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Eurosport 2 to Broadcast Global Baseball Match between Japan and All-Euro Team

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) announced earlier today that the upcoming Global Baseball Match between the No. 1 world ranked Japan versus an All-Euro team to take place in Tokyo on March 10 and 11 will be televised in Europe by Eurosport 2.

Eurosport 2 broadcasts to over 73 million homes across 51 counties and in 18 different languages. It has obtained the broadcasting rights for the inaugural event including online and mobile devices in all languages.

This is a big step for European baseball in opening up the door for many to view via television and online to some of the best baseball players on the continent and in Japan.

This could help spur more interest in the upcoming Premier 12 tournament that will take place in November featuring the world’s top 12 ranked teams. In the world top 12 there are two European nations that will compete in No. 5 Netherlands and No. 11 Italy. Both countries will have a strong presence on the All-Euro team.

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Japan Releases Roster for Global Baseball Match Versus All-Euro Team

The Samurai Japan roster has been announced for the upcoming Global Baseball Match between Japan and an All-Euro team. The two game series will take place at the Tokyo Dome on March 10-11. The world ranked #1 Japan will be led by Hiroki Kokubo and will feature 26 players.

All twelve NPB teams are represented on the roster with four players coming from both the defending 2014 champion Softbank Hawks and the Hiroshima Carp. Japan will head into the series as a heavy favorite despite missing some of its marque players.

Some of the bigger names from the NPB that will be participating include Yoshihiro Maru (.310/19/67), Tetsuto Yamada (.324/29/89), Yuhei Takai (.316/23/90), and Yuki Yanagita (.317/15/70).

Not to mention some of the great arms that are in Japan including 2014 Rookie of the Year Daichi Ohsera (10-8/4.05) and Shintaro Fujinami (11-8/3.53). While some of the bigger name pitchers will not participate, Japan will still have a fine staff for the two game series.

Samurai Japan Roster:
Daichi Ohsera (Hiroshima Carp)
Hirokazu Sawamura (Yomiuri Giants)
Shota Takeda (Softbank Hawks)
Shintaro Fujinami (Hanshin Tigers)
Kazuhisa Makita (Seibu Lions)
Katsuki Matayoshi (Chunichi Dragons)
Takahiro Matsuba (Orix Buffaloes)
Yuki Matsui (Rakuten Eagles)
Yuji Nishino (Chiba Lotte Mariners)
Shoichi Ino (Yokohama Bay Stars)

Tsubasa Aizawa (Hiroshima Carp)
Hikaru Ito (Orix Buffaloes)
Seiji Kobayashi (Yomiuri Giants)
Motohiro Shima (Rakuten Eagles)

Ginji Akaminai (Rakuten Eagles)
Kenta Imamiya (Softbank Hawks)
Ryosuke Kikuchi (Hiroshima Carp)
Nobuhiro Matsuda (Softbank Hawks)
Sho Nakata (Nippon Ham Fighters)
Hayato Sakamoto (Yomiuri Giants)
Tetsuto Yamada (Yakult Swallows)

Yoshihiro Maru (Hiroshima Carp)
Yohei Oshima (Chunichi Dragons)
Yuhei Takai (Yakult Swallows)
Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (Yokohama Bay Stars)
Yuki Yanagita (Softbank Hawks)

Coaching Staff:
Hiroki Kokubo (manager)
Toshihisa Nishi
Arihito Muramatsu
Kenichi Wakatabe
Atsunori Inaba
Akihiro Yano

The roster for the Euro team is expected to be release tomorrow.

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Italian Baseball Federation Releases Banner for Upcoming Euro vs. Japan Series

A global baseball match between the Samurai Japan team and an all Euro team will take place this coming March in Tokyo. The two teams will meet for a pair of games, and the Italian Baseball and Softball Federation (FIBS) just released the banner for the event via Twitter.

The game will take place on March 10 and 11 hosted by Japan at the Tokyo Dome. The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) will be certifying the event.

via @FIBSpress on Twitter:


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A Parents Perspective of Playing Baseball Overseas

I get emails all the time from players wanting to find ways to get into baseball overseas. While I have made a few contacts over the years with different teams and organizations, I have not put in the time and effort needed to really build those relationships into helping teams find players, mainly because I don’t have the time. However, a friend of the sites, David Burns, has done just that.

Burns is a Canadian who has been living, working, and playing in Austria for a decade now. A year or so ago Burns started a website called Baseball Jobs Overseas where he helps put players with teams who are looking to fill out their rosters.

So a year or so ago when James Milo sent me an email hoping to find a place for his son to play in Europe, I sent him over to Burns. Luckily for everyone involved it worked out well. James’ son Dominic wound up finding a place in Germany playing with the Dohren Wild Farmers this past season where he put up good numbers in the Bundesliga North Division.

James and his wife were fortunate to make a visit to Germany over the summer to visit their son and watch him play ball. Recently James wrote an article for David Burns over at Baseball Jobs Overseas to give a parents perspective, and I thought I would post a link here because it is such a good read.

Notes from a German Baseball Trip 2013 by James Milo.

I would recommend reading it for anyone who is looking to play ball overseas. It gives some good insights on the process and overall is just a good read.

And if you are a player looking to find a place to play next summer, check out the site and join the forum where you can find more information. David Burns has also started a nice podcasts where he has some good guests talking about baseball overseas, how to find a job, and what to expect when you do.

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Russia Wins B-Level European Championship in Vienna

The B-Level European Championships were held this week in both Zurich and Vienna. Six teams competed at each site trying to win a spot in the 2014 European Championship to be held in the Czech Republic.

While Great Britain, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Poland, Switzerland, and Slovenia were competing in the B-Level Championship in Zurich. Austria, Belarus, Russia, Slovakia, Lithuania, and Ireland were playing in Vienna.

Through the round robin play, three teams were tied with a 4-1 record. Austria, Russia, and Belarus all finished with just a single loss. Due to the tie-breaker rules, Austria and Russia would face off with one another in the Championship Game for a spot in the 2014 European Championship.

It was a close and exciting game, but Russia would come out on top when it was all settled by a score of 3-2. Errors played a big role in the game as both team picked up unearned runs.

Austria jumped out on top 1-0 with a run in the second inning. With two outs, Felix Zimmerle (1-for-4) singled to start the rally. Lukas Scheicher (2-for-3) then singled to move Zimmerle to second, but an error by the Russia center fielder let Zimmerle come all the way around to score the first run of the game.

Austria picked up another run in the third inning. Fabian Hirnschal (0-for-2) led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch. He was quickly sacrificed to second base. Then after another ground out moved him to third, Peter Ferak singled (1-for-4) him home to give Austria a 2-0 lead.

Christian Tomsich was cruising on the mound for Austria. Through eight innings he had given up just one a run and had allowed only seven hits. However, in the top of the ninth he walked the lead off hitter and then gave up a single before being pulled for reliever Werner Harrasser.

Harrasser got the first batter he faced on a sacrifice that put runners at second and third with just one out. Then Aleksandr Maksiakov (1-for-2) was caught trying to steal home for the second out of the inning. It all looked good for Austria. The next hitter had an 0-2 count and it looked like they would advance. Then it happened.

A fly ball to center fielder Dominik Talir was dropped allowing a run to score to tie the game and opening up the way for Russia to take the win away from Austria. The next two hitters singled scoring the go ahead run for Russia and putting Austria in a corner heading into the bottom of the ninth.

Austria would make it interesting in the ninth. A one-out walk started it all, but with two outs and facing elimination, Richard Alzinger came up with a pinch-hit single to put runners at the corners. Austria was just a hit away from tying the game up. However, Andrey Lobanov settled down to get the final out and the win for Russia.

Lobanov went the distance for Russia giving up just two runs (one earned) on seven hits while striking out nine.

Peter Ferek (Austria) was named the tournament MVP. He hit .500 with five RBI. Victor Samchuk (Russia) was named the tournaments best hitter. He finished with a .750 average (6-for-8) with five walks. He was also 4-of-5 in stolen base attempts. Nikita Lobanov (Russia) was named the best pitcher. He struck out eight in his one appearance tossing a complete game and giving up just one unearned run.

