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Jan '17 18

2016 Final Standings Mister-Baseball European Top 50



by Josh Chetwynd

No doubt, 2016 was a tumultuous year. So, perhaps it makes sense that the competition for the number one spot in Mister-Baseball Top 50 would be such a battle. For the first time since 2008, less than a half point separated the top three teams on this table. Each member of the trifecta of contenders took home hardware. L&D Amsterdam earned the continent’s European Champions Cup, Unipolsai Bologna secured the Italian title and Curacao Neptunus captured the Dutch crown.

But in the end it was the European champions, L&D Amsterdam, that prevailed in our rankings, while Unipolsai Bologna had to settle for second. Neptunus, which finished third here, may have very well earned its fourth straight top slot on this annual table if not for a fourth-place performance in the European Champions Cup tournament. In that event, they were knocked off by Amsterdam 11-7 and twice by Bologna by scores of 1-0 and 7-6. ASD Rimini, which had a strong season, earning vice champion status both in Italy and in the European Champions Cup (and winning the Italian cup competition), came in fourth, while German Bundesliga champions Mainz Athletics filled out our top five.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Mister-Baseball Top 50. It’s been a decade dominated by Europe’s two powerhouses, the Netherlands and Italy. No team from any other country’s top league has earned the highest position in our rankings. With its triumph in 2016, L&D Amsterdam becomes the fourth club to hold the number one spot more than once. The Amsterdam team also came in first in 2008. Other multiple winners are Neptunus (2013, 2014, 2015), San Marino (2011, 2012) and Bologna (2009, 2010). The only other club to claim top bragging rights here is the Dutch team Kinheim, which earned its only title in 2007, the very first year of Top 50.

As in years past, these rankings, which are now in their ninth season, are based on a combination of factors. Point totals for teams were amassed from two categories:

  1. Strength of baseball in each club’s country: The strength of domestic leagues and the countries’ overall international success are significant factors in these rankings. To varying degrees, the elements considered include: The standing of each country’s national team in the European Championships (and qualifiers); the country’s overall performance in CEB club events; the size of the country’s baseball membership; and the number of international quality facilities in the country. In looking at country performance, both recent events and historical performance are taken into account.
  2. Club’s performance: This is the actual performance of each club. It includes final standings in domestic leagues (and inter-league play where applicable) and cup competitions; club winning percentages; and performances in CEB-sanctioned competitions. Head-to-head performance against other teams in the rankings is taken into consideration – but it is one of many factors. In this category, a team’s performance for the 2014 season is exclusively considered.

The mix of country strength and individual team performance is intended to give a snapshot of European club play for a single year. These rankings do not attempt to offer a historic comparison of clubs and do not assert that a team ranked higher than another is a “better” team. Rather, a combination of performance and league strength reflects the ordering.

We recognize that these rankings stir debate. In part, that’s their very purpose. We do not claim this list to be definitive. If you have any questions or comments, send e-mails to rankings@mister-baseball.com.

Finally, please note, the Mister-Baseball Top 50 reflects only countries where enough data was available to calculate rankings.

2007 Mister-Baseball European Top 50
2008 Mister-Baseball European Top 50
2009 Mister-Baseball European Top 50
2010 Mister-Baseball European Top 50
2011 Mister-Baseball European Top 50
2012 Mister-Baseball European Top 50
2013 Mister-Baseball European Top 50
2014 Mister-Baseball European Top 50
2015 Mister-Baseball European Top 50

Mister Baseball's 2016 European Top 50
Pos. Club Country Points
1 L&D Amsterdam Netherlands 32.92
2 CNF Unipolsai Bologna Italy 32.75
3 Curacao Neptunus Netherlands 32.67
4 ASD Rimini Baseball Italy 30.75
5 Mainz Athletics Germany 27.17
6 Draci Brno Czech Republic 25.58
7 Rouen Baseball 76 France 24.50
8 Vaessen Pioniers Netherlands 23.67
9 Kinheim H1 Netherlands 23.17
10 T&A San Marino San Marino 23.00
11 Nettuno Italy 22.50
12 Buchbinder Legionäre Germany 22.42
13 Astros Spain 21.83
14 Bonn Capitals Germany 20.67
15 Kotlářka Praha Czech Republic 20.58
16 Heidenheim Heideköpfe Germany 20.42
17 Tenerife Marlins P.C. Spain 18.83
18 Baseball Klub Nada SM Split Croatia 18.58
19 Les Templiers de Senart France 17.83
20 Montpellier Barracudas France 17.00
21 Arrows Ostrava Czech Republic 16.58
22 K. Deurne Spartans Belgium 16.33
23 K. Borgerhout Squirrels Belgium 14.83
  Sant Boi Spain 14.83
25 Olimpija Karlovac Croatia 14.58
26 Southampton Mustangs United Kingdom 13.92
27 Leksands Lumberjacks BSK Sweden 12.92
28 CB Barcelona Spain 12.83
29 KNTU-Elisavetgrad Ukraine 12.75
30 BC Minsk Belarus 11.75
31 London Mets United Kingdom 10.67
32 Therwil Flyers Switzerland 10.50
33 BK Apollo Bratislava Slovakia 10.00
  Blagoevgrad Buffaloes Bulgaria 10.00
  Zajcki Ljubljana Slovenia 10.00
36 Athletics Attnang-Puchheim Austria 9.50
  Lituanica Kaunas Lithuania 9.50
38 Dublin City Hurricanes Ireland 8.50
39 Stockholm Monarchs Sweden 8.42
40 Kiili Pantrid Estonia 7.50
41 North Stars St. Petersburg Russia 7.33
42 Sölvesborg Firehawks Sweden 7.17
43 Centaury Warszawa Poland 6.58
44 Zürich Barracudas Switzerland 6.50
45 Atletico Alexandria Romania 6.25
  Budapest Reds Hungary 6.25
47 Espoo Expos Finland 6.00
  Kristiansand Baseballklubb Suns Norway 6.00
  Wiener Neustadt Diving Ducks Austria 6.00
50 SDUSOR - Diamonds Ukraine 4.50

Countries covered: Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Ukraine.

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