all a good read.

Check out the interview with Mark Teahen here.

We will definitely be following Mark’s progress with Padua in the IBL which should be an interesting ride. You can follow Mark on Twitter – @MarkTeahen and follow his progress this summer.

Italy, Mark Teahen

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Netherlands WBC roster has been announced

The Netherlands WBC roster has been announced, and it is full of talent. Highlighting the roster will be the Dutch infield which is stacked with MLB talent. However, up and down the roster there is talent and they will compete for a spot in Round 2 and possibly further.

Late in January we spoke about the stacked Dutch infield. It will include the likes of Xander Bogaerts, Didi Gregorius, Jurickson Profar, Andrelton Simmons, and Jonathan Schoop. But along with those MLB players are some very experienced international players.

Curt Smith is back again for Team Netherlands. He has a lot of international experience and even hit .321 in the 2013 WBC as the Dutch ran off to a semifinal appearance. Also back from 2013 is Yurendell de Caster who hit .400 in limited action. He provides experience off the bench with a quality right handed bat that can play multiple positions.

Bringing power to the outfield is Wladimir Balentien. While he might not be a household name in the USA, he did play parts of 3 seasons with the Mariners and Reds, he is a star in Japan in the Nippon Professional Baseball league. After leaving the USA for the 2011 season, Balentien has gone on to hit 30+ home runs 5 times, including 60 in 2014 which broke the all-time record in Japan.

On the bump the Dutch have some talent as sell. Diegomar Markwell is back after a stellar 2013 WBC where he went 2-1 with a 3.07 ERA in 3 starts. While he is inching up in age (36) he still has a quality arm that should be able to get the Dutch some good starts. Also back is Orlando Yntema who had a good 2013 WBC pitching twice and making one start. In the bullpen they will return Loek Van Mil (0.00 ERA in 2013).

The most intriguing player for the Netherlands this go around is Jair Jurrjens. The former MLB starter with Atlanta, Baltimore, and Colorado pitched the 2016 season in Taiwan. Still only 31, but far past his prime, he could still give the Dutch some solid innings either out of the bullpen or perhaps in a spot start.

2017 Netherlands WBC Roster:

Pitchers:

Mike Bolsenbroek
Rob Cordemans
Tom de Blok
Lars Huijer
Jair Jurrjens
Diego Markwell
Shairon Martis
Jim Ploeger
Tom Stuifbergen
J.C. Sulbaran
Rick van den Hurk
Loek Van Mil
Orlando Yntema

Catchers:

Dashenko Ricardo
Shawn Zarraga

Infielders:

Xander Bogaerts
Yurendell de Caster
Didi Gregorius
Dwayne Kemp
Jurickson Profar
Jonathan Schoop
Sharlon Schoop
Andrelton Simmons
Curt Smith

Outfielders:

Wladimir Balentien
Christopher Garia
Randolph Oduber
Kalian Sams

Designated Pitcher Pool:

Nelmerson Angela
Kevin Heijstek
Kenley Jansen
Kevin Kelly
Ruderly Manuel
Ryan Oduber
Mark Pawelek
Berry van Driel

Netherlands WBC roster

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Netherlands will Feature Stacked Infield for 2017 World Baseball Classic

The Netherlands will feature some of the best young talent in Major League Baseball when they suit up during the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

The Red Sox Xander Bogaerts, the Rangers’ Jurickson Profar, the Orioles’ Jonathan Schoop, the Yankees’ Didi Gregorius, and the elder statesman at just 27 the Angels’ Andrelton Simmons will all play for the Netherlands. All but Gregorius played with the team in 2013, but now they are established major league talent.

Simmons has ranked as one of the best defensive players in the game over the past four seasons. He has led the MLB in Defensive Runs Saved with 112 since his first full season in 2013.

Bogaerts had a break out season in 2015 when he hit .320 for the Red Sox. He then turned himself into an offensive force in 2016 hitting .294 and slugging 34 doubles and 21 home runs.