B-Level European Championships Vienna Final Standings:

1. Russia 4-1
2. Austria 4-1
3. Belarus 4-1
4. Slovakia 2-3
5. Lithuania 1-4
6. Ireland 0-5

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Great Britain Wins B-Level European Championship in Zurich

The B-Level European Championships were held this week in both Zurich and Vienna. Six teams competed at each site trying to win a spot in the 2014 European Championship to be held in the Czech Republic.

Competing in Vienna were Austria, Belarus, Russia, Slovakia, Lithuania, and Ireland. And over in Zurich were Great Britain, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Poland, Switzerland, and Slovenia.

Each team played in a round robin format playing every other team once. The two teams with the best record would play one final game for the championship and a spot in next year’s European Championship.

In Zurich, Great Britain swept through the round robin play undefeated. They were led by Ian Young who led the entire tournament in hitting with a .571 average. He collected eight hits (2nd) and seven RBI (2nd to teammate Zach Wiley’s eight).

As a team Great Britain led the tournament in hitting (.359), doubles (12), runs (49), and fewest strikeouts (14). They also dominated the pitching stats as well. As a team its ERA was just 2.20 (1st), with 51 strikeouts (1st), and two saves (1st).

They faced off with a Ukraine team that went 3-2 in pool play losing only to Great Britain (4-2) and Switzerland (5-2). They placed second as a team in hitting, joining Great Britain as the only other team to hit over .300 with an average of .314.

The Championship Game was a close one once again with Great Britain coming out on top 2-0.

Greg Hendrix pitched a masterful game giving up just five hits tossing a complete game shutout. He struck out 13 in the win giving Great Britain a spot in next year’s European Championship.

Great Britain scored both of their runs in the second inning. The first coming off of an Ian Young (2-for-3) RBI single. Ryan Trask (2-for-3) came up with the other RBI when he singled in the second run of the inning. Hendrix did the rest.

Hendrix was named the MVP of the tournament. He won both of his starts giving up just four runs (two earned) in 16 innings while striking out 28 batters.  Ian Young was named the tournaments best hitter.

B-Level European Championship Zurich Final Standings:

1. Great Britain 5-0
2. Ukraine 3-2
3. Bulgaria 3-2
4. Poland 2-3
5. Switzerland 2-3
6. Slovenia 0-5

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Europe: 2013 BATC Cavaliers Name Kevin Roovers Head Coach

Press release Horbach Battle at the Castle Tournament

The BATC Cavaliers, one of the teams of the Horbach Battle at the Castle tournament, proudly present Kevin Roovers as their manager.

“Kevin Roovers is obviously a talented youth coach with lots of Dutch Major League experience to pass over to the kids. It didn’t takes us long to add Kevin to the managers corps when word got out that he would be interested in leading a team of youngsters during the tournament week” said the tournament management. “We are confident about his ability to teach youth players fundamentals but also to enjoy playing the game”.

Kevin Roovers pitched six seasons for HCAW in the Dutch Major League before returning to Oosterhout Twins in 2012, the place where he started playing baseball as a kid.

The Horbach Battle at the Castle toernooi is an initiative of Stichting ontwikkeling Jeugdhonkbal Zuidwest Nederland to develop youth baseball in the south of The Netherlands and will be held this year between july 8 – 13 in Oosterhout. The tournament aims to be the greatest U13 tournament in Europe.

Talented players born after may 1st of 2000 can register at www.batcbaseball.eu

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Europe: Battle of the Castle U13 Tournament Registrations Underway


The list of registered players is growing steadily. Already 32 players from 17 different clubs are eager to play for one the BATC teams to show off their baseball skills. Interesting are the registrations from Dutch baseball academy players, as well as alumini and future participants of the World Childrens Baseball Fair. With these players around, the level of play will be challenging. Making new baseball friends is also guaranteed with such a well spread entry list.

The tournament organisation is asking for international registrations. Are you passionate about baseball, and are you born after may 1 of 2000, register for the tournament! Players from Germany, France, Italy, UK, Belgium, Eastern Europe and North America are more than welcome to join at this great baseball event. Visit www. batcbaseball.eu for more information. There are various options to accomodate you and your parents.

The first edition of the Battle at the Castle U13 baseball tournament is held in Oosterhout, The Netherlands. It lasts 6 days from july 8 – 13 this summer and is unique in its kind.

For questions and information: mail us at batcbaseball@gmail.com

Press Release Battle of the Castle Tournament

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Jan Esselman New President of Confederation of European Baseball

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).

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Collegiate Baseball League Europe News

Collegiate Baseball League Europe (CBLE) is proud to announce that Bill Froberg, Martijn Meeuwis and Tony Klarberg return for the 2013 championship as the head coaches of the Cavaliers, Admirals and Falcons. Filip van der Meiren who joined Tony Klarberg as the Falcons co-skipper last year has commitments with the Belgium National 18U team and will assist Tony with the draft event on March 23. Jan Naterop who was the pitching coach for the Bombers last year will return for 2013 as well.

Collegiate Baseball League Europe is the only Wood Bat Summer League in Europe, the format is based on Collegiate Summer Leagues like Cape Cod and Northwoods in the US.

As you see CBLE is on track to make 2013 another great event following a very succesful inaugural tournament in 2012.

Last year CBLE had a great level of baseball, a lot of fun, daily attention in the newspaper and scouts of the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins attending some of our games.

Young prospects born after 1/1/1990 and before 12/31/1995 can send their resume to info@cble.org and join the draftlist.

Registration will close on March 16 and the draft will take place on March 24 and will be broadcasted live on our website.

In addition CBLE is pleased to inform you that it signed a letter of intent with the La Rochelle Boucaniers to play at their beautiful field near the Atlantic coast as soon as 2014. Venues in Spain and Germany will be announced soon as it plans to play a 4 week schedule from 2014 and beyond, whereby the league will travel around Europe and play for a week in each of the partnering host cities.

CBLE is starting to get more and more attention from US college players as well and an expanded schedule will make it more attractive for them to visit the “Old World” to spend their summer vacation.

The 2013 schedule starts on July 8 and will be broadcasted live on www.cble.org .

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Europe: Tournament Looking for U13 Players

Press Release BATC Tournament


Between July 8th and July 13 of 2013 there will we an all new European U13 baseball tournament in Oosterhout, Netherlands. The “Battle at the Castle” tournament (BATC) will be a unique 6-day baseball event that provides a podium for the best European baseball players that are born after may 1st of 2000. Playing top level baseball, having fun and making new friends are the cornerstones of this great event.

The BATC Tournament will be held simultaniously with the Collegiate Baseball League Europe (www.cble.org) and has the same basic setup. There are 4 teams with 14 player rosters that combine for 13 tournament games. One of the highlights of the BATC Tournament is a true homerun derby on Wednesday July 10th 2013.

The North American summer leagues were an inspiration for the CBLE and BATC tournaments.  Competitive baseball during summer vacation is of great value for baseball players to work on their game. In the meanwhile the presence of young athletes benefits local communities and will raise the popularity of baseball.

The registration for Little League eligible players (born after may 1st of 2000) is open. For more information visit www.batcbaseball.eu.

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Lithuania: Vilnius Cup Results

By BaseballEurope.com

On 10-12 January 2013, Sportima Arena welcomed the 7th Annual Vilnius Cup Tournament: 12 teams in U-15 age group and 4 teams in U-12 age group. How competitive the teams were is evident from the fact that even seven games ended with a single point difference. The winner of one game was decided by drawing of lots..

The third place winner in the U-12 age group was Kaunas Lituanica with a 7:4 victory over Estonian Kiili Panthers. In the Finals, Vilnius Sporto Vilkai beat Sank Petersburgh National Team 4:0. The MVP award went to Povilas Grigas (Vilnius Sporto Vilkai). The teams received medals, cups, personal prizes and sweets.

