UPDATE: Active Minor Leaguers in International Leagues

Andretta 01In recent articles, we have looked at the historic circumstances that have permitted active minor leaguers to sign with European baseball clubs. At one point, eight such players were listed on rosters in the Italian leagues (one has since been released by his MLB organisation). Several more are anticipated in the Netherlands’ top circuit or, indeed, have already joined. We also broke the story on July 25 that Curaçao had become the third league with MiLB players. We look here at the full list of 18 such players, along with players rostered by American universities in these leagues, to conclude our discussion of these historical circumstances.

The Pandemic Contract Exception
MLB scouts have confirmed that these signings are due to what we have labelled the “Pandemic Contract Exception”, in which players have asked for a “loan” to a European club, which is permitted in the standard minor league contract [link]. The “loan” (to use the terminology of said document) is unusual only for the fact that players will suit up in Europe during the normal minor league season, which is unprecedented for minor league players that already have game experience [as discussed at this link].

As we discussed yesterday, signing a contract and remaining in, for example, Italy or the Netherlands to finish high school, is fairly standard practice, but players MiLB ball, returning for Serie A or Hoofdklasse competition and then, theoretically, returning to the minors the following season (in this case, 2021), is possible only through this exception.

A Surfeit of European Talent in Italy
As a result of the “Pandemic Contract Exception”, European baseball fans will have the chance to watch several bonafide—if raw—prospects in Hendrik Clementina (right) and Marc Civit. Twin Spanish prospects Omar Hernández and Frank Hernández and Italian minor leaguers Cesare Astorri and Ettore Giulianelli are also joining the league. Astorri has been scorching hot since the season started, dropping four bombs in 28 at bats.

There are some solid veterans as well, like Markus Solbach, who has pitched on three continents and was likely on the long list to pitch for the Dodgers had a full season occurred. Although he was under contract with Los Angeles when he signed his contract with San Marino, the German national teamer and Adelaide Bite (now Giants) record-holder has since been released. San Marino is surely grateful to have him, as he has struck out 18 with two hits and a single walk in 7.1 innings over two starts.

Nettuno boasts long-time Italian national teamer Alberto Mineo, released in May. We previously reported on the signing of Ray-Patrick Didder by Bologna. Meanwhile, Solbach will be joined in the rotation in San Marino by Alex Maestri, a similarly international journeyman.

The changes brought by coronavirus worked both ways, however. Several foreign players that had signed contracts for the year were told they could not play, including Marc-André Habeck, a returning player with Parma, and Great Britain’s Paul Kirkpatrick (right), who had a stellar 2019 in the Hoofdklasse and European Championships.

However, numerous Italians at American universities have joined FIBS teams. Maurizio Andretta (header picture), a Europeans in University All-Star in 2017-18, is playing for Montefiascone after losing his sophomore campaign for Odessa Junior College. His university teammate, Giulio Monello, is catching Solbach and Maestri in San Marino, which will make for incredible experience. Daniel Monti is rostered by Bollate after his first year at Odessa was wiped out, as with Andretta and Monello.

Frontier College’s Tommaso Giarola is under contract with Parma, a big assignment for a first-year university player with no spring season. U.S. teammate Matteo Oldano will play for Senago. A third Frontier player, Samuel DeSimone, is suiting up for Macerata.

Clarendon Junior College’s, Oscar Tucci who was meant to play his first season this spring, is on the roster for Macerata, where he will be joined by a third JuCo athlete, New Mexico JC’s Lorenzo Morresi. Morresi is teammates in the U.S. with promising Great Britain outfielder Ollie Thompson.

Three other known Italians at American universities could potentially join this list.

The Netherlands Poised for Prospect Additions
With the Hoofdklasse beginning play on July 23, a source tells us that Sem Robberse and Darryl Collins will return to the Netherlands to play, though they are not yet listed on rosters. Tom de Blok (right), Donny Breek, and Jiorgeny Casimiri are also confirmed.

Robberse had an electrifying debut at age 17 with the GCL Blue Jays in 2019 (0.87 ERA, 0.92 WHIP in 10.1 IP), while Collins was similarly promising in a 48-game stint for the AZL Royals (.320/.401/.436).

