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Honkbal Hoofdklasse

Honkbal Hoofdklasse
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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 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.

History

Results

Hoofdklasse Records[1]
Rank Team Titles First Last
1st Neptunus 14
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2nd Haarlem Nicols 12
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3rd Blauw-Wit Amsterdam 9
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4th Sparta/Feyenoord 9
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5th OVVO Amsterdam 6
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6th SC Haarlem 5
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7th Schoten Haarlem 5
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8th Kinheim 5
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9th Ajax 4
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10th Amsterdam Pirates 4
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11th Quick Amsterdam 3
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12th EHS Haarlem 3
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13th Amstel Tijgers 3
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14th HCAW 2
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15th VVGA Amsterdam 1
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16th HHC Haarlem 1
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17th Seagulls Amsterdam 1
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18th EDO Haarlem 1
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19th ADO 1
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20th Pioniers 1
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     This team competes in the 2015 Honkbal Hoofdklasse.

2013 season

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 clubs

2015 season[3]

Team City Stadium Ref
DSS Haarlem Pim Mulier Sportpark [4]
Corendon Kinheim Haarlem Pim Mulierstadion [5]
Curaçao Neptunus Rotterdam Neptunus Familiestadion [6]
L&D Amsterdam Amsterdam Sportpark Ookmeer [7]
Mampaey The Hawks Dordrecht Sportpark Krommedijk [8]
HCAW Bussum Sportvallei [9]
UVV Utrecht Sportpark De Paperclip [10]
Vaessen Pioniers Hoofddorp Sportpark Pioniers [11]

Eight teams will participate in the 2015 season. DSS was promoted from the Honkbal Overgangsklasse after defeating Mampaey The Hawks in the relegation series at the end of the 2014 season. Despite losing the relegation series, Mampaey The Hawks were reinstated into the league in February of 2015 after AdoLakers withdrew and dissolved.[12] DSS, UVV and Mampaey The Hawks are the only three current clubs to never have won a Holland Series.

See also

References

  1. ^ List of Dutch champions Invalid language code.
  2. ^ http://insolventies.rechtspraak.nl/pdf.ashx?ID=rot.12.821.F.V.01
  3. ^ http://www.knbsb.nl/honkbal/topsport/hoofdklasse/!/2065/competitieprogramma-hoofdklasse-2015
  4. ^ "DSS". de Nederlandse honkbalsite. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Corendon Kinheim". de Nederlandse honkbalsite. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Curaçao Neptunus". de Nederlandse honkbalsite. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  7. ^ "L&D Amsterdam". de Nederlandse honkbalsite. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Mampey The Hawks". de Nederlandse honkbalsite. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  9. ^ "HCAW". de Nederlandse honkbalsite. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  10. ^ "UVV". de Nederlandse honkbalsite. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Vaessen Pioniers". de Nederlandse honkbalsite. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  12. ^ van Zon, Rogier (November 2, 2015). "Mampaey The Hawks vervangt AdoLakers". de Nederlandse honkbalsite. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 

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