|L&D Amsterdam Pirates|
|Ballpark||Pirates Resort, 1,000 capacity|
|League championships||1987, 1990 2008|
|Holland Series championships||1990,2008,2011|
|Colors||Green and yellow|
|2010||25–17, .595 (3rd place)|
Amsterdam Pirates is a baseball and softball team in Amsterdam, Netherlands. It was founded as an expansion of the soccer club S.V. RAP. In the first years it was known as the RAP Pirates, but after a few years the club changed its name according to American tradition (first city name, then franchise name) and became the Amsterdam Pirates.
The club celebrated a Dutch Championship in 1987 and 1990. The next few years it was at the lower end of the League, which is dominated by Neptunus from Rotterdam. In earlier years there was another team in Amsterdam, called Amstel Tijgers (Tigers) and football club AFC Ajax also played base ball, and has been champions a number of times. The club is the second largest baseball club of the Netherlands (after Almere).
The first team plays under the name of L&D Amsterdam for sponsorship reasons.
|L&D Amsterdam roster - 2011 Honkbal Hoofdklasse season|
New hopes and championship
In 2007 it reached the playoffs of the Dutch Honkbal Hoofdklasse for the first time in 15 years. It almost reached the Holland Series, coming back in a best of five series, after being 2–0 down, in the end they lost.
2008 did saw their third championship (and their 2nd holland series championship). They reached the playoffs by being 3rd in the regular season, then beating Neptunus in the first round and defending champions Kinheim in the 2008 Holland Series. The Holland Series was a clean sweep, with the final game ending 12–0.
In 2011 they were champions again, beating Hoofddorp Pioneers