Gregorius had his best season at the plate in 2016, his second in New York taking over for Derek Jeter. In 2016 he clubbed 20 home runs, 32 doubles, and hit .276.

Schoop stayed healthy last year and had his first complete season playing all 162 games for the Orioles. He hit .267 with 25 home runs, 38 doubles, and drove in 82.

Profar played in 90 games for the Rangers. He played every infield position and left field over the course of the year. He batted .239 with 5 home runs and 3 triples.

In 2013 the Netherlands made it to the semifinals eventually losing to the eventual champion Dominican Republic. This year they will begin in Pool A in Seoul, South Korea. There they will battle the host country, Chinese Taipei, and Israel for a spot in Round 2.

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Groups for National Team Tournaments Announced for 2017 by CEB

The Technical Commission of the Confederation of European Baseball (CEB) announced the groups for national team championships for 2017.

The European Championship B-Pool will determine the last two spots for the 2018 European Championship in Germany, while the U23 European Championship will be occurring for the first time this August.

European Championship B-Pool
July 24/25– 29/30, 2017

Group 1: Miejska Gorka/Poland
1) Russia
2) Belarus
3) Ukraine
4) Lithuania
5) Poland
6) Slovakia

Group 2: Belgrade/Serbia
1) Serbia
2) Austria
3) Switzerland
4) Bulgaria
5) Greece
6) Israel

European Championship U23
Brno/Czech Republic
August 7 – 13, 2017

Group A – Brno/CZE
1) Netherlands
2) Croatia
3) Russia
4) Belarus

Group B – Wels/AUT
1) Spain
2) Great Britain
3) Austria
4) Poland

Group C – Trnava/SVK
1) Germany
2) France
3) Slovakia
4) Georgia

Group D – Brno/CZE
1) Czech Republic
2) Belgium
3) Ukraine
4) Lithuania

European Championship Qualifier Juniors U18
July 10/11 – 15/16, 2017

Group 1: Zuerich/Switzerland
1) Belgium
2) Russia
3) Poland
4) Ireland
5) Switzerland
6) Austria

Group 2: Varazdin/Croatia
1) Ukraine
2) Croatia
3) Sweden
4) Belarus
5) Slovakia

European Championship Cadets U15
Wiener Neustadt/Austria
July 17 – 23, 2017

Group A
1) Czech Republic
2) Russia
3) Austria
4) Poland
5) Netherlands

Group B
1) France
2) Germany
3) Lithuania
4) Italy
5) Spain

European Championship Juveniles U12
Utrecht/The Netherlands
July 10 – 16, 2017

Group A
1) Germany
2) Austria
3) France
4) Netherlands
5) Belarus

Group B
1) Czech Republic
2) Russia
3) Poland
4) Ukraine
5) Italy

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Italian Baseball League Announces Format for 2017 Season

This past weekend in Bologna the Italian Baseball League met to finalize some details for the 2017 season.

The league will be split into two groups with each group playing a double round robin within the division. Two games will be played each with between Thursday and Sunday. After the first phase is over, each team will play an interleague single round robin with the teams in the other division. Finally, a best-of-5 semi-finals and finals with finish the season.

The IBL will take a break for the European Champions Cup with three IBL teams participating.

The groups for the 2017 IBL are:

Group A: Padule, Parma Clima, Nettuno Baseball City, and UnipolSai Bologna

Group B: T&A San Marino, Rimini, Tommasin Padova, Novara

New Logo

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France Releases New Logo for Division 1 Baseball League

The French Baseball and Softball Federation released new logos for its Division 1 leagues along with its new website.

The French Division 1 logo is below. The league begins play on April 2 of this year with the Challenge de France coming in late May.

The eight teams competing this season in Division 1 are Rouen, Saing-Just, Clermont, PUC, Senart, Montigny, Montpellier, and Savigny.

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Haarlem Baseball Week Updates

The Haarlem Honkbal Week (Haarlem Baseball Week) kicked off last Friday in the Netherlands. Five teams are competing for the title in the 28th edition of the event. The teams competing this year are Netherlands, Australia, Japan, Chinese Taipei, and Curacao. There will not be back-to-back titles won since the USA did not return for the event this year having won in 2014.

