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Dec '07 17

Who was the best Pitcher in Europe?

We have a new poll at Mister-Baseball.com. We want know, who was the best pitcher in European Baseball in 2007. We chose eight candidates:

Junior OBERTO (Montepaschi Grosseto): He led the Italian Baseball League with a 1.44 ERA in the regular season. He posted an 8-2 record. He struck out 77 in 100 innings pitched. He struggled through the playoffs, but overall had a pretty good season.

Jesus MOTA (Fortitudo Bologna): He had the most wins in the Italian Baseball League with ten. He ranked third with an ERA of 1.77. He struck out 89 in 91.1 innings pitched.

David BERGMAN (Corendon Kinheim): He recently won the pitcher of the year award in the Netherlands. He posted a 12-2 record in 15 starts with an ERA of 2.06. He had 75 strikeouts in 96 innings pitched. He also pitched for the Dutch national team at the European championship (EC) and the Baseball World Cup (BWC), receiving the win in the historic upset over Cuba.

Leon BOYD (DOOR Neptunus): He got a perfect 9-0 record during the regular season of the Dutch Major League. He led all starting pitchers with a 1.22 ERA, striking out 61 in 66.2 innings pitched.

Enorbel MARQUEZ-RAMIREZ (Solingen Alligators): Limited due a knee injury, he pitched just 52 innings (60 strikeouts) during the regular season in the German Baseball-Bundesliga. However with a 1.22 ERA and seven wins he was right at the top of the league. His most impressive performances came at the international level. At the EC in Barcelona he won all three starts with a 1.20 ERA. Two months later he showed his talent at the BWC (two starts, ERA 3.21).

Yoel HERNANDEZ (Marlins Puerto Cruz): He was first in the Spanish Baseball League with a 0.56 ERA. He had an 8-0 record and struck out 83 in 64.2 innings pitched. He won the national championship with his team. At the EC he impressed as well with two wins and a 0.61 ERA. He struggled at the BWC.

Remigio LEAL (CF Barcelona): He was not far behind Yoel HERNANDEZ in 2007. He posted a 9-1 record with an ERA of 0.79. He struck out 85 in 90.2 innings pitched. He attended the EC and BWC as well.

Samuel MEURANT (Templiers Sénart): He pitched 120 innings for the runner up in the French championship. He had an ERA of 1.94 and a 10-2 record. He struck out 111.

Of course, the list could be longer and the selection is somewhat subjective. Feel free to comment and vote at the Mister-Baseball.com homepage.


  1. Comment by Cr1stal
    December 17, 2007 | 5:51 pm

    My vote goes out to BERGMAN

  2. Comment by Peter Weber
    December 17, 2007 | 8:36 pm

    this is hard

    Bergman (NL) or Marquez (GER)

  3. Comment by DK
    December 17, 2007 | 10:05 pm

    Marquez wasn’t even the best pitcher in Germany. That spot belonged to Eddie Aucoin.

  4. Comment by philipp
    December 18, 2007 | 12:20 am

    Eddie Aucoin would be also a good choice for the German League. No question. But we chose Marquez-Ramirez due his great performances at the EC and the BWC.

  5. Comment by Marcus
    December 18, 2007 | 2:11 pm

    Leon Boyd. No doubt about it.

  6. Comment by Tom
    December 18, 2007 | 6:08 pm

    Leon Boyd, he’s the general.

  7. Comment by Dean
    December 20, 2007 | 3:26 am

    LEON. Absolutely.

  8. Comment by Johan Dille
    December 21, 2007 | 11:29 pm

    Leon Boyd was overall the best, in America, Europe and Asia no doubt about it !!!

  9. Comment by Annelies de Bruin
    December 23, 2007 | 11:30 am

    Leon Boyd is the best in Europe

  10. Comment by Rafael Ortiz
    December 28, 2007 | 10:09 pm

    Analyzing the numbers throughout each league, with a strikeout to walk ratio of 117 to 9, there’s no question Eddie Aucoin belongs on this list, at or near the top. Walks plus hits per innings pitched is a FAR greater measure of a pitcher’s effectiveness than ERA, or record–especially considering Aucoin pitched for an obviously subpar team.

  11. Comment by Rafael Ortiz
    December 28, 2007 | 10:21 pm

    To Finish my point, Jesus Matos, all things considered, is certainly at or close to the top of the list as the best pitcher in Europe as well.

  12. Comment by philipp
    January 3, 2008 | 1:30 pm

    @Rafael: You are right. WHIP is a much better way to compare pitchers. But in Europe there aren’t all categories available in every country. Some leagues have excellent stat-sites, some not. It is getting better, but we are still in the early stages.

  13. Comment by Erwin Dolieslager
    January 8, 2008 | 12:58 pm

    David Bergman Best in Holland best in Europe

  14. Comment by Erwin ten Wolde
    January 8, 2008 | 12:59 pm

    David Bergman is the best

  15. Comment by Debby van Meurs
    January 8, 2008 | 1:00 pm

    David Bergman no doubt

  16. Comment by jordy van eck
    January 8, 2008 | 1:06 pm

    Pitcher David Bergman van Kinheim

  17. Comment by peterdirksen
    January 8, 2008 | 1:09 pm

    BERGMAN off course!

  18. Comment by klaas reep
    January 8, 2008 | 4:53 pm

    BERGMAN best pitcher in the EC 1 and ALL-STAR in the Barcelona and in the Netherlands

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