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Baseball and History Trip to Europe

After years of hoping, changing plans, new jobs, new living locations, and working my way through a graduate program (still working on this unfortunately) I am finally ready to make the plunge and head to Europe. Last June I found an unbelievable flight to Berlin, so I snatched it up quickly. My problem was it was just a one-way ticket. I figured if things didn’t work out, I wasn’t out much money.

Then it happened. I said screw it I’m going.

I found another one-way ticket back from Munich using some points that I could transfer to an airline. I got a pretty sweet deal on a business class flight home. So now I’m ready.

I am going for 5 weeks, and when I tell people that here they ask how can I afford it. Well for one, I will do it on the cheap. I have hotel points saved up that will cover many knights while I am on the road. The rest will be spent in hostels around different countries. I am by no means a rich man, but if you plan it is doable.

My goal is to see as much baseball as possible while I am there, but as many historical places as well. If you don’t know, by day I am a high school history teacher. I have so many things I want to do and see, and I know I will not be able to see and do it all.

I am still patiently waiting for baseball schedules to be finalized, so I can really start planning. My goal is to hit four different countries including Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, and Austria. There are so many great baseball teams in those countries and I hope to see a few of them.

I’d love to hear some suggestions on teams/stadiums to see. I am even looking at some of the lower leagues (2nd tier in these countries) to find additional games in case I am in a city where there isn’t a 1st tier team. Many people have already reached out, and for that I am grateful. I hope to be able to put a few faces to names/Twitter handles during the trip. So if you are around and want to catch a game or grab a beer/coffee, let me know here, via email, or on Twitter. I will also be looking to interview some players, coaches, and fans along the way.

I am very excited about the trip. I’ve read about, watch games online, and talked to so many people about baseball in Europe and so being able to be there and see some games is very exciting. I am hoping to make this a yearly or at least biennial event to see more and more countries and teams along the way.

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Can the Bonn Capitals win a Baseball Bundesliga title?

Are the Bonn Capitals finally ready to take home the championship in the Bundesliga? The past two seasons the Capitals have won the North Division, yet neither time were they able to secure that ever allusive championship. Currently they sit once again atop the North Division and hold the best record in the league at 17-3.

After this last weekends action the Capitals hold a four game lead over second place Solingen Alligators (14-8). Over in the South Division Heidenheim holds onto the top spot with a 19-5 mark. The Capitals still have a two game set with Solingen here in a couple of weeks, but the only thing that stands between them and their first title is the playoffs. So before they start, let’s take a look at how the team has done statistically and how they stack up against the rest of the league.

Capitals Offense

The Capitals currently lead the North Division in almost every offensive category there is with some of them being huge advantages. The capitals lead the division in hits (186), doubles (33), triples (tied with 4), home runs (tied with 12), RBI (130), walks (106), hit-by-pitch (22), average (.316), slugging (.447), on base percentage (.434), and OPS (.881). Not to mention they have struck out less than any other team (99), and many of these numbers tower over the competition.

Along with this domination offensively comes some strong individual stats, and Bonn has many league leaders.

Christopher Goebel – He is 2nd in the division in hitting at .433 and leads the league in hits at 29. He is tied for 6th in the division with 4 doubles and 2nd in the league with 2 triples.

Wilson Norman Lee – He is not far behind Goebel in the batting title race at .359 ranking 5th in the division. He is tied for 6th with a pair of home runs and 4th in the division with 14 walks.

Daniel Lamb-Hunt – He ranks 6th in the batting race at .354. He is also 2nd in the division in RBI at 22, and is tied with Lee at 6th with a pair of home runs. He is also the division leader in doubles with 8.

Maurice Jose Wilhelm – He is the division leader in RBI at 23 and ranks 4th in home runs with 3.

There are 7 Bonn hitters in the top 15 in the division batting race, and we could go on and on with more rankings.

Capitals Pitching

Wilhelm also leads the division in ERA at just 0.34 over 26.2 innings pitched. He has given up just 1 earned run.

Sascha Koch is putting up numbers matching Wilhelm. Over 43.1 innings pitched Koch has give up just 7 earned runs for an ERA of just 1.45. He has also struck out 66 batters this year.

The Capitals have 4 games left in their schedule. They will face off with the Solingen Alligators on July 9th and then take on the Hamburg Stealers in a pair of games over July 15-16. Then the Capitals will face off with their greatest challenge, taking home their first championship trophy. They have definitely set themselves up for possibly a historic run in Bonn, but only time will tell.

