Hoofdklasse Honkbal

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The Hoofdklasse Honkbal, Dutch for Major League Baseball, is the highest level of amateur baseball in the Netherlands and is overseen by the Royal Netherlands Baseball and Softball Federation. The only kind of pay that the players receive is an expense allowance for fuel and travel costs. It is an eight team league that plays a 42-game schedule played mostly on weekends, with the season running from April to September. At the end of the season the top four teams qualify for the playoffs which culminates in the Holland Series. Both of the playoff rounds are best-of-five. The league follows a promotion and relegation system with the Overgangsklasse (Transition Division), which is between the Hoofdklasse and Eerste Klasse (First Division) in which the last place Hoofdklasse team plays the Overgangsklasse champion. Many of the official team nicknames contain the name of the club's corporate sponsor.

Current Teams[edit]

The seven teams that will play in the top level of baseball in the Netherlands in 2017 are:

Franchise Official Team Name City Stadium
Amsterdam Pirates L&D Amsterdam Amsterdam Sportpark Ookmeer
SC Neptunus Curacao Neptunus Rotterdam Neptunus Familie Stadion
Oosterhout Twins De Glaskoning Twins Oosterhout Sportpark De Slotbossetoren
DSS DSS Haarlem DSS baseball field, Pim Mulier Sportpark
Hoofddorp Pioniers Hoofddorp Pioniers Hoofddorp Park 21
HCAW HCAW Bussum Rob HoffmanVallei
UVV Pickles UVV Utrecht Sportpark de Paperclip

Head coaches for 2017:

List of Holland Champions[edit]

(Holland Series instituted at this point)

Famous Players[edit]

MVP (AKA Balink Award)[edit]

Pitcher of the Year[edit]

External Links[edit]