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Checking out Ballparks for the 2014 European Championship


 


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Regensburg

Enjoyed visiting the ballparks last week that will host the 2014 European Baseball Championships.   Thanks to CEB President Jan Esselman and Czech Republic VP Lucie Cubikova for handling all the logistics.   Our friends in Regensburg Armin, Philip, Juergen and Martin were also a big help in getting around the country and seeing the park on a last minute check up.      The event will be held in mid September and played in 4 cities.  Regensburg Germany and Trebic, Ostrava, Brno Czech Republic.    Baseball clubs in Europe are operated much differently than the clubs and leagues we have in the USA.     Each city typically has a sports club that houses several sports.  In some cases the sport has their own field and venue.   Kids begin to use the club at a young age and work their way up in the levels.  In most cases they do not have a  high school or college baseball sport program  so the club development  fills the gap.  It’s a really cool concept as it brings the community together similar to the way our MLB academies function in the states.

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Ostrava

It’s great to see baseball growing in Europe.  A testament to the work that the IBAF, CEB and the World Baseball Softball Federation are doing to grow our game.   DSC05801

Brno 

 

 

Chad  also took a look at a pre-event training field in Paris France.  All synthetic field except mound and plate.  All of the tournament competition fields are natural grass.

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Trebic

 I also had an opportunity to see the new ballpark in Hoofddorp , Holland a suburb of Amsterdam.  These guys are not hosting any of  the European championship rounds  this year but i had a chance to see the progress on my return.    What a nice baseball venue!   The CLub team and city should be real proud of this park that has 5 fields and they added 2 half fields.  Ike , Joe and Chad are helping to train the local volunteers how to maintain the field. This week they are hosting an MLB clinic.

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Hoofddorp ( Amsterdam)  

Also took in the opening game of the Prague Baseball Week.  Home of the Eagles. Jan Begin the man who runs the sport complex had a nice crowd on hand for the event.   ( photo below)2377

WBC Workouts for Great Britain & Canada


A great first day for the two clubs at the renovated ball park in Regensburg for the World Baseball Classic.  Field held up great as did the weather.  GB’s Sam Dempster was excited to see the field and the upgrades.  Canada’s Ernie Whitt and Greg Hamilton also had some great things to say about Armin Wolfe Arena grounds.  Always good to get the first day over.  Martin Brunner and his groundcrew did a great job managing the practices.  With 8 practices and only 6 games it sounds a bit upside down but that’s baseball.

GB’s squad actually met yesterday for the first time with the pros that joined them.  i think with the influx of pro guys for Czech, Germany and GB this will be an interesting tournament.  By the way… Thanks to Dan Bonanno and Kevin for painting some awesome logos!   You guys rock!

Busy baseball week in Germany and Europe


This  past week was a bit of a blur.  From Amsterdam to Munich to Regensburg.   With the teams starting to arrive tomorrow for the WBC qualifier in Germany,  I am sure they will be  excited about the field upgrades and temporary facilities built for the event.    Great Britain> Canada arrive tomorrow and  the Czech and Germany clubs bus in for the event.     All the teams are posting some big names MiLB names on the roster.    The  big chatter in European baseball is that the EURO baseball Championships just ended in Rotterdam and Italy came in 1st after a “unique” play off system  beating Nederlands.  Its pretty typical to see these two clubs be in 1 & 2 slots.  Spain was right up their too. Great Britain and Czech  fared well but they didn’t have the pro guys that  they will have for this event.

Anyway mounds, bullpens and infield have been worked on this past week.    John Deere provided us with a nice mower to showcase.   Our friends at Diamond Pro and BullDog Pitching rubbers sent over some products to jazz up Armin Wolfe stadium.     We even   scavenged a Covermaster tarp from the 2004 Athens Olympics that was still in storage for the games since Regensburg did not have one.   Pretty cool but it has no leaks after sitting for 8 years on a pallet.  Our volunteer Regensburg U18 team helped spread some product today.  What a great group of kids.

2004 Olympic baseball venue in Athens


The 2004 Olympic baseball stadium in Athens is currently not a baseball venue but a soccer venue. I went by in late 2012 and it looked ok. At least they are using it for a sport! See a lot of articles lately saying all the venues are falling apart or abandoned.

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There is only one “main” olympic stadium still being used for baseball which is in barcelona host of the 1992 games. The 1996 olympic stadium was Fulton county stadium which was torn down,the 2000 olympic main stadium in Sydney was a showground for cattle and was only a temporary venue for the games. However west of Sydney is the 2nd olympic venue and it has been resurrected by mlb and is used in the abl league. The 2008 wukesong baseball olympic stadium in beijing and both Practice fields were reduced to rubble shortly after the games. So the Olympic baseball stadium in Athens below is still there.  Maybe someday it will see a baseball game again.

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Checking Out London’s 2012 Olympic Stadium


During this past week I was on a bit of a whirlwind Europe tour taking in some venue and city tours, assessments, etc..  Amsterdam, Barcelona, Regensburg, Prague and London.   A highlight of the trip was seeing the Olympic stadium in Canary Wharf-London.   A very simple yet impressive structure with 82000 seats.  As with all the Olympic venues each has some type of tower located in and around the Olympic stadium.  The “orbit” is being constructed at the Olympic Park and from what I heard on the streets it has drawn mixed reviews.  I think it looks pretty cool and is a mathematical miracle based on the unique design.   Cant wait to see it when its finished.

In comparison the Olympic Tower built in Barcelona is pretty simple yet provides a wonderful view of the city.

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