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Top 50 European Teams

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Mister Baseball has the 2016 end of season top 50 European baseball teams. Myworld will list the top ten below. If you are curious about the Top 50 you can go to the Mister Baseball site. In parenthesis was their finish from 2015.

1. L&D Amsterdam (Netherlands) 32.92 (5)
2. Unipol Bologna (Italy) 32.75 (2)
3. Curacao Neptunus (Netherlands) 32.67 (1)
4. ASD Rimini Baseball (Italy) 30.75 (3)
5. Mainz Athletics (Germany) 27.17 (NR)
6. Draci Brno (Czech Republic) 25.58 (7)
7. Rouen Baseball 76 (France) 24.50 (8)
8. Vaessen Pioniers (Netherlands) 23.67 (13)
9. Kinheim H1 (Netherlands)23.17 (6)
10. T&A San Marino (San Marino) 23 (10)

European Championship Highlights

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

A big game between two undefeated teams turns out to be a blowout. One player hits three homeruns in the game to create the blowout. A couple upsets and a surprise undefeated team.

Netherlands 10 Czech Republic 0

A big game for Kalian Sams, who slugged three homeruns in his first three at bats to drive in seven runs. Curt Smith had a 4 for 4 day to drive in the other three runs. Lars Huder got the call on the bump for the big game and throws six innings of two hit shutout ball.

Spain 8 Italy 3

The big upset of the day. A five run ninth breaks a 3-3 tie, Oscar Angulo closing out the scoring with a three run blast. Blake Ochoa had a two run homer in the third to open up the scoring for Spain. Antonio Neguera tossed 4.2 innings of shutout ball in relief to quiet the Italian bats and ex-major league closer Rhiner Cruz pitched the last two innings to get the victory. Spain broke the tie in the ninth after three consecutive walks forced in the go ahead run, one of the walks being intentional.

Belguim 14 France 3

Belgium shocked France scoring six runs in the first inning to run away with the game. Thomas de Wolf crossed the plate four times, collecting a double and homerun to drive in two. Steven de Lannoy also went deep to drive in three runs. His 3-run homer in the first made the score 4-0. Kenny Vandenbranden went all nine innings to get the win.

Croatia 10 Greece 0

Croatia was another team to beat up on Greece. Philip Smith drove in three runs for Croatia with his four hits. Lead off hitter Andrija Tomic ignited the offense scoring four times with two hits, two hitbatsmen and two stolen bases. Antonio Horvatic tossed an eight inning shutout.

Germany 16 Russia 4

Ludwig Glaser drove in three runs with a homeruns and Maximilian Boldt and Shawn Larry also contributed three RBIs in the slaughter. Larry hit two triples and crossed the plate four times.

Sweden 9 Great Britain 6

The Swedes kept the Brits winless with an 11 inning victory. Two British errors and a hitbatsman did the damage to the Brits in the 11th inning. The Brits had rallied from a 5-0 deficit to get the game into extra innings.

Spain 6 France 0

Spain continued their unbeaten streak with a shutout of France, who dropped to 2-3. Leslie Nacar threw six innings of shutout ball to lead the Spanish to the win. Luis Guillorme drove in two runs and Jesus Ustariz blasted two doubles from his three hits to drive in a run and score another to lead the offense.

Germany 3 Czech Republic 1

In a game for second place in the pool Germany rallied for three runs in the ninth to pull out the victory. Christopher Howard had the RBI single to tie the game. Erik Brenk drove in the go ahead run with a single. Maximilian Schmitz retired the side in order in the ninth to pick up the win. He had come on in the 8th inning with the bases loaded and one out and walked in the go ahead run. He made amends for that error by striking out the next two hitters to limit the damage to one run. Radim Chroust pitched great for the Czechs, finally being removed after giving up a one out single in the ninth. Enorbel Marquez pitched seven innings of shutout ball for Germany, but was taken out in the 8th after giving up a leadoff double.

Netherlands 8 Sweden 3

The Netherlands took advantage of 9 walks and four errors to take down the Swedes. Kalian Sams did not hit a homerun but he roped a triple in the game.

Russia 11 Great Britain 5

Russia got their first win. The Brits went winless. Artemiy Artamonov drove in four runs. Daniil Khomyakov went deep, driving in two runs for the Russians. Great Britain had jumped out to an early 4-0 lead but Denis Leonov quieted the Brit bats in the last seven innings of relief work, striking out 11. The Russians scored all 11 of their runs in two innings, the sixth and seventh.

Italy 22 Croatia 4

Not much of a game as the Italians padded up their offensive stats. Allessandro Vaglio and Alex Liddi went deep for the Italians.

