Honkbal Hoofdklasse

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Honkbal Hoofdklasse
Honkbal Hoofdklasse logo.gif
Sport Baseball
Founded 1922
No. of teams 8
Country Netherlands
Most recent champion(s) Neptunus (14th title)

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). 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 the top level may change 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.

History[edit]

Results[edit]

Hoofdklasse Records[1]
Rank Team Titles First Last
1st Neptunus 14 1981 2014
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 Hoofddorp Pioniers 1 1997
     This team competes in the 2012 Honkbal Hoofdklasse.

Current season[edit]

The 2013 Honkbal Hoofdklasse season is set to begin on April 11, 2013. This year will see Mampaey The Hawks from Dordrecht competing in the Hoofdklasse for the first time. Sparta/Feyenoord, the relegated team from last year's season, was declared bankrupt by the Rotterdam court on November 22, 2012,[2] and will not compete in the Overgangsklasse. Corendon Kinheim, last years champion, will try and prolong their title.

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