Two current and one former member of the Herts Falcons will represent Great Britain this week in the European Championships. Catcher Conner Brown and infielder Gary Davison are included in the 24-man roster announced a few minutes ago.
Herts fans will also notice that former Falcons and all-time home run leader in the National Baseball League, Maikel Azcuy, will be playing alongside them.
Conner Brown has inspired many Herts youth players. He has a chance to do it again with GB over the next 10 days.
GB Team staff have kept the roster a secret for as long as they could but with less than 24 hours before their opening game they have announced a strong squad which will be looking to secure a place in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The European Championships will be played from 7 to 15 September in Germany. It will feature the twelve top teams in Europe and the games will be played at the ballparks in Bonn and Solingen.
Gary Davison (centre) with Carlos Peña (left) and Cliff Floyd (right) at the 2017 MLB Battlegrounds in Hyde Park. Photo credit Extra Innings UK.
There is even more at stake as, apart from the European Championship crown, teams are also battling for a place in the 2020 Olympic Games qualifier. Immediately after the European Championships the best five teams will play in the European-African Olympic qualifier. The winner of this tournament would book their ticket to Tokyo. The runner-up will have a second chance to gain an Olympic spot through another world qualification tournament.
In 2015 Maikel Azcuy became the all-time NBL home run leader
Great Britain’s first game is in Solingen against the Netherlands who are ranked 8th in the world going into the tournament. The game is at 3pm BST (4pm local time) on Saturday, 7 September,
Games will be streamed live on the WBSC TV channel.
Click to WATCH Great Britain vs Netherlands 3pm BST, 7 Sep 2019