What do you think? Will Bonn continue to dominate and take home a title? Will Mainz repeat? Will Mannheim return to their early glory days and win their 11th title and first since 1997? Or will recent champions like Solingen (2014) or Heidenheim (2015) return to the top of the hill?

For more statistics from the German Baseball Bundesliga, check out Baseball-Bundesliga.de

Or for more of our writings on baseball in Germany, click here.

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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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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:

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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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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Europe gets historic victory, defeats No. 1 Japan 6-2 in global baseball showing in Tokyo

Press Release WBSC

TOKYO – Debuting in a two-game series at the Tokyo Dome against the top-ranked nation in the world, Europe recorded its historic first victory for the continent, defeating Japan 6-2 to split the two-game series.

Like in Game 1, Europe managed to get out of the gates early, tagging Samurai starter Takahiro Matsuba for back-to-back doubles in the second inning, authored by Italy’s Mario Chiarini and Spain’s Blake Ochoa, which put Europe up 2-0.

A towering three-run home run by the Netherlands’ Yurendell Decaster in the bottom of the third gave Europe a 5-0 lead. (VIDEO: Decaster HR)

With the cushion, Europe starter Diegomar Marwell (Netherlands) kept Japan’s bats quiet through three innings, only allowing three hits.

In the 5th, Tetsuto Yamada launched a solo home run and Yoshitomo Tsutsugo’s RBI single cut Europe’s lead to 5-2.

Europe manager Steve Janssen handed the ball to Germany’s Luke Sommer, who pitched a clean 6th to 8th innings.

Dutch flamethrower Tom Stuifbergen pitched the final inning, using a 95 mph/153 kmh fastball close out the game and register the save for Europe.

Sommer was credited with the win. Japan starter Matsuba took the loss.

The historic win for Europe follows the announcement by baseball’s world governing body, WBSC, to establish Team Europe. Europe was immediately pitted against the world No. 1 Japanese National Team, “Samurai Japan”, made up of top stars from Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). The majority of players on Japan’s current roster were part of the Samurai selection that faced Team MLB in a best-of-five series, won by hosts Japan, last November.

Both WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari and NPB Commissioner Katsuhiko Kumazaki went down on the field Wednesday night to congratulate the European team, following their 6-2 win and two exciting contests in as many nights.

“These two highly competitive games send another message to the world that Europe can compete with anyone and that our sport is more global than ever,” President Fraccari said.

Two European countries, No. 5 Netherlands and No. 11 Italy, are among the elite field heading to the inaugural Premier 12™ that will unite baseball’s top twelve countries.

Samurai Japan manager Hiroki Kokubo said, “We have to give them credit. They’ve come a long way and played the game at a high level.”

“The victory was a historic one, as it was the debut of the multinational Team Europe,” The Japan Times reported.

Head coach Janssen (Netherlands National Team manager) and bench coach Marco Mazzieri (Italy National Team manager) compiled a roster of 28 European players from six countries: (by world rank) Netherlands, Italy, No. 17 Spain, No. 18 Germany, No. 20 Czech Republic and No. 27 France.

No. 36 Belgium and No. 39 Austria were also represented as part of Europe’s coaching staff.

Yokohama BayStars rising star Tsutsugo, 23, was one of the bright spots for the Samurai in the series, collecting a pair of hits and RBIs. “I would like come up with positive results during the [NPB] season [that are] worthy of a Samurai Japan member,” he said.

Over 44,000 people attended the historic matches, with an increase in attendance of approximately 2,000 more fans for Game 2, following Samurai Japan’s thrilling 4-3 come-from-behind victory in Game 1 Tuesday night.

The two-game series was broadcast free-to-air nationally across Japan by the Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS), while Eurosport 2 transmitted the games live to potentially 73 million households across more than 50 European nations.

Prior to the start of Game 2 there was a moment of silence to honor the victims and raise awareness of ongoing recovery efforts four years after the 11 March 2011 Tsunami devastated the Fukushima region.

NPB — the second highest-attended major sports league in the world in 2014 (approx. 23 million) and WBSC Associate Member — hosted the Europe versus Japan two-game series.

Umpires from the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL; WBSC Associate Member) officiated the two games.

Leading sports performance brand Asics backed Europe as the official kit sponsor.

The game ball that marked Europe’s first-ever pitch in Game 1 Tuesday night will be going to Japan’s Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, along with Team Europe’s official game jersey.

In the two-game series, Japan outhit Europe 16 to 13. Japan played spotless defense with the glove, committing no errors on defense. Europe also flashed the leather, executing a pickoff and making only one error on defense.

