The Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Association (KNBSB) hosted the 2012 CEB Congress in Rotterdam on Saturday, celebrating 100 years of “Honkbal”. Also the gathering of European Baseball wasn’t supposed to produce any drama.
Not so fast. After statute modifications, which were proposed by the Executive Committee, were denied by the Congress, President Martin Miller and Secretary General Sam Pelter stepped down during the following discussions. Czech Baseball Association President Petr Ditrich will serve as CEB President until the 2013 Congress. He moves into this post due to his position as First Vice President.
The opposition for Miller had grown in the last couple of years since his unsuccessful try to become IBAF Secretary General in 2009. During meetings in the last couple of days he already had told his colleagues that he wouldn’t continue to be CEB President when his current term ends next spring. It is going to be interesting if the Italian and Dutch Federations will play a bigger role in the Executive Committee after next year’s congress.
Besides these political affairs the Confederation of European Baseball honored KNBSB as federation of the year, Dutch National Team head coach Brian Farley as coach of the year, Marco Taurelli (Italy) as umpire of the year and Pablo Carpio (Spain) as Scorer of the year. Congratulations. In 2013 the CEB Congress will be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, as a joint Congress with the European Softball Federation (ESF).