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Rob Cordemans MVP & Best Pitcher
Nederlands
ROTTERDAM (Neth.) - Rob Cordemans has been named Most Valuable Player and Best Pitcher of the 2012 season. Cordemans, pitcher of L&D Amsterdam Pirates, was honored on Saturday-evening during the evening of the Star Awards in Novotel Brainpark in Rotterdam. Also on Saturday, the best softball-players of the 2012 season were honored by the Dutch Baseball and Softball Association KNBSB. Nathalie Gosewehr was named Softball MVP, while Dagmar Bloeming won the award for Best Pitcher. It marked the 60th time that players were honored for their accomplishments in the previous season.


...Baseball MVP & Best Pitcher Rob Cordemans...
...with Nathalie Gosewehr & Dagmar Bloeming...
(© Photo: Fred Versluis)
With the event, the KNBSB closed the year in which it celebrated its 100th anniversary. In 1912, the Dutch Baseball Association was founded, but it were the national softball-teams that accounted for the most success in the jubilee year. The Dutch Baseball Team, which captured the world championship-title in 2011, reached the final of this years European Championship, but lost to Italy, meaning the squad failed to re-capture the European title. Two years ago, the Dutch Baseball Team was detroned by Italy in Germany. There was success again for the Dutch Women Softball Team, which played a strong World Championship in Canada. After capturing the European title in 2011, the Dutch Women now finished in sixth place in the World Chanmpionship to equal its best result ever. The Dutch Junior Softball Team captured the European title this year in Rosmalen (Netherlands). Another successful team was the Dutch Men Softball Team, which reached the final of the European Championship in Amstelveen (Netherlands), won the silver and qualified for the World Championship next March in New Zealand.


...Rob Cordemans...
...MVP & Best Pitcher...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
The regular seasons were closed with two surprise national champions. Corendon Kinheim was close to elimination after the first round of the Baseball Play-Offs, but then dethroned L&D Amsterdam Pirates, eliminated last years finalist Vaessen Pioniers and swept DOOR Neptunus in the Holland Series to win the championship. In the Play-Offs of the Softball-competition, Alcmaria Victrix first eliminated last years finalist Hotel Ambassador c.c. Terrasvogels, then dethroned Oolders Omaco Sparks Haarlem, winning three games in a row after losing the opener of the Holland Series.

Righthanded pitcher Rob Cordemans was named Best Pitcher of the year for the second season in a row and seventh time overall in his long career. Cordemans also was Best Pitcher in 1999, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2011. Cordemans led the league with an 0.22 Earned Run Average, struckout 94 batters and finished with a 10-1 record. Also nominated this year were David Bergman (Corendon Kinheim) and Diegomar Markwell (DOOR Neptunus).

For his important contributions to the Pirates-squad, Rob Cordemans also was named Most Valuable Player of the 2012 season, marking the first time he won this award. He was nominated for the award in 2001 and 2003. Cordemans becomes the first pitcher to be named MVP since Ryan Murphy (then Pioniers) won the award. For the first time, four players were nominated for the MVP Award. Besides Cordemans, Ramiro Balentina (Corendon Kinheim), Michael Duursma (Vaessen Pioniers) and RafaŽl Jozefa (DOOR Neptunus) were also nominated.

MVP, Best Pitcher, Same Year
YearPlayerClub
1954Han UrbanusOVVO
1955Han UrbanusOVVO
1965Herman BeidschatHaarlem Nicols
1973Charles UrbanusOVVO
1991Frans GrootHCAW-Tijgers
2009Ryan MurphyHoofddorp Pioniers
2012Rob CordemansAmsterdam Pirates

Cordemans became only the sixth player in history to be named Best Pitcher and MVP in the same season since the awards were first handed out in 1953, including Charles Urbanus, who did it in 1973 and this year was Cordemans' Head Coach with Pirates. Charles' father Han Urbanus won both awards twice in his career.

It is the third time that a pitcher of L&D Amsterdam Pirates is named Best Pitcher. Cordemans also won the award last year and then became the first Pirates-hurler since Peter Callenbach won it in 1992. Cordemans is the sixth Pirates-player to be named MVP.

It marks the second year in a row that the Best Pitcher and MVP are coming from Amsterdam Pirates and it is the fourth time since 2005 that both awards go to the same club. In 2005, both went to Neptunus, in 2009, the awards went to Hoofddorp Pioniers.

In the statistical categories, two more awards went to L&D Amsterdam Pirates. Bas de Jong was the Best Hitter of the season with a .370 average (50-for-135), while Wesley Connor (last years MVP) hit the most homeruns with nine. It marks only the third time in history that the awards for MVP, Best Pitcher, Best Hitter and Homerun King go to the same club. The only other club to accomplish this is Sparta, which did it in 1966 and 1968. Kody Hightower of Mr. Cocker HCAW received the award for Most Stolen Bases with 16.


...Bas de Jong...
...Best Hitter...

...Wesley Connor...
...Homerun King...

...Kody Hightower...
...Most Stolen Bases...
(© Photos: Henk Seppen)

The In Memoriam Guus van der Heijden Trophy for the most talented international player under 23 was handed out to Nick Urbanus. This season, Urbanus played in his second full professional season with the Texas Rangers, playing in the Single-A. During this years European Championship, Urbanus played an impressive tournament.

Tony Kreisel and Marciano Philippi (both Scimitars Baseball Academy) respectively won the Roel de Mon Award and Ron Fraser Award for best junior-pitcher and junior-player.

Hans Lemmink was named Coach of the Year. Lemmink started the season as Assistant Coach, but took over as Head Coach after the first weekend of the Play-Offs and then led Corendon Kinheim to the Dutch championship.

Gerard van Beek won the In Memoriam Leen Volkerijk Award for his contributions over the years in the development of youth baseball, peanutball and BeeBall. For several years, he makes the competition schedules, but also conduct introduction lessions regarding baseball in schools.

The Bill Arce Award for the Most Promising Coach, which is a new award, went to Evert-Jan 't Hoen, who will make his big league-debut next season as Head Coach of DOOR Neptunus. Pitcher David Bergman (Corendon Kinheim) received his award for being named Holland Series MVP.

(December 8)

Photo Gallery Star Awards


...Nick Urbanus...
...In Memoriam Guus van der Heijden Trophy...

...Hans Lemmink...
...Coach of the Year...

...Evert-Jan 't Hoen...
...Bill Arce Award...
(© Photos: Henk Seppen)


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