So far the Netherlands are leading the way with a 4-0 record. Right behind the Dutch is Australia with its only blemish coming form the Dutch yesterday. The two teams will square off once again today as well.

Today’s Games:

Japan vs Chinese Taipei
Netherlands vs Australia

2016 Haarlem Honkbal Week Stadings:

  1. Netherlands 4-0
  2. Australia 3-1
  3. Japan 2-2
  4. Chinese Taipei 1-3
  5. Curacao 0-4

All games can be streamed online at http://www.meridix.com/everywhere.php?liveid=honkbalweek

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Rouen Huskies Take 2016 Challenge de France Title

The Rouen Huskies defeated the Senart Templiers for the 2016 Challenge de France title over the past weekend. Rouen finished the weekend 4-0 sweeping its way to the title.

Rouen won 5-2 on Sunday to claim the title. With the win Rouen booked a ticket to the European Cups in 2017. Rouen scored three late runs to pick up the win and the title. Senart led 2-1 into the eighth inning but couldn’t hold the lead.

Both teams headed into the title game undefeated. Senart advanced with a 6-0 win over Stade Toulousain while Rouen advanced with a 2-0 win over Montpellier.

The two teams will pick back up in the French Division I League this coming weekend facing off with one another in a battle of the top two teams.

Full Results and Box Scores

Photo by Rouen Huskies

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Euro League Games Postponed

Some bad news for the new Euro League Baseball came down from the CEB (European Federation) notifying the league that players competing in the ELB will not be able to participate in the European Champions Cup. So the games this coming weekend between Amsterdam Baseball and Draci Brno will have to be postponed since some of the L&D Amsterdam Pirates play for Amsterdam Baseball.

The players will be allowed to play after the European Champions Cup, but scheduling may be an issue for the ELB since the teams already have a full slate of league games.  The ECC will take place the first week of June. The league has not announced if/when the games will be rescheduled.

Press Release Euro League Baseball

(Amsterdam)- The management of Euro League Baseball and Team Amsterdam have decided to postpone the games of Team Amsterdam which were scheduled for May 15 and 16.

The reason for this, is the odd move of CEB (European Federation) to inform L&D Amsterdam that its players may not be eligible to play European Cup (EC) games if they participate in the ELB.

Rule:
All the players participating in the European Cups shall be:
– regularly registered with their club.
– regularly registered in the national competition with their club the running year, with which they participate in the European Cup competition. The player is not allowed to play for another team in the running year till the start of the European Cups.
In case of a complaint, the information received by C.E.B. from the National Federation, will rule.

The original reason for the introduction of the rule was to ban competition fraud, which is not the case in this particular situation. In the past, there has been similar situations which didn’t lead to disqualification. It’s comparable with college players returning to their parent club in Europe.

Despite we’re convinced that the rule is misused to put pressure on L&D Amsterdam to drop out, we can’t ask the team’s management to take the risk of losing players’ eligibility.

This is a big disappointment since the KNBSB (Dutch Federation) recently informed all involved parties that it agreed on the participation of its members in Team Amsterdam.

It’s still not clear why the turnaround in the approach of the CEB came so unexpected and not before this weekend, while they previously informed us that they would follow the National Federations.

We’ll keep you informed about any developments regarding team Amsterdam and are grateful for the big support we’ve received. We still believe the team would be a great addition for European baseball and its fans.

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Germany: Stuttgart Reds Keep Lead in South Division

This past weekend in the German Bundesliga South Division the Stuttgart Reds held onto the top spot with a weekend sweep over the Bad Homburg Hornets. With the wins they hold a half game lead over three teams. All three teams tied for second place swept their weekend series as well.

The Reds took care of the Hornets 12-6 in Game 1 coming back after trailing 4-0 after two innings. Hagen Ratz settled down and allowed only one more run over the next four innings as the Reds bats came alive. The game was tied 6-6 going into the eleventh inning when the Reds exploded for six more runs to pick up the win.

