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2008 Mister-Baseball Final European Top 50

by Josh Chetwynd

One fact was certain about the 2008 European baseball season: No one club dominated. This year featured a handful of different teams taking home each of the continent’s biggest trophies and league championships. Those mixed results had a major impact on the second annual Mister-Baseball European Top 50. As evidence of the closeness at the top, only one-half a point separated the four highest ranking clubs.

This year’s top ranking squad, L&D Amsterdam, narrowly secured the Mister-Baseball title following its national championship run in the Netherlands. Just behind the hoofdklasse winners were two Italian clubs: T&A San Marino and Danesi Caffe Nettuno. San Marino won Italy’s national title but fell to Nettuno in the finals at CEB’s Final 4 competition. Hoofdklasse runners-up Corendon Kinheim would have likely placed first in the rankings for a second-straight year if the club had attended and performed well at the CEB Final 4. Although Kinheim lost in the Dutch finals to Amsterdam, the team did win a European Cup title. Completing the top five was FC Barcelona, which placed just ahead of Spanish national title winner Marlins Puerto Cruz. FC Barcelona finished second in Spain’s title race, but won CEB’s other European Cup trophy.

This year’s final rankings reflect an increased recognition of head-to-head play between clubs from different countries in CEB club competitions. While teams received additional points for defeating (or placing higher) than other clubs in Cup events, that alone did not assure that the more successful squad would place higher in the rankings.

These rankings remain based on a combination of factors that attempt to offer a sense of where various teams from across the continent stack up against each other. Point totals for teams were amassed from two categories:

  1. Strength of baseball in the club’s country: The strength of domestic leagues and the countries’ overall international success were significant factors in these rankings. Among the elements considered were: The standing of each country’s national team in the European Championships; the country’s overall performance in CEB club events; and the size of the baseball membership in the country. In looking at country performance, both recent events and historical performance were taken into account.
  2. Club’s performance: This is the actual performance of the club. This included current standings in domestic leagues; clubs’ winning percentages; and performances in CEB-sanctioned competitions. In this category, a team’s performance for the 2008 season and in European Cup competitions (when applicable) was exclusively considered.

We recognize that these rankings may stir some 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.

Mister Baseball's 2008 European Top 50
Pos. Club Country Points
1 L&D Amsterdam Netherlands 29.50
2 SSD Nuova BC Citta Di Nettuno Italy 29.33
  T&A San Marino San Marino 29.33
4 Kinheim H1 Netherlands 29.00
5 CB Barcelona Spain 27.00
6 Tenerife Marlins P.C. Spain 26.50
7 Montepaschi Grosseto Orioles Italy 25.33
8 Curacao Neptunus Netherlands 25.00
9 Buchbinder Legionäre Germany 24.83
10 Rouen Baseball 76 France 23.50
11 Hoofddorp Pioniers Netherlands 23.00
12 CNF Unipolsai Bologna Italy 22.33
13 Draci Brno Czech Republic 21.33
14 Les Templiers de Senart France 21.00
15 Mannheim Tornados Germany 20.33
16 Sparta/Feyenoord Netherlands 20.00
17 Heidenheim Heideköpfe Germany 19.33
  Solingen Alligators Germany 19.33
19 London Mets United Kingdom 19.00
20 Sant Boi Spain 18.00
21 MGPU S.Y.O.S. Moscow Russia 17.83
22 KNTU-OSVSM Kirovograd Ukraine 17.33
  Parmaclima Italy 17.33
24 El Llano Spain 17.00
25 Port of Antwerp Greys Belgium 16.00
  Stockholm Monarchs Sweden 16.00
27 Arrows Ostrava Czech Republic 15.33
28 Savigny sur Orge Lions France 15.00
29 HCAW Netherlands 14.00
  Karlskoga Bats BBK Sweden 14.00
  Montpellier Barracudas France 14.00
  Richmond Flames United Kingdom 14.00
33 ESHSM “Moskvich” Moscow Russia 13.83
34 Zagreb BK Croatia 13.50
35 ASD Rimini Baseball Italy 13.33
36 Bern Cardinals Switzerland 13.00
37 Technika Brno Czech Republic 12.83
38 MZLU Express Brno Czech Republic 12.33
39 Hoboken Pioneers Belgium 12.00
40 Athletics Attnang-Puchheim Austria 11.50
41 TNU Tigers Ukraine 11.33
42 Olimpija Karlovac Croatia 11.00
43 Brest Zubrs Belarus 10.50
  MKS AMZ Kutno Poland 10.50
45 Beograd 96 Serbia 10.00
46 Blagoevgrad Buffaloes Bulgaria 9.00
47 Juodasis Vikingas Vilnius Lithuania 8.50
  Zajčki Rabbits Slovenia 8.50
49 Dublin Spartans Ireland 8.00
  Espoo Expos Finland 8.00
  Óbuda Warriors Hungary 8.00
Honorable Mentions:
Almada White Sharks Portugal
Atletico Alexandria Romania
Dinamo Bucaresti Romania
Lausanne Indians Switzerland
Lituanica Kaunas Lithuania
Oslo Pretenders Norway
Riga Lions Latvia
Union Kufstein Vikings Austria

Countries covered: Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Holland, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Ukraine.

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