British Baseball Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2022
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by Francisco Barreto
6d ago
Press release from the British Baseball Hall of Fame. The British Baseball Hall of Fame (BBHOF) is pleased to announce the Class of 2022, including a trailblazer for women in baseball in Britain, the first scorekeeper ever elected, and four Great Britain national team members. Brian Holland, Richard Klijn, Frank Parker Jr., Stephan Rapaglia, and Ryan Trask were elected by the Modern Committee, with all but Rapaglia honoured in their first year on the ballot. Meanwhile, the Historic Committee selected another rookie candidate, Doreen Megson, a pioneer for women in baseball in the U.K. Exactly ..read more
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BSK Ljubljana Hosts 8-Team Regional U13 Indoor Tournament; BK Varazdin Takes the Title
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by Francisco Barreto
6d ago
BSK Ljubljana hosted an eight-term regional U13 tournament on Saturday, the first in a series of winter competitions that are of particular importance in the Balkan region. Austria, Croatia, Serbia, and Slovenia were represented at the event, which was won by the young talent from Croatia’s BK Varazdin, who will host the next event in the series on Sunday, Feb. 5th. RESULTS 1st place: BK Varazdin, Croatia 2nd place: BK Olimpija Karlovac, Croatia 3rd place: Red Sox Zagreb, Croatia 4th place: BSK Ljubljana Risi, Slovenia 5th place: BSK Novi Sad, Serbia 6th place: BK Izanske Race, Slovenia 7th ..read more
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Draci Brno Publishes Historical Footage; 1972 Softball Game Captures Early Years of Baseball and Softball in Czechia
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by Francisco Barreto
3w ago
The Czech record holders Draci Brno have published historical footage on their YouTube channel, with the earliest video depicting a 1972 softball match. Other videos capture the club’s domination of Czech baseball from the mid-1990s onward. Draci won 16 consecutive championships from 1995-2010. In particular, the 1972 softball video captures the very early years of softball and baseball in the country. As Josh Chetwynd details in his seminal history of European baseball, Baseball in Europe, softball was played in the early 1970s by a small number of Czech players, with baseball playe ..read more
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Italy’s Serie A to Start 2023 Season on April 15
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by Francisco Barreto
3w ago
Opening Day in Italy’s Serie A has been set for April 15, the Italian Baseball and Softball Federation (FIBS) announced yesterday, with the domestic season concluding no later than September 15. The first phase of the 2023 Serie A season, which will conclude on May 13, will consist of a 10-game group stage, with six teams competing in five groups for the right to advance to the championship stage of the season. Group A: San Marino, Macerata, Poviglio, Athletics Bologna, Longbridge Bologna, Padule Sesto Fiorentino. Group B: Parma, Rovigo, Collecchio, NBP Ronchi dei Legionari, Cervigna ..read more
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Attnang-Puchheim Athletics Withdraw From 2023 Austrian Bundesliga
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by Francisco Barreto
3w ago
The Attnang-Puchheim Athletics, four-time Austrian champions, have withdrawn from the 2023 Austrian Bundesliga citing a string of squad departures and long-term injuries to key players that would have severely limited the team’s ability to compete in the top flight. The club will look to reorganize in the second division, with the aim of intensifying its youth work and building a core of local talent that will be at the heart of the club’s eventual return to the Bundesliga. “We don’t want to remain in the league at any price. It would be unfair to our numerous young talents to throw them ..read more
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Happy New Year!
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by Francisco Barreto
3w ago
Dear Readers, Wherever you might be found, I wish you all the best as 2023 gets underway, with good health and good weather atop the list of blessings I hope the new year has in store for you. On a personal note, I hope for nothing more than better health, as long bouts of illness kept me from my desk and the coverage of European baseball for long periods this year. This explains why mister-baseball.com was largely quiet as 2022 came to a close, and why the site’s overall coverage compared to 2021 fell, with just shy of 140 articles published. (The silver lining was that activity increased con ..read more
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German Bundesliga: Germaine Joins Heidenheim
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by Francisco Barreto
2M ago
William Germaine has left the Tübingen Hawks after one season and signed with the six-time German champion Heidenheim Heideköpfe for the 2023 Bundesliga campaign, bolstering a Heideneheim squad that will enter the new season as one of the heavy favorites for the 2023 German championship. Germaine joined the Hawks after two successful seasons in Stuttgart (2020-21) and helped the small club in Germany’s southwest avoid relegation in 2022, with the Hawks triumphing over the second-division Baldham Boars in the best-of-three relegation series in early October. In 29 regular-season games for the H ..read more
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Russian and Belarussian Teams Excluded from all WBSC Europe 2023 Competitions
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by Francisco Barreto
2M ago
Press release from WBSC Europe. The World Baseball Softball Confederation Europe (WBSC Europe) confirms the decision taken in February to exclude all Russian and Belarusian teams, players, coaches, and officials from its competitions in 2023. The WBSC Europe Executive Board decided on the exclusion for the 2023 competitions of all Russian and Belarusian teams, players, coaches, and officials. The decision follows the continued illegal invasion of Ukrainian territory by Russia that began on February 24, 2022. As was the case in 2022, no competitions will be played on Russian and Belarusian fi ..read more
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2023 European Championship Group Stage Draw; Netherlands Enter Tournament With Four Consecutive Titles
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by Francisco Barreto
2M ago
The drawing of the group stage pairings for the 2023 European Championship took place Saturday morning in Prague, with the hosts Czechia drawn against fellow medal-contenders Spain. Additional highlights include fellow World Baseball Classic entrants Great Britain and 2021 bronze-medalist Italy meeting in Group B, while Germany and the 2021 runners-up Israel will meet in Group D. Group D also sees Switzerland makings its European Championship debut. The full pairings include (number indicates finish at the 2021 European Championship): Group A: Austria (11), Czechia (5), Greece (14), Spain (4 ..read more
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German Bundesliga’s Top Batters, Pitchers Crowned; Regensburg’s Bowman Top Pitcher For Second Consecutive Season
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by Francisco Barreto
2M ago
The German Bundesliga has announced the top pitcher and batter in the league’s two divisions, with Kaleb Bowman, who signed a Minor League contract with the Milwaukee Brewers in October after a second strong season with the Guggenberg Legionäre Regensburg, named the South division’s top pitcher for the second consecutive season. Dohren’s Rolan Ochoa was named the best hurler in the North, with Wilson Lee of the champion Bonn Capitals named the North division’s top batter, and Mainz’s Austin Gallagher winning the accolade in the South. The 25-year-old Bowman struck out 105 batters while allowin ..read more
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