Baseball School Berlin News (by Benjamin Kleiner)
- President of BSJBB
- New Head Coach of the Berlin Sluggers through 2014
- Baseball on TV in Germany until 2016
- Changes in the German Baseball Rules
1. I am the new President of the BSJBB. Succeeding Birgit Brozatus who did not run for a new term due to personal reasons. The election took place at the BSJBB meeting at Potsdam University.
I want to give back to the community which has given me the chance to play and coach for such a long time!
2. Berlin Sluggers about to start their season in the 2. Bundesliga with me being the new Head Coach
My goals are:
- finish somewhere in the middle of the pack of the 2nd Bundesliga
- Have my players play and train with mental toughness and enjoy the 2014 season
Review: The Sluggers have played the last 3 seasons in the 1st Bundesliga but got relegated after an horrible 2013 season, that accounted only 2 wins and a coaching change early in the season. Besides the Team showed awesome resilience and kept on playing through all the adversity.
3. The news is out that besides being able to watch Baseball on MLB.TV (cheaper), you can also watch Baseball on the Sport1 Tv Station (more expensive) starting this season. This is great news for german Baseball because the impact that media has in promoting the game is highly relevant.
4. new rules in german Baseball…
- The famous flip flop move (pick off move) with runners on 1st and 3rd is now illegal
- If you want to change the pitcher at the beginning of the Inning, you have to let the umpire know before the old pitcher walks toward the mound and crosses the foulline…reason being is to save time
- No chewing tobacco, dipping, smoking in uniform anywhere…