Huskies de Rouen
The Rouen Huskies are a top team in French Division 1 based out of Rouen, Seine-Maritime. The club was formed in 1986. They have won titles in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016. Among their players have been several who made it to the US college levels such as Kenji Hagiwara, Boris Marche, Maxime Lefevre and Joris Bert; Bert was the first French-raised player ever picked in a MLB amateur draft. The Huskies were the first French team to win a Silver medal in a European Cup, doing so in 2007. They play their home games at the Terrain Pierre-Rolland.
The team has a long history of scouting players from Quebec leagues, including Christian Chénard , Robin Roy, Sylvain Pruneau, Nicolas Matte, Patrice Plante, Sébastien Bougie, Joce Blais, Sébastien Roy, David Deslandes and Hugues Appleby. See the official site for the Quebec Elite Baseball League for details (link in French).
The club has been ranked among the ten best in Europe since 2007, according to mister-baseball.com. They finished the 2012 year ranked seventh in Europe after their first Final Four appearance.
2010 Roster (with uniform numbers and position played)
Keino Perez (18, P), Kenji Hagiwara (5, OF), Boris Marche (13, C, 1B/3B), David Gauthier (55, C, 1B/3B), François Colombier (42, Manager), Luc Piquet (45, 2B/3B, SS), Joris Bert (27, OF, P), Robin Roy (21, P), Quentin Becquey (64, P, 1B), Giovanni Ouin (2, P), Maxime Lefevre (#, SS, 2B, 3B), Anthony Piquet (#, P, 1B/3B), Mathieu Brau (#, OF), Aaron Hornostaj (23, SS, 2B/3B), Mark Terrana (#, C, P), Quentin Benedek (9, OF)
2009 Roster (with uniform numbers and position played)
Giovanni Ouin (2, P), Alexandre Sochon (4, P), Kenji Hagiwara (5, OF), Philippe Lecourieux (6, P/OF), Boris Marche (13, C), Nicolas Dubaut (16, P/3B), Keino Perez (18, P), Robin Roy (21, P), Dany Scalabrini (22, IF), Brian Deler (23, P), Jean-Baptiste Couton (P), Romain David (25, 1B), Joris Bert (27, OF), Jason Kosow (28, P), Mathieu Crescent (36, P/C), Olivier Israel (40, IF), Jordan Bert (41, OF), Laurent Autoin (44, P/C), Luc Piquet (45, IF), David Gauthier (55, C), Pierre Le Guillou (58, OF), Flavien Peron (69, OF), T.J. Stanton (P), Jean-Philippe Miet (P/OF)
Manager: François Colombier (42)
The 2009 Rouen club was ranked 4th best in Europe by mister-baseball.com, behind Bologna and three Dutch clubs (Neptunus, the Pioneers and Amsterdam). Rouen and Amsterdam were tied for fourth place in the rankings that year.
- Laurent Autoin (P), Quentin Becquey (1B), Quentin Benedek (RF), Jordan Bert (RF), Joris Bert (RF), Jean-Baptiste Couton (LF), Mathieu Crescent (P), Romain David (1B), Nicolas Dubaut (P-1B), David Gauthier (C-IF), Kenji Hagiwara (CF), Olivier Israel (3B), Jason Kosow (P), Pierre Le Guillou (RF), Boris Marche (C), Giovanni Ouin (P), Keino Perez (P), Randy Perez (3B-SS), Flavien Peron (LF), Luc Piquet (2B), Dany Scalabrini (SS), Alexandre Sochon (P), Brian Deler (P)
- Manager: Dany Scalabrini
- John Oudens: "In French Baseball League, the Feel Is More Minor Than Major", The New York Times, August 28, 2012.