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Sparta-Feyenoord announces player changes
ROTTERDAM (Neth.) - Sparta-Feyenoord on Saturday became the seventh big league-team to announce their transfers after conclusion of the season. In total, 12 players were added to the roster, while ten will leave Rotterdam-club. The transfer-deadline expires at 5 PM on Monday, November 1.

Coming to play for the Rotterdam-squad next season are RHP Bobby Carrington, LHP Marc Hennep, RHP Quincy Lambertina, RHP Ludwin Obispo, RHP DJ Cleofa, C/1B Quintin de Cuba, 1B Jourick Blanco, IF Emeron Lourens, IF Anthony Vrolijk, OF Brian Biezen and OF Churandy La Cruz, while RHP Quinten Tramm was promoted from the Rookie League-team. The transfer of Jourick Blanco already was announced on October 25 when Hoofddorp Pioniers named their transfers.

...Bobby Carrington...
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Righthanded Pitcher Bobby Carrington is one of three players coming from the The Hague-club ADO. This year, the 26-year old Carrington, who was born in Massachusetts, played in his first season in the Dutch big league. Carrington became the ace in the pitchingstaff of ADO, throwing in 14 games, including 12 starts. In 79 innings, Carrington struckout 77 batters, walked 37 and gave up only 48 basehits and 26 runs. He finished with a 3-3 record and led the team with an 1.82 ERA. Before coming to the Netherlands, Carrington played professionally for one season, playing for two different teams in two Independent Leagues. For the Kansas City T-Bones, he threw in 8 games, was 1-1 and struckout 10 in 12 2/3 inning, finishing with a 9.24 ERA. He then appeared in nine games for the Kalamazoo Kings, where he was 0-0 and struckout nine in 11 1/3 inning and had a 5.56 ERA. Before turning pro, Carrington threw three seasons in the baseball-team of Northeastern University, where he threw in 37 games and was 1-8 with four saves, striking out 55 in 86 innings. Early this year, he was active as a youthcoach in South Africa.

...Ludwin Obispo...
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Righthanded Pitcher Ludwin Obispo played three seasons for ADO, but also will play for Sparta-Feyenoord next year. In 2008, his first season in The Hague, Obispo was 0-2 with one save and struckout 12 in 28 1/3 inning. Offensively, he batted .246 with 29 basehits. A year later, Obispo was 4-10 and threw a career-high 94 innings in which he struckout 32 batters and walked 23, but gave up 114 basehits and 58 runs, finishing with a 3.64 ERA. This season, he made 14 starts for ADO and was 1-9. The righthander pitched in 78 2/3 inning in which he struckout 23, walked 25, gave up 102 hits and 66 runs and had a 4.69 ERA. Before coming to the Netherlands, Obispo played one year professionally, as he pitched in the Rookie League-team of the Florida Marlins in the Dominican Republic in 2006. In 32 games, he batted .192, scored 10 runs and had 17 RBI's, hitting 19 basehits, including six doubles and one homerun.

...Anthony Vrolijk...
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Anthony Vrolijk is the third ADO-player, who will play for Sparta-Feyenoord next year. This year, the short stop played in 32 games and batted .208 (22-for-106), scored seven runs and had four RBI's. Defensively, he led the team with 92 assists, but also with 15 errors. For Vrolijk, this was his first season with ADO after coming over from Tridents, where he played in 2007-2009. During the 2007 season, Vrolijk made his big league-debut, playing in five games for DOOR Neptunus in which he went 0-for-3.

Churandy La Cruz played in 32 games this season for Almere Magpies, hitting .181 (17-for-94) with three doubles and four homeruns. He scored eight runs and had nine RBI's. Before coming to Almere, La Cruz played for RCH in 2006 with whom he then promoted to the Dutch big league. In 2007, he made his debut in the highest league when he played in 11 games, hitting .111 (2-for-18) with one RBI.

After coming from the Antilles, Emeron Lourens first and last played in the Dutch big league in 2007 for Almere Magpies, when he played in 35 games, hitting .239 (27-for-113) with seven doubles, eight runs and 11 RBI's.

Djurvin 'DJ' Cleofa has a brief career in the Dutch big league so far. In the early part of the 2007 season, after coming from First Divisionist RCH, he played in only three games for Amsterdam Pirates, throwing in two innings to make his big league-debut. In 2008, he threw only 2/3 inning in one game for RCH. Last year, Cleofa played for Alcmaria Victrix in the First Division.

...Brian Biezen...
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Outfielder Brian Biezen is coming to Sparta-Feyenoord from Twins, which played in the 'Overgangsklasse'. In 2007, he was named Most Valuable Player of the Junior-squad of Twins.

...Quinn Tramm...
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Quinn Tramm, who is promoted from the Rookie League-team, already has made some appeances in the big league-team of Sparta-Feyenoord. This season, he threw 13 innings in four games, including one start, in which he struckout six, walked 14 and gave up 12 hits. In 2008, he threw in three big league-games, had an 0-1 record and struckout one and walked seven in 9 1/3 inning.

Three players from Curaçao will join the team next season: RHP Quincy Lambertina, LHP Marc Hennep and C/1B Quintin de Cuba.

