Hensley Meulens manages Orange during WBC
NIEUWEGEIN (Neth.) -
Hensley Meulens will be the Manager of the Dutch National Baseball Team during the World Baseball Classic in March next year.
Current Manager Brian Farley will act als Bench Coach for Meulens during the event.
The Dutch Team will play the first round of the WBC in Taiwan.
Since 2010, the 45-year old Meulens is the Hitting Coach of the San Francisco Giants, with whom he now plays in the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
In his first year as big league coach with the Giants, the team won the World Series.
On September 7, 2000, Hensley Meulens made his debut in the Dutch National Team when he entered an exhibition game against Australia as pinch-hitter.
The game was one of four exhibition games preceeding the Olympic Games is Sydney (Australia).
During the Games, Meulens delivered a double in the fourth inning against Cuba, which led to a 4-2 victory and Cuba's first Olympic loss in 21 games.
A year later, Meulens participated with the Orange in the World Championship in Taiwan.
In 2002, Meulens participated in the Haarlem Baseball Week and the Intercontinental Cup in Cuba to bring his official international game total for the Dutch squad to 35.
Meulens then concluded his playing career and turned to coaching.
As Bench Coach, he was a member of the coaching staff of the Dutch Team in 2003 and 2004, which then participated in the World Port Tournament, European Championship, Olympic Qualifying Tournament, World Championship, Haarlem Baseball Week and Olympic Games.
In 2003, the team captured the European title, then a few weeks later qualified for the 2004 Athens Olympics.
In both years, Davey Johnson, the current Manager of the Washington Nationals, also was a member of the Dutch coaching staff as Assistant Manager.
Meulens returned as coach of the Dutch Team during the World Baseball Classic of 2006 and 2009 when he was the Hitting Coach.
On August 23, 1989, Meulens became the first player of Curaçao to make his debut in the Major League when, at age 22, he was the third baseman of the New York Yankees.
Between 1989-1993, Meulens, who later played in the outfield mostly, played in 159 games for the Yankees.
He then went on to play in the Japanese Major League for Chiba Lotte Marines (1994) and Yakult Swallows (1995-1996).
Meulens then returned to the USA and played in 23 more Major League-games in 1997-1998 for the Montreal Expos and Arizona Diamondbacks to bring his total to 182.
Hereafter, Meulens continued playing professionally in Mexico, Korea and independent leagues, before retiring.
Being a righthanded hitter, Meulens frequently hit homeruns lefthanded while playing softball in his youth, which earned him the nickname 'Bam Bam'.
In April of this year, Meulens was royally knighted.