In U-15 age group, two teams – Moscow Balashihkha and Kaunas Lituanica – met for a tough third place game which ended in a tie. To break the tie, the teams had two extra innings which eventually brought luck to the Muscovites.

The Finals saw the regular competitors of the tournament – Vilnius Sporto Vilkai and Brest Zubryj 1. Vilnius team pulled off the victory with a score 1:0. The MVP award was granted to Marius Balandis (Vilnius Sporto Vilkai) with his pitch speed of 80 mph adding to the success of his team. The teams of the tournament were presented medals, cups, and special prizes. The best players were granted baseball bats, and all the participants enjoyed the Lithuanian sweets.



2. St.Petersburg baseball federation (RUSSIA)

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European Cup: Schedules Announced for Barcelona and Regensburg

The Confederation of European Baseball technical commission did the drawings for the European Cups that will be played next June. The two cups will be played in Barcelona, Spain and Regensburg, Germany between June 4-9.

The winners of the two pools will play for the European Cup Championship in a best-of-three home and away series at the beginning of August.

Regensburg Pool:

  1. Buchbinder Legionaere Regensburg (GER)
  2. Bern Cardinals (SUI)
  3. Unipol Fortitudo Bologna (ITA)
  4. L&D Amsterdam (NED)
  5. Krc Eagles Prague (CZE)
  6. T&A San Marino (SMA)

Regensburg Schedule:

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Bern – Regensburg
San Marino – Prague
Amsterdam – Bologna

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Regensburg – Amsterdam
Prague – Bern
Bologna – San Marino

Thursday, June 6, 2013
Regensburg – San Marino
Prague – Bologna
Amsterdam – Bern

Friday, June 7, 2013
Regensburg – Prague
Amsterdam – San Marino
Bern – Bologna

Saturday, June 8, 2013
Prague – Amsterdam
Bologna – Regensburg
San Marino – Bern

Sunday, June 9, 2013
Final (1st vs. 2nd)

Times will be determined at a later date

Barcelona Pool:

  1. CB Barcelona (ESP)
  2. Rouen Huskies (FRA)
  3. Draci Brno (CZE)
  4. Telemarket Rimini (ITA)
  5. Untouchables Paderborn (GER)
  6. Corendon Kinheim (NED)

Barcelona Schedule:

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Rimini – Kinheim
Paderborn – Barcelona
Rouen – Brno

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Kinheim – Rouen
Barcelona – Rimini
Brno – Paderborn

Thursday, June 6, 2013
Kinheim – Paderborn
Barcelona – Brno
Rouen – Rimini

Friday, June 7, 2013
Kinheim – Barcelona
Rouen – Paderborn
Rimini – Brno

Saturday, June 8, 2013
Barcelona – Rouen
Brno – Kinheim
Paderborn – Rimini

Sunday, June 9, 2013
Final (1st vs. 2nd)

Times will be determined at a later date

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Bern Cardinals Win European Cup Playoff in Zurich

ZURICH, Switzerland – The first of two European Cup Playoffs were played this weekend in Zurich between the Bern Cardinals and the Montpellier Baracudas. The Hoboken Pioneers withdrew from the tournament giving away the Belgian A-Pool spot.

After dropping the first game, Bern bounced back winning two games on Sunday to win the best-of-3 series and clinching their federation a spot in the 2013 A-Pool of the European Cups.

Bern Cardinals 2, Montpellier Baracudas 4

Montpellier (FRA) got a good outing by starter Thomas Langloys who tossed 7.1 innings allowing just 2 runs on 8 hits to pick up the win in Game 1. Thomas Meley picked up the save finishing off the game. Ryan Byrne took the loss for Bern.

Guillaume Felices scored twice going 2-for-4 for Montpellier. Juan Barrera drove in a run going 2-for-4 as the Barracudas took the first game.

Montpellier Barracudas 8, Bern Cardinals 9

Bern bounced back on Sunday taking Game 2 to tie the series at 1 game apiece behind a complete game win by Benjamin Waite who gave up 8 runs on 13 hits.

Kyle Orr took the loss for Montpellier lasting only 3 innings giving up 8 runs (3 ER).

Ryan Byrne came back after taking the loss on the hill in Game 1 to have a big day at the plate going 3-for-5 with 3 RBI including a double and a triple. Angelo Rodriguez drove in 2 runs, scored 2 more, and picked up 2 hits on the day helping Bern to the win.

Anthony Cros had a good day for Montpellier going 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and 2 RBI. Kyle Orr and Guillaume Felices both drove in a run, scored twice, and picked up two hits in the game.

Montpellier Barracudas 7, Bern Cardinals 11

In the decisive Game 3, the Bern Cardinals held off a 9th inning comeback from Montpellier to hold onto the win and take the title. John Baum pitched all 9 innings for Bern allowing 7 runs on 10 hits. He tired late as Montpellier scored 5 in the top of the 9th to make it a closer game. Baum threw 156 pitches in the win.

Andy Pitcher took the loss for Montpellier going 4.1 innings allowing 6 runs on 9 hits. Anthony Cros had another big game going 2-for-5 with 2 runs scored, 2 RBI, and 2 doubles in the loss.

Bern catcher Seth Suplin scored 3 times, drove in 2 runs, and hit a solo home run in the win. Johnny Perigo picked up 3 hits including a triple. Benjamin Waite went 3-for-5 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI helping in the win. Bern pounded out 16 hits but had only 2 extra base hits.

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Europe Top Hitters and Pitchers From Weekending May 20, 2012

Tenerife Marlins staff ace Leslie Nacar continued his recent dominance last weekend against Sant Boi with a complete game six-hit gem that featured 12 strikeouts. The right-hander currently leads the Spanish Baseball League with 90 strikeouts in just 63 2/3 innings.

The 28-year-old Venezuelan hurler, who has punched out 44 batters in his last three starting assignments, fell behind early against Sant Boi. However, Nacar limited the 2010 Spanish champion to just four hits over the final eight scoreless frames to improve to 6-0 in 2012.

A former prospect in the San Francisco Giants farm system, Nacar posted a 2-5 record with a 2.41 ERA over 74 2/3 minor league frames at the Rookie League level.


Lukas Croton, Therwil Flyers (Switzerland)
Posted six scoreless innings with three hits and a trio of K’s in roat over Wil.

Tiago Da Silva, T&A San Marino (Italy)
Went the distance in 2-1 win over Novara with three hits and eight K’s.

Orlando Yntema, UVV (Netherlands)
Went five shutout frames with two hits and two K’s in win over Sparta/Feyenoord.

Martin Amparo, Bonn Capitals (Germany)
Threw seven shutout frames with five hits and four K’s in win over Dohren.

Tim Jones, Embrach Mustangs (Switzerland)
Texan tossed seven shutout frames with two hits and 13 K’s in rout over Zurich.

Juan Figueroa, Danesi Nettuno (Italy)
Scattered three hits and five K’s over seven scoreless frames in win over Rimini.

Trevor Caughey, Valencia Astros (Spain)
Scattered one run and seven hits with 10 K’s in a complete game win over Viladecans.

Rodney Rodriguez, T&A San Marino (Italy)
Allowed one run and four hits over six innings with 13 K’s in win over Novara.

Jose Romero, San Inazio (Spain)
Struck out six and issued just three hits and no walks over six frames of one-run ball.

Charlie Olson, Bonn Capitals (Germany)
Pitched complete game two-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts in 1-0 win against Dohren.

Riccardo Hernandez, Danesi Nettuno (Italy)
Allowed a run and three hits with six K’s in seven frames in win over Rimini.

Jose Hernandez, Barcelona (Spain)
Worked seven frames of one-run ball with five hits and 11 K’s in win over Navarra.

Duko Jansen, UVV (Netherlands)
Worked seven scoreless innings with just two hits in win over Sparta/Feyenoord.

Darwin Cubilan, T&A San Marino (Italy)
Fanned six and issued just one hit in three relief innings to get win over Novara.