Belgium 18 Greece 1

Belgium became the latest team to pound on the hapless Greeks. It only took them four innings of offense to score their 18 runs.

Standings Pool A

Netherlands 5-0, Germany 4-1, Czech Republic 3-2, Sweden 2-3, Russia 1-4, Great Britain 0-5

Standings Pool B

Spain (5-0), Italy (4-1), Belgium (3-2), France (2-3), Croatia (1-4) and Greece (0-5)

Top three teams in each pool advance to the higher round.

European Championships - Day Three

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Again no big upsets in the European baseball championships.

Spain 6 Croatia 0

Lowuin Sacramento threw seven innings of four hit shutout ball, striking out 10 to pace Spain in their victory. Lesther Galvan drove in three with his two hits to pace the offense.

Czech Republic 6 Sweden 1

Boris Bokaj threw six shutout innings. Tomas Junec drove in two runs with his three hits to lead the offense. The Czechs remain undefeated after three games but have their big test today when they face the Netherlands.

France 7 Greece 1

Marc-Andre Habeck limited the Greeks to just one run in his seven innings of work. Frederic Hanvi carried the big bat with his three hits in three at bats driving in three runs. Two of his three hits were two baggers.

Netherlands 3 Russia 1

Russian pitcher Nikolay Markov limited the Netherlands bats to just two runs in seven innings. The Russian bats could manage just one run off the duo of Mike Bolsenbroek and Orlando Yntema. The big bat for the Netherlands was Chadwick Tromp, who slugged a two run blast in the second inning that proved to be the difference. Curt Smith added a solo shot in the 8th after Russia scored one to reduce the lead to one.

Germany 3 Great Britain 2

Errors killed the Brits leading to unearned runs in the first and fifth innings. Maximilian Boldt broke a 2-2 tie with an RBI single in the seventh, his third hit of the game. Maximilian Schmitz tossed two perfect innings to finish off the victory for the Germans.

Italy 15 Belgium 0

Italy scored in all five innings, an 8 spot in the fifth ending it. Eight different players for the Italians drove in a run. Carlos Richetti threw the abbreviated five inning shutout, giving up just four hits.

Second Day of European Baseball Championships

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

The second day of the European championships found the games a bit more competitive. No big upsets.

Netherlands 10 Germany 2

Germany is rising in the ranks of European baseball, but they still have a ways to go to compete with Netherlands. A six run third inning in which the errors (3) exceeded the hits (2) created the nightmare for Germany. A familiar name to the baseball circles Roger Bernadina hit a solo homer in the fourth after the Netherlands had built a 8-2 lead. Kalian Sams had another good game with two doubles. Simon Guehring had three hits for Germany in a losing cause.

Italy 6 France 3

Allessandro Vaglio scored four of the six runs for Italy to fuel their win. Vaglio drove in the first run for Italy with a solo shot to lead off the second inning. He walked to lead off the fourth and sixth innings to score two runs and a two out double in the seventh led to the last Italian run.

Sweden 8 Russia 1

The Swedes got their first victory with Emil Sahlin going seven to get the win. He did walk six and allowed five hits but only one unearned run crossed the plate. Johan Klarberg and Mathew Merrifield each drove in two runs to lead the offense. Joel Johnson blasted two doubles and crossed the plate three times from the lead off spot to ignite the offense.

Spain 12 Greece 1

Spain remained undefeated easily handling the team from Greece. Jesus Ustariz ripped a three run homer in the opening frame, his second homer in two days to lead the Spanish team to victory. Yancarlo Franco drove in four runs with two doubles. Jorge Balboa threw five shutout innings before leaving the game after Spain held a comfortable lead. The Greeks scored their only run on a solo shot from Max Gouoren in the sixth after Spain was up 8-0.

Czech Republic 4 Great Britain 1

The Czechs show how far they have advanced in baseball by winning their second, sending the British to their second loss. Petr Zyma mashed a two run homer in the fourth to give the Czechs a comfortable 4-0 lead. Martin Schneider pitched five innings of shutout ball to get the win. Greg Hendrix came on for Great Britain and threw the last four innings without giving up a run to keep the Brits in the game. Conrad Cornell came up with two men on in the sixth and eighth representing the tying run, but struck out and grounded out to foil any comeback.

Belgium 5 Croatia 1

The two teams combined for 24 hits, but Belgium took greater advantage of their 13. Hens Heyrman drove in two runs, accumulating three hits. Terrance Antonacci went the distance to get the win, throwing 126 pitches.

