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    Belgian baseball

    Since I couldn't find a Belgian thread, I decided I'd create one in my first post
    The sites I'll be giving are either in Dutch or in French, so most members here won't be having that much of a good read out of them...well...
    Homepage of the VBSL (for Flemmish ("Dutch") teams):
    http://www.baseballsoftball.be/

    Homepage of the LFBBS (for French-speaking teams):
    http://www.lfbbs.be/

    Homepage of the Blegian national team:
    http://www.flandersallstars.be/



    The overall situation of baseball in Belgium is...well, weak... especially compared to our neighbours in Holland. They have beautiful terrains right accross the border, and over here some parks don't even have grass on them
    Another problem in Belgium is that everything is being dominated by Antwerp, the oldest teams are located in Antwerp and this brings consequences like most organising organs being filled with people from Antwerp. This is a problem because there's a certain arrogance in Antwerp. For example:
    if a team from Limburg and a team from West-Vlaanderen should play against each other, it's very possible that there won't be an umpire, simply because they really couldn't care less over at the league...
    oh well, like my old coach used to say: "I've never been disappointed in baseball, only in some people who are in baseball"

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    Yankeebiscuitfan Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by Sewen
    Since I couldn't find a Belgian thread, I decided I'd create one in my first post
    The sites I'll be giving are either in Dutch or in French, so most members here won't be having that much of a good read out of them...well...
    Homepage of the VBSL (for Flemmish ("Dutch") teams):
    http://www.baseballsoftball.be/

    Homepage of the LFBBS (for French-speaking teams):
    http://www.lfbbs.be/

    Homepage of the Blegian national team:
    http://www.flandersallstars.be/



    The overall situation of baseball in Belgium is...well, weak... especially compared to our neighbours in Holland. They have beautiful terrains right accross the border, and over here some parks don't even have grass on them
    Another problem in Belgium is that everything is being dominated by Antwerp, the oldest teams are located in Antwerp and this brings consequences like most organising organs being filled with people from Antwerp. This is a problem because there's a certain arrogance in Antwerp. For example:
    if a team from Limburg and a team from West-Vlaanderen should play against each other, it's very possible that there won't be an umpire, simply because they really couldn't care less over at the league...
    oh well, like my old coach used to say: "I've never been disappointed in baseball, only in some people who are in baseball"
    Hey, nice to have you around. As far as I know, you're the first Belgian member on this board. Welcome.

    Do you play yourself? If so do you play in Hasselt or do you play for another team? I have played a softball game in Antwerp with my former team, Amsterdam Pirates. I must say that the field of the Antwerp Eagles is quite nice. Situated next to the highway, they were forced to install very large nets, to prevent the fly balls hit the cars on the highway.

    Nevertheless it is a damn shame that some people don't care about the game, so a game can't be played because there is no umpire. It is the same overhere. Home teams have to take care of an umpire themselves. Because of this there is a big risk that the umpire will call the game in favour of the home team and I hate that.

    Anyway, have fun on this board. BTW I hope you are a Yankee fan . There can never be enough of them... (sorry Soxson, CB and Annie).

    This board is becoming an intenational site more and more. That's what I like about it.
    Last edited by Yankeebiscuitfan; 07-31-2006 at 04:58 PM.

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    And a big WELCOME from me as well Sewen. Thanks for the post about baseball in Belgium. Maybe one day they will be able to challenge for the European championships and eventually go onto WBC competition. And I hope you are not a Yankee fan - there are too many of them here :-) A Dodgers fan would be good!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yankeebiscuitfan
    Hey, nice to have you around. As far as I know, you're the first Belgian member on this board. Welcome.

    Do you play yourself? If so do you play in Hasselt or do you play for another team? I have played a softball game in Antwerp with my former team, Amsterdam Pirates. I must say that the field of the Antwerp Eagles is quite nice. Situated next to the highway, they were forced to install very large nets, to prevent the fly balls hit the cars on the highway.

    Nevertheless it is a damn shame that some people don't care about the game, so a game can't be played because there is no umpire. It is the same overhere. Home teams have to take care of an umpire themselves. Because of this there is a big risk that the umpire will call the game in favour of the home team and I hate that.