Enorbel Marquez, Telemarket Rimini (Italy)
Threw six shutout frames with three hits and two walks in 4-0 win over Nettuno.


Wesley Connor, L&D Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Went 4-for-5 with home run, four RBIs and three runs scored in win over Kinheim.

Alexis Fumero, Pamplona (Spain)
Went 3-for-4 with a walk, triple and six RBIs in a win over Vigo.

Magnus Pilegard, Stockholm (Sweden)
Went 1-for-2 with triple, four walks, RBI, three steals and four runs scored.

Harry Wischnewski, Embrach Mustangs (Switzerland)
Reached base six times, scored five runs and stole four bases in win over Zurich.

Asier Izaguirre, San Inazio (Spain)
Turned in a 4-for-5 effort with a triple and four RBIs in win against El Llano.

Reto Siegel, Therwil Flyers (Switzerland)
Went 4-for-6 with a homer, three RBIs and four runs scored in win over Wil.

Casey Auerbach, Embrach Mustangs (Switzerland)
Canadian was 5-for-5 with triple, two doubles and seven RBIs in victory over Zurich.

Timor Kombarov, Alby Stars (Sweden)
Collected four hits, one walk, two RBIs and one run scored in loss to Stockholm.

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Marvin Moore is a freelance writer and former int’l baseball coach. He currently teaches baseball to underpriviliged Filipino boys at the Future Stars Baseball School in Bohol, Philippines.

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Europe: Top Hitters and Pitchers From Last Weekend

Senart Templiers dual threat Matthieu Brelle-Andrade enjoyed a banner day last Sunday to help the French Baseball League second-place squad sweep past the Pessac Panthers.

The 27-year-old tossed a complete game eight-inning no-hitter to help the Templiers blank Pessac, 10-0, in the first game of a doubleheader. The right-hander allowed only two batters to reach base (walk and error) while posting four strikeouts to improve his card to 2-2 with an eye-catching 1.61 ERA in 50 1/3 frames.

Brelle-Andrade, who leads Senart with a .333 batting mark (18-for-54), used the lumber to help the Templiers capture an 8-6 victory in the twinbill finale.

The French national team standout went 3-for-4 with a walk, double and four RBIs as Senart (12-4) remains in a three-way race with Rouen and Paris University Club for this year’s French national championship.


Kyle Ward, UVV (Netherlands)
Pitched six scoreless frames with four hits and four K’s in 4-0 win over HCAW.

Ernesto Pino, El Llano (Spain)
Scattered three hits and one unearned run with six K’s over seven frames in 7-1 win.

Ben Grover, L&D Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Tossed six shutout frames with one hit and three K’s in 12-0 win over Sparta/Feyenoord.

Eugen Heilmann, Paderborn Untouchables (Germany)
Allowed four hits with five K’s over seven shutout frames in 12-0 win over Hamburg.

James Murrey, Paris University Club (France)
Scattered two hits, a walk and nine K’s over six shutout frames in 5-2 victory.

Ricardo Hernandez, Danesi Nettuno (Italy)
Issued five hits and struck out four in five shutout frames in 9-0 win over Godo.

Luke Sommer, Corendon Kinheim (Netherlands)
Allowed four hits and one earned run with six K’s over seven frames in win over ADO.

Anthony Peraza, Hamburg Stealers (Germany)
Pitched a complete game six-hitter with nine K’s in 3-1 upset win over Paderborn.

Marcos Tabata, Telemarket Rimini (Italy)
Worked four shutout one-hit relief innings with five K’s in 11-8 win over Cariparma Parma.

Jos de Jong, L&D Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Surrendered three hits and two walks with seven K’s in seven-inning complete game shutout.

Diegomar Markwell, DOOR Neptunus (Netherlands)
Allowed four hits and struck out five over seven scoreless frames in 1-0 victory.

David Bergman, Corendon Kinheim (Netherlands)
Hurled seven one-hit frames with two hits and four K’s in 5-1 win over ADO.

Tiago Da Silva, T&A San Marino (Italy)
Pitched seven shutout innings with six hits and seven K’s in no-decision effort.


Sidney de Jong, L&D Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Went 2-for-2 with homer, two walks, a pair of RBIs, and two steals in 12-0 blowout win.

Andrew Smith, Heidenheim Heidekopfe (Germany)
Posted four hits, home run, five runs scored and four RBIs in 19-1 victory.

Hector Velasquez, El Llano (Spain)
Enjoyed 3-for-5 game with triple and five RBIs in 12-1 win over the Vigo Falcons.

Leonardo Zileri, Cariparma Parma (Italy)
Tallied four hits with a walk, RBI and two runs scored in 15-14 win over Rimini.

Ty Ericksen, Haar Disciples (Germany)
Singled, doubled and tripled with four RBIs in 10-4 victory over Stuttgart.

Ethan Paquette, Rouen Huskies (France)
Went 4-for-4 with a walk, three doubles and a trio of RBIs in 9-4 victory.

Kenny Berkenbosch, L&D Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Collected a trio of hits and popped a three-run homer in 13-0 win over Sparta/Feyenoord.

Sandel Cuevas, Valencia Astros (Spain)
Went 4-for-5 with a run, triple and RBI in 9-2 win over San Inazio Bilbao.

Evan Le Blanc, Regensburg Legionaere (Germany)
Went 3-for-3 with a run, double, two walks and three RBIs in 12-4 win over Mainz.

Bastien Dagneau, Rouen Huskies (France)
Collected four hits with double, stolen base and two RBIs in 8-4 victory.

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Website of the Week: The International Game

The International Game brings great opportunity to college players around the country to experience baseball in unique settings. Each year they take college players to Europe to compete in some of the most beautiful places in the world.

The directors of the tours include two highly experienced players and coaches both in the US and abroad. John Dobkowski has played in The Netherlands, Germany, and as a part of the Polish National Team. Ty Eriksen has experience in Germany, Israel, and is an assistant on the Austrian National Team.

Each year they take a team to the Czech Republic for Prague Baseball Week, one of the best baseball experiences in the world. Players will have a chance to not only play in beautiful Prague, but have the chance to tour and experience a bit of another culture. It’s a unique opportunity for college players to be exposed to baseball in another part of the world.

The level of talent that the teams play against range from national teams to professional teams. It’s a chance to become exposed to another baseball atmosphere where some of the players might one day wind up playing professionally.

For more information you can check out their website - The International Game, on their Face Book page, or follow them on Twitter to see what others are saying.

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2011 European Baseball Playoff Outlooks

The 2011 European Baseball Playoffs are in full force with the best squads on the old continent fighting for bragging rights and national championships. While several circuits across the Atlantic Ocean have already crowned a champion, the title season is just heating up in other places.

Below is a brief outlook from selected leagues in Europe:

The Austrian League concluded this weekend with four make-up games. The Attnang-Puchheim Athletics (24-4) claimed the regular season crown and will be joined in the playoffs with the Vienna Wanderers (22-6), Vienna Metrostars (18-10) and the Schwaz Tigers (14-14).

The two-time reigning Belgian champion Hoboken Pioneers will be seeking their third consecutive title when they battle the surprising Namur Angels in the Belgian Series. The Angels ousted the Merksem Royal Greys to reach its first league championship series since 1998.

BK Zagreb regrouped from a surprising setback in Game 4 to beat Nada SSM Split and capture the Croation Baseball League Championship. Zagreb, coached by former Major Leaguer Mike Hartley, took the best-of-seven title series four games to one.

16-time defending Czech League champion AVG Draci Brno has already booked a ticket to the championship series and will meet the winner of the Technika Brno vs Kotlarka Prague semifinal matchup.

The six-time reigning French champion Rouen Huskies booted the Savigny Lions from the playoffs in four games to earn their eight finals appearance in the last nine years. Skipper Robin Roy’s squad will meet the winner of the Montpellier Barracudas vs. Senart Templiers matchup in the title series. The Barracudas leads the best-of-five semifinal matchup two games to none.