 

Phoenix College’s Tijmen Takke—a 2019 MLB Elite selection—hit fifth for HCAW on Opening Night, which Arizona Western’s Luuk ter Beek started. The Matadors of Arizona Western were meant to have five Dutch players on the roster this spring, and it seems likely all will play at home instead. Nolan Beugeling started at shortstop for Hoofddorp and Delano Selassa occupied the same position for Amsterdam on the first day of the Hoofdklasse. Angelo Wicklert came on to close for Hoofddorp and took the loss, while the final Matador, Jeandro Tromp, came in late for HCAW.

Indian Hills CC’s Dave Janssen started for the Twins on Thursday, giving the Hoofdklasse seven players on the rosters of American community colleges.

Given the talent being produced in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which includes Curaçao and Aruba, we could potentially see a few more players of Robberse and Collins’ calibre agreeing to terms with Hoofdklasse clubs, assuming they can travel to the Netherlands. Names for which to look out are Denzel Bryson and Arij Fransen, plus seven other known university players who could make appearances as well.

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The Pandemic Contract Exception for International Leagues

Clementina 05Since we were first to the scene in announcing the historic loan of active minor leaguers Marc Civit, Hendrik Clementina (above), and Matteo Bocchi to Italy’s Serie A [link], we have also broken the news of multiple more signings by the league, along with two other national circuits. In our previous piece, we discussed the standard minor league contract and its policy on loans, positing a “Pandemic Contract Exception”. Since then, we have spoken to several scouts to clarify this exception, with some interesting conclusions emerging.

The Pandemic Contract Exception
We posited a “Pandemic Contract Exception” to the standard minor league contract—detailed in our previous piece on the topic—in which a player may be loaned to another league, exceptionally, in this case, during the regular MiLB season. As discussed in the link above, these contracts include a proviso on “loans”, but vague language suggests that these loans are to either winter leagues or minor league teams in other organisations (relatively common until the mid-1990s). The language suggests either would happen at the club’s directive, not the player’s.

In speaking with scouts, two things become clear. First, that nothing in the contract suggests a player’s national league is option for the player. Second is that a player loan (to use the standard language of a minor league contract) to a team in Italy, the Netherlands, or elsewhere is something each player negotiates with his club.

Additionally, we can confirm that European signings do not contain additional clauses allowing that player to continue playing in his native country or return to its league outside of the minor league season. What makes this decision unusual, in part, is the unprecedented case of players with game experience in the minor leagues returning to European leagues to play.

According to a scout for a MLB club, “You need to ask [your club] for permission and if it is granted, then you can play. That is literally it.”

This confirms the statement from RFEBS, Spain’s national federation, on behalf of Civit, who does not have any special language in his contract. Instead, it would appear, any player can make a request to his MLB club to play in a domestic and it is up to the organisation to confirm or reject the proposal. This fairly sizeable loophole not only allows a pandemic contract exception, but could result in any number of “loans” to international leagues.

The sum total of active MiLB players in the Italian league is now seven, one fewer than Thursday, when Markus Solbach was released by the Dodgers. The Hoofdklasse, the top league in the Netherlands, boasts four current minor leaguers and, as we broke yesterday, Curaçao’s Liga Aqualectra will become the third league to feature professional players during the normal MiLB season. In total, there are 18 players under active minor league contract with MiLB experience playing in non-U.S. leagues.

Other Contract Exceptions
Although the signings of Solbach, Clementina, and the Spanish prospects in Italy is highly unusual, Italians regularly continue playing in their home country after signing their first contract. For example, Alberto Mineo (pictured below) signed two years before going to the US and continued to play in Serie A. This is also the case in Spain and the Netherlands.

“It was common to sign and then stay at home to finish high school while playing for your own club,” we were told by an employee of an AL club. “Also, if at the end of the minor league season there was still ball in Italy, they joined in. It’s more common than it seems.”

The situation is similar in the Netherlands, where Dutch players could finish high school in their home country and play in the country’s strong national league. The situation is different in Germany, however.

“In the German League, actually, [continuing to play is] not allowed,” explained our source. “Solbach, for example, can pitch in Italy but not in Germany, what an irony!”

The decision to prohibit professional players is up to the league, not MLB organisations. As several scouts told us, “You just need permission.” The limits for the Bundesliga, however, make sense. Serie A and the Hoofdklasse are at a different professional level than leagues in other countries, even the Czech Republic and Germany. Solbach would instantly become the most experienced player in the Bundesliga, for instance, likely leading to the league’s exclusion.