Day One of the European Championships

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

September is the time when the countries of Europe do battle for the top country in European baseball. Netherlands (21) and Italy (10) have been the big winners but Belgium and Spain have won championships. This was the opening day for the two groups hosted by Netherlands.

Netherlands 11 Great Britain 1

The Netherlands pounced on Great Britain on opening day. Kalian Sams and Dashenko Ricardo went deep for the Netherlands. Four players combined for two RBIs each as the bats spread out their offense. Diego Markwell limited the Englishmen to two hits in his six innings of work. The game was stopped after seven innings because of the 10 run rule.

Italy 21 Greece 2

Mattia Reginato hit for the cycle in a 4 for 4 day driving in six runs to lead the Italians in a battering of Greece. Erick Epifano slugged three doubles to drive in four runs in the offensive onslaught that had the mercy rule invoked after seven innings. Ex-major leaguer Alex Liddi went deep in the game for one of his two hits to drive in three runs.

Germany 4 Sweden 0

Maximilian Boldt drove in three of the four runs for the Germans with two sacrifice flies and a single. Enorbel Marquez limited the Swedes to just two hits in his six innings of work before turning it over to the bullpen for the final three innings. This was the only game of the day that went 9 innings.

Czech Republic 12 Russia 0

The Czechs were a little too much for the Russians. Matej Hejma went deep twice to drive in four runs in another game shortened by seven innings because of the slaughter rule. Radim Chroust shutout the Russians for the first four innings then turned the ball over to Michael Sobotka, who completed the shutout in the last three innings.

France 16 Croatia 1

France scored in every inning but one. Croatian pitchers helped the cause with 12 walks and five hit batters. Rene Leveret had the big bat driving in four runs despite only one hit, a two run double. He also drew two walks with the bases loaded. Leonel Cespedes threw six complete innings to get the win.

Spain 11 Belgium 1

Oscar Angulo was a doubles machine, cranking out four two baggers to drive in two and score three in Spain’s big slaughter over Belgium. Jesus Martinez slugged a big three run homer in the first inning, finishing the game with five RBIs. Jesus Ustariz added a two run homer in the fifth.

Rouen Huskies Wins the French Championship

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

The Rouen Huskies won their 12th French baseball championship with a 6-1 win over Templiers Senart. The best of five championships only went four games with Senart splitting their first two games in Senart. Oscar Combes was named the MVP for the championship series.

The Huskies have won 10 of the last 11 French baseball championships, with Senart interrupting their streak in 2014.

European Teams Bounced out of Qualifiers

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

The four European teams playing for a World Baseball Classic bid in qualifiers in Panama and Mexico were eliminated. Germany and Spain were the first to go. The Czech Republic and France were eliminated yesterday after eliminating their brethren the day before. That leaves four South and Central American teams left to duel it out in the finals. Four teams, Brazil, Pakistan, Israel and Great Britain will battle it out in Brooklyn in November giving Europe one more chance to have a country other than Netherlands and Italy represent them in the World Baseball Classic.

Nicaragua hung on to beat the Czech Republic 7-6, taking 11 innings to do it. With the international tie breaking rules in effect runners were placed on first and second. In a predictable fashion the Nicaraguans pulled off a successful sacrifice bunt to move the runners up one base, except Janier Montas reached first to load the bases. Renato Morales drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly to center. A single by Omar Obregon scored two to give Nicaragua a 7-4 lead.

In the bottom of the 11th down by three the Czech Republic ignored the bunt and Martin Cervenka lined a single to center to load the bases. A walk scored one run and with the bases loaded and no outs Jose Saenz replaced Jonathan Loaisiga on the mound. A ground out to short retired the first hitter, but failed to turn two allowing the second run to score and pull the Czechs to within one. Loaisiga struck out Tomas Junec and Petr Sila to end the game.

The Czech Republic got off to a quick lead when Jacob Malik blasted a three run homer over the centerfield fence in the first inning to give the Czechs an early 3-0 lead. Their next run in regulation time would not come until the fifth. The Nicaraguans helped them out with the run with two walks and a wild pitch. Mike Cervenak drove in the run with a ground out that extended the Czech lead to 4-2.

The Czech pitcher Daniel Mraz had shut out Nicaragua for the first four innings. The fifth inning would see the walls of zeroes come crashing down. Elmer Reyes started the inning with a single but he was quickly picked off first by Mraz. Two walks by Mraz and a wild pitch put runners on first and third with one out. A ground out to Mraz scored the first Nicaraguan run and advance a runner to second. A throwing error by third baseman Premek Chroust scored the second run. Alex Sogard replaced Mraz and struck out Dwight Britton to end the inning.