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Global Baseball Match: Europe Reveals Starting Lineup #EURvsJPN

TOKYO, Japan – The All-Euro team announced its starting lineup for the first game of the Global Baseball Match against Japan. The game will take place later today in the Tokyo Dome.

The starting ten (with DH) will feature players from only three countries: Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands.

Europe manager Steve Janssen revealed the lineup via Twitter:


1. Juan Carlos Infante 3B (Italy)
2. Alessandro Vaglio 2B (Italy)
3. Curt Smith 1B (Netherlands)
4. Fernando Martinez RF (Spain)
5. Kaliam Sams LF (Netherlands)
6. Yurendell De Caster DH (Netherlands)
7. Oscar Angelo SS (Spain)
8. Ricardo Daschenko C (Netherlands)
9. Stefano Desimoni CF (Italy)
Rob Cordemans P (Netherlands)

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Global Baseball Match: Japan Announces Starting Pitchers; Europe Announces Schedule

The Global Baseball Match between the Samurai Japan and the All-Euro team is approaching quickly. The two teams will meet next Tuesday and Wednesday in the Tokyo Dome for a pair of games.

Team Europe arrived in Japan yesterday and has announced its schedule. And there is news coming out now from the Japan squad as well as they have announced their starting pitchers for the two games.

Starting in Game 1 will be Daichi Osera of the Hiroshima Toyo Carp. Osera, a 23-year old right hander, won the 2014 Rookie of the Year Award this past season posting a 10-8 record with a 4.05 ERA.

Pitching Game 2 will be the Orix Buffaloes Takahiro Matsuba. He went 8-1 in 2014 in 21 starts. He posted an ERA of just 2.77 in his second year in the league.

Schedule courtesy IBAF.org

Friday, 6 March: Visit To Fukushima – Four Years Later

Following the team workout session Friday, members of Team Europe will visit the Fukushima region that was devastated on 11 March 2011. The area is still in the process of recovery from the disaster, and the visit is intended to pay tribute and raise awareness of the region’s ongoing recovery efforts.

Saturday, 7 March: Baseball Clinic with School Children

School children will join the team and have the opportunity to play ball and engage with the European players in a one-hour session after Europe’s official team practice.

Sunday, 8 March: Test match vs. Yomiuri Giants minor league team

On Sunday, Team Europe will play a friendly match versus the minor league affiliate of the Yomiuri Giants. Europe’s coaching staff will get its first opportunity to evaluate the team and get in some ‘live’ game experience.

Monday, 9 March: Practice Session And Press Conference

Team Europe’s final workout will take place at QVC Stadium.

Representatives from both Samurai Japan and Team Europe will attend a press conference at QVC Stadium. The time of the press conference is scheduled for 13:00 – 13:30local time. 

Tuesday, 10 March: Europe vs Japan Game 1 – 18:00

Europe will make its debut on the international stage as the visiting team, wearing their road grey jersey.

Photo shoots for both Europe and Japan will also be organized at the Tokyo Dome prior to pre-game batting practice.

Wednesday, 11 March: Europe vs Japan Game 2 – 18:00

Europe will play its first-ever game as the home team, sporting the white jersey. A special Opening Ceremony will be held prior to Game 2 at 17:25.

Broadcast Coverage

Both games of the historic Europe vs Japan Series will be broadcast ‘live’ in Europe via Eurosport 2, in addition to national coverage in Japan.

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Europe Logo and Jersey Revealed for Global Baseball Match Against Japan

The All-Euro team for the upcoming Global Baseball Match versus Japan has revealed both its logo and jersey.

A team of Europeans will take on some of the best from Japan in a two game series in March at the Tokyo Dome. The games will be held March 10 and 11.

The jersey, pictured below, will feature the home flag of each player’s home country on the right shoulder. Seven flags will be featured between the players and coaches representing Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands.

Asics is the official apparel sponsor for Team Europe.


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

Recently Japan released its roster for the 2015 Global Baseball Match versus the All-Euro team. And now the All-Euro team roster has been announced.

It is comprised of players from five different European countries and led by a manager from a sixth. The Netherlands, 2011 World Champions, have the most players represented with fifteen. Included is 10-time Major League Baseball Gold Glove winner Andruw Jones.

Jones joins fellow NPB player Alessandro Maestri on the roster. Maestri was the first European raised player to make it to the NPB. He currently pitches for the Oriz Buffaloes where he had a solid season last year.

