Much better would it have been for the Mainz Athletics will not run: When on 8. August League starts the season in Baseball, it is played in the mode that the Rheinhessen had desired, with two groups of eight teams each preliminary round with seven game days. Then the two best teams of the South and of the North riding in the cross-comparison of the semi-finals. And: In the case of the game plan design, the Mainz had the luck on your side, you may four times to compete at home and only need to travel three times. "We have drawn a good lot", says Benjamin Hieronimi, the sports Director of the A'.
A majority for the mode it is among the 16 clubs, but the vote ended in a draw and gave. Half of the clubs preferred variant, the groups each into two divisions of four Teams would have been. After a simple round of everyone against everyone, the K. o. would have started games, in the worst case, the season would have ended after only four games. The people of Mainz that would have been too little, and the Committee for competitive sport of the German Baseball and softball Federation (DBV), which was in the stalemate situation of the rash, it looked the same.
Sporty no one has anything. Although is also determined in the four-month delay to the start and shortened season to be a master, must descend, however, no team. This raises the question of whether or not they committed in the spring done for the Athletics, but in front of the Corona-Lockdown still resort not to Germany come four North American actors. "It's such a short round with low revenue can not be represented," explains Hieronimi. Thus, the Coach was again vacant, and Austin Gallagher, in his third season at Mainz HART mühlenweg, for the first time should take. The managers chose the obvious solution: Nici Weichert, 28 years old, for twelve years, and for a year of full-time youth coach of the southwest German Association, jumps in.
Glad the A's Manager, that the decision of the DBV, to move the season, fell in March – before the Americans had arrived in Mainz. "We would have to take care of them, which lock in the face of the contact is not quite as simple as that would have been." And also have to pay the club had the players, including the flights in this case; the treaties enter into force at the time, the actors arrive on site. "Then we would have been a relatively quick bankruptcy," says Hieronimi.
More effort for the young
Under normal circumstances, would have the hope of Mainz, to achieve more than in the previous season, in which they were as the South Champions in the semi-finals failed. Now will be the only one to Import the Belgian Thomas de Wolf in the squad, the powerful member of the champion team of 2016 was. "And otherwise, we will use the opportunity to give our young talent as much as possible use of time." For the first time on 8. August defending champion Heidenheim Heath heads, a week later, in the first home game against the legionaries of Regensburg.Updated Date: 30 July 2020, 06:19