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The Honkbal Hoofdklasse (Dutch for Major League Baseball) is the highest level of professional baseball in the Netherlands. It is an eight-team league that plays a 42-game schedule and is overseen by the Royal Netherlands Baseball and Softball Federation (KNBSB).

Honkbal Hoofdklasse
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2018 Honkbal Hoofdklasse season
SportBaseball
Founded1922
No. of teams8
CountryNetherlands
Most recent
champion(s)
Neptunus (19th title)

Games are played principally on weekends. The season runs from April to September and is followed by the playoffs among the four best teams, 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 Honkbal Overgangsklasse so that the composition of both levels changes from year to year. Many of the official team nicknames contain the name of the club's corporate sponsor.

The two best teams participate in the European Cup.

Contents

HistoryEdit

ResultsEdit

Hoofdklasse Records[1]
Rank Team Titles First Last
1st Neptunus 19 1981 2018
2nd Haarlem Nicols 12 1965 1989
3rd Blauw-Wit Amsterdam 9 1923 1946
4th Sparta/Feyenoord 9 1963 1974
5th OVVO Amsterdam 6 1949 1955
6th SC Haarlem 5 1929 1941
7th Schoten Haarlem 5 1947 1961
8th Kinheim 5 1978 2012
9th Ajax 4 1924 1948
10th Amsterdam Pirates 4 1987 2011
11th Quick Amsterdam 3 1922 1935
12th EHS Haarlem 3 1954 1962
13th Amstel Tijgers 3 1979 1986
14th HCAW 2 1996 1998
15th VVGA Amsterdam 1 1933
16th HHC Haarlem 1 1936
17th Seagulls Amsterdam 1 1939
18th EDO Haarlem 1 1958
19th ADO 1 1992
20th Pioniers 1 1997
     This team competes in the 2015 Honkbal Hoofdklasse.

2013 seasonEdit

The 2013 Honkbal Hoofdklasse season began on April 11, 2013. Mampaey The Hawks from Dordrecht competed in the Hoofdklasse for the first time. Sparta/Feyenoord, the relegated team from the 2012 season, was declared bankrupt by the Rotterdam court on November 22, 2012[2] and did not compete in the Overgangsklasse.

Current clubsEdit

 
 
L&D Pirates
 
Amersfoort
 
Neptunus
 
HCAW
 
DSS
 
Twins
 
Storks
 
Pioniers

2019 seasonEdit

Team City Stadium Ref
DSS Haarlem Pim Mulier Sportpark [3]
Quick Amersfoort Amersfoort XL Lease Park Dorrestein [4]
Curaçao Neptunus Rotterdam Neptunus Familiestadion [5]
L&D Amsterdam Amsterdam Sportpark Ookmeer [6]
Twins Oosterhout Oosterhout Slotbosse toren Park [7]
HCAW Bussum Rob Hoffmann Vallei [8]
Silicon Storks The Hague Sportpark Kijkduin-Schapenatjesduin [9]
Hoofddorp Pioniers Hoofddorp Sportpark Pioniers [10]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ List of Dutch champions Archived 2014-12-26 at the Wayback Machine ‹See Tfd›(in Dutch)
  2. ^ http://insolventies.rechtspraak.nl/pdf.ashx?ID=rot.12.821.F.V.01
  3. ^ "DSS". de Nederlandse honkbalsite. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  4. ^ "Quick Amersfoort". de Nederlandse honkbalsite. Retrieved May 26, 2019.
  5. ^ "Curaçao Neptunus". de Nederlandse honkbalsite. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  6. ^ "L&D Amsterdam". de Nederlandse honkbalsite. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  7. ^ Template:Http://twinsbaseball.nl
  8. ^ "HCAW". de Nederlandse honkbalsite. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  9. ^ "Silicon Storks". de Nederlandse honkbalsite. Retrieved May 26, 2019.
  10. ^ "Vaessen Pioniers". de Nederlandse honkbalsite. Retrieved March 11, 2015.

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