fbaezer, with all due respect, some of your posts are completely false. I believe you had no bad intentions, but in that case you have completely wrong informations. European baseball, of course, cannot be compared with american professional baseball in any way. Also, you are quite right that Netherlands and Italy are two by far best european teams. But you still exaggerate too much (sorry if I spelled that wrong, but english is not my first language) - for a start, there are no results such as 42-1 in European championships, neither such as 27-0, especially since lately almost all countries use players of their origin from USA. Also, Belgium and Croatia, among other countries you mentioned are among the "best of the rest" in Europe. Actually, Croatia is only country (except Italy) that was close to beating Netherlands (for Americans: European championships are held every two years so that's the only time countries play against each other, I think it's important remark so that one would not think that Croatia or "Anyone" is playing Netherlands 42 times in one year), actually it was quite a stupid loss (leading by a run in ninth inning with two outs, empty bases, two strikes, no balls).
And, guess what, Netherlands and Italy are going to Olympics this year. Guess who failed!