    Anyway, have fun on this board. BTW I hope you are a Yankee fan . There can never be enough of them... (sorry Soxson, CB and Annie).

    This board is becoming an intenational site more and more. That's what I like about it.
    I do actually play, I've only been playing for 4 years, but hey I'm young, I'm allowed to be inexperienced
    I play in Genk (Limburg White Sox), wich is a neighbouring city of Hasselt. The C.R.E.W. in Hasselt doesn't exist anymore...

    I know the field of the Eagles, we used to play in the same group as them with the youth. There are 3 things that I remember about the Antwerp Eagles:
    1) They really do have a nice field
    2) the field lies next to the highway
    3) those kids were crazy, immune to the flu, extremely warm blooded or something I remember playing them at the end of the season, with the winter coming in early, it was absolutely freezing and there was lots of wind (but it wasn't raining, so we went to play ball). While we were wearing 2-3 shirts underneath our jerseys + our jackets whenever we were in the dug-out, they played in their t-shirts as if it was a sunny day in august

    About the umping: over here, normally, there should be an official umpire, but the league has an enormous shortage of official umpires and thus it selects which games get one. If there isn't an official ump ---> the hometeam is obliged to deliver one. Which often brings obvious problems...
    Though I have the idea that it's even worse in the Netherlands, I remember only one occasion in NL where there was an ump that wasn't deliverd by the hometeam. Our Junioren-team played in the Dutch competition in 2005 (the same group as Sittard, Maastricht, Venlo, Beek, Parkstad, etc.). I liked that year, I regard inhabitants of Dutch Limburg more as my compatriots than people from Antwerp, the Vlaanders or Wallonie anyway ^ ^






    Clem:
    Which team in Wallonie is it that you play for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sewen
    I do actually play, I've only been playing for 4 years, but hey I'm young, I'm allowed to be inexperienced
    I play in Genk (Limburg White Sox), wich is a neighbouring city of Hasselt. The C.R.E.W. in Hasselt doesn't exist anymore...

    I know the field of the Eagles, we used to play in the same group as them with the youth. There are 3 things that I remember about the Antwerp Eagles:
    1) They really do have a nice field
    2) the field lies next to the highway
    3) those kids were crazy, immune to the flu, extremely warm blooded or something I remember playing them at the end of the season, with the winter coming in early, it was absolutely freezing and there was lots of wind (but it wasn't raining, so we went to play ball). While we were wearing 2-3 shirts underneath our jerseys + our jackets whenever we were in the dug-out, they played in their t-shirts as if it was a sunny day in august

    About the umping: over here, normally, there should be an official umpire, but the league has an enormous shortage of official umpires and thus it selects which games get one. If there isn't an official ump ---> the hometeam is obliged to deliver one. Which often brings obvious problems...
    Though I have the idea that it's even worse in the Netherlands, I remember only one occasion in NL where there was an ump that wasn't deliverd by the hometeam. Our Junioren-team played in the Dutch competition in 2005 (the same group as Sittard, Maastricht, Venlo, Beek, Parkstad, etc.). I liked that year, I regard inhabitants of Dutch Limburg more as my compatriots than people from Antwerp, the Vlaanders or Wallonie anyway ^ ^






    Clem:
    Which team in Wallonie is it that you play for?
    Hi Sewen,

    Did you get my PM or my e-mail? What do you think about the proposition?

    Regards,

    YBF.

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    I play for the frameries athletics but now i m living in the USA for the year so i wont be playing next season.

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    Yankeebiscuitfan Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by clem be
    I play for the frameries athletics but now i m living in the USA for the year so i wont be playing next season.
    Why don't you try a team in the US?

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    baseball belgium

    hi guys i m a baseball player from belgium (the south part of the country).
    yeah the situation in belgium is weak but antwerp does some good things for baseball . they have some good fields and good programs for players.
    so were you guys are from? did anyone played in the european championship in poland ? or in the world youth classic in binghamton ny?

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    A big welcome to our new Belgian members. Great to see so many fellow Europeans on here.

    Well done on your bronze medal in the Euro Baseball Qualifiers earlier this year.

