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. The winner of the ELB was awarded the Gregory Hallman trophy. ELB played its inaugural season in 2016 with three teams: Draci Brno, Haar Disciples and Buchbinder Legionäre Regensburg. The league's only championship was awarded to Draci Brno.
|No. of teams||3|
|Countries||Czech Republic (1 team)|
Germany (2 teams)
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.
|Active in 2016|
|Draci Brno||Městský Baseball Stadion||500||1972||2015|
|Munich-Haar Disciples||Disciples Ballpark||600||1990||2015|
|Currently not active|
|L&D Amsterdam||Sportpark Ookmeer||400||1959||2015|
|Unipol Bologna||Stadio Gianni Falchi||2,500||1953||2015|
|Bonn Capitals||Capitals Ballpark||1,500||1989||2015|
|Curaçao Neptunus||Neptunus Familiestadion||2,760||1943||2015|
|Rouen Huskies||Stade Saint-Exupéry||500||1976||2015|
|T&A San Marino||Stadio di Baseball di Serravalle||1,500||1985||2015|
|Templiers de Sénart||Stade de Baseball||1,000||1987||2015|
The inaugural ELB season in 2016 was contested by three teams: Draci Brno, Haar Disciples, Buchbinder Legionäre Regensburg. Each team played a total of 8 regular season games (4 at home and 4 away) between April and July.
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. 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.
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- "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.
- "Draci Brno Homepage". Draci Brno. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
- "Haar Disciples Homepage". Haar Disciples. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
- "Buchbinder Legionäre Homepage". Buchbinder Legionäre. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
- "L&D Amsterdam Homepage". Amsterdam Pirates. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
- "Unipol Bologna Homepage". Fortitudo Baseball. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
- "Bonn Capitals Homepage". Bonn Capitals. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
- "Neptunus Homepage". Neptunus. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
- "Rouen Huskies Homepage". Rouen Huskies. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
- "T&A San Marino Homepage". T&A San Marino. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
- "Templiers de Sénart Homepage". Templiers de Sénart. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
- "Schedule 2016". euroleaguebaseball.com. 27 March 2016.
- "Inaugural ELB season to start coming week". yankeebiscuitfansdutchblog.mlblogs.com. 16 April 2016.
- "ELB pulls Amsterdam Baseball from schedule". dutchbaseballhangout.wordpress.com. 10 June 2016.