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I love it.

I'm sorry Dominicans, but from my perspective, it's great seeing the Netherlands beat you twice.

I didn't even know they played baseball in Europe.

There are 39 member countries in the Confederation of European Baseball. The European Cup has been played every year since 1963. The Dutch and the Italians have the best leagues, but the Baseball Bundesliga is pretty big in Germany, too.

Former Oriole Doug Johns, famous for his pot conviction and mediocre pitching, was found by the O's pitching in the Italian Baseball Serie A.

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Mainly below sea-level, apparently. The negative-altitude discourages dingers, thus encouraging a low-scoring pitching-and-D approach ;-)
There are 39 member countries in the Confederation of European Baseball.

Ooops. Wrong again...

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Ha, it's ok. I would've never been able to tell you 39 European countries were in a baseball "league".

Not so much a league as a regional association that coordinates European championships and tournaments and such. Each country generally has their own domestic league, with minor exceptions like San Marino playing in the Italian Serie A.

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Ha, it's ok. I would've never been able to tell you 39 European countries were in a baseball "league".

I couldn't have told you there were that many "countries" in Europe. There are about 48 "countries" in total, but that includes states like Andorra, Gibralter, Luxemburg, Monaco, and the Vatican City.

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I couldn't have told you there were that many "countries" in Europe. There are about 48 "countries" in total, but that includes states like Andorra, Gibralter, Luxemburg, Monaco, and the Vatican City.

Ha me neither. :D

Last night, someone on ESPNEWS was interviewing a guy from the Netherlands embassy. Obviously most of the Netherlands team is made up of the Arubans. The ESPN guy asked how big baseball was back in his home country.

The guy's response: "As big as soccer is in America".

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