Mister Baseball’s 2008 mid-season European Top 50
Welcome to Mister Baseball’s 2008 mid-season European Top 50. The following is a ranking of the top 50 club teams in European domestic competition for the 2008 season through July 7.
This period covers performances not only in domestic leagues but also in European Cup and European Cup qualifier competitions. With lots of baseball left to play, these rankings are sure to change by the end of the season. Along with country championships, the European (club) Final 4 will have an impact on the season’s end results as will the European Championship qualifiers, which help determine country strength for the rankings.
Clearly, such an exercise will lead to differing opinions. After all, it is impossible to definitively rank teams – many of whom have never played the other clubs on the list
Nevertheless, these rankings are based on a combination of factors that offer a good look into where various teams from across the continent stack up against each other. Point totals for teams were amassed from two categories:
- 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.
- 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 first half of 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
|2||CNF Unipolsai Bologna||Italy||28.83|
|5||SSD Nuova BC Citta Di Nettuno||Italy||27.33|
|7||Tenerife Marlins P.C.||Spain||25.00|
|Montepaschi Grosseto Orioles||Italy||23.83|
|12||Les Templiers de Senart||France||23.00|
|T&A San Marino||San Marino||21.83|
|17||Rouen Baseball 76||France||20.50|
|19||Draci Brno||Czech Republic||19.33|
|20||London Mets||United Kingdom||19.00|
|21||Manchester Eagles||United Kingdom||18.50|
|MGPU S.Y.O.S. Moscow||Russia||16.33|
|27||Savigny sur Orge Lions||France||15.50|
|30||Rättviks Butchers BSK||Sweden||14.50|
|31||Arrows Ostrava||Czech Republic||14.33|
|ASD Rimini Baseball||Italy||14.33|
|34||ESHSM “Moskvich” Moscow||Russia||12.33|
|Port of Antwerp Greys||Belgium||12.00|
|37||Karlskoga Bats BBK||Sweden||11.50|
|Union Kufstein Vikings||Austria||11.00|
|41||Skokani Olomouc||Czech Republic||10.83|
|45||Leksands Lumberjacks BSK||Sweden||9.50|
|MKS AMZ Kutno||Poland||9.50|
|TJ STU Angels Trnava||Slovakia||9.00|
Countries covered: Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Holland, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Ukraine.