The Reds pounded out 16 hits and walked eight times against Hornets pitching. Both Xavier Gonzalez (3-for-5) and Quinn Tiernan (3-for-6) led the way with three hits apiece. Marcel Hering pitched five innings in relief to pick up the win.

Game 2 was a close one as well as once again the Hornets jumped out early to a 2-0 lead. Xavier Gonzalez again had three hits in the contest as did Gavin Ng (3-for-5) who also stole two bases. David Rider pitched well to earn the victory going seven strong allowing just two runs, one earned.

The Reds (7-2) will face off with Heidenheim (9-3) the weekend after next. This series will start to possibly help separate the division leaders from the rest of the pack. Mainz will have the weekend off while Regensburg will play Mannheim.

Current German Budesliga South Division Standings:

  1. Stuttgart Reds 7-2
  2. Regensburg Leagionaire 9-3
  3. Mainz Athletics 9-3
  4. Heidenheim Heidekopfe 9-3
  5. Mannheim Tornados 4-4
  6. Haar Disciples 3-9
  7. Bad Homburg Hornets 1-9
  8. Tubingen Hawks 1-10

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Germany: Paderborn Sweeps Solingen; Bonn alone atop North Division

The Paderborn Untouchables swept the German Bundesliga North Division leading Solingen Alligators over the weekend. The two losses by Solingen dropped them from the top of the standings as they fell to 7-3. The wins for Paderborn were huge bringing them back to .500 and put them in the playoff hunt.

The Bonn Capitals stayed atop the standings after sweeping the Hamburg Stealers over the weekend winning 7-4 and 4-3. The wins gave the Capitals a two game lead in the division over the Alligators.

Bonn jumped out early in Game 1 against the Stealers with three runs in the first inning. Wilson Lee homered and drove in a pair of runs for Bonn in the win. Sascha Koch picked up the win for Bonn going six strong innings. Koch gave up two runs on five hits while striking out eight. Nathan Poff homered in the loss for the Stealers.

Game two was a closer match with Bonn picking up a run in the top of the seventh to break a 3-3 tie. They held onto the lead for the sweep and a two game lead in the division. Wilson Lee again drove in two runs while Eric Brenk set the table from the top of the lineup going 2-for-3 and scoring twice. Lee also picked up the win on the hill tossing seven innings.

Bonn will travel to Solingen on the 21st of the month as the top two teams in the division will square off. Bonn will look to extend its lead while Solingen looks to end its losing streak. The league is off the next weekend and will pick back up May 20-21.

Upcoming North Division Schedule:

Bonn Capitals @ Solingen Alligators

Hamburg Stealers @ Cologne Cardinals

Current German Bundesliga North Division Standings:

  1. Bonn Capitals 9-1
  2. Solingen Alligators 7-3
  3. Paderborn Untouchables 5-5
  4. Hamburg Stealers 4-4
  5. Hanover Regents 4-6
  6. Cologne Cardinals 3-7
  7. Dortmund Wanderers 2-8

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Spain: Division de Honor News and Notes

The Spanish Division de Honor is through six weeks of play so far after today. So far the Astros Valencia are leading the way with a 10-2 record after sweeping their weekend series with San Inazio Bilbao. Right behind the Astros are the Tenerife Marlins at 9-3. The Marlins were leading the league but dropped two over the weekend to CB Barcelona who sites right behind the Marlins in third place at 8-4.

It appears the league will be a three team race as no other club is above .500 at this point in the season. However, there is a lot of baseball left to be played with eight more weeks to go.

The game of the week might have been the first game between the Marlins and CB Barcelona. Barcelona used two errors in the bottom of the ninth to stun the Marlins and pick up the win.

Both teams picked up great pitching performances from their starters. Elian Leyva tossed eight strong innings giving up just a single run while striking out eleven for Barcelona, but he did not factor into the decision. Eric Paez picked up the win for Barcelona pitching a scoreless ninth. Yorfrank Lopez pitched great for the Marlins giving up only two runs, both unearned, while striking out nine taking his first loss of the season.