All-Euro Roster:

Luke Sommer – Germany
Diegomar Markwell – Netherlands
Jose Escalona – Italy
Rob Cordemans – Netherlands
Owen Ozanich – France
Alessandro Maestri – Italy
Tom Stuiffbergen – Netherlands
Shairon Martis – Netherlands
Loek van Mil – Netherlands
Rick van den Hurk – Netherlands
Leslie Nacar – Spain
Jan-Niclas Stoecklin – Germany
Orlando Yntema – Netherlands
Kevin Heijstek – Netherlands

Blake Ochoa – Spain
Richard Daschenko – Netherlands
Gianison Boekhoudt – Netherlands

Curt Smith – Netherlands
Alessandro Vaglio – Italy
Oscar Angulo – Spain
Juan Carlos Infante – Italy
Michael Duursma – Netherlands

Stefano Desimoni – Italy
Fernando Martinez – Spain
Kaliam Sams – Netherlands
Mario Chiarini – Italy
Yurendell De Caster (Utility) – Netherlands
Andruw Jones (DH) – Netherlands

Coaching Staff:
Steve Janssen Manager – Belgium
Marco Mazzieri Assistant Manager – Italy
Wim Martinus Assistant Coach – Netherlands
Sidney De Jongh Hitting Coach – Netherlands
Martin Brunner Pitching Coach – Austria
Ben Thijssen 3rd Base Coach – Netherlands
Augusto Medina 1st Base Coach – Italy

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Germany: Teams Announced for 2015 Buchbinder Cup

The teams were announced for the 2015 Buchbinder Cup. The sixth edition of the tournament to take place in Regensburg will include the host Legionaere and two other German Bundesliga teams. Accepting an invitation from Germany are the Paderborn Untouchables and the Bonn Capitals.  Also accepting an invitation from the Czech Extraleague are the Arrows Ostrava.

The tournament will take place between May 23-25 at Armin Wolf Arena in Regensburg.

In the 2014 edition of the tournament, the Untouchables lost out to the Heidenheim Heideköpfe in an exciting championship game 15-14.

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Germany: A Look Back at the 2014 Bundesliga Season

The German Bundesliga has been dominated by the Regensburg Legionaere have dominated for the past six seasons winning five titles in that span including the past four. However, there will be a new defending champion for the 2015 season as the Solingen Alligators picked up their second title.

Solingen is no stranger to winning having been the champions of the North Division six times in the past eight years. However, other than 2006 they have fallen short in their quest for a championship. This year was different as once again the Alligators were North Division champions with a record of 21-3.

Solingen took care of the Haar Disciples in the quarterfinal round of the playoffs winning the series 3-1. The semifinal round found the Alligators facing off with the four-time defending champion Legionaere in a rematch of the 2013 Finals. Only this time it would be a different result as the Alligators defeated the defending champs 3-1 to win the series and advance once again to the finals. This time they would face off with the Heidenheim Heidekopfe who had the leagues best record at 25-3 winning the South Division.

The finals would be an exciting match up. The first two games were an indication of that as the teams split wins in very different fashion. Solingen took Game 1 with a 12th inning walk-off home run by Tanner Leighton to win 2-1. However Heidenheim would come right back to win 9-0 in Game 2 to even up the best-of-five series.

The series then moved to Heidenheim where once again the Alligators would not only win a series 3-1 but again they won back-to-back games with 2-1 scores. Harry Glynne was named the series MVP after giving up just two runs over sixteen innings of work. Sascha Lutz picked up the award for best hitter and Tyler Lockwood for best pitcher.

The Alligators will begin their 2015 defense on April 4th as the league is scheduled to kick off that weekend. The Dohren Wild Farmers will be replaced by the Hannover Regents for the upcoming season. The league will once again feature 15 total teams.

In other news around the league, a new executive board was elected. Mirko Heid (Bonn) will serve as the new president taking over for Michael Hartmann. New to the board are also Philipp Hoffschild (Regensburg), Lena Foerst (Hamburg), Christopher Goulet (Paderborn), and Stefan Hoffmann (Darmstadt). They will join the lone returning member in Juergen Elsishans (Mannheim). Completing the board is Gunnar Schaefer (Magdeburg) who represents the DBV Youth Organization.

Photo by Gregor Eisenhuth, www.eisenhuth-photographie.de

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Looking Forward to 2015 at Baseball de World

With 2014 coming to a close, we thought this would be a good time to look back at the world of baseball and discuss some of the major events and championships that took place. Over the next week or two we will be recapping all of the major leagues from around the world. So in case you missed it, and we did as well for some because of how busy 2014 was, stay tuned and check out what happened around the world.

