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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.


[edit] Current Teams

The eight teams that will play in the top level of baseball in the Netherlands in 2010 are:

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

Head coaches for 2016:

[edit] List of Holland Champions

(Holland Series instituted at this point)

[edit] Famous Players

[edit] MVP (AKA Balink Award)

[edit] Pitcher of the Year

[edit] External Links

Baseball in the Netherlands
Federation National Team Womens' National Team
Hoofdklasse · Eerste Klasse
Holland Series · Haarlem Baseball Week · World Port Tournament · Dutch Baseball Hall of Fame
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