Current Division de Honor Standings:

  1. Astros Valencia 10-2
  2. Tenerife Marlins PC 9-3
  3. CB Barcelona 8-4
  4. CBS Sant Boi 6-6
  5. San Inazio Bilbao 6-6
  6. Baseball Navarra 5-7
  7. CD Pamplona 4-8
  8. CB Viladecans 0-12

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France: Division 1 Schedule and Standings

With six weeks in the book so far in the French Division 1 season, the Senart Templiers are out in front of the standings at 12-0 after a weekend sweep of the Cubs last weekend. Right on the Templiers tail are the ever powerful Rouen Huskies who sit at 11-1 setting up a showdown this next weekend of the top two teams in the division.

The lone loss for the Huskies came in Week 6 with a 4-3 loss in Game 1 of their series with the Montpellier Barracudas. The Barracudas are the only other team in the league that are over .500 as they sit in third place at 8-4.

Senart will travel to Rouen this weekend in hopes of stretching their lead in the division. Montpellier will face off with Clermont at home hoping to push Clermont under .500 and move closer to one of the top two teams.

Both Rouen and Senart are getting it done on both sides of the ball. Rouen leads the league in both hitting at a .330 clip and ERA at just 1.60. Meanwhile, Senart is close behind in both categories as the only other team hitting over .300 at .304. The Templiers team ERA sits at a very good 2.02 which is a run better than the next best team.

Week 7 Schedule (5/15):

Senart Templiers @ Rouen Huskies

Clermont @ Montpellier Barracudas

Paris UC @ Chartres French Cubs

Savigny Lions @ State Toulousain

Current Standings:

  1. Senart Templiers 12-0
  2. Rouen Huskies 11-1
  3. Montpellier Barracudas 8-4
  4. Clermont 6-6
  5. Stade Toulousain 5-7
  6. Savigny Lions 3-9
  7. Chartres French Cubs 2-10
  8. Paris UC 1-11

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Euro League Baseball Begins Play

Perhaps the biggest development in European baseball this past year has been is the Euro League that was established and started play this spring.

Initially there are four teams playing in the league from different leagues around Europe. Amsterdam Baseball was created to compete in the league and will be comprised of some of the Dutch League Amsterdam Pirates.

Each team will play twelve games with six home and six away. The season began on April 19th and will continue through September.

This is a huge step forward in forming a Europe wide league that could encompass many of the great leagues that are already present in countries like Germany, Italy, France, and so many more.

Inaugural Euro League Teams:

Netherlands 
Amsterdam Baseball

German Bundesliga
Buchbinder Leagionaire
Haar Disciples

Czech Extraleague
Draci Brno

Stay tuned as we will bring you updates on games, standings, and news and notes from around the league as it progresses.

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Germany: Notes & Standings from the Bundesliga

As we take a quick look at the German Bunesliga we notice there are no more undefeated teams. In the South Division there is a log jam of teams at 7-3 creating an interesting set up for future match ups. Regensburg, Mainz, and Heidenheim are all sitting near the top of the standings in the North at 7-3. However, all of them are trailing Stuttgart right now who has started out 5-2.

Up north it is a different story. Solingen and Bonn are leading the North Division with 7-1 records and are slowly building a lead in the division with most teams already with losing records. The only other team in the division with a winning record is Hamburg (4-2).

Upcoming Series:

One of the more interesting series this coming weekend is Bonn and Hamburg. Bonn looks to keep its elite status in the North Division as it faces off with third place Hamburg in a weekend set. Co-division leader Solingen will take on Paderborn (3-5).

