Baseball in Spain

The main ruling organization regarding baseball in Spain is the Royal Spanish Baseball and Softball Federation (Real Federación Española de Béisbol y Sófbol).[1]

History

Baseball began relatively early in Spain thanks to the descendants of immigrants from Cuba. They brought the sport along with them when Cuba ceased to be a Spanish Colony.[2][3] The heyday of baseball in Spain was in the 1950s and 1960s.[4]

Owing to mass-interest in football many baseball clubs didn't survive into the 1970s. The Spanish public's massive shift in focus was largely triggered by the introduction of multiple TV channels that focused mainly on broadcasting the football matches of "La Liga", the professional First Division Spanish League. One of the few survivors was the CB Viladecans, whose field was officially used during the 1992 Summer Olympics.

Structure

The Spanish baseball league is divided into divisions. The top teams play in the División de Honor. In each division, a team plays all other teams twice, once at home and once away, and two matches in the same day, during the regular season. There are no playoffs. The top four teams at the end of the season play in the Copa del Rey. The champion and the cupwinner play in the various European Cup.

The Spanish league teams compete in Europe under CEB most notably in the Baseball Champions League and CEB cup.

The Spanish teams also compete in a domestic cup competition each year, called the Copa del Rey de Beisbol.

Current hierarchical divisional breakdown

  • División de Honor (one group of eight teams)
  • Primera División (six interregional groups)

Since 2015 there are no relegations to Primera División as teams from this league are not able to meet the requirements for promotion.

For a list of teams, see List of baseball clubs in Spain

Other competitions

See also

References & External links

  1. ^ Royal Spanish Baseball and Softball Federation
  2. ^ Baseball in Cuba
  3. ^ Cuban baseball's historical influence in Spain
  4. ^ Pictures of Spanish baseball teams during the golden age of baseball in Spain Archived 2008-11-20 at the Wayback Machine
2007 División de Honor de Béisbol

The 2007 División de Honor de Béisbol was the 22nd season of the top Spanish baseball league since its establishment. It started on March 2007 and finished on 5 August.

Marlins Puerto Cruz achieved its third consecutive title.

2008 División de Honor de Béisbol

This article is about División de Honor de Beisbol 2008, the 2008 was the 65th edition, the season started on 29 March and finished on 10 August 2008. The División de Honor champion was Marlins de Puerto Cruz and the Copa del Rey champion was El Llano Béisbol Club.

2008 European Under-21 Baseball Championship

The 2008 European Under-21 Baseball Championship was an international baseball competition held in Pamplona, Spain from September 3 to 7, 2008. It featured teams from Belgium, Czech Republic France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain and Slovakia.

In the end host Spain won the tournament.

2010 División de Honor de Béisbol

In the 2010 season, the División de Honor de Béisbol – the top-tier league of baseball in Spain – was won by the team from Sant Boi de Llobregat, Catalonia.

2011 División de Honor de Béisbol

División de Honor de Béisbol 2011 was the 26th season since its establishment. 2011 season lasted from February to July. FC Barcelona claimed their 4th and last title of their history after of being disbanded by FC Barcelona's chairman Sandro Rosell.

2012 División de Honor de Béisbol

División de Honor de Béisbol 2012 is the 27th season since its establishment. 2012 season started on February 25.

El Llano BC was promoted from 1ª División and replaces relegated team Sevilla Red Sox. After FC Barcelona baseball team was disbanded, the players created a new team called Béisbol Barcelona.The two first teams of the regular season will play a best-of-five series playoff for the title. The last team will be relegated to 1ª División.

2012 European Baseball Championship – Qualification

The qualification for the 2012 European Baseball Championship was held from July 25–30, 2011 in Belgium, Croatia and Spain, from July 26–29, 2011 in Israel and from July 27–29, 2011 in Russia. 22 nations contested to qualify for 5 spots available among the 7 already qualified teams from the 2010 competition. These are, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden.