The reigning German champion Buchbinder Legionaere picked up a pair of must-win road victories last weekend to force a winner-take-all Game Five against the Paderborn Untouchables on Sept. 24. The Regensburg club regrouped after dropping the first two games at the Armin-Wolf-Arena with 5-0 and 7-5 wins.

The Southern Nationals steamrolled the reigning champion Richmond Flames and the Lakenheath Diamondbacks en route to a shocking National Baseball League (NBL) title.

The Panthers Patras dethroned seven-time league champion Spartacus Glyfadas to win the 2011 Greek Baseball Championship.

The Dublin Spartans (11-5) have clinched a spot in the Irish Baseball League finals and awaits the winner of the Dublin Hurricanes (15-1) vs. Belfast North Stars (6-10) clash this past Saturday. The league finals will take place on Saturday, Sept. 24 at Corkagh Park.

T&A San Marino climbed out of an 0-2 hole to beat Danesi Nettuno in seven games to win the 2011 Italian Series. The Titans, which last won the IBL’s top prize in 2008, also won the regular season crown and finished first in the nine-game semifinal round.

The Mellieha Northenders Reflections Sports Bar & Grill defeated the Mustangs to claim its seventh Malta Baseball crown in the past eight years. The Northenders, which have won a total of 11 championships, took the best-of-three finals in two games.

The L&D Amsterdam Pirates disposed of the Vaessen Pioniers in five games to win its first Holland Series since 2008. American Ben Grover capped a strong season with seven innings of one-run ball.

Tornado of Moscow (formerly Balashikha) captured its third consecutive Russian Baseball Championships title. In the best-of-five final, the Tornado stopped MGPU Moscow in four games (7-5, 5-3, 8-11, 14-7).

FC Barcelona bagged the Spanish League trophy with a sterling 33-3 record in one of the few European leagues without a playoff format. However, due to budget cuts at the giant football powerhouse, the baseball program is expected to be eliminated.

Stockholm BSK is on the brink of its third national championship in four years after notching a pair of road wins against Goteborg Hajarna last weekend in the best-of-five league title series. Stockholm opened the series with a 6-3 triumph and put the Sharks in an two-game hole with an 11-8 win in Game Two.

One of Europe’s best rivalries will be renewed when the Bern Cardinals and Therwil Flyers meet in the Swiss League Finals. The Cards are the reigning champion and are making an impressive seventh straight appearance in the title series. The Flyers, which lorded over Swiss baseball in the early and mid-1990s, have enjoyed two magical campaigns under American playing coach JB Tucker, and boast a deep and talented pitching unit.

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Europe: 2010 American Imports All-Stars

A trio of former Major League pitchers – Kris Wilson, Jim Brower and Mike Hartley – headline the 2010 i-baseballcontent.com European Leagues American Import All-Stars.

The 33-year-old Wilson (pictured) had a 14-9 record with an ERA of 5.44 in 95 MLB appearances (20 starts). He struck out 142 batters in 243 1/3 innings with 68 walks. This past season for Danesi Nettuno of the Italian Baseball League (IBL), the right-hander posted a 7-4 record with 70 strikeouts and a 2.50 ERA in 75 2/3 innings.

Brower, who tossed a no-hitter in his IBL debut, suited up for eight different MLB teams. The 38-year-old righty went 8-4 with 69 strikeouts and a 2.38 ERA in 83 1/3 innings for the Telemarket Rimini Pirates.

Hartley, who suited up for the Dodgers, Phillies, Twins and Red Sox in more than 200 Major League appearances, guided the Heidenheim Heidekoepfe to the European Champions Cup Final Four title game this past season. The 49-year-old skipper led the German South Division club to its first national championship in 2009, and lost in the Bundesliga championship series this year against the Regensburg Legionaere.

Other notable Americans having success on European diamonds this past season includes first baseman Gary Burnham and pitchers Patrick Ahearne and Eddie Aucoin.

Burnham signed with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2007 and spent a decade in the minor leagues with several organizations. The 35-year-old, who has also played in Taiwan and Japan, batted .329 with 11 doubles, four home runs, 21 walks and 24 RBIs for the Godo Knights.

Ahearne played a lone season (1995) in the big leagues but won 114 games and logged more than 2,000 innings in a long minor league career. The 40-year-old compiled a 5-0 record in 2010 with 39 strikeouts and a 1.41 ERA in 44 2/3 innings for Czech powerhouse AVG Draci Brno.

Aucoin, who compiled a 17-1 record on the indy circuit, is a well-travelled pitcher who has played in Colombia, Germany and the Netherlands. The 35-year-old went 7-5 with 67 strikeouts and a 1.72 ERA in 94 innings with the Hoofddorp Pioniers this past season.

2010 American Imports All-Stars

C – Tyson Jaquez, Dohren Wild Farmers (Germany)
Batted .429 with seven doubles, five homers, 21 runs scored and 23 RBIs.

C – Whitney Pierce, Schwaz Tigers (Austria)
Aurian League MVP hit .423 with nine doubles, six home runs, 25 walks and 41 RBIs.

C – Bryce Enewold, Karlskoga Bats (Sweden)
Batted .387 with eight doubles, 30 runs scored, 18 walks and 15 RBIs.

1B – Ty Ericksen, Haar Disciples (Germany)
Hit .376 with five doubles, 18 walks, 26 runs scored and 23 RBIs.

1B – Gary Burnham, Godo Knights (Italy)
Batted .329 with 11 doubles, four home runs, 21 walks and 24 RBIs.

1B – Brian Hipps, Zurich Challengers (Switzerland)
Hit .469 with 13 doubles, two homers, 34 runs scored, 16 walks and 25 RBIs.

2B – Zach Kim, Haar Disciples (Germany)
Batted .350 with 12 doubles, 22 walks, 14 steals, 39 runs scored and 18 RBIs.

SS – Evan Porter, Solingen Alligators (Germany)
Hit .402 with six doubles, four home runs, 37 runs scored and 22 RBIs.

SS – Matthew Vance, Buchbinder Legionaere (Germany)
Batted .424 with 11 doubles, five homers, 17 steals, 37 runs scored and 24 RBIs.

SS – Dennis Kelly, Mannheim Tornados (Germany)
Hit .425 with 10 doubles, six home runs, 23 walks, 19 steals, 39 runs scored and 26 RBIs.

SS – Kory Twede, Gauting Indians (Germany)
Batted .385 with nine doubles, four homers, 12 steals, 22 runs scored and 17 RBIs.

SS – Chris Beck, Heidenheim Heidekoepfe (Germany)
Hit .422 with seven doubles, 16 walks, 15 steals, 30 runs scored and 22 RBIs.

3B – Shawn Vance, Sundbyberg Heat (Sweden)
Batted .471 with 12 doubles, three home runs, 32 runs scored and 43 RBIs.

3B – Daniel Meier, Paderborn Untouchables (Germany)
Hit .339 with eight doubles, six homers, 23 runs scored and 24 RBIs.

OF – Jordan Pennington, Montpellier Barracudas (France)
Hit .436 with 11 doubles, five triples, 29 runs scored, 28 RBIs and 41 hits.

OF – Joseph Slater, Cologne Cardinals (Germany)
Batted .333 with six doubles, 13 steals, 25 runs scored and 34 hits.

OF – Kevin Malone, Valencia Astros (Spain)
Batted .394 with eight doubles, six homers, 44 runs scored and 31 RBIs.

OF – Tim Stewart, Savigny Lions (France)
Hit .341 with nine doubles, three homers, 24 runs scored and 25 RBIs.

SP – Jim Brower, Telemarket Rimini (Italy)
Went 8-4 with 69 strikeouts and a 2.38 ERA in 83 1/3 innings.

SP – Terrence Antonacci, Hoboken Pioneers (Belgium)
Posted an 8-0 record with 62 strikeouts and an 0.92 ERA in 59 innings.