North Division Standings:

  1. Solingen Alligators 7-1
  2. Bonn Capitals 7-1
  3. Hamburg Stealers 4-2
  4. Hannover Regents 4-6
  5. Paderborn Untouchables 3-5
  6. Cologne Cardinals 3-5
  7. Dortmund Wanderers 0-8

South Division Standings:

  1. Stuttgart Reds 5-2
  2. Regensburg Leagionaire 7-3
  3. Mainz Athletics 7-3
  4. Heidenheim 7-3
  5. Mannheim Tornados 4-2
  6. Haar Disciples 3-7
  7. Bad Homburg Hornets 1-7
  8. Tubingen Hawks 1-8

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Netherlands: Curacao Neptunus and L&D Amsterdam Atop Standings

L&D Amsterdam had three big wins this weekend over Mampaey the Hawks keeping them in a tie for first place with Curacao Neptunus, who also won all three this weekend.

Amsterdam outscored the Hawks 38-4 over the weekend. Rashid Gerard had a huge weekend. He went a combined 6-for-11 with 2 doubles, 2 home runs, 10 RBI, and 5 runs scored. Joining him in a big weekend was Bas Nooij. Nooij went 5-for-11 with a double, a home run, 9 runs scored, and 7 RBI.

Dutch Major League Standings:

1. L&D Amsterdam Pirates 10-2
2. Curacao Neptunus 10-2
3. Vaessen Pioniers 8-4
4. Corendon Kinheim 7-4-1
5. UVV 6-6
6. DSS 4-8
7. HCAW Bussum 2-9-1
8. Mampaey the Hawks 0-12

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Spain: Valencia Sweeps Sant Boi, Moves into Second Place

Tenerife and Valencia continue to be the cream of the crop in the Spanish Division de Honor. Both teams swept their weekend series. With the sweep this weekend, Valencia moved in front of CBS Sant Boi by a game.

Valencia got a great outing from Trevor Caughey in Game 1 of the series. He tossed eight scoreless innings striking out 13 en route to the victory. Mathew Erickson picked up the save tossing the final inning giving up a run. Valencia would continue their good run with a 5-2 victory in Game 2 to move ahead of CBS Sant Boi by a game.

Spanish Division de Honor Scores:

CD Pamplona 5, San Inazio Bilbao 9

Astros Valencia 2, CBS Sant Boi 1
Astros Valencia 5, CBS Sant Boi 2

Baseball Navarra 8, CB Barcelona 1
Baseball Navarra 7, CB Barcelona 9

Tenerife Marlins 5, CB Viladecans 1
Tenerife Marlins 11, CB Viladecans 1

Spanish Division de Honor Standings:

1. Tenerife Marlins 10-2
2. Astros Valencia 9-3
3. CBS Sant Boi 8-4
4. Baseball Navarra 6-5
5. CB Barcelona 6-6
6. San Inazio Bilbao 4-6
7. CD Pamplona 2-9
8. CB Viladecans 1-11

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Austria: Dornbirn Indians Run Winning Streak to Seven Games

The Dornbirn Indians have run their winning streak to seven games after sweeping the Attnang-Puchheim Athletics over the past weekend. The Indians traveled to Attnang-Puchheim and took two games winning 7-4 and 3-0 to stay atop the ABL.

Right behind the Indians are the Vienna Metrostars who have won three in a row. Over this past weekend they swept the Vienna Neustadt Diving Ducks.

The Metrostars will take on the Stock City Cubs who have struggled so far this year which should keep them near the top of the standings. However, the Indians will travel to Vienna to take on the Wanderers, who currently are in third place. The Wanderers are the only team to beat Dornbirn so far this season winning the season opener.

Austria Baseball League Standings:

1. Dornbirn Indians 7-1
2. Vienna Metrostars 6-2
3. Vienna Wanderers 6-4
4. Attnang-Puchheim Athletics 3-5
5. Stock City Cubs 1-5
6. Vienna Neustadt Diving Ducks 1-7

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France: Beaucaire Upsets Montpellier

This was a light weekend for the French Division 1 Baseball League with just one series. The series between the Beaucaire Chevaliers and the Montpellier Barracudas was rained out a few weeks ago so they made up the games this weekend.

Surprisingly the Chevaliers came out on top in both games putting the Barracudas four games behind league leader Rouen, who is still perfect on the year.