2013 División de Honor de Béisbol

División de Honor de Béisbol 2013 is the 28th season since its establishment. 2013 season started on March 16 and finished on 4 August.

Only nine teams played the Spanish baseball top league after Halcones de Vigo was relegated to 1ª División A, and no team was promoted.

On July 22, Tenerife Marlins won its sixth title in a row.

2014 División de Honor de Béisbol

División de Honor de Béisbol 2014 is the 29th season since its establishment. 2014 season started on March 15 and will finish on 3 August.

Only nine teams plays the Spanish baseball top league and no one will be relegated to Primera División. Tenerife Marlins are the defending champions.

2015 División de Honor de Béisbol

División de Honor de Béisbol 2015 is the 30th season since its establishment. 2015 season started on 28 March and finished on 12 July.

After the resign to play in the top league of El Llano BC, only eight teams played the Spanish baseball top league and there were not any relegations to Primera División. Tenerife Marlins re-conquered the title.

2016 División de Honor de Béisbol

División de Honor de Béisbol 2016 was the 31st season of the top Spanish baseball league since its establishment. It started on 2 April and finished on 31 July.

Valencia Astros achieved its first title.

2017 División de Honor de Béisbol

The División de Honor de Béisbol 2017 was the 32nd season of the top Spanish baseball league since its establishment and the 72nd Spanish championship overall.

Tenerife Marlins achieved its ninth title.

2018 División de Honor de Béisbol

The División de Honor de Béisbol 2018 was the 33rd season of the top Spanish baseball league since its establishment and the 73rd Spanish championship overall.

Tenerife Marlins achieved their tenth title.

2019 División de Honor de Béisbol

The 2019 División de Honor de Béisbol is the 34th season of the top Spanish baseball league since its establishment and the 74th Spanish championship overall.

Tenerife Marlins are the defending champions from the previous season.

CB Viladecans

Club Béisbol Viladecans is a División de Honor de Béisbol baseball club in Viladecans, a town located to the WSW of Barcelona, Catalonia. It was founded in 1945 and was one of the most active teams during the heyday of baseball in Spain in the 1950s and 1960s. Club Beisbol Viladecans was one of the few teams that survived the difficult times of the late 1960s and 1970s, when mass-interest in football (soccer) compromised the viability of other local baseball clubs.

The field of the Club Beisbol Viladecans was officially used during the 1992 Summer Olympics for baseball.

División de Honor de Béisbol

Division de Honor de Béisbol is the highest level of baseball in Spain. The league is overseen by the Real Federación Española de Béisbol y Sófbol (RFEBS). It is played principally on weekends. The teams play against each other twice, once at home and once away, in two games during the same day. The champion plays in the European Cup. The official ball of the league is the Rawlings OLB.

Mendavia

Mendavia is a town and municipality located in the province and autonomous community of Navarre, northern Spain. The Postal code is 31587.

Mendavia is an agricultural town. It produces high-quality asparagus, peaches and a certain variety of large red pepper.

Roque Romero Sainz (died 1997), active promoter of baseball in Spain between 1940 and 1970, was born in Mendavia in 1910. He was the founder of one of the rare baseball clubs in Spain, Pops CB, and became chairman of the Catalan Baseball Federation for a while.

Pops CB

Pops Club de Béisbol (from the Catalan word for "octopuses") was a baseball club in Lloret de Mar, where there were many descendants of immigrants from Cuba.

Its founders were Nasi Brugueras and Alex Colomer from Barcelona, and its sponsor and president was Roque Romero, a stockbroker born in Mendavia, Navarre. Roque Romero remained as president of the Pops club until its demise and for a while also became chairman of the Catalan Baseball Federation. This now defunct baseball club was active during the heyday of baseball in Spain in the 1950s and 1960s. But owing to mass-interest in football, Pops baseball club did not survive into the 1970s and its field was converted into a field for the local football team.

Pops won the local Campionat de Catalunya (Catalan Championship) in 1955.

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