A scout with a different organisation dampened any idea that this could become a more common situation in future years, however, remarking that the signings are solely due to the pandemic. Given the intention of MLB to reduce the minor league system by 40 teams, however, we could see a return to this approach after the next collective bargaining agreement.

It is worth noting, as well, that the ban on in-person scouting is still in effect, so teams and fans will be the only ones benefitting from the unexpected influx of talent. Only “video and remote work”, as one scout put it, is permitted by MLB until announced otherwise.

Tomorrow we will have a look at what windfalls of talent this “exception” has brought the top two levels of Italian baseball as well as the Netherlands’ Hoofdklasse. We also round up the full list of European players at American universities, already at 13, who have returned to play in the two systems. Finally, we look at the effects it could have on other leagues.

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BREAKING: Bologna Signs Three Active Minor Leaguers for 2020 Italian Season

The Cubs’ Matteo Bocchi, the Blue Jays’ Marc Civit, and the Reds’ Hendrik Clementina have been given permission to sign with UnipolSai Bologna for the 2020 season. They mark the first known signings of MiLB players with another league during the pandemic. We looked at minor league contracts and spoke to multiple European federations, which allows us to confirm that these signings are highly exceptional.

Fortitudo Bologna announced on Saturday that Civit (pictured above) would suit up for the Italian club in 2020, though no details on his contract were mentioned in the article [link]. This morning, July 9, the club put out a press release to state that Clementina would be added for IBL play [link]. No release was forthcoming for Bocchi, but the right-hander pitched yesterday on Opening Day.

Bocchi chose a more unusual route to the minors, transferring from Odessa College after two years and turning in two excellent years at the University of Texas. The soon-to-be 24-year old then signed with Chicago as an undrafted free agent and turned in a 2.97 ERA with 35 strikeouts in 30.1 innings across three minor league levels.

Civit signed with Toronto in 2018, two weeks after his 16th birthday, and had a stellar debut in 2019. Despite starting the Dominican Summer League season at age 17, the Spanish southpaw had a 3.13 ERA and .250 batting average against in 31.2 innings. Civit averaged more than two innings per appearance.

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WBSC Opens Permanent, Sustainable HQ in Switzerland

PULLY, Switz.  The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) has officially opened its new and permanent global headquarters in Pully, Switzerland, directly adjacent to the Olympic capital city of Lausanne. The new headquarters have been named “Home Plate” and is owned and operated by the WBSC.
The new WBSC headquarters meets many of the world governing body’s sustainability goals with 90% of the building’s electricity coming from roof top solar panels.
WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari on Monday (6 July) welcomed senior members of the Olympic Family, including International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach and representatives from the Pully Municipality and Canton of Vaud for the official opening of the new WBSC headquarters.
“With the opening of Baseball and Softball’s new and permanent global headquarters in Pully, our sport will be and always remain at the heart of the Olympic Movement,” WBSC President Fraccari said. “Our sport’s top priority at the world level is to be featured permanently at the Olympic Games and grow with the Olympic Family, and now we will be more focused than ever at achieving this, while our immediate target is to contribute to the great success of the Tokyo 2020 Games.
“Following many years in the Olympic programme and since our exclusion after Beijing 2008, we have worked tirelessly to rebuild our events and operations. Today, we are a unified, global sport with a worldwide fan and player base and a powerful commercial engine driving our continued growth. We count 211 national federations and millions of players – male and female – covering baseball and softball and international competitions for all age categories starting at U-12.”

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Start Dates for 2020 National and Independent Leagues

Given the flurry of announcements of national leagues opening around the world, we thought we should collate the various start dates. There are currently 21 active leagues, with one more scheduled for later this month. The first country to restart play was the Czech Republic, while the first professional league was Taiwan’s CPBL. This list will be updated as more leagues begin play.