21-year old righthanded pitcher Quincy Lambertina played for Curaçao Yankees the last three seasons in the Curaçaon Baseball League, where he also was used as a hitter. In 2008, he was 1-4 as pitcher and walked 34 batters in 33 1/3 inning, while finishing with a 5.13 ERA. The next year, he was 0-4 and struckout 36 in 37 1/3 inning. The last three years, he also was a member of the National Team of the Netherlands Antilles, with whom he participated in the World Cup Qualifier in Venezuela in 2008, the South American Games in March of this year in Medellin (Colombia) and the Pre-Mundial this month in Puerto Rico. In this last event, he was 0-2 with a 6.23 ERA.

...Marc Hennep...
20-year old lefthanded pitcher Marc Hennep played for Royal Scorpions on Curaçao the last three seasons, where he finished with a 2-1 record in 2008 and 1-2 in 2009. Like Lambertina, Hennep also participated with the Netherlands Antilles in the South American Games in Colombia.

23-year old catcher/first baseman Quintin de Cuba played professionally the last three seasons in the organization of the New York Mets. In the first season (2007) he played in the Rookie League-team of the Mets in the Dominican Summer League, where he hit .124 (11-for-89), with five doubles. He scored four runs and had five RBI's, while dividing his time between catching and the outfield. In 2008 and 2009, he played in the Mets Rookie League-team in the Venezuelan Summer League. In the first season there, he batted .263 (36-for-137) with three doubles, two triples and seven homeruns with 15 runs and 25 RBI's, playing as catcher, first baseman and outfielder. Last year, he played in 24 games, hitting .218 with 17 basehits. In March of this year, De Cuba participated with the National Team of the Netherlands Antilles in the South American Games in Medellin (Colombia).

Nine players will not return to Rotterdam. On October 12, it was announced by L&D Amsterdam Pirates that 1B Percy Isenia will play in the capital next season. Three days later, Neptunus announced their changes and that included the coming of RHP Tim Roodenburg and Catcher Sape Wagenaar.

...Berry van Donselaar...
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...Shurendell Borgschot...
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Infielder Rutger Veugelers will wear the outfit of UVV when that team returns to the big league next season. This season, Veugelers played in 15 games and batted .327 (18-for-55) with five runs and four RBI's. Last year, in his first season back with the team, he batted .268 and was second best with 19 runs. Veugelers earlier played for the Rotterdam-team from 2004-2006, then went on to play two seasons for Euro Stars. He made his big league-debut in 1999, playing in one game for Neptunus, where he then played parts of the next four seasons, before going to Sparta-Feyenoord.

RHP Ronald de Bont, RHP Berry van Donselaar and OF Shurendell Borgschot decided to play for The Hawks in Dordrecht next year.

After making his big league-debut and having thrown in 14 games and 21 innings in 2008, Ronald de Bont appeared in only game in both last season and this year. Three years ago, he was 1-3 with one save.

Berry van Donselaar was 0-2 in 12 games this season, including one start. In 19 2/3 inning, he struckout two batters, walked 10 and gave up 36 hits and 23 runs. A year ago, he was 2-0 in eight games throwing in 17 innings. Van Donselaar made his big league-debut in 2008 when he was 2-1 in 15 games.

Shurendell Borgschot played in 24 games this season and batted .175 (7-for-40) with one run and four RBI's. He made his big league-debut in 2007, playing in 22 games, then played in only nine in 2008 when he was sidelined with a leg-injury. Because of the injury, he missed the entire 2009 season.

...Mike Bazuin...
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Mike Bazuin returns to Dutch champion Neptunus, where he played in the team of Tridetns and made his big league-debut in 2007, playing in seven games. After appearing in 11 games in 2008, Bazuin went to Sparta-Feyenoord, where he played in all 42 games last year and hit. 230 with 32 basehits, including his first big league-homerun. This season, the infielder played in 25 games and batted .182 (17-for-92), scored seven runs and had five RBI's.

...Nick Eppinga...
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Outfielder Nick Eppinga retired after completion of this season, while LHP José Ventura returned to the Dominican Republic.

Nick Eppinga played in all 42 games of Sparta-Feyenoord this season and batted .211 (28-for-133), scored eight runs and had 11 RBI's. A year ago, the outfielder also played in all games, hitting .262. In 1998, Eppinga made his big league-debut, playing in nine games for Amsterdam Pirates. He then played his next games in the 2001 season, when he became a regular, played in 31 games and scored 22 runs for Amsterdam, where he played through 2004. Since 2005, Eppinga played for Sparta-Feyenoord. In total, the outfielder played in 340 big league-games, including 225 for Sparta-Feyenoord.

...José Ventura...
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José Ventura was used both as pitcher as well as designated hitter. On the mound, the lefthander was 4-8 with a 3.28 ERA. In 85 innings, the Dominican struckout 75, walked 42 and gave up 77 hits and 40 runs. In the batter's box, Ventura hit .270 (20-for-74) with five doubles, scored eight runs and had five RBI's. In July, he left the team, as his visa was not extended.

In 2011, Luty Bernadina and Dino Anasagasti will return as the coaches of the team, with the first being the Head Coach. Joining them as Pitching Coach is Leo Voogd, who this season was the Head Coach of ADO until he left the team on August 6. In 2009, Voogd led ADO the entire season, after having coached Schiedam in the previous year.

(October 30)

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