Press Release European Association of Professional Baseball
On Friday May 8, 2015 a meeting with representatives of San Marino Baseball, Rouen Huskies, Vaessen Pioniers (Hoofddorp) and Curaçao Neptunus (Rotterdam) resulted in the founding of the European Association of Professional Baseball which aims to start a new league called Euro League Baseball (ELB) as soon as 2016.
Co Haspels, Peter van ‘t Klooster (both Pioniers), Jerry van den Oever (Neptunus), Keino Perez, Owen Ozanich (both Rouen) and Mauro Mazzotti of San Marino joined the founders meeting with Wim van den Hurk (Initiator and President), Jan van der Sande (Press Officer) and Jan Maarten Kops (Initiator) in Amsterdam.
Non attending members are CB Barcelona, Templiers-Senart (France), Buchbinder Legionäre Regensburg (Germany), CBS Sant Boi (Spain).
Prospective members expected to be confirmed soon, are Unipol Bologna (Italy) and Heidenheim Heideköpfe (Germany).
During the meeting the members discussed the proposed format of the league, its structure, team roster expansion, budgets and logistics. Although a lot of hurdles has to be overcome, all participants were unanimous about the needs for new developments in European baseball.
The Association will now start to inform National and International Federations about its plans.
On the photo from left to right: Jerry van den Oever (Curaçao Neptunus), Owen Ozanich (Rouen Huskies), Wim van den Hurk (Initiator and President), Jan van der Sande (Press Officer), Mauro Mazzotti (San Marino), Keino Perez (Rouen Huskies), Co Haspels (Vaessen Pioniers), Peter van ‘t Klooster (Vaessen Pioniers)