In 2015 we hope to bring a few more things to the site including more writing on independent baseball leagues throughout the USA. These leagues have garnered my attention more and more over the past few years. They not only interest me in the ways they handle themselves on the field (see article on Pecos League commissioner charging field with chair) but off the field and how the leagues actually survive is very interesting to say the least.

In addition to covering some of the independent leagues, we hope to bring you some new and interesting ideas like the top independent managing prospects. With managers being picked up from independent leagues into affiliated ball, we thought we would look at a few of the manager prospects in the game right now. So stay tuned for that and other new ideas on independent ball.

In addition we plan to bring you more reviews on books, documentaries, movies, and other sites as well. We are apart of a huge baseball blogosphere and we want to help spread some of the great writing that is going on. For one, Dan Glickman over at the Hall of Very Good wrote about the best baseball links of 2014. There is a lot of great writing here from some of the top writers in the sport. I have read many of the articles throughout the year but some of the I missed so I will be going back through them in the next week and I recommend you do the same.

I dropped the ball in 2014 due to my schedule becoming so crazy but most of that is behind me now and I hope to continue bringing you updates from around the world in 2015.

I would also like to have your opinions and ideas on what you would like to see. I have tossed around the idea of a podcast with others joining me to discuss baseball from around the world. I’ve also tossed around the idea of starting a vlog and doing some video. Those are on hold right now until I can get back into the swing of regular updates. I am putting together a schedule of when I will update what leagues in order to bring some regularity to the site and hopefully more interaction with you the readers.

With all of that being said, Happy New Year! Here is hoping your favorite teams continue, or start, a winning tradition in 2015!

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Germany: Solingen and Heidenheim Continue To Lead Divisions

The Solingen Alligators and the Heidenheim Heidekopfe still lead their respective divisions in the German Bundesliga. The Alligators are dominating the North Division with a 19-1 record leading by a full five games over the two teams tied for second. Heidenheim’s lead is not quite as big as they lead the Regensburg Leagionaere by only two games. 

Solingen is on a seventeen game winning streak. Their last loss came in game three of the season to the Cologne Cardinals 12-10. With four games left in the season they finish with two games against fourth place HSV Stealers and then two games with current second place Paderborn Untouchables.

In the South, Heidenheim has four games left with the two teams currently in seventh and eighth place in the standings setting up what could be an easy road to the number one seed in the South.

South Division League Leaders

Batting Average
1. Joseph Dyche (Haar) .488
2. Justin Kuehn (Regensburg) .462
3. Marcel Jiminez (Regensburg) .444

On-Base + Slugging
1. Thomas De Wolf (Stuttgart) 1.344
2. Christopher Howard (Regensburg) 1.312
3. Joseph Dyche (Haar) 1.248

Home Runs
1. Thomas De Wolf (Stuttgart) 7
2. James McOwen (Heidenheim) 6
3. Several tied with 5

1. Tyler Lockwood (Heidenheim) 7
2. Luke Sommer (Heidenheim) 5
3. Several tied with 4

1. Andres Perez (Stuttgart) 4
2. Several tied with 2

North Division League Leaders

Batting Average
1. Tanner Leighton (Solingen) .456
2. Dallas Burke (Cologne) .439
3. Daniel Sanchez (Solingen) .432

On-Base + Slugging
1. Tucker White (Paderborn) 1.376
2. Tanner Leighton (Solingen) 1.367
3. Dallas Burke (Cologne) 1.185

Home Runs
1. Tucker White (Paderborn) 6
2. Tanner Leighton (Solingen) 5
3. Several tied with 3

1. Christopher Mezger (Solingen) 9
2. Harry Glynne (Solingen) 7
3. Several tied with 4

1. Nobody with more than 2

South Division Standings:

1. Heidemheim Heidekopfe 19-3
2. Buchbinder Legionaere 19-5
3. Stuttgart Reds 12-8
4. Mainz Athletics 10-12
5. Mannheim Tornados 9-11
6. Haar Disciples 9-11
7. Tubingen Hawks 3-17
8. Bad Homburg Hornets 3-17

North Division Standings:

1. Solingen Alligators 19-1
2. Paderborn Untouchables 12-4
3. Bonn Capitals 13-5
4. HSV Stealers 10-8
5. Dohren Wild Farmers 5-17
6. Cologne Cardinals 4-16
7. Dortmund Wanderers 3-15

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Germany: Solingen and Heidenheim Lead Divisions

With only about six weeks to play in the German Bundesliga, the Solingen Alligators are dominating the competition in the North Division. The Alligators lead the North with a record of 15-1, with the only loss coming to the Paderborn Untouchables 4 to 3. Since the loss the Alligators have run off seven straight wins including a sweep of second place Bonn a few weeks ago.

