Collegiate Baseball League Europe

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Collegiate Baseball League Europe (CBLE)] is a is a Summer Collegiate Baseball League based in Europe.

The league currently consists of four teams: La Rochelle Admirals, Oosterhout Bombers, London Cavaliers and Sant Boi Falcons of Barcelona.

Each year the coaching staffs draft their team rosters from the list of registered players in the month of March. Players typically play their regular season for college teams in the US or for club teams in elite leagues across Europe.

History[edit]

The league was founded in 2012 in Oosterhout the Netherlands.

The inaugural tournament was held in July 2012 with 56 players from 10 different countries. All games were played at "Sportpark de Slotbosse Toren" in Oosterhout, home of the Oosterhout Twins.

In 2014 the league expanded to baseball venues in London (GBR), Barcelona (ESP) and La Rochelle (FRA). As the only collegiate summer league in "the Old World", CBLE aims to offer players age 18-23 a great summer experience with high-level baseball and a nice piece of Europe at the same time.

On April 17, 2014, CBLE announced an agreement with the Northwoods League to offer their top players the opportunity to play with the Elite College players in the United States. The agreement between the two summer collegiate leagues is a first of its kind.

In September 2014, 10 CBLE alumni represented 5 different countries at the 2014 European Championship held in Germany and the Czech Republic. The game France vs. Belgium on September 16th featured two CBLE alumni, Owen Ozanich (Falcons 2012) and Ben van Nuffel (Falcons 2013) as the opposite starting pitchers, while Axel Poesmans (Cavaliers 2014) was the starting catcher for Belgium.

Teams[edit]

COLLEGIATE BASEBALL LEAGUE EUROPE
Current Teams Entered Head Coach
LA ROCHELLE ADMIRALS 2012 - present Steven Algarobba (USA)
OOSTERHOUT BOMBERS 2012 - present Davis May (USA)
LONDON CAVALIERS 2012 - present Mark Wisthoff (USA)
SANT BOI FALCONS OF BARCELONA 2012 - present Tony Klarberg (SWE)
Venue Location
Oosterhout Twins Oosterhout, Netherlands
La Rochelle Boucaniers La Rochelle, France
London Mets and Essex Arrows London, Great Britain
Sant Boi Barcelona, Spain

League champions[edit]

  • 2014: ADMIRALS
  • 2013: ADMIRALS
  • 2012: FALCONS

Notable CBLE Alumni[edit]

References & External links[edit]