Dwight Britton made up for the whiff in the eighth with a two out double. Another throwing error by the Czechs, this one by shortstop Petr Zyma allowed Britton to score to pull Nicaragua to within one. Renato Morales slashed an infield single to short with another throwing error, this one by firstbaseman Mike Cervenak to tie the game. The Czechs were able to end the inning after an infield single by Omar Obregon, but this time Cervenak threw out Morales when he tried to score from second.

The Czechs had an opportunity to go ahead in the bottom frame after a Jakub Malik double put runners on second and third with one out. Nicaragua chose to pitch to Martin Cervenka and Carlos Gonzalez struck him out. Tomas Polansky was walked intentionally to load the bases. Pete Zyma flew out to end the threat.

With Mexico waiting in the winner’s bracket only 6,558 showed up to watch their potential opponent in the final. That opponent will be a rematch against Nicaragua.

While down in Panama only 2,016 showed up to see their team beat France 7-4 to make it to the finals against Colombia. A bases loaded walk in the seventh inning broke a 4-4 tie.

The day started out well for France. A Felix Brown single and a Frederic Hanvi double in the first inning gave the French a quick 1-0 lead. An Andy Paz sacrifice fly scored the second run in the opening frame.

France scored their third run in the fourth on a bases loaded balk to extend their lead to 3-0. Two walks and an infield single loaded the bases. One of the walks was intentional after a ground out had advance the runners to second and third.

That lead was quickly evaporated in the fifth. A one out infield single by Jorge Bishop got the rally started for Panama. Bishop stole second where he scored on a Isaias Velasquez single. A single by Edmundo Sosa and a walk to Anthony Amaya loaded the bases with one out. The French replaced Yoann Vaugelade with Antoine Villard. A ground out to first scored the second run when France could not turn two. Antoine Villard was intentionally walked to load the bases again. Panama got a break when second baseman Frederic Walter dropped a foul popup for an error. Javier Guerra walked to tie the game and Luis Castillo walked to put Panama up front 4-3.

France tied the game in the bottom frame with a one out homerun from Rene Leveret. That would end all the scoring for France. They could only scratch out singles in the seventh and eighth innings, but could get nobody past first in the final four innings.

Panama broke the tie in the seventh courtesy of three walks, one intentionally to break the tie and give Panama the lead. It appears in international ball the managers overthink the situation and have a greater number of intentional walks than in the major leagues. A one out double from Jonathan Saavedra led to an intentional walk to Carlos Ruiz. After Javier Guerra popped out this appeared to be a good move but Luis Castillo walked to load the bases and Carlos Quiroz walked to force in the go ahead run.

Panama got a couple insurance runs in the eighth. A walk to Isaias Velasquez and a stolen base led to another intentional walk, this one to Anthony Amaya. It didn’t work. Jonathan Saavedra singled to load the bases bringing up Carlos Ruiz with no place to put him. They walked him to force in a run. A ground out when France again failed to turn two allowed the seventh run to score to make it 7-4.

Panama will advance to face Colombia to seek revenge for an earlier loss. Hopefully more than 2,016 show up to watch this game.

France Eliminates Spain in WBC

Saturday, March 19th, 2016

Ernesto Martinez drove in three runs leading France to a 5-3 win over Spain. Ernesto drove in two runs in the first with a single and a third run in the third with a single. Andy Paz also drove in a run in the first and scored a run in the third. Pierrick Le Mestre retired Spain in order in the ninth to pick up the save. His biggest out came in the eighth when he struck out Jesus Ustariz with the tying run on second.

In 2012 Spain shocked the baseball community by advancing to the WBC. This year they were eliminated in two games.

Panama Crushes France in WBC Qualifier on Two Homeruns from Ruiz

Friday, March 18th, 2016

Panama got two homeruns and a sacrifice fly from Carlos Ruiz and another two run homer from top Padres prospect Javier Guerra to crush France 9-2. Panama veteran Paolo Espino pitched three perfect innings to get the win, striking out four to set the stage for the offense.

Ruiz drove in the first run for Panama in the first inning on a sacrifice fly. Edgar Munoz and Anthony Amaya had started the game off with singles. A ground out moved Munoz to third where he scored on the Ruiz fly ball.

The scoring continued in the second when France committed two fielding errors to put the first two baserunners on. A bunt advanced them to second and third where Eduardo Thomas drove in both runners with a single. Ruiz connected in the third inning for a solo blast to give Panama a 4-0 lead.

France scored their first run in the fifth when Andy Paz singled. Paz is the only player on the French team affiliated with a major league team (Athletics). He comes to France via Cuba. Paz stole second then scored on a two out double by Frederic Hanvi.

