Has the MLB London Series inspired you? Get involved in UK Baseball!

This past weekend saw the return of the MLB London Series to the nation’s capital. 

In addition to the thousands of people who attended both games at the London Stadium, it has to be said that the partnership between the BBC and MLB Network to broadcast both games live via BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website resulted in excellent coverage of both games yet again. Frankly, there’s a part of me that’s sad I was in the stadium for both games and didn’t get to see the team of Felix White, Melanie Newman and Ryan Rowland-Smith on commentary from the comfort of my own home! 

I’m guessing all the weekend’s action may have left many of you feeling inspired and you want to know where you can watch more baseball, or maybe even play some baseball or softball yourself here in the UK. 

Fear not, as this article has the answers! 

British Baseball Federation (BBF) stats show that there are currently 47 baseball clubs in the UK playing host to 89 different teams and around 2,000 players registered with the BBF. 

From the Newcastle Nighthawks in the North East all the way down to the Cornish Claycutters in Truro, there is a baseball club near you if you would like to get involved. In the Greater London area alone, for example, there are seven different clubs. 

Most of them also play host to a range of different teams, whether it is men’s and women’s adult teams that play at the different levels of the British baseball pyramid, youth teams or teams playing one of the many different variations of softball. As I found out during a recent chat with the general manager of the oldest existing baseball club in the UK Liverpool Trojans, Ian Blease, for The BCS Podcast, more and more teams in the UK are forming blind baseball teams now too, helping to grow that strand of the game here in the UK as well. 

To find your local club, you can visit the Baseball Softball UK (BSUK) Team Finder, where you’ll also be able to find information about each club, including where they are based and contact details, as well as the different teams they play host to. 

Baseball and softball are great participation sports that have multiple positions that each require different skillsets. Therefore, there’s no doubt that you can find a position that is right for you and which you would very much enjoy playing. 

I have it on good authority from a number of the different Bat Flips and Nerds contributors that play for different clubs around the country that each club has a strong social element and great camaraderie with opposing clubs as well, so, by getting involved with your local club, you will also widen your social circle too.

Playing baseball and softball has many benefits, and can help to improve both your physical and mental health. What are waiting for? Check out the BSUK Team Finder, and get down to your local club today!

Brett Walker is the Oakland Athletics contributor for Bat Flips & Nerds, and can be found on Twitter @BrettChatsSport.

Featured image – Sheffield Bruins at Women’s Baseball League Opening Day – courtesy of Tim French via BBF.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.