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Nov '10 22

2010 Final Standings Mister-Baseball European Top 50



by Josh Chetwynd

The fourth annual Mister-Baseball Top 50 featured a trio of worthy candidates for the ranking’s number one spot. The Dutch champions, DOOR Neptunus, delivered one of its greatest seasons, posting a 39-3 record in the always competitive Hoofdklasse. Cariparma captured the Italian Baseball League title in the same year that the Italian National Team won its first European Championship title since 1997. Although UGF Assicurazioni Bologna lost to Cariparma in a seven-game IBL final, it won a European Cup trophy, the European “Final 4” event and the Coppa Italia. So who came out first in our review of European baseball teams? In the end, it was Bologna’s combination of hardware that earned it the number one position in these 2010 rankings. It’s the second straight season Bologna has received the honor.

Neptunus, which was hurt by its fourth-place performance in European Cup play, took the second spot, while Cariparma, which was hindered by not competing in a major tournament abroad, finished in third. Telemarket Rimini, which won a European Cup in Rotterdam, and Hoofdklasse runners-up L&D Amsterdam Pirates rounded out the first five.

German Bundesliga champs, Buchbinder Legionäre Regensburg, leads off the second half of the top 10. Heidenheim Heidekoepfe, Germany’s runners up, rode impressive silver medal finishes both in European Cup play and at the “Final 4” to book seventh place. T&A San Marino, Spanish champions CB Sant Boi, and Dutch semi-finalist Corendon Kinheim completed the top ten.

As in years past, these rankings 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; 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. Performance in the 2010 European Championships are included as are new participation and facility data made available to Mister-Baseball.
  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 2010 season is 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 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.

2007 Mister-Baseball European Top 50
2008 Mister-Baseball European Top 50
2009 Mister-Baseball European Top 50

Mister Baseball's 2010 European Top 50
Pos. Club Country Points
1 CNF Unipolsai Bologna Italy 35.67
2 Curacao Neptunus Netherlands 34.67
3 Parmaclima Italy 33.17
4 ASD Rimini Baseball Italy 28.42
5 L&D Amsterdam Netherlands 28.17
6 Buchbinder Legionäre Germany 27.83
7 Heidenheim Heideköpfe Germany 27.67
8 T&A San Marino San Marino 27.58
9 Sant Boi Spain 27.50
10 Kinheim H1 Netherlands 26.67
11 Hoofddorp Pioniers Netherlands 26.42
12 Draci Brno Czech Republic 23.75
13 CB Barcelona Spain 23.00
14 Rouen Baseball 76 France 22.58
15 Solingen Alligators Germany 22.33
16 SSD Nuova BC Citta Di Nettuno Italy 21.67
17 Tenerife Marlins P.C. Spain 20.25
18 Paderborn Untouchables Germany 19.83
19 Savigny sur Orge Lions France 19.58
20 Technika Brno Czech Republic 19.25
21 HCAW Netherlands 18.17
22 Montepaschi Grosseto Orioles Italy 17.67
23 Béisbol Navarra Spain 17.50
24 Montpellier Barracudas France 17.33
25 Karlskoga Bats BBK Sweden 15.67
26 KNTU-OSVSM Kirovograd Ukraine 15.50
27 Les Templiers de Senart France 15.33
28 MZLU Express Brno Czech Republic 15.25
29 Hoboken Pioneers Belgium 15.08
30 Richmond Flames United Kingdom 14.83
31 Tornado Balashikha Russia 14.17
32 Bracknell Blazers United Kingdom 13.83
33 Stockholm Monarchs Sweden 13.17
34 Baseball Klub Nada SM Split Croatia 12.92
35 MGPU S.Y.O.S. Moscow Russia 11.17
36 Stal Kutno Poland 10.75
37 TNU Tigers Ukraine 10.50
38 North Stars Moscow Russia 9.67
39 Olimpija Karlovac Croatia 9.42
40 K. Deurne Spartans Belgium 9.33
41 Athletics Attnang-Puchheim Austria 8.92
42 Bern Cardinals Switzerland 8.75
43 Eagles Praha Czech Republic 7.75
  Therwil Flyers Switzerland 7.75
45 Blagoevgrad Buffaloes Bulgaria 7.00
46 Brest Zubrs Belarus 6.75
47 BC Slovan Bratislava Slovakia 6.00
48 Beograd 96 Serbia 5.50
  Dublin Spartans Ireland 5.50
  Lituanica Kaunas Lithuania 5.50
  Reds Sleepwalkers Hungary 5.50
Honorable Mentions:
ClubCountry
Dinamo Bucaresti Romania
Espoo Expos Finland
Kranjski Lisjaki Slovenia
Oslo Pretenders Norway
PapaJoe’s Eglo Tigers Austria

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 and Ukraine.




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