The Alligators are led offensively by Tanner Leighton who leads the team in HR (5), RBI (20), runs (18), hits (25), doubles (7), and average (.455). Moritz Buttgereit (.411/.479/.554), Markus Stryczek (.324/.468/.595), and Dustin Hughes (.351/.433/.544) have all added a pair of home runs for the first place Alligators.

On the hill Chris Mezger has dominated the competition as the Alligators ace. He has tossed 51.0 innings striking out 79 and only walking 7 en route to a 7-0 record with an ERA of just 0.529. Andre Hughes has pitched well out of the pen picking up a win and two saves.

In the South Division a new name is atop the standings as the Heidenheim Heidekopfe are leading with a record of 15-3. They sit just ahead of powerhouse Regensburg who is 15-5.

Heidenheim has an eight game winning streak going right now that included a weekend sweep of rival Regensburg.

James McOwen leads the Heidenheim offense so far hitting at a clip of .400/.451/.680. He has clubbed four home runs and nine doubles to lead the team. Andrew Smith is also off to a hot start. Smith is hitting a team leading .470. Power has come throughout the line up so far with Luke Sommer (3), Smith (2), Jay Pecci (2), Robert Gruber (2), and Simon Guhring (2) all hitting more than one home run.

On the hill Sommer has been solid so far as well. He has pitched in five games, won three, saved one, and has an ERA of just 0.885 in 20.1 innings pitched. Tyler Lockwood has been solid as well going 7-0 while logging 58.2 innings for Heidenheim.

North Division Standings:

1. Solingen Alligators 15-1
2. Bonn Capitals 12-4
3. Paderborn Untouchables 9-3
4. HSV Stealers 6-8
5. Dohren Wild Farmers 5-13
6. Cologne Cardinals 4-12
7. Dortmund Wanderers 3-13

South Division Standings:

1. Heidemheim Heidekopfe 15-3
2. Buchbinder Legionaere 15-5
3. Stuttgart Reds 10-6
4. Mannheim Tornados 9-7
5. Mainz Athletics 8-10
6. Haar Disciples 7-9
7. Tubingen Hawks 2-14
8. Bad Homburg Hornets 2-14

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Germany: Solingen and Regensburg Lead Divsions

The first two weekends of the German Bundesliga are in the books and only two teams remain undefeated. In the North the Solingen Alligators are leading the way once again after defeating both the Bonn Capitals and the Cologne Cardinals over the past two weekends.

In the South, Regensburg is undefeated after crushing the Bad Homburg Hornets in a two game set this past weekend. The Legionaere are looking to once again finish atop the league where they have finished the past four years.

This upcoming weekend the North leading Solingen Alligators will take on the Dohren Wild Farmers who currently sit in second place. Dohren has a chance to make a statement and take over the lead in the division with a sweep of the Alligators.

The Wild Farmers are led offensively by Garrett Rogers who is leading the team with two home runs. Jason Mahood has been solid at the plate as well leading the team with a .357 average and six RBI. On the mound they are led by Jannis Wedemeyer and his 1.80 ERA. They will all need to come strong this weekend versus a solid Alligators squad.

The Alligators Tanner Leighton (.533/2 HR / 6 RBI) and Dustin Hughes (.571/ 1 HR/ 6 RBI) are leading the way offensively. They are strong offensively and on the hill. Christopher Mezger (2-0/ 1.20 ERA) and Harry Glynne (2-0/ 2.077 ERA) lead a strong pitching staff.

North Division Standings
1. Solingen Alligators 4-0
2. Dohren Wild Farmers 3-1
3. HSV Stealers 2-2
4. Bonn Capitals 2-2
5. Dortmund Wanderers 1-1
6. Paderborn Untouchables 0-2
7. Cologne Cardinals 0-4

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

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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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Germany: Solingen Alligators Back in the Championship Series After Defeating Heidenheim

The Solingen Alligators are back in the championship series after a six year absence. The Alligators are looking to repeat what they did in 2006 when they won their only title despite having won their division six out of the past eight years.

In what turned out to be an exciting series, the Solingen Alligators defeated the Heidenheim Heidekopfe three games to one in the five game semifinal.

