Roster announced for Baseball Week
NIEUWEGEIN (Neth.) -
Dutch National Baseball Team Manager Jim Stoeckel has named 27 players to his roster for the upcoming 25th edition of the Haarlem Baseball Week. The jubilee-edition will take place July 9-18 at the historic Pim Mulier Stadium. During the event, 24 players will be placed on the active roster for a specific game day.
Three players will make their debut in the Dutch National Team: catchers Jason Halman (Corendon Kinheim), Bas Nooij (L&D Amsterdam Pirates) and outfielder Shaldimar Daantji (DOOR Neptunus). Nooij and Daantji both were members of the preliminary roster for last years World Championship, but didn't made the final cut. Infielder Dwayne Kemp (DOOR Neptunus) can make his international debut in the national team. Last year, he was part of the preliminary team for the World Baseball Classic and appeared in two exhibition games during the trainingcamp in Florida, but then returned to the Minor League Spring Training-camp of the Chicago Cubs. Shortly before the start of this season, Kemp was released by the Cubs and returned to the Netherlands, where he plays for Neptunus.
Three other players are returning to the national squad: pitcher Dave Draijer (Konica Minolta Pioniers), infielder Jeroen Sluijter (DOOR Neptunus) and outfielder Dirk van 't Klooster (Corendon Kinheim).
All three were members of the preliminary roster for last years World Baseball Classic with only Van 't Klooster making the final roster. Later in the year, Draijer and Sluijter also were left of the rosters for the World Port Tournament, European Baseball Series and World Championship, while Van 't Klooster himself withdraw from the squad, which was then led by Rod Delmonico. His successor Jim Stoeckel asked Van 't Klooster, who holds the record for most games played in the national team, back and also added Draijer and Sluijter again.
The roster is as follows:
Arshwin Asjes, Dave Draijer (both Konica Minolta Pioniers), David Bergman, Michiel van Kampen, Nick Stuifbergen, Nick Veltkamp (all Corendon Kinheim), Leon Boyd, Berry van Driel, Kevin Heijstek, Diegomar Markwell (all DOOR Neptunus), Rob Cordemans (L&D Amsterdam Pirates) and Gregory Gustina (Sparta-Feyenoord).
Jason Halman (Corendon Kinheim), Sidney de Jong and Bas Nooij (both L&D Amsterdam Pirates).
René Cremer, Bryan Engelhardt (both Corendon Kinheim), Michael Duursma (Konica Minolta Pioniers), Dwayne Kemp, Railey Legito, Jeroen Sluijter (all DOOR Neptunus) and Vince Rooi (L&D Amsterdam Pirates).
Shaldimar Daantji, Eugène Kingsale, Danny Rombley (all DOOR Neptunus), Bas de Jong (L&D Amsterdam Pirates) and Dirk van 't Klooster (Corendon Kinheim).
Jim Stoeckel (manager), Ben Thijssen (bench coach), Wim Martinus (hitting coach), Steve Janssen (pitching coach), Tjerk Smeets (bullpen coach), Rob Tamminga (physical therapist), Martijn van Berkel (physical therapist), Ton Meiresonne (equipment manager) and Loet van Schellebeek (media officer).