British Baseball: ‘Playoff’ Sunday

August 22, 2009

Tomorrow is ‘playoff day’ in British baseball.  Twelve teams will battle it out at six venues across the country to determine the final six entrants to the 2009 National Baseball Championships.

There are four broad levels of play in the British Baseball Federation (BBF).  The National Baseball League (NBL) is at the top of the pyramid followed by AAA, AA and A, as used in the Minor League set-up in the States.  Each level of play has a National Baseball Championship (NBC) involving four teams.  The entrants for the NBL and AAA have already been determined by the regular season and two of the AA teams are also confirmed.  Tomorrow’s round of playoff games will determine the other two AA teams and the four A teams.

Read more about which teams have already qualified and those who will be battling tomorrow for the right to join them at BaseballGB.


Thoughts on Baseball and Softball’s Olympic hopes being dashed

August 22, 2009

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board announced on 13 August that golf and rugby would be put forward for entry to the 2016 Olympics.  The decision ended baseball and softball’s hopes for an immediate return to the Olympic fold after a previous decision in 2005 removed the sports from the 2012 London Games.

Read more at BaseballGB about what this means for the future of baseball in Great Britain and as an international sport.

Great Britain heading to Croatia for Baseball World Cup

July 26, 2009

Great Britain were originally scheduled to play their first round Baseball World Cup games in Moscow, Russia.  If that appeared to be an unusual venue, the new home of Pool D will seem just as strange at first glance.

Great Britain and Japan will be playing in Zagreb, Croatia, alongside the home nation and Nicaragua.  The change of venue less than two months before the tournament is set to start is the latest twist in the story of Great Britain’s World Cup aventure.  Read more about the latest news at BaseballGB here.

European Champion Cup

June 23, 2009

The European Champion Cup Final Four brings together four of the best baseball teams in the continent.  This year’s event took place over the weekend just gone in Barcelona, Spain.  The four teams battling it out were L&D Amsterdam Pirates, Corendon Kinheim (both from the Netherlands), Danesi Caffe’ Nettuno and Fortitudo Bologna (both from Italy).

Read a full review of the tournament at BaseballGB.

A guide to the 2009 British Baseball season

April 19, 2009

The British baseball season gets underway today.  Learn more about the competition by reading BaseballGB’s preview here.

British Baseball 2009 Schedules

April 19, 2009

Did you know there are forty-five senior baseball teams playing in the official British Baseball Federation leagues this year?  The teams are split into six different leagues and BaseballGB has published all of the fixtures in handy pdf formats. 

Check them out here.

Q&A with the GM of the Great Britain baseball team

February 22, 2009

BaseballGB recently spoke to Great Britain’s general manger, Alan Smith, about his long playing career in Britain and his current role.