Game 1 saw Heidenheim pick up the win behind great pitching. Martin Dewald started the game and pitched four innings allowing just one unearned run while striking out seven. Luke Sommer then came in to finish it off. He pitched the final five innings without allowing a run and earning the win for Heidenheim. Sommer also provided some offense going 2-for-4 with a solo home run

The score was the same in Game 2, 3-1, but the outcome was different. This time the Alligators Nick Renault pitched a complete game allowing just one unearned run on six hits. He struck out nine to earn the win and even the series at one.

Dustin Hughes had a good game in the nine hole for Solingen. He went 2-for-4 driving in two of the three runs for the Alligators.

After a nice Game 1 start despite taking the loss, Andre Hughes came back in Game 3 and pitched a gem. He went the distance giving up just two unearned runs on seven hits to give Solingen a 2-1 lead in the series.

The Alligators got an immediate boost from the return of Kai Gronauer who returned to Germany after his season was over in the US. Gronauer played the 2013 season with the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s. Gronauer homered in his return driving in a pair of runs.

Needing just one more win to clinch their spot in the finals, Nick Renault once again pitched a great game to clinch the series. Renault went the distance allowing just one run on seven hits. Jack Frawley pitched well for Heidenheim, but lost in the pitchers duel.

Kai Gronauer once again had a nice game going 2-for-3. Dustin Hughes (2-for-4) got the scoring started in the first inning with a RBI single.

Heidenheim tied it in the third on a Jay Pecci single, but Solingen would come through once more.

In the sixth inning tied at one, Gronauer started the inning off with a single. Hughes followed up with a single of his own. After a fielder’s choice that had Gronauer out at third, Dominik Wulf singled to center driving in Hughes with the eventual winning run.

Renault shut down the Heidekopfe bats the rest of the way clinching the series for the Alligators.

2013 German Baseball League Semifinal Scores:

Solingen Alligators 1, Heidenheim Heidekopfe 3
Solingen Alligators 3, Heidenheim Heidekopfe 1
Heidenheim Heidekopfe 2, Solingen Alligators 6
Heidenheim Heidekopfe 1, Solingen Alligators 2

2013 German Baseball League Finals Schedule:

Saturday September 21
2:00 pm Buchbinder Legionaere vs Solingen Alligators

Sunday September 22
2:00 pm Buchbinder Legionaere vs Solingen Alligators

Saturday September 28
2:00 pm Buchbinder Legionaere vs Solingen Alligators

Sunday September 29
*2:00 pm Buchbinder Legionaere vs Solingen Alligators

Thursday October 3
*2:00 pm Buchbinder Legionaere vs Solingen Alligators

*If necessary

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Germany: Buchbinder Regensburg Legionaere Back in Finals Seeking Fourth Straight Title

The German Baseball League Championship Series is set after a pair of teams clinched their births over the weekend. The Buchbinder Legionaere are back in the finals after defeating the Bonn Capitals in the semifinal round. They are seeking their fourth title in a row and fifth in six years.

The Buchbinder Legionaere downed the Bonn Capitals in the semifinal winning the series three games to one.

The Legionaere took Game 1 behind a strong performance from starter Mike Bolsenbroek who pitched a complete game shutout. Bolsenbroek gave up just five hits while striking out 13.

In Game 2, the Legionaere exploded for six runs in the eighth inning to pull out an 11-6 victory. Matthew Vance had a huge game at the plate going 3-for-5. He homered in the eighth inning to tie the game at five. He also tripled, scored twice, and drove in three runs. Philipp Howard also had a nice game going 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored.

Bonn came back to pick up a win and extend the series a bit in Game 3.  The Capitals were down 4-0 before slowly making a comeback. They capped it off with two runs in the eighth to take the lead and the win.

Philipp Spade (2-for-3) and Bradley Roper-Hubbert (2-for-4) hit back-to-back home runs in the top of the fifth to get the Capitals on the board.

Needing just one more win to clinch to series, the Legionaere broke out the bats in Game 4 clinching with a 13-6 win. They jumped out quickly with four runs in both the first and third innings to lead 8-0 early.

Evan John Le Blanc (3-for-5) hit a two-run home run. Every starter except one scored at least one run.