    Happy posting.
    Greystones Mariners Baseball Club. The oldest baseball club in Ireland. 16 years and still going strong.

    www.greystonesbaseball.org

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    Hi there

    Quote Originally Posted by clem be View Post
    hi guys i m a baseball player from belgium (the south part of the country).
    yeah the situation in belgium is weak but antwerp does some good things for baseball . they have some good fields and good programs for players.
    so were you guys are from? did anyone played in the european championship in poland ? or in the world youth classic in binghamton ny?

    Wow, it so nice to get info from a belgium base ball player, this is going to be interesting, please tell me how big and how well developed is the adminitration and schedules for the games, what about players, are you gays also got a contracts over there?


    Listen I do make wooden base ball bat, I can easily send this beauty and super hard maple bat to your place, lets hit the ball over there, wow would be greattttttttttt.

    Thanks see you soon.

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    Antwerp Eagles

    In 1985, I played in the Europeasn Cup in Antwerp as a member of teh PAris University Club i remeber the nice field, great french fries and beautifull blonde girls. A great memory

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenjieM
    In 1985, I played in the Europeasn Cup in Antwerp as a member of teh PAris University Club i remeber the nice field, great french fries and beautifull blonde girls. A great memory
    I guess you have played in Paris in the European cup as well. It was in 1987 I think. The club I used to root for, Amstel Tigers from Amsterdam, played there as well. Unfortunately the club doesn't excist anymore.

    I remember some kind of yoghurt drink was your club's sponsor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yankeebiscuitfan
    I remember some kind of yoghurt drink was your club's sponsor.
    Les Petits Filous? Oh J'adore les Petits Filous.
    Greystones Mariners Baseball Club. The oldest baseball club in Ireland. 16 years and still going strong.

    www.greystonesbaseball.org

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    Amstel Tigers

    Amstel Tigers that is some time ago, great team great players.
    we had some players coming to play for us (Richard Knol, John Wood, Jaap Land) and a bunch off guys how help out whit some practice. The good old days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kris9 View Post
    Amstel Tigers that is some time ago, great team great players.
    we had some players coming to play for us (Richard Knol, John Wood, Jaap Land) and a bunch off guys how help out whit some practice. The good old days.
    Yes I remember those names.

    John Wood was an American from the Cleveland INdians organisation. He got injured in a motor accident. Could never reach the level he had (AAA if I am not mistaken). He played 1B mainly. I remember his name as Johnson Wood.

    Richard Knol was the younger brother of Robert Knol. Robert played SS and Richard 2B if my memory serves me well. I remember Jaap Land playing left field.

    Indeed the good old days. Sometimes I really miss that ball club.

    I can't remember which team they played for in Belgium.

    Nevermind... When I see the name of the town you are living in, it can only be the Brasschaat Braves...
    Last edited by Yankeebiscuitfan; 11-05-2007 at 11:46 AM.

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    yes that is correct the brasschaat braves, you guys came over for a weekend. did some clinic and play 2 games (you kick our ass) :-).
    John Wood became our coach for 3 years. Richard and me became the new keystone at Brasschaat. we had some fune years. mmmm....thinking about it is 20 years ago i was 16 pfff we getting old :-). So you doing still anything in baseball?

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    Just found out my nephew is going to be playing in Belgium. I don't know the team name yet. We are in Md. I'm just looking for general info and contacts. I will be back with more specific info. Found this when searching Belgium baseball. It should be fun! Thanks

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    Playing in Belgium

    Quote Originally Posted by AuntieCate View Post
    Just found out my nephew is going to be playing in Belgium. I don't know the team name yet. We are in Md. I'm just looking for general info and contacts. I will be back with more specific info. Found this when searching Belgium baseball. It should be fun! Thanks
    Hey,

    Your nephew will be playing in Belgium. What's his name?

    We are going to host a player this season who had a member of his family who lived in Gent for a year or so. Would this be you?

    Chris

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    Baseball in Belgium? Sweet!!!!

    I have a particular affinity for Belgians because some genealogy research led to a couple of families from Perwez and Tourinees St. Lambert, both southeast of Brussels in Brabant-Wallon. I had no idea that baseball had reached the old country! My Belgian ancestors settled near Green Bay, which had a very large influx of Belgian immigrants in the mid 1850's.
    Their Belgian heritage still lives in the area. Booyah!

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    teams

    How many teams do you have in the league.

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