SP – Eddie Aucoin, Hoofddorp Pioniers (Netherlands)
Went 7-5 with 67 strikeouts and a 1.72 ERA in 94 innings.

SP – Patrick Ahearne, AVG Draci Brno (Czech Republic)
Posted a 5-0 record with 39 strikeouts and a 1.41 ERA in 44 2/3 innings.

SP – Cody Cillo, UGF Bologna (Italy)
Compiled a 6-3 mark with 67 strikeouts and a 2.75 ERA in 72 innings.

SP – Daniel Meier, Paderborn Untouchables (Germany)
Went 7-5 with 94 strikeouts and a 1.58 ERA in 102 1/3 innings.

SP – Reed Brown, Stock City Cubs (Austria)
Compiled an 8-4 mark with 158 K’s and a 2.06 ERA in 105 innings.

SP – Bobby Carrington, ADO (Netherlands)
Went 3-3 with 77 strikeouts and a 1.82 ERA in 79 innings.

SP – Dusty Bergman, Heidenheim Heidekoepfe (Germany)
Posted a 5-1 record with 62 strikeouts and a 2.81 ERA in 64 innings.

SP – Jason Enewold, Karlskoga Bats (Sweden)
Went 8-4 with 74 strikeouts and a 1.89 ERA in 81 innings.

SP – Josh Rickards, Solingen Alligators (Germany)
Posted a 9-2 record with 101 strikeouts and a 1.21 ERA in 82 innings.

SP – Kris Wilson, Danesi Nettuno (Italy)
Went 7-4 with 70 strikeouts and a 2.50 ERA in 75 2/3 innings.

SP – Ben Grover, L&D Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Posted a 5-1 record with 42 strikeouts and a 1.93 ERA in 84 innings.

SP – Vince DeCoito, Dohren Wild Farmers (Germany)
Compiled an 8-5 mark with 10 complete games, 136 K’s and a 2.94 ERA in 110 1/3 frames.

SP – Chris Cooper, Montepaschi Grosseto (Italy)
Posted a 4-4 mark with 49 strikeouts and a 2.38 ERA in 75 2/3 innings.

RP – Chris Di Roma, Telemarket Rimini (Italy)
Went 1-1 with eight saves, 37 strikeouts and a 1.64 ERA in 44 innings.

RP – Kyle Ward, Mr. Cocker HCAW (Netherlands)
Went 5-4 with 36 strikeouts and a 2.59 ERA in 48 2/3 innings.

RP – Marco Grifantini, Cariparma Parma (Italy)
Posted a 5-0 record with four saves, 46 strikeouts and an 1.85 ERA in 48 2/3 innings.

COACH – Mike Hartley, Heidenheim Heidekoepfe (Germany)
Led squad to the finals of the European Final Four and the German League.

Photo courtesy of Ferrini/FIBS

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2010 All-European Team

The 2010 I-BaseballContent.com All-European team is loaded with talent, featuring nine players who played key roles in helping their respective squads reach the championship series in both Italy and the Netherlands.

The 17-man first team, chosen by performances this past season and picked by former European coach and international baseball writer Marvin Moore, features a Triple Crown winner, front-of-the-rotation pitchers, line drive hitters and batters who hit for high averages.

Neptunus veteran slugger Raily Legito was tabbed as the Most Valuable Player. The versatile third baseman batted .340 with 18 extra-base hits, 35 RBIs and 11 stolen bases to help lead the Rotterdam club to back-to-back Dutch Series championships.

T&A San Marino centerfielder Carlos Duran was named the top offensive performer after becoming the first player since 1981 to win the Italian Baseball League (IBL) triple crown. The sweet-swinging lefty from Venezuela topped the league in batting average (.349), home runs (six), RBIs (39), hits (61) and runs scored (37).

Cariparma skipper Gilberto Gerali is the top manager after steering Parma to their first IBL crown since 1997.

The following are the first, second and honorable mention I-BaseballContent.com All-European teams for 2010.


Sidney de Jong, L&D Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Jairo Ramos, UGF Assicurazioni Bologna (Italy)

Davide Dallospedale, Cariparma Parma (Italy)

Tony Granadillo, Pamplona (Spain)

Raily Legito, Neptunus (Netherlands)

Carlos Duran, T&A San Marino (Italy)
Dirk vant’ Klooster, Corendon Kinheim (Netherlands)
Bryan Engelhardt, Corendon Kinheim (Netherlands)

Maximiliano De Biase, T&A San Marino (Italy)

Leon Boyd, Neptunus (Netherlands)
Rob Cordemans, L&D Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Jesus Matos, UGF Assicurazioni Bologna (Italy)
David Bergman, Corendon Kinheim (Netherlands)
Henry Bonilla, T&A San Marino (Italy)
Terence Antonacci, Hoboken Pioneers (Belgium)

Michiel van Kampen, Corendon Kinheim (Netherlands)
Victor Moreno, UGF Assicurazioni Bologna (Italy)
Marco Grifantini, Cariparma Parma (Italy)

Gilberto Gerali, Cariparma Parma (Italy)

Raily Legito, Neptunus (Netherlands)

Carlos Duran, T&A San Marino (Italy)


CA – Martijn Meeuwis, Neptunus (Netherlands)
1B – Richard Montiel, Tenerife Marlins (Spain)
2B – Benjamin Dille, Neptunus (Netherlands)
SS – Juan Carlos Infante, UGF Assicurazioni Bologna (Italy)
SS – Marco Yepez, Cariparma Parma (Italy)
3B – Orlando Munoz, Cariparma Parma (Italy)
OF – Bas de Jong, L&D Amsterdam (Netherlands)
OF – Juan Camilo, Cariparma Parma (Italy)
OF – Wuillians Vasquez, Mr. Cocker HCAW (Netherlands)
DH – Jeffrey Arends, Neptunus (Netherlands)
SP – Diegomar Markwell, Neptunus (Netherlands)
SP – Sandy Patrone, Telemarket Rimini (Italy)
SP – Dushan Ruzic, Neptunus (Netherlands)
SP – Patrik Ahearne, AVG Draci Brno (Czech Republic)
SP – Junior Guerra, Sant Boi (Spain)
SP – Tiago Da Silva, T&A San Marino (Italy)
SP – Jim Brower, Telemarket Rimini (Italy)
SP – Trevor Caughey, Technika Brno (Czech Republic)
SP – Roberto Corradini, Cariparma Parma (Italy)
RP – Chris Di Roma, Telemarketr Rimini (Italy)
RP – Dave Draijer, Hoofddorp Pioniers (Netherlands)
RP – Pedro Orta, Cariparma Parma (Italy)
RP – Hector Perozo, Navarra (Spain)
RP – Berry van Driel, Neptunus (Netherlands)
RP – Fabio Milano, UGF Assicurazioni Bologna (Italy)