2013 German Baseball League Semifinal Scores:

Buchbinder Legionaere 1, Bonn Capitals 0
Buchbinder Legionaere 11, Bonn Capitals 6
Bonn Capitals 5, Buchbinder Legionaere 4
Bonn Capitals 6, Buchbinder Legionaere 13

2013 German Baseball League Finals Schedule:

Saturday September 21
2:00 pm Buchbinder Legionaere vs Solingen Alligators

Sunday September 22
2:00 pm Buchbinder Legionaere vs Solingen Alligators

Saturday September 28
2:00 pm Buchbinder Legionaere vs Solingen Alligators

Sunday September 29
*2:00 pm Buchbinder Legionaere vs Solingen Alligators

Thursday October 3
*2:00 pm Buchbinder Legionaere vs Solingen Alligators

*If necessary

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Germany: 2013 Semifinal Match Ups Set

The top four teams in the German Baseball League regular season have advanced to the semifinals. The #1 seed from the North Solingen Alligators will face off with the #2 seed from the South in Heidenheim Heidekopfe in one semifinal series. In the other series the #1 seed from the South Buchbinder Regensburg Legionaere will face off with the #2 seed from the North in the Bonn Capitals.

The Solingen Alligators defeated the Haar Disciples 3-to-1 in their first round series. Haar won the first game before Solingen came back to win three straight and advance.

Heidenheim swept through the Paderborn Untouchables in that first round series. The first two games of the series were close with Heidenheim winning 7-5 and 14-12.

Regensburg swept through the HSV Stealers over the past two weekends. They are looking to add another title to the shelf and will face off with Bonn in the next round.

The Bonn Capitals downed the Mainz Athletics in the first round. Bonn won a close game in Game 1 9-8 and then dropped the second game 7-1. They would split the next two games as well sending the series to a winner take all Game 5. Bonn would come out on top in that must win game 13-3.

2013 German Baseball League Playoff Schedule:

Saturday September 7
Games times 1:00 pm and 3:30pm
Solingen Alligators at Heidenheim Heidekopfe
Buchbinder Legionaere at Bonn Capitals

Saturday September 14
Game times 1:00 pm and *3:30pm
Heidenheim Heidekopfe at Solingen Alligators
Bonn Capitals at Buchbinder Legionaere

Sunday September 15
Game time 2:00 pm
*Heidenheim Heidekopfe at Solingen Alligators
*Bonn Capitals at Buchbinder Legionaere

*if necessary

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Germany: Playoffs Start This Weekend

The playoffs are set for the German Baseball League after the South Division finished up its schedule this past weekend.

In the South Division, the Regensburg Buchbinder Legionaere finished on top of the standings once again. Heidenheim, who has made a late charge at the division title, finished just a game out of first place.

The other two teams to make the playoffs out of the South Division are the Mainz Athletics and the Haar Disciples.

The teams will face the playoff teams from the North Division. The Solingen Alligators won the North Division followed up by the Bonn Capitals, Paderborn Untouchables, and the HSV Stealers.

2013 German Baseball League Playoff Schedule:

Saturday August 24th
Game Times 1 pm and 3:30 pm
Solingen Alligators (1st, North Division) at Haar Disciples (4th, South Division)
Buchbinder Legionaere (1st, South Division) at HSV Stealers (4th, North Division)
Heidenheim Heidekopfe (2nd, South Division) at Paderborn Untouchables (3rd, North Division)
Bonn Capitals (2nd, North Division) at Mainz Athletics (3rd, South Divison)

Saturday August 31st
Game Times 1 pm and *3:30 pm
Haar Disciples at Solingen Alligators
HSV Stealers at Buchbinder Legionaere
Paderborn Untouchables at Heidenheim Heidekopfe
Mainz Athletics at Bonn Capitals

Sunday September 1st
*Game Time 2:00 pm
Haar Disciples at Solingen Alligators
HSV Stealers at Buchbinder Legionaere
Paderborn Untouchables at Heidenheim Heidekopfe
Mainz Athletics at Bonn Capitals

*if necessary

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Germany: North Wins All-Star Game 6-3

The German Baseball League held its annual All-Star Game yesterday in Bonn. For the first time in its history the game was streamed online through Legionaere TV.

The festivities started off with the home run derby where 10 players competed for this years crown. The weather wasn’t the greatest for a home run derby with light rain off and on, but the players slugged on as Brent Buffa of the HSV Stealers was crowned 2013 Home Run Derby Champion after blasting five.

After the North Division was successful in bringing home the home run derby crown, they continued up with a nice win over the South in the All-Star Game. The North took an early 3-0 lead and went on to a 6-3 victory.

North starting pitcher Charles Olson, of the host Bonn Capitals, pitched great holding the South at bay during his time on the hill. He would go on to capture the the Best Pitcher Award.

Florian Nehring, Bonn Capitals, was named the MVP. While the South’s Chris Beck, Stuttgart Reds, was named the Best Hitter. Beck had a good day despite being on the losing end of things. He finished third in the home run derby. He then scored the first run for the South after a double and later would drive in a run.

The North held onto the lead despite a late inning rally from the South to win.

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