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Dirk van 't Klooster to play for Pioniers in 2014
HAARLEM / HOOFDDORP (Neth.) - Veteran outfielder Dirk van 't Klooster will play for Vaessen Pioniers next season. The 37-year old former National Team-player confirmed the transfer in the Haarlems Dagblad-newspaper on Thursday, October 10.

...Dirk van 't Klooster transfers to Pioniers...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
Dirk van 't Klooster is leaving Corendon Kinheim, where he played the last eight seasons. Pioniers will be his fifth team in the Dutch big league. The lefthanded hitting outfielder made his debut in the highest division in 1993 while playing for Amsterdam Pirates, where he also played in 1994. Van 't Klooster then played two seasons for Quick Amersfoort (1995-1996), followed by three seasons with RCH (1997-1999). In these first seven seasons, Van 't Klooster also frequently was used as a pitcher.

In 2000, he made his debut in the team of Neptunus, where he would play the next six seasons (2000-2005). With the Rotterdam-squad, he won the Dutch championship each year he was there and was named MVP of the Holland Series in 2000 and 2001. After the 2005 season, Van 't Klooster transfered to Kinheim in Haarlem, where he played his first game in 2006. With Kinheim, he won the Dutch championship again in 2006 and 2007, but his streak of eight consecutive titles ended when Kinheim lost the Holland Series to Amsterdam Pirates in 2008. He won his ninth title in 2012 with Kinheim.

Van 't Klooster made his debut in the Dutch National Baseball Team in 1998 during the Haarlem Baseball Week. He played his last game for the Dutch Team during the European Championship of 2010 in Germany. With the Orange squad, Van 't Klooster participated in three Olympic Games (Sydney, 2000; Athens, 2004; Beijing, 2008), the World Baseball Classic in 2006 and 2009, five World Championships, three Intercontinental Cups, six European Championships, seven Haarlem Baseball Weeks and four World Port Tournaments.

(October 10)

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