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Nov '09 09

2009 Final Standings Mister-Baseball European Top 50



by Josh Chetwynd

After two seasons of Dutch domination at the top of the tables, the third annual Mister-Baseball European Top 50 has a new country taking the top spot: Italy. Fortitudo Bologna rode a combination of an Italian Baseball League championship, a co-European Cup crown and a silver medal performance in the Europe’s Final Four to claim the title. Two Dutch clubs followed Bologna: the Hoofdklasse champion, DOOR Neptunus, and league runners-up Konica Minolta Pioneers. After finishing at the top of the standings last year, L&D Amsterdam fell to a tie at the fourth spot with Rouen Baseball 76. Amsterdam did earn a European Cup crown but couldn’t progress out of the Hoofdklasse semi-finals. Rouen secured its placing thanks to a French League and a Challenge De France title as well as a third-place finish at the European Cup – in which they beat Amsterdam head-to-head.

Two IBL squads came next: League runners-up and Italian Cup winner T&A San Marino and Final Four champion Danesi Caffe Nettuno. Although Nettuno walked away with the Final Four title, its inability to make it to the IBL playoffs was reflected in its final placing. In contrast, eighth-place finisher Tenerife Marlins dominated the Spanish domestic league, but a poor performance in European Cup competition left them outside of the top-five. Dutch semi-finalist Corendon Kinheim, which shared a European Cup title with Bologna, placed in a tie with Tenerife and the German Bundesliga champion Heidenheim Heidekoepfe rounded out the top-10.

These rankings continue to be based on a combination of factors. 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 clubs. This included final standings in domestic leagues and cup competitions; clubs’ winning percentages; and performances in CEB-sanctioned competitions. Head-to-head performance against other teams in the rankings is taken into consideration – but is one of many factors. In this category, a team’s performance for the 2009 season was exclusively considered.

The combination 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 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.

2007 Mister-Baseball European Top 50
2008 Mister-Baseball European Top 50

Mister Baseball's 2009 European Top 50
Pos. Club Country Points
1 CNF Unipolsai Bologna Italy 32.33
2 Curacao Neptunus Netherlands 30.00
3 Hoofddorp Pioniers Netherlands 27.00
4 L&D Amsterdam Netherlands 26.50
  Rouen Baseball 76 France 26.50
6 T&A San Marino San Marino 25.50
7 Angel Service Gruppo Nettuno Italy 25.33
8 Kinheim H1 Netherlands 25.00
  Tenerife Marlins P.C. Spain 25.00
10 Heidenheim Heideköpfe Germany 23.33
11 ASD Rimini Baseball Italy 21.83
12 Sant Boi Spain 21.50
13 Draci Brno Czech Republic 21.33
14 CB Barcelona Spain 20.75
15 ASD Parma Italy 20.33
  Mannheim Tornados Germany 20.33
17 Buchbinder Legionäre Germany 19.83
18 Sparta/Feyenoord Netherlands 19.00
19 Les Templiers de Senart France 18.50
20 Montpellier Barracudas France 18.00
21 KNTU-OSVSM Kirovograd Ukraine 17.83
  Solingen Alligators Germany 17.83
23 San Inazio Spain 17.00
24 Arrows Ostrava Czech Republic 16.33
25 Tornado Balashikha Russia 15.83
26 Savigny sur Orge Lions France 15.50
27 Bracknell Blazers United Kingdom 15.00
28 Stockholm Monarchs Sweden 14.50
29 MGPU S.Y.O.S. Moscow Russia 14.33
  Technika Brno Czech Republic 14.33
31 Hoboken Pioneers Belgium 14.25
32 Richmond Flames United Kingdom 13.50
33 Tranås BK Sweden 12.50
34 Port of Antwerp Greys Belgium 11.75
  Therwil Flyers Switzerland 11.75
36 Olimpija Karlovac Croatia 11.50
37 Montepaschi Grosseto Orioles Italy 11.33
38 Lituanica Kaunas Lithuania 11.00
  Vienna Wanderers Austria 11.00
40 TNU Tigers Ukraine 10.33
41 Baseball and Softball Club Vindija Croatia 10.00
  Brest Zubrs Belarus 10.00
43 Bern Cardinals Switzerland 9.75
44 Skokani Olomouc Czech Republic 8.83
45 Dinamo Bucaresti Romania 8.50
46 Demony Miejska Górka Poland 8.00
47 Dublin Spartans Ireland 7.50
48 Óbuda Warriors Hungary 7.00
Honorable Mentions:
ClubCountry
Athletics Attnang-Puchheim Austria
Blagoevgrad Buffaloes Bulgaria
Espoo Expos Finland
Kranjski Lisjaki Slovenia
Oslo Pretenders Norway
PapaJoe’s Eglo Tigers Austria
Vojvode Zemun Serbia

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




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