CA – Juan Angrisano, UGF Assicurazioni Bologna (Italy)
CA – Petr Cech, Buchbinder Legionaere (Germany)
CA – Tyson Jaquez, Dohren Wild Farmers
1B – Gary Burnham, Godo Knights (Italy)
1B – Lino Connel, Danesi Nettuno (Italy)
1B – Magnus Pilegard, Stockholm (Sweden)
1B – Jan Drabek, Eagles Praha (Czech Republic)
1B – David Gauthier, Rouen Huskies (France)
2B – Emmanuel Febles, FC Barcelona (Spain)
2B – Martin Schneider, AVG Draci Brno (Czech Republic)
SS – Larry Jose Infante, Navarra (Spain)
SS – Danny Sandoval, Montepaschi Grosseto (Italy)
SS – Matthew Vance, Heidenheim Heidekoepfe (Germany)
SS – Jakub Hajtmar, AVG Draci Brno (Czech Republic)
SS – Dennis Kelly, Mannheim Tornados (Germany)
SS – Aaron Hornostaj, Rouen Huskies (France)
3B – Marc Carrillo, Sant Boi (Spain)
3B – Bart Gabriels, Mr. Cocker HCAW (Netherlands)
3B – Shawn Vance, Sundbyberg Heat (Sweden)
3B – Dominik Wulf, Solingen Alligators (Germany)
OF – Laidel Chapelli, Telemarket Rimini (Italy)
OF – Kenny Berkenbosch, L&D Amsterdam (Netherlands)
OF – Tim Stewart, Savigny Lions (France)
OF – Robert Gruber, Heidenheim Heidekoepfe (Germany)
OF – Steven De Lannoy, Hoboken Pioneers (Belgium)
OF – Lennart Koster, Hoofddorp Pioniers (Netherlands)
OF – Kenji Hagiwara, Rouen Huskies (France)
OF – Kevin Malone, Valencia Astros (Spain)
OF – Sascha Lutz, Mannheim Tornados (Germany)
SP – Enorbel Marquez-Ramirez, Telemarket Rimini (Italy)
SP – Eddie Aucoin, Hoofddorp Pioniers (Netherlands)
SP – Boris Bokaj, Buchbinder Legionaere (Germany)
SP – Juan Jose Lopez, Navarra (Spain)
SP – Jason Enewold, Karlskoga Bats (Sweden)
SP – Andre Hughes, Solingen Alligators (Germany)
SP – Joakim Claesson, Stockholm (Sweden)
SP – Kris Wilson, Danesi Nettuno (Italy)
SP – Markus Winkler, Heidenheim Heidekoepfe (Germany)
SP – Tim Henkenjohann, Bonn Capitals (Germany)
RP – Al Morales, L&D Amsterdam (Netherlands)
RP – Ruben Fente, Sant Boi (Spain)
RP – Remigio Leal, Danesi Nettuno (Italy)
RP – Wayne Ough, AVG Draci Brno (Czech Republic)
RP – Jose Escalona, T&A San Marino (Italy)

TOMORROW: 2010 European Leagues American Import All-Stars

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European Baseball Top 30

Cariparma Parma is ranked No. 1 in the final 2010 i-baseballcontent.com European Top 30 baseball poll.

Parma, fresh from winning the Italian Baseball League title, rallied to take Game 6 and 7 of the Italian Series against UGF Fortitudo Bologna to capture its first national championship since 1997.

Neptunus, which struggled mightily at this year’s European Club Championships, regrouped to claim their second consecutive Dutch crown. The Rotterdam club, boasting one of the deepest rosters on the old continent, posted an astounding 39-3 record during the regular season before stopping the L&D Amsterdam Pirates in six games to win the Holland Series.

Arguably the top two circuits in Europe, the leagues in Italy and the Netherlands garnered nine selections – including the first five spots.

A total of 13 countries are represented including Germany (4), Spain (3), Czech Republic (2), France (2), Great Britain (2), Sweden (2), Switzerland (2), Austria (1), Belgium (1), Russia (1) and Ukraine (1).

2010 i-baseballcontent.com European Top 30

1. Cariparma Parma, Italy*
2. Neptunus, Netherlands*
3. UGF Fortitudo Bologna, Italy
4. T&A San Marino, Italy
5. L&D Amsterdam, Netherlands
6. Sant Boi, Spain*
7. Corendon Kinheim, Netherlands
8. Regensburg Legionaere, Germany*
9. Telemarket Rimini, Italy
10. Heidenheim Heidekopfe, Germany
11. FC Barcelona, Spain
12. Hoofddorp Pioniers, Netherlands
13. Draci Brno, Czech Republic*
14. Rouen Huskies, France*
15. Danesi Nettuno, Italy
16. Hoboken Pioneers, Belgium*
17. Tenerife Marlins, Spain
18. Karlskoga Bats, Sweden*
19. Technika Brno, Czech Republic
20. Savigny Lions, France
21. Richmond Flames, Great Britain*
22. Solingen Alligators, Germany
23. Bern Cardinals, Switzerland*
24. Paderborn Untouchables, Germany
25. BSK Stockholm, Sweden
26. Attnang-Puchheim Athletics, Austria*
27. London Mets, Great Britain
28. Tornado Balashikha, Russia*
29. Therwil Flyers, Switzerland
30. KNTU-Elizavetgrad, Ukraine*

* League Champion

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European Baseball News

ITALY – Baseball.it is reporting that Australian pitcher Dushan Ruzic will join the Telemarket Rimini Pirates for the 2011 campaign. The right-hander, who earned MVP honors at this year’s Holland Series, posted a 9-0 record with a 1.56 ERA to help Neptunus repeat as Dutch League champion.

The 6’8″ struck out 78 and allowed 45 hits in 81 innings this past season. He was sixth in ERA, second in opponent average (.167), third in strikeouts and tied with five others for second in wins.

Ruzic worked 14 frames in the 2010 European Cup without allowing an earned run and posted a victory against T&A San Marino. He starred in the 2010 Holland Series, winning Game 2 against the L&D Amsterdam Pirates out of the bullpen, saving Game 3 with 2 2/3 shutout relief innings, and winning Game 5 with two perfect frames.

Former Big Leaguer Staying With Nettuno
Danesi Nettuno will bring back ex-Major League pitcher Kris Wilson for the 2011 season. The 34-year-old was 7-4 with a 2.50 ERA in his maiden season in the IBL. Wilson took the hill for both the Kansas City Royals and the New York Yankees in the big leagues.

Chapelli To Join San Marino
Telemarket Rimini outfielder Laidel Chapelli is leaving the Pirates to join T&A San Marino, according to the Italian website, Baseball.it. The Cuban-born slugger has also played for Padova, Castelfranco and Parma. A member of the Italian National Team, the 38-year-old led Rimini with a .322 batting average this past season while scoring 28 runs scored and collecting 22 RBIs.


Barcelona Adds New Players
FC Barcelona has signed veteran slugger Jose Luis Riera and utility player Pau Sancho for the 2011 season. Barcelona finished in second place in 2010 behind league champion Sant Boi. The 36-year-old Riera will be entering his eighth season in the Spanish League after batting .346 with six homers and 45 RBIs this past season for Sant Boi. Sancho, 22, suited up for the Valencia Astros earlier this year.

Garcia Named New Halcones Skipper
Former Spanish National Team standout Manuel Garcia has been tapped to replace Diego Torres as manager of the Spanish League club Vigo Halcones. Garcia takes over a squad that finished in eight place this past season with a 9-27 record. During his playing career, he suited up for Ateneo Salmantino de Cornella de Llobregat, Sant Boi, Hercules Les Corts, FC Barcelona and Viladecans.

Pitching Prospect Has Knee Surgery
FC Barcelona right-hander Oscar Jimenez recently had successfully knee operation to repair a damaged meniscus. The Spanish League powerhouse expects the versatile hurler to be 100 percent for the 2011 season. The 19-year-old, who held opposing hitters to a meager .153 batting average in 2010, went 8-2 with a 2.50 ERA while tallying 70 strikeouts in 50-plus innings.


Van Der Meiren To Coach Brasschaat
The Brasschaat Braves have announced that Filip Van Der Meiren will replace Dirk Pissiersens as manager in 2011. The Braves finished in fourth place this past season and are looking for their first championship since 2004. Van Der Meiren, who is coordinator of the Flemish Baseball Academy, played 14 seasons in the Belgian League before retiring last year.

Hoboken Adds Promising Outfielder
Belgian National Team outfielder David Herssens is leaving the Port of Antwerp Greys to join the two-time reigning national champion Hoboken Pioneers. The promising 21-year-old will be joined by former national team member Kevin Knollenburg, who has announced his retirement and will coach third base for the Pioneers.

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European League Champions

While several European baseball clubs continue their pursuit of a national championship this weekend, the majority of the leagues on the old continent have already put the finishing touches on the 2010 season

DOOR Neptunus, which endured a “humbling” European Cup tournament this past summer, regrouped to repeat as Dutch League champion. The Rotterdam squad captured a record-setting 13th national title, which surpassed the Haarlem Nicols who won 12 Dutch championships.

