It is difficult for European countries, except maybe The Netherlands and Italy, to compete on the international stage against top nations such as Japan or The United States. The World Baseball Softball Confederation then came with a brilliant concept: Team Europe.
The idea was to assemble a team to allow for the best players to compete against Japan in Tokyo to promote the return of baseball/softball to the 2020 Olympics, as well as for young talents to get competitive games in the Asia Winter Baseball League. This experience was very successful, Europe playing against Japan multiple times in 2015 and 2016 in Tokyo in front of sell-out crowds.
But more than offering players and coaches a great opportunity to compete at high level and improve their skills, Team Europe offers our continent a tremendous asset that helps bring National Federations together and promote European Baseball worldwide.
Unity, something that can only help National Federations grow the game of baseball in Europe. We need to reinforce and our commitment and support where ever possible and agreed on the Team Europe concept, deploy a strategy to use the potential of this asset to help grow baseball in Europe.