French Division 1 Standings:

1. Rouen Huskies 12-0
2. Montpellier Barracudas 8-4
3. Senart Templars 7-5
4. Stade Toulousain 6-6
5. Paris UC 5-7
6. Beaucaire Chevaliers 4-8
7. Chartres French Cubs 3-9
8. Savigny Lions 3-9

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Austria: ABL Kicks Off Season with Series Between Athletics and Wanderers

The Austrian Baseball League kicked off its season this past weekend with a two game set between the Vienna Wanderers and the Attnang-Puchheim Athletics. The two teams split a pair of games in Vienna on Saturday.

In Game 1, Vienna got a strong outing from starter Christian Tomsich. The Athletics came back strong in Game 2 to pick up a split getting a great outing from starter James Jense who tossed a complete game one-hitter. He struck out five in the win. He also tripled and scored the only run of the game. David Burns (1-for-3) drove in the only run of the game with a sacrifice fly to center scoring Jense.

ABL Scores:

Attnang-Puchheim Athletics 0, Vienna Wanderers 2
Attnang-Puchheim Athletics 1, Vienna Wanderers 0

ABL Standings:

1. Vienna Wanderers 1-1
2. Attnang-Puchheim Athletics 1-1
3. Vienna Metrostars 0-0
4. Vienna Neustadt Diving Ducks 0-0
5. Dornbirn Indians 0-0
6. Stock City Cubs 0-0

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Germany: Solingen Starts Strong in Title Defense

The German Bundesliga is off and running now two weeks into the season. So far there are three teams that remain undefeated with the perennial powers still going strong.

North Division:

In the North, defending champion Solingen is at it again starting off with a 4-0 record. After an opening weekend sweep of Dortmund, the Alligators came back this past weekend to sweep Paderborn. They lead the league along with the Bonn Capitals who also sit at 4-0.

Solingen will host Hannover this coming weekend. Hannover sits at 2-2 tied for third early on with Dortmund.

Solingen is winning at the plate so far in the early season. They lead the division in home runs (3), runs (25), walks (16), and average hitting a stout .418 so far. Bonn is right behind them in many of those categories hitting a strong .390 so far in the early going.

On the other hand Hamburg has struggled at the plate. They have yet to score a run in four games and are hitting just .078. They also lead the league in strikeouts with 25.

South Division:

Regensburg is once again at the top of the standings as the only undefeated team so far in the South. Heidenheim is right behind them and will continue to challenge them all season. Heidenheim dropped their first game of the year against Mainz, but has since righted the ship and sits at 3-1.

We are two weeks away from the first meeting between Regensburg and Heidenheim.

German Budesliga Standings:

North Division:

1. Solingen Alligators 4-0
2. Bonn Capitals 4-0
3. Hannover Regents 2-2
4. Dortmund Wanderers 2-2
5. Hamburg Stealers 0-2
6. Paderborn Untouchables 0-2
7. Cologne Cardinals 0-4

South Division:

1. Regensburg Legionaries 4-0
2. Heidenheim Heidekopfe 3-1
3. Mainz Athletics 2-2
4. Stuttgart Reds 2-2
5. Tubingen Hawks 1-1
6. Bad Homburg Hornets 1-3
7. Haar Disciples 1-3
8. Mannheim Tornados 0-2

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Spain: Week 2 Scores and Highlights from Spanish Division de Honor

We are two weeks into the early part of the season in the Spanish Division de Honor, and we have a couple teams already showing a strong push for the front of the pack.

A week after splitting with defending champion Tenerife, Sant Boi ran off two more wins to stay in the hunt for first place. They sit just a game behind two teams who are off to a perfect 4-0 record.

Those two teams are the Astros Valencia and Baseball Navarra. Valencia took care of Barcelona in their weekend set, while Navarra took down CD Pamplona.

Spanish Division de Honor Scores:

Baseball Navarra 7, CD Pamplona 3
Baseball Navarra 11, CD Pamplona 1

CBS Sant Boi 10, CB Viladecans 0
CBS Sant Boi 6, CB Viladecans 1

San Inazio Bilbao 1, Tenerife Marlins 7
San Inazio Bilbao 5, Tenerife Marlins 6

Astros Valencia 12, CB Barcelona 0
Astros Valencia 6, CB Barcelona 4

News and Notes from Week 2:

Yosue Castellano threw a complete game victory for Navarra in Game 1 of the weekend giving up just three runs (two earned) while striking out twelve. He improves to 2-0 on the season.