Cariparma Parma climbed back atop the Italian Baseball League mountain with a thrilling victory over reigning champion UGF Bologna in a seven-game thriller. However, Bologna added some hardware to its trophy case with tournament tiles at the European Cup and the Italian Cup.

Below is a look at the 2010 results in leagues all across Europe:

The Attnang-Puchheim Athletics swept the Schwarz Tigers in three games to win their second title in three years.

The Hoboken Pioneers won their second consecutive championship with a three-game sweep against the Deurne Spartans.

Olimpija Karlovac beat Vindija Varazdin in six games to win their second Croatian title in four years.

13-time champion AVG Draci Brno and Technika Brno are tied at one game apiece in the best-of-five title series.

Defending champion Rouen Huskies will battle the Savigny Lions in the best-of-five finals.

The Buchbinder Legionaere beat the Heidenheim Heidekopfe in five games to win their second crown in three years.

The Richmond Flames routed the Bracknell Blazers 10-1 to win the National Baseball League (NBL) title.

Cariparma Parma slipped past UGF Bologna in seven games to win their first IBL title since 1997.

R?gas Lauvas swept Riga Diamonds/Latvijas Universit?te in three games to win Latvian crown.

Lituanica Kaunas defeated Juodasis Vikingas Vilnius in three games to win their 11th championship.

Kvint-SDYSOR Tiraspol captured their first-ever national crown this past season.

DOOR Neptunus fought off the Amsterdam Pirates in six games to win back-to-back Dutch championships.

MKS Stal BiS Kutno swept D?by Osielsko in three games to win the Polish title.

Sant Boi toppled FC Barcelona to win their first Spanish Leagurown since 2003.

The Karlskoga Bats edged Stockholm in five games to claim their first championship since 2007.

Defending champion Therwil Flyers will host the Bern Cardinals this weekend in a winner-take-all Game 5.

KNTU-Elizavetgrad went 32-4 in 2010 to win their 13th Ukrainian championship in 19 years.

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European Baseball Coaching Clinic December 11-12 in Holland

24th European Baseball Coaching Clinic set for December 11-12 in Holland

Experienced coaches will share their knowledge at the 24th European Baseball Coaching Clinic in Rotterdam, Holland on December 11-12, with 18 sessions on fundamentals of throwing, hitting, pitching, catching, outfield play, situational hitting, teamforming, practice organisation, coaching and coaching third base.

Participants will receive an Official Certificate at the end of the course.


Hotel: The clinic will be held in the Novotel Brainpark in Rotterdam, a comfortable and modern hotel situated only 10 minutes from downtown Rotterdam. The price for a shared double room is 46 euros per person per night and 70 euros for a single room. Breakfast buffet is included.

Travel: Participants can travel to Rotterdam by car, train or plane, with Easyjet flying to Rotterdam from different locations in Europe Travelling to Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport is also possible. The train ride from Amsterdam to Rotterdam takes 25 minutes and costs 20 euros for the round trip.

Clinic Fee: Registration fee for the clinic is 149 euros, including clinic programme, lunch and dinner on Saturday, lunch on Sunday, coffee and tea and a Happy Hour on Saturday evening.

Registration: You can register for the clinic via the official website (www.europeancoachclinic.nl) or by sending an email to harumi.ueda@knbsb.nl. For more information or answers to questions, e-mail: gijs.selderijk@knbsb.nl.

Clinic Leader

JIM JONES has over 45 years of baseball coaching experience at the youth, high school, college, semi-pro and international level. Jim served as assistant coach at Stanford University before becoming Head Coach at the University of Wyoming and then St Mary’s College in California. He is presently retired from teaching and serves as President of International Sports Group Inc. Jim was the European Baseball Coaching Clinic leader in 2001, 2006, 2007 and 2008 and he has helped the development of baseball in the Czech Republic, France, Spain, Portugal, Slovakia and Holland.


REGGIE SMITH played for 17 years in the Major Leagues for the Red Sox, Dodgers, Cardinals and Giants. During his seven years with Boston Red Sox he hit 149 home runs and drove in 536 runs, both team records for a switch hitter. He hit 314 career home runs, won a Gold Glove as an outfielder, appeared in seven All-Star Games and played in four World Series, winning in 1981. Reggie was voted to the Dodgers’ All-Time Best Team by the fans in 2008. After retiring, Reggie became the Minor League Coordinator for the Los Angeles Dodgers and later became the Dodgers’ hitting instructor and first base coach. Reggie was named the hitting instructor for the United States baseball team for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, where Team USA won Gold. More recently, Reggie was a Team USA coach for the 2007 Baseball World Cup, the 2008 Olympics and the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

ANDY MCKAY begins his 13th year as Head Coach and 18th season overall as a coach at Sacramento Community College. In Andy’s first season as the Panthers’ skipper in 1999, his team were California State Champions and he has won the Bay Valley Conference title five times. Before joining the SCC coaching staff, Andy spent one year as a player/coach at the University of Tampa, where he helped guide the Spartans to the Division II National Championship. Coach McKay spends the majority of his time on the field working with his pitching staff and catchers.

STEVE JANSSEN started his coaching career in Belgium as the Head Coach for the national team. From 2000-2006 he was the pitching coach for DOOR Neptunus in Holland, helping the team win national titles in 2003-2005. From 2002-2005, Steve was the pitching coach for the Dutch national team. In 2006, he was an Honorary Coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ AAA team, in 2007 he became Technical Director for the Belgian Baseball Federation and in 2008 he was Head Coach for Sparta/Feyenoord. In 2009, Steve served as Head Coach for DOOR Neptunus as the team won its first title since 2005. Steve won the EBCA Coach of the Year Award and Dutch Coach of the Year Award in 2009 and is now the pitching coach for the Dutch National Team.

CHARLIE URBANUS played 131 games for the Dutch National Team between 1972 and 1986 and as a youth player won the Roel de Mon Award in 1970 and the Ron Fraser Award in 1971. Charlie won club championships in 1979, 1980 and 1986 with Amstel Tijgers. He was Pitcher of the Year in 1973, 1975 and 1980, won the league batting title in 1979 and 1981 and was MVP of the league in 1973 and 1986. As a coach of DOOR Neptunus, Charlie was named Coach of the Year in 1991 and 1993 after championships in both years. In 1993 he won the European Cup II and in 1994 the European Cup I, and from 1989 until 1991 he was the pitching coach for the Dutch National Team. Charlie coached the Dutch Olympic team to a fifth place finish at the Sydney Olympics and in 1997 he was selected for the Dutch Hall of Fame. After coaching Amsterdam Pirates teams for 10 years, he became Head Coach of L&D Amsterdam in 2010.

BRIAN FARLEY played for the St Louis Cardinals as a pitcher at AA level. He also played for teams in both Australia and the Netherlands and in the Netherlands managed Twins Oosterhout and HCAW Bussum. With HCAW, he won the national title in 1998 and the European Cup in 2000 and was honoured as Coach of the Year in 1998. Brian was the pitching coach for the Dutch National Team in 1997 and from 2000-2002 and 2005-2008 and coached the team towards Olympic Games in Sydney and Beijing, World Championships in 2005 and 2007, the World Baseball Classic in 2006 and the Intercontinental Cup that same year. Since 2009, Brian has been a talent coach for the Dutch Federation and field manager for the Dutch Junior Team.

ROBERT EENHOORN is a former player with the Yankees and Angels. He played for the Netherlands in the 1988 Seoul Olympics and in 2000 in Sydney. Robert managed DOOR Neptunus in 1999 and 2001 and was honoured as Coach of the Year in both years. He managed the Netherlands to Gold Medals at the 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2007 European Championships and was the Team Manager at the Olympic Games in Athens and Beijing. Under his direction, the Dutch team finished fourth in the Baseball World Cup in 2005 in Holland and 2007 in Taiwan and won a Silver Medal at the Intercontinental Cup in 2006 in Taiwan. As of 2009, Robert has been Technical Manager for Dutch national teams.

Source: BaseballSoftballUK.com

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