Austria: July 3
Belgium: July 3
Bulgaria: June 14
Croatia: June 14
Curaçao: July 18
Czech Republic (Extraliga): May 22
Denmark: June 14
Finland: June 12
Germany: August 8
Ireland: July 20
Italy: July 8
Lithuania: June 13
Japan (NPB): June 19
Mexico: August 7
Netherlands: July 23
Nicaragua (Germán Pomares 2nd Half): April 17 (suspended on May 21) and June 26
Poland: July 5
Slovakia: Before June 12
South Korea (KBO): May 5
Spain: August 30
Switzerland: June 13
Taiwan (CPBL): April 12 (Scheduled for April 11)
Ukraine: July 4
USA (American Association): July 3
Vietnam (Hanoi, not national): June 7

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BREAKING: Newcastle to Build Diamond; Link English, Scottish Baseball

A new baseball field is to be built in England this summer, the first new diamond in the country since a fourth field opened in 2017 at Farnham Park, the national baseball and softball facility. According to a press release from the Newcastle Nighthawks Baseball Club today, construction on Davison Field in north Newcastle will begin this month and conclude in August. Moreover, field development became possible thanks to donations via the club’s GoFundMe page and increase in interest following London Series 19.

According to the Nighthawks’ statement, the complex will have a “permanent backstop and high-spec groundworks” (See the club’s official proposal below). The organisation intends for Davison Field to become “a facility befitting of the national league standard”. It set a goal of £1,500 on GoFundMe [link], instead raising £1,900 and counting. The list of donations reads like a who’s who of British baseball: GB Baseball staff, the country’s top umpires, hosts of fan websites and podcasts, and players from all levels.

“To have both matched and then exceeded our GoFundMe target the way we did, in such a short time, speaks volumes for the support the club has from both the local and the wider baseball community,” club founder Adam Davison told us. “The success wasn’t just possible from my efforts, though, but the efforts of every single member of the Nighthawks past and present, who got us to where we are.

“Not least of all, Stu Taylor and Allan Binns have had a huge impact on how we’ve shaped the club into what it is today.”

Additional funds will be plugged back into the community, with the club stating that “we are also hoping to buy a junior starter kit so younger members of the community can come enjoy the benefits of the sport too”. The Nighthawks have put this into action previously, working with local charities Change Grow Live and Gateshead Evolve.

“What I think helped convince the Council to give the go ahead is our ethos and outlook,” noted Davison. “We’re keen to get a youth team and schools programme started. We know that we exist in large part because of the community via their support and donations, so we want to actively support the community in return.”

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DAILY TIMES: King’s Academy Graduate Making Mark as International Baseball Coach

Danube Cup BaseballOur Managing Editor, Gabriel Fidler, was featured in an American newspaper over the weekend. The Daily Times spoke with him about the start to his career at The King’s Acadmey and Lee University, through to the creation of this website in 2013, his foundation with Will Zucker of Durham University Baseball in 2016, and his recent move into international coaching with the Hungarian Baseball Federation. Enjoy hearing about his 16-year hitless streak, learning to cheer in Hungarian, and his favourite moments in baseball [Link].

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Danube Cup History | A Duna Kupa Története História | Dunajského Pohára | Donau Cup

A long-standing tradition in Central Europe is the Danube Cup, a multidisciplinary sporting competition founded in 1990 to promote peace among countries formerly separated by the Iron Curtain. Baseball (and softball) was proposed as a sport in 1995, though issues with the Slovak Federation meant that the first edition of the tournament would be in 1996 at Szentendre Sleepwalkers’ field, just north of Budapest. Since then, Austria, Hungary, and Slovakia have faced off in a round robin contest almost every year, often meeting on May 1, which coincides with Labour Day in each country. We dove deep into the Hungarian Baseball Federations (MÖBSSZ)’s annual reports through the Internet Wayback Machine to present a full history below.

The tournament has been contested in 23 of 24 years, with the only cancellation in 1999. Slovakia has been the clear winner, taking home 10 titles, with Austria close behind at eight. In 2006, the lack of one score makes it impossible to decide whether Hungary or Slovakia would take the crown. Regardless, Slovakia has been the clear favourite in the competition, going 27-13 as a senior national team (27-16 overall).

In the last decade, it has become more frequent for countries to send their Under-23 (formerly Under-21) teams. Since that change, the balance has shifted to Austria, the U23 team of which has won three of the last four Cups. In fact, Austria has won 4-of-6 since 2013, signalling a clear shift in the balance of power. In total, with the exception of the one missing game, Austria’s various teams now has the same number of wins as Slovakia with only two more losses.

Below are the results of every Danube Cup game known, with only a single result and five other scores missing. Appended are the all-time standings, including head-to-head performances of the three nations and their various teams. A record book concludes this archive, with a 27-run outburst by Slovakia in the 2019 edition (against a Hungarian team with an average age of around 15 years younger!) the all-time high score, though a 2000 match totalled 34 runs between the winner and loser.

