Euro League Baseball

Euro League Baseball (ELB) was a professional baseball league in Europe founded by the European Association of Professional Baseball (EAPB) which played a single season in 2016.[2] The winner of the ELB was awarded the Gregory Hallman trophy.[3] ELB played its inaugural season in 2016 with three teams: Draci Brno, Haar Disciples and Buchbinder Legionäre Regensburg.[4] The league's only championship was awarded to Draci Brno.

Euro League Baseball
SportBaseball
Founded2015[1]
Inaugural season2016
Ceased2016
No. of teams3
CountriesCzech Republic (1 team)
Germany (2 teams)
ContinentEurope
Last
champion(s)
Draci Brno

Organization

EAPD held a 60% stake in Euro League Baseball Ltd. which is the operator of the EBL and holds all naming and media rights as well as all partnership and sponsor contracts regarding Euro League Baseball. EAPB President Wim van den Hurk was the CEO of Euro League Baseball Ltd.

Current clubs

Team City/Nation Stadium Capacity Founded Joined
Active in 2016
Draci Brno[5] Brno, Czech Republic Městský Baseball Stadion 500 1972 2015
Munich-Haar Disciples [6] Munich, Germany Disciples Ballpark 600 1990 2015
Buchbinder Legionäre[7] Regensburg, Germany Armin-Wolf-Arena 4,600 1987 2015
Currently not active
L&D Amsterdam[8] Amsterdam, Netherlands Sportpark Ookmeer 400 1959 2015
Unipol Bologna[9] Bologna, Italy Stadio Gianni Falchi 2,500 1953 2015
Bonn Capitals [10] Bonn, Germany Capitals Ballpark 1,500 1989 2015
Curaçao Neptunus[11] Rotterdam, Netherlands Neptunus Familiestadion 2,760 1943 2015
Rouen Huskies [12] Rouen, France Stade Saint-Exupéry 500 1976 2015
T&A San Marino[13] Serravalle, San Marino Stadio di Baseball di Serravalle 1,500 1985 2015
Templiers de Sénart[14] Sénart, France Stade de Baseball 1,000 1987 2015
Euro League Baseball teams (: active in 2016, : currently inactive)

2016 season

The inaugural ELB season in 2016 was contested by three teams: Draci Brno, Haar Disciples, Buchbinder Legionäre Regensburg.[4] Each team played a total of 8 regular season games (4 at home and 4 away) between April and July.[15]

Amsterdam Baseball

A team called Amsterdam Baseball was founded with the purpose to compete in ELB, and to be run by the league. The backbone of the team was supposed to be players from Amsterdam Pirates, but also some previously retired players like Dirk van 't Klooster and Chris Mowday.[16] However, when the season was already well underway, Amsterdam Baseball had to withdraw from the league due to pressure from the European and Dutch baseball federations. This left the league with only three teams for its inaugural season.[17]

Standings

2016
Euro League Baseball W L Pct. GB Home Road
Draci Brno 62 0.750 2–2 4–0
Regensburg Legionäre 35 0.375 3 2–2 1–3
Munich-Haar Disciples 35 0.375 3 2–2 1–3

See also

References

  1. "Euro League Baseball kicks off in 2016". Euro League Baseball. Archived from the original on November 22, 2015. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  2. https://blog.hard-ball.nl/2018/04/24/bye-bye-euro-league-baseball-elb/
  3. "Future of ELB may not be as gloomy as it looks like, part 2". dutchbaseballhangout.wordpress.com. 2016-10-06.
  4. "ELB is set to start 4-team inaugural season". euroleaguebaseball.com. 2016-02-24. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-02-25.
  5. "Draci Brno Homepage". Draci Brno. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  6. "Haar Disciples Homepage". Haar Disciples. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  7. "Buchbinder Legionäre Homepage". Buchbinder Legionäre. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  8. "L&D Amsterdam Homepage". Amsterdam Pirates. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  9. "Unipol Bologna Homepage". Fortitudo Baseball. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  10. "Bonn Capitals Homepage". Bonn Capitals. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  11. "Neptunus Homepage". Neptunus. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  12. "Rouen Huskies Homepage". Rouen Huskies. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  13. "T&A San Marino Homepage". T&A San Marino. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  14. "Templiers de Sénart Homepage". Templiers de Sénart. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  15. "Schedule 2016". euroleaguebaseball.com. 27 March 2016.
  16. "Inaugural ELB season to start coming week". yankeebiscuitfansdutchblog.mlblogs.com. 16 April 2016.
  17. "ELB pulls Amsterdam Baseball from schedule". dutchbaseballhangout.wordpress.com. 10 June 2016.
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