Andres Casado tossed a complete game (7 innings) win for Navarra in Game 2 giving up just one unearned run. He also improves to 2-0.

Hector Perozo (2-for-3/3 RBI) and Luis Compres (1-for-3) both homered for Navarra in the big Game 2 win.

Zael Honora tossed seven shutout for Sant Boi in Game 1 striking out 10 to pick up his second win on the season.

Jesus Golindano (1-for-4/2 RBI) homered in the 10-0 win for Sant Boi.

Danial Matias tossed a complete game win for Sant Boi in Game 2. He gave up just one run on two hits.

Javier Flores (2-for-3/2 RBI) homered for San Inazio Bilbao in the Game 2 loss.

Trevor Caughey (5 innings) and Mathew Erickson (2 innings) combined to shut out Barcelona in Game 1 both allowing just a single hit. Erickson also went 1-for-2 with a home run at the plate.

Eric Segura had the biggest game of the weekend in Game 2 of the series. He went 3-for-4 with 3 solo home runs to almost pick up the win for Barcelona.

Spanish Division de Honor Standings:

1. Astros Valencia 4-0
1. Baseball Navarra 4-0
3. CBS Sant Boi 3-1
3. Tenerife Marlins 3-1
5. CB Barcelona 1-3
5. San Inazio Bilbao 1-3
7. CB Viladecans 0-4
7. CD Pamplona 0-4

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France: Rouen and Montpellier sit One and Two in Division 1 Standings

Week 3 is in the books for the French Division 1 League. The Rouen Huskies are in a familiar place leading the league once again with a perfect record. Montpellier is close behind just a game back after splitting this past weekend with Senart.

Rouen spent the weekend with two big wins over Stade Toulousain winning game 1 15-0 and game 2 8-0. Montpellier split with Senart getting shut out in the first game 2-0.

The series of note this weekend has Savigny traveling to Rouen. The Tigers sit at an even 3-3, but with a strong weekend they could pull themselves back up toward the top of the standings while pulling the Huskies back to the pack.

French Division 1 Scores:

Rouen Huskies 15, Stade Toulousain 0
Rouen Huskies 8, Stade Toulousain 0

Montpellier Barracudas 2, Senart Templars 0
Montpellier Barracudas 0, Senart Templars 9

Beaucaire Knights 5, Paris UC 2
Beaucaire Knights 10, Paris UC 15

Chartres French Cubs 2, Savigny Lions 5
Chartres French Cubs 5, Savigny Lions 11

French Division 1 Standings:

1. Rouen Huskies 6-0
2. Montpellier Barracudas 5-1
3. Savigny Lions 3-3
4. Senart Templars 3-3
5. Beaucaire Knights 2-4
6. Paris UC 2-4
7. Stade Toulousain 2-4
8. Chartres French Cubs 1-5

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Spain: Short Documentary on Spanish Division de Honor

For those of you not in the know, David Burns over at BaseballJobsOverseas.com does a fantastic job of finding players places to play over in Europe. David lives, works, and plays in Austria and has done so for years now.

Since starting the website he has helped quite a few players in finding positions in various countries. He also provides a great deal of information for those looking to play. He does a fantastic podcast talking to people all over the world about their baseball experiences and how others can benefit.

Now he has started a documentary series. As he gets the chance to travel around Europe he is filming a few interviews. He recently released the first one, and I highly recommend you check it out. Just click on the link below.

European Baseball Documentary Episode 1: Spanish Division de Honor

David talks to two different teams in Spain to give you a nice little glimpse at the league and what it is like to play there. You also get a look at a couple of the stadiums that they play in, which are much nicer than I initially imagined.

Check it out. It is only about 11 minutes, but it is worth the watch.

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