Should the Danube Cup be contested in 2020, it would mark the 25th Anniversary of the first baseball tournament. On at least three occasions, the event has been played at the end of summer, so perhaps Austria will extend its winning streak before 2021. For more on the 2019 tournament, our full coverage is here [link].

If you are aware of the missing score from 1998, 2006, or 2007, please do get in touch.

1996 Danube Cup
May 25-26 (Szentendre)
Hungary 9 – Austria 7
Szentendre Sleepwalkers 11 – Austria 9

1997 Danube Cup
May 17-18 (Stockerau)
Austria 8 – Hungary 3
Slovakia 15 – Hungary 2
Slovakia 11 – Austria 3

1998 Danube Cup
May 30-31 (Trnava)
Austria W – Slovakia
Austria W – Hungary
Slovakia W – Hungary

1999 Danube Cup
MOBSSZ’ Annual report said it was postponed “due to the termination of the OTSH”.

2000 Danube Cup
July 8 (Nagykanizsa)
Hungary 11 – Austria 23
Hungary 2 – Slovakia 8

July 9 (Nagykanizsa)
Slovakia 7 – Austria 4

2001 Danube Cup
(Stockerau)
Hungary 12 – Slovakia 10 (12)
Hungary 9 – Austria 2
Austria 19 – Slovakia 7

2002 Danube Cup
May 18 (Trnava)
Hungary 3 – Austria 9

May 19 (Trnava)
Austria 6 – Slovakia 7
Slovakia 10 – Hungary 1

2003 Danube Cup
(Hungary)
Hungary 22 – Slovakia 0
Hungary 12 – Austria 7
Austria 11 – Slovakia 9

2004 Danube Cup
May 29
Slovakia 8 – Hungary 3

May 30
Hungary 7 – Austria 4
Austria 0 – Slovakia 9

2005 Danube Cup
May 14 (Vienna)
Slovakia 14 – Hungary 1

May 15
Hungary 7 – Austria 17
Austria 6 – Slovakia 13

2006 Danube Cup
Oct. 21.(Szentendre)
Austria U21 3 – Slovakia U21 2
Hungary 7 – Austria U21 6 (7 inns.)
Hungary – Slovakia U21 ??
Hungarian team mostly U21.

2007 Danube Cup
May 26-27 (Hungary)
Slovakia W – Hungary
Austria W – Slovakia
Austria 20 – Hungary 0 (5)

2008 Danube Cup
Bratislava
Slovakia 5 – Austria 2
Austria 5 – Hungary 4 (10)
Hungary 0 – Slovakia 10 (7)

2009 Danube Cup
August 30 (Vienna)
Hungary 5 – Austria 17
Slovakia 10 – Hungary 9
Austria 4 – Slovakia 2

2010 Danube Cup
August 29 (Jánossomorja)
Hungary 1 – Slovakia 13
Slovakia 9 – Austria U21 4
Austria U21 12 – Hungary 0

2011 Danube Cup
June 11 (Pezinok, Slovakia)
Slovakia 11 – Austria 3
Slovakia 6 – Hungary 5
Austria 0 – Hungary 10

2012 Danube Cup
May 1 (Vienna)
Hungary 3 – Austria U21 10
Slovakia 6 – Hungary 5
Austria U21 1 – Slovakia 8

2013 Danube Cup
Scheduled for May 1 in Hungary, but appears to have been contested by only Austria and Slovakia.
May 6
Slovakia 6 – Austria 10
Austria 9 – Slovakia 6

2014 Danube Cup
June 7 (Budapest)
Austria U-21 11-10 Slovakia U-21
Hungary 4-2 Austria U-21
Hungary 18-3 Slovakia U-21 (5 innings)

2015 Danube Cup
June 27 (Rohrbach)
Austria 9-2 Slovakia
Slovakia 8-2 Hungary
Austria 19-4 Hungary (5 innings)

2016 Danube Cup
Sep. 17 (Budapest)
Hungary 1-8 Slovakia
Austria U-23 6-4 Slovakia
Hungary 2-12 Austria U-23 (7 innings)

2017 Danube Cup
May 1 (Bratislava)
Slovakia 7-5 Austria U-23
Hungary 5-4 Austria U-23
Slovakia 15-1 Hungary (7 innings)

2018 Danube Cup
May 1 (Wiener Neustadt)
Austria U-23 7-6 Slovakia
Slovakia 17-7 Hungary (7 innings)
Austria U-23 21-5 Hungary (5 innings)

