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Mister Baseball’s European Top 50

by Josh Chetwynd

Welcome to Mister Baseball’s first annual European Top 50. The following is a ranking of the top 50 club teams in European domestic competition for the 2007 season.

Clearly, such an exercise will lead to differing opinions. After all, it is impossible to definitively rank teams that have never played a majority of 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 final standings in domestic leagues; clubs’ winning percentages; and performances in CEB-sanctioned competitions. In this category, a team’s performance for the 2007 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.

Finally, congratulations to Corendon Kinheim – the number one team in the first-ever Mister Baseball European Top 50!

Mister Baseball's 2007 European Top 50
Pos. Club Country Points
1 Kinheim H1 Netherlands 35.00
2 Curacao Neptunus Netherlands 28.00
3 Montepaschi Grosseto Orioles Italy 25.33
4 Rouen Baseball 76 France 25.00
5 Mainz Athletics Germany 24.33
6 Hoofddorp Pioniers Netherlands 24.00
7 Tenerife Marlins P.C. Spain 23.00
8 Buchbinder Legionäre Germany 22.33
9 CB Barcelona Spain 22.00
10 L&D Amsterdam Netherlands 21.00
11 Draci Brno Czech Republic 20.33
  SSD Nuova BC Citta Di Nettuno Italy 20.33
13 Karlskoga Bats BBK Sweden 20.00
  London Mets United Kingdom 20.00
15 Parmaclima Italy 19.83
  Solingen Alligators Germany 19.83
17 CNF Unipolsai Bologna Italy 19.33
  Heidenheim Heideköpfe Germany 19.33
19 Croydon Pirates United Kingdom 19.00
  Olimpija Karlovac Croatia 19.00
21 Les Templiers de Senart France 18.00
22 ASD Rimini Baseball Italy 17.33
  Tornado Balashikha Russia 17.33
24 HCAW Netherlands 16.50
25 MZLU Express Brno Czech Republic 16.33
26 ADO Netherlands 16.00
  Savigny sur Orge Lions France 16.00
28 T&A San Marino San Marino 15.33
29 Sant Boi Spain 15.00
30 Port of Antwerp Greys Belgium 14.00
  Sundbybergs Heat BSC Sweden 14.00
32 Arrows Ostrava Czech Republic 13.33
  Eagles Praha Czech Republic 13.33
  KNTU-OSVSM Kirovograd Ukraine 13.33
  MGPU S.Y.O.S. Moscow Russia 13.33
36 Montpellier Barracudas France 13.00
  Tranås BK Sweden 13.00
38 Zagreb BK Croatia 12.00
39 Stockholm Monarchs Sweden 11.00
40 Bern Cardinals Switzerland 10.00
  C.B. Viladecans Spain 10.00
  Vienna Metrostars Austria 10.00
43 ATMA Kiev Ukraine 9.33
44 Brest Zubrs Belarus 9.00
  Dublin Spartans Ireland 9.00
  MKS AMZ Kutno Poland 9.00
  Oslo Pretenders Norway 9.00
  TJ STU Angels Trnava Slovakia 9.00
49 K. Mortsel Stars Belgium 8.00
  Riga Diamonds Latvia 8.00
Honorable Mentions:
Jánossomorja Rascals Hungary
Lituanica Kaunas Lithuania
Zürich Challengers Switzerland

NOTE: Countries considered for the Top 50 (based on statistics provided to Mister Baseball):

Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Ukraine.

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