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Tobias Schermer

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Biographical Information[edit]

Tobias Schermer has been a long-time player in the Austrian Baseball League and has made numerous appearances for the Austrian national team.

He debuted with the 2005 Kufstein Vikings at age 16, going 3 for 22. In 2006, he hit .241/.268/.278, then .246/.275/.323 in 2007 and .373/.500/.453 in 2008. He tied for 9th in the league in average and was 7th in OBP. [1] In 2009, he hit .316/.463/.442 for the Vikings, placing 7th in the ABL with 23 walks. He batted .311/.420/.351 in 2010.

Schermer moved to the Vienna Metrostars in 2011 and produced at a .324/.430/.366 clip. In the 2011 European Championship Qualifiers, he backed up Moritz Hackl at 3B, Benjamin Husty at 2B, Christian Tomsich in CF and Dominik Loeffler in LF. He went 2 for 8 and fielded .667; his 3 errors tied for 2nd in the event, two behind Martin Brunegraf. [2] For the 2012 MetroStars, he hit .337/.439/.416 and went 11-for-12 in steal attempts, scoring 23 runs in 25 games. He was 10th in average, 7th in OBP and tied for 8th in steals. He won the Gold Glove in center and was named the All-Star center fielder. [3]

At age 24, he fell to .194/.296/.210 in an off-season. He still was the starting center fielder and leadoff man for Austria in the 2013 B-Level European Championship, hitting .267/.353/.267 with four putouts, one assist and no errors. He did not play in the finale, with Dominik Talir taking over. [4] With the '14 MetroStars, he was a bit better (.245/.359/.283) though clearly not up to his old level. He did win a Gold Glove. [5]

Schermer hit .250/.364/.357 for the 2015 MetroStars. In the 2015 B-Level European Championship, he split right field with Richard Alzinger and hit .125/.176/.250 as Austria again fell one game short of qualifying for the A-Level Euros. [6] In 2016, he hit just .187/.311/.227 for Vienna but managed 18 runs in 20 games. He batted .250/.412/.272 for the 2017 MetroStars but scored 24 runs in 24 contests. He tied Cichocki for 9th with 20 walks. He also won another Gold Glove in center. [7]

In the 2017 B-Level European Championship, he hit .231/.450/.231 with four runs in four round-robin games, drawing five walks; he had four walks and three runs to beat Greece. He tied Andy Orfanakos for third in the round-robin in walks. In the finale, he started in left and led off, going 2-for-4 with a double, run and RBI as Austria beat Israel for the title. Teammate Samuel Hackl was named MVP of the event. [8]

Tobias hit .287/.385/.404 for Vienna in 2018, scoring 23 runs in 24 games. He repeated as a Gold Glove winner in center. [9] He backed up Talir in center in the 2018 European Championship Playoff, retired by Robertas Vilimas in his lone at-bat as Austria beat Lithuania for a spot in the 2019 European Championship. [10] He hit .269/.381/.372 for the '19 MetroStars with 21 runs in 20 games and a third consecutive Gold Glove. He had 60 putouts, 2 assists and no errors. [11]

He batted .263/.364/.737 with three homers, nine runs and seven RBI for Vienna in the 2019 Federations Cup before going 0-for-2 in the finals. He tied Benjamin Salzmann and Cedric Vandesompele for 5th in runs, tied for 6th in RBI and tied for second in homers (two behind Graham Fisher). [12] In the 2019 European Championship, he was Austria's main left fielder and backed up Ferdinand Obed in right (Talir was in center). He hit .133/.215/.133 and had five putouts, one assist and no errors. His hits came off Belgium's Kenny Vandenbranden and Croatia's Marin Tadić. [13]

The veteran hit .267/.424/.356 for Vienna in 2020, the season shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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