Carlos Ruiz answered back in the bottom of the fifth. Jonathan Saavedra kept the inning alive with a two run double. With first base open the French team and manager Eric Gagne chose to pitch to Ruiz and he blasted one over the left centerfield fence. Panama scored two more after Carlos Quiroz doubled and Javier Guerra blasted one over the right field fence. That gave Panama a 8-1 advantage.

Panama would score their last run in the sixth after a fielding error by the left fielder, the third French error in the game. France scored their last run in the ninth inning on a single by Jorge Hereaud.

Panama now plays Colombia in the winner’s bracket. France will play Spain with the winner surviving another day. There were over 11,000 in attendance for the game yesterday and after the win by Panama the beer had to be flying from the cups.

Panama World Baseball Classic Qualifying Rosters

Friday, March 11th, 2016

The host is Panama. The games will be played at Rod Carew stadium beginning March 17th and end March 20th. Below are the rosters for the countries playing in the tournament.


RHP - Alberto Acosta, Dario Agrazal, Harold Arauz, Euclides Bethancourt, Manny Corpas, Paolo Espino, Saul Gonzalez, Ariel Jurado, Humberto Mejia,

LHP - Alberto Baldonado, Angel Cuan, Eliecer Navarro, Andy Otero, Davis Romero

Catcher - Carlos Ruiz, Josee Camerena

Infield - Jorge Bishop, Ramon Castillo, Gerald Chin, Javier Guerra, Edgar Munoz, Carlos Quiroz, Edmundo Sosa, Eduardo Thomas

Outfield - Anthony Amaya, Luis Castillo, Jorge Miranda, Isaias Velasquez

Ruiz is a major league surprise. He could not play for Panama when they played in the WBC in 2013. Now that he is getting older he wanted the opportunity to represent his country. Javier Guerra may be the best player on this roster. Manny Corpas has seen many bullpen appearances in the major leagues.


Right handed Pitchers - Horacio Acosta, Kendy Batista, Randy Consuegra, Nabil Crismatt, William Cuevas, Jhonaton Escudero, Yeizer Marrugo, Arismendy Mota, Yesid Salazar, Karl Triana, Angel Vilchez

Left handed pitchers - Carlos Diaz, Kevin Escorcia, Greg Nappo, Dewen Perez

Catchers - Luis Martinez, Jesus Posso

Infielders - Dilson Herrera, Ronald Luna, Charlie Mirabal, Mauricio Ramos, Adrian Sanchez

Outfielders - Steve Brown, Tito Polo, Harold Ramirez, Reynaldo Rodriguez, Jesus Valdez, Carlos Vidal

Harold Ramirez is having a torrid spring and Dilson Herrera is a major leaguer who could be used in the leadoff spot. Tito Polo just missed making myworld’s list of top ten Colombians in the minor leagues.


Right Handed Pitchers - Rogelio Armenteros, Jorge Balboa, Richard Castillo, Jose Cruz, Rhiner Cruz, Lazaro Leyva, Leslie Nacar, Andres Perez, Sergio Perez, Carlos Sierra

Left Handed Pitchers - Ivan Granados, Ricardo Hernandez

Catchers - Iker Franco, Rolando Merino, Blake Ochoa

Infielders - Oscar Angulo, Jesus Golindano, Luis Guillorme, Jesus Merchan, Yunesky Sanchez, Gabe Suarez, Jesus Ustariz

Outfielders - Engel Beltre, Lesther Galvan, Yasser Gomez, Daniel Martinez

No major leaguers on this roster but Rhiner Cruz is playing in the NPB for the Rakuten Golden Eagles. Yunesky Sanchez is an ex-major leaguer. Engel Beltre is a borderline major leaguer.


Righthanded Pitchers - Daniel Camou, Leonel Cespedes, Gregory Cros, Pierrick Lernestre, Samuel Meurant, Jonathan Mottay, Owen Ozanich, Keino Perez, Anthony Piquet, Lucas Serafin, Yoann Vaugelade, Antoine Villard

Left Handed Pitchers - Ernesto Martinez Wilson, Esteban Prioul

Catchers - Dylan Gleeson, Frediric Hanvi, Ernesto Martinez, Andy Paz

Infielders - Felix Brown, Jorge Hereaud, Maxime Lefevre, Rene Leveret, Douglas Rodriguez, Frederic Walter

Outfielders - Jacquies Boucheron, Bastien Dagneau, Jonathan Duforest, Norbert Jongerius

Not a lot of familiar names. Andy Paz is a Cuban of French ancestry.