2019 Danube Cup
May 1 (Jánossomorja)
Slovakia 27 – Hungary U18 0
Austria U23 19 – Slovakia 8
Austria U23 14 – Hungary U18 1

Danube Cup Record Book
Most appearances: 19, Hungarian senior national team
Most titles: 10, Slovakia senior national team
Most wins: 27, Slovakia senior national team (Austria’s SNT, U21, and U23 combine for 27)
Most losses: 29, Hungary senior national team
Most consecutive wins: Austria: 3 (2008-09), Austria U23: 4 (2018-present), Hungary: 2 (2001, 2003, 2014), Slovakia: 6 (2010-12)
Most consecutive losses: Austria: 4 (2011-13), Hungary: 4 (1998-2000), Slovakia: 3 (2013-15)
Most runs in a game, winner: 27, Slovakia (2019)
Most runs in a game, loser: 10, Slovakia U21 (2014)
Most runs in a game, combined: 34, Austria 23 – Hungary 11 (2000)
Largest margin of victory: Slovakia 27 – Hungary U18 (2019) [Between senior national teams: Hungary 22, Slovakia 0 (2003)

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1982 World’s Fair Baseball Camp and the Under-18 World Championship

One of the most frustrating omissions from international baseball records has been the results of the 1982 Knoxville World’s Fair Camp baseball tournament. The tournament is considered to be the second Under-18 World Championship, but nothing more has been found other than the number of teams (four) and the medals: USA, Japan, and Australia. After a fair few minutes’ digging, we successfully uncovered the results, in Japanese, of the World’s Fair, missing only the score of bronze medal game. We present below, for the first time ever, the complete results of the Knoxville World’s Fair where, astonishingly, our Managing Editor has actually competed on the same turf as this tournament!

II U18 World Championship (World’s Fair Baseball Camp)
Knoxville, Tenn.
June 23-26, 1982

Age limit was Under-19.

June 23
Australia 0 – Japan 14
Japan 6 – USA 5
USA 11 – Mexico 0
Australia 9 – Mexico 1

June 24
Japan 13 – Australia 1
Mexico 2 – Japan 3
USA 12 – Mexico 0
USA 14 – Australia 6

June 25
Japan 13 – Mexico 3
USA 8 – Japan 4
USA 6 – Australia 4
Mexico 8 – Australia 7

June 26
Third: Australia W – Mexico
Final: USA 10 – Japan 4

Standings              W-L       RF          RA
USA                       6-1          66           24
Japan                    5-2          63           29
Australia               2-5          27           50
Mexico                   1-6          14           55

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U12 Euros Cancelled, Other European Baseball Tournaments Postponed

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ZAGREB, April 13th, 2020 – The Confederation of European Baseball (CEB) has announced today the cancellation of the 2020 U-12 European Baseball Championship and the U-12 EBC Qualifier due to the ongoing spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Executive Committee took its decision after consulting the LOCs and the National Federations while keeping in mind that health of athletes, officials and all members of the European baseball-softball community must be put above everything else.

The U-12 EBC & U-12 EBC Qualifier were scheduled in Mortsel, Belgium from July 7 to 11, 2020.

As a result of the cancellation, the 2021 U-12 EBC will serve as a qualifier for the 2021 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup.

Other decisions taken by the CEB EC include:

  • Postponement of the U-18 European Baseball Championship to September/October
  • Postponement of the European Baseball Championship B-Pools to September/October

No decision has been taken yet regarding the U-15 EBC Qualifiers & U-23 EBC Qualifiers.

CEB is closely monitoring the situation with WBSC and the Executive Committee will meet again in the coming weeks to review the situation and make a decision of postponing or cancelling the above mentioned events.

PRESS RELEASE CEB

The full list of European tournaments scheduled for 2020 can be found here [link]. Currently, the Under-15 Euros Qualifier pools are scheduled for July 21-26 , while the C-Pool is tabbed for July 28-Aug. 1 and the Under-23 Euros Qualifiers for Aug. 10-15. This year will make only the second time since 1992 that there will be no European Championship, with 2018 the only other occasion.

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