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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:

  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 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 rankings@mister-baseball.com.

Mister Baseball's 2008 mid-season European Top 50
Pos. Club Country Points
1 Kinheim H1 Netherlands 35.00
2 CNF Unipolsai Bologna Italy 28.83
3 CB Barcelona Spain 28.00
  Curacao Neptunus Netherlands 28.00
5 SSD Nuova BC Citta Di Nettuno Italy 27.33
6 Solingen Alligators Germany 25.33
7 Tenerife Marlins P.C. Spain 25.00
8 Heidenheim Heideköpfe Germany 23.83
  Montepaschi Grosseto Orioles Italy 23.83
10 L&D Amsterdam Netherlands 23.50
11 Buchbinder Legionäre Germany 23.33
12 Les Templiers de Senart France 23.00
13 Hoofddorp Pioniers Netherlands 22.00
  Sparta/Feyenoord Netherlands 22.00
15 Paderborn Untouchables Germany 21.83
  T&A San Marino San Marino 21.83
17 Rouen Baseball 76 France 20.50
18 Sant Boi Spain 19.50
19 Draci Brno Czech Republic 19.33
20 London Mets United Kingdom 19.00
21 Manchester Eagles United Kingdom 18.50
  Stockholm Monarchs Sweden 18.50
23 Parmaclima Italy 18.33
24 El Llano Spain 17.00
25 KNTU-OSVSM Kirovograd Ukraine 16.33
  MGPU S.Y.O.S. Moscow Russia 16.33
27 Savigny sur Orge Lions France 15.50
28 HCAW Netherlands 15.00
  Olimpija Karlovac Croatia 15.00
30 Rättviks Butchers BSK Sweden 14.50
31 Arrows Ostrava Czech Republic 14.33
  ASD Rimini Baseball Italy 14.33
33 Hoboken Pioneers Belgium 14.00
34 ESHSM “Moskvich” Moscow Russia 12.33
35 Bern Cardinals Switzerland 12.00
  Port of Antwerp Greys Belgium 12.00
37 Karlskoga Bats BBK Sweden 11.50
38 Dinamo Bucaresti Romania 11.00
  Union Kufstein Vikings Austria 11.00
  Zajčki Rabbits Slovenia 11.00
41 Skokani Olomouc Czech Republic 10.83
42 Brest Zubrs Belarus 10.00
  Lituanica Kaunas Lithuania 10.00
  Zagreb BK Croatia 10.00
45 Leksands Lumberjacks BSK Sweden 9.50
  MKS AMZ Kutno Poland 9.50
47 Beograd 96 Serbia 9.00
  Jánossomorja Rascals Hungary 9.00
  ØHIL Royals Norway 9.00
  Therwil Flyers Switzerland 9.00
  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.

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