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Jeffrey Arends new Head Coach of Twins

OOSTERHOUT (Neth.) - Jeffrey Arends is the new Head Coach of De Glaskoning Twins. There, Arends succeeds Kevin Knollenburg, who stepped down after completion of his first season with the team from Oosterhout. The naming of Arends already had been announced earlier, but was not yet published on this site.

...Jeffrey Arends... Head Coach of Twins...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
After last season, Jeffrey Arends, who mostly played at first base, retired as an active player. He was added to the coaching-staff of Twins and served as the team's Hitting Instructor. He mainly was with the team during its weekly practice sessions, but sometimes also was with the team during games. Next season will be his first as a coach in the Dutch big league. Almost surely, he then will wear his familiar uniform number 33, which this season was worn by outfielder Brian Biezen.

As a player, Jeffrey Arends made his debut in the highest division playing in two games during the 2003 season with Neptunus at age 16. A year later, he played in half of the games for Neptunus and then transfered to Sparta-Feyenoord. There, he became a regular in 2005. Thereafter, Arends returned to Neptunus, where he then played through 2012.

After having played for Neptunus for seven seasons, Arends decided to transfer again. This time, he went on to play for Kinheim, for whom he played three seasons (2013-2015). Next, the first baseman played for Twins in 2016. Another transfer followed, as he played for Hoofddorp Pioniers last year, before ending his career having played in the big league for fifteen years.

In his last season, Arends led Pioniers in several categories and won the team's Triple Crown, as he led in batting average (.357), homeruns (5) and runs batted in (31). Arends also had the most basehits (40), the best on-base percentage (.455) and was second in walks (18) and doubles (7). During the season, he was honored by the Dutch Association for having played in 500 career regular season-games at the highest level.

...Jeffrey Arends is decorated in 2017 for playing in...
...500 regular season-games at the highest level...
(© Photo: Marco Stoovelaar)
In 2009, Arends led the big league with 48 runs batted in. That year, he batted .353, while scoring 26 runs and collecting 55 basehits. These totals remain the highs in his career, except for the batting average, which he bettered in his final season last year.

It also was in 2009, that year that Arends made his debut in the Netherlands National Team during the World Port Tournament in Rotterdam (Netherlands).

That was one of three international events in the Netherlands in which Arends played with the Orange squad. He also participated in the 2011 World Port Tournament and the 2012 Haarlem Baseball Week. In total, Arends played in 18 official games for the National Team.

Kevin Knollenburg stepped down as Head Coach of Twins after completion of its season on September 9. Before taking over as Head Coach, Knollenburg had been the 1B Coach of Twins in the previous two seasons.

In his first year as Head Coach, Knollenburg led Twins to fourth place in the regular season. With that, the team participated in its first-ever Championship Pool (or Play-Offs) at the highest level.

(September 28)

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