BBF: NATIONAL BASEBALL LEAGUE (NBL) 2019 SCHEDULE

BBF NEWS STORY MON 18, MARCH 2019

Today, The British Baseball Federation (BBF), announced The National Baseball League (NBL) schedule for 2019. The start of the regular season starts on Sunday 7th April. This year there are four teams in the top British Baseball Federation (BBF) Seniors League - NBL (from left to right): London Mets, Herts Falcons, London Capitals and Essex Arrows.

Key insights: 

 

  • The regular season number of games has been reduced from 30 to 26. The mentioned is to accommodate a variety of other competitive initiatives which the NBL teams or their participants will take part in e.g., mid-season, the London Mets and Hert's travel to Europe for the Federations Cup; National Teams call up of key NBL players etc.

  • Doubleheaders to be seven innings for each game. The mentioned is a result of reducing the timings of games which averaged 3 hours and 45 minutes in 2018. Compared to MLB games which averaged 3 hours and 5 minutes.  "The timings of games extending over 3.5 hours affected logistics, attendance and competitiveness," said a spokesperson for the BBF. The spokesperson went on to say, "we will be monitoring the effectiveness of the reduction of innings, per doubleheaders from 9 to 7, to assess next years schedule." 

  • A rules-based approach has been adopted for 2019, season, opposed to principle based. 

  • The playoffs and Finals will be moved up to August, usually reserved to be played in September, to accommodate the National Teams calling up some key players to serve on GB Baseball for their quest to take part in the European Championships. 

  • 26 May will showcase the NBL participants in an All-Star game. 

  • The regular season ends on the 18 August. 

  • The FInals will take place on the 24 and 25 August. 

  • The Finals are planned (subject to change) to be streamed through the YouTube BBF Webcast Channel. 

NATIONAL BASEBALL LEAGUE

2019 SCHEDULE

  • Subject to change without notice. 

  • To attend is free. 

  • Finsbury Park, Endymion Road, London N4 1EE

  • Grovehill Park, Hemel Hempstead HP2 6LB

  • Townmead Leisure Park, (off Brooker Road), Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 1JH

  • Farnham Park, Beaconsfield Road, Slough SL2 3BP

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