2020 was a strange year in every respect. COVID-19 has ruined many things, not just the baseball season. In addition to all the victims no longer around us, it caused a massive furlough of work. In comparison, much of baseball is missing in just a few details. Nevertheless, 2020 was a tough year for us baseball enthusiasts.
It must have been difficult for the small baseball community, where minor league baseball is the only professional baseball game. The season was first canceled, so MiLB owners had to accept the deal pressed into their throat by the MLB who committed the coup. Approximately 40 MiLB clubs have been expelled from organized baseball under the guise of poor facilities and heavy travel. What actually happened is the fact that the Supreme Court ordered MLB to pay the minimum wage to minor league players. MLB owners didn’t want to pay more than they had already paid, so they decided to cut 42 teams. That’s about 1050 players released. As a result, MLB owners will pay the minimum wage to players without paying more than last year. Released players can return to the MLB Draft League in an attempt to create their own name. Players take risks without receiving payment. The owner who came up with this plan is Jim Crane, the owner of Houston Cheetros. Anyway, you could read a lot about this money earning in the last few weeks on this blog.
Also, European baseball suffered from COVID-19. Many baseball federations postponed the season, and some canceled the season before it began. The CEB (European Baseball Confederation) has canceled all European Cups. Ultimately, the Czech Extraliga was Europe’s first take-off baseball league, followed by other leagues. Sometime in August, the Belgian Baseball Gold League was suspended as the government decided that amateur sports games could not be played due to increased COVID-19 pollution. Finally, after four weeks, the league may move on again. Meanwhile, the season continued in the Netherlands, but the biggest blow hadn’t come yet. Hoofdklasse of the Netherlands participated in the Dutch series where L & D Amsterdam Pirates won 2-0 in the game, but with the increase in COVID-19 incidents, the Dutch government has decided to ban all amateur games. As a result, the Dutch series was canceled and KNBSB (Royal Dutch Baseball Softball Confederation) decided not to have a championship in the 2020 Dutch Royal Baseball Federation. Looking at how the season evolved, it was the best decision the federation could make. Curacao Neptunus dominated the regular season, but was behind 2-0 in the Dutch series.
The Dutch trading period was like a normal merry-go-round where many players moved to other clubs. On the other hand, in Belgium, fewer players switch sides. In Belgian baseball, players are not paid, so few players transfer to other clubs. Recently, there seems to be a tendency to form a team from the youth development system.
Let’s hope that things can return to normal again in 2021. We hope that people will stay healthy and that those who survive the COVD-19 will be healthy again. It is also important for unemployed people to acquire new features. And last but not least, expect shops, cafes and restaurants to open their doors again.
When it comes to baseball in 2021, we are anxious for a new season where we can visit matches in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and perhaps other countries.
In conclusion, the Dutch baseball hangout wishes you all Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Take care.
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