Netherlands national baseball team


Netherlands national baseball team
Netherlands national baseball team
Country  Netherlands
Federation KNBSB
Confederation CEB
Manager United States Brian Farley
IBAF world rank 6th
Uniforms
Netherlands' national baseball uniform
World Baseball Classic
Appearances 2 (First in 2006)
Best result 7th (1 time, in 2009)
Olympic Games
Appearances 4 (First in 1996)
Best result 5th (2 times, most recent in 2000)
World Cup
Appearances 17 (First in 1970)
Best result 1st (1 time, in 2011)
Intercontinental Cup
Appearances 5 (First in 1983)
Best result 2nd (2 times, most recent in 2010)
European Championship
Appearances 28 (First in 1956)
Best result 1st (20 times, most recent in 2007)
2nd (8 times, most recent in 2010)

The Netherlands national baseball team is the national baseball team of the Netherlands. They are currently the top team in Europe and currently the sixth ranked men's baseball team in the IBAF World Rankings.

The Dutch team participated in the Summer Olympic Games in 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008. The team has also participated in both of the other major international baseball tournaments recognised by the International Baseball Federation (IBAF): the World Baseball Classic (WBC) and the Baseball World Cup. In 2011, the team caused a sensation when it won the World Cup after beating 25-time champion Cuba in the finals.

The team is controlled by the Koninklijke Nederlandse Baseball en Softball Bond, which is represented in the Confederation of European Baseball. The Netherlands competed in the 2009 Baseball World Cup.

Contents

Current rosters

The Netherlands territories of Aruba and the Netherlands Antilles in the Caribbean have very strong baseball traditions. A team from Willemstad, Curaçao called the "Curaçao Yankees" won the 2004 Little League World Series and was runner-up in 2005. Each territory has its own baseball federation and in the past, the Netherlands Antilles has fielded its own team in international competitions. In recent years, however, players from Aruba and the Netherlands Antilles have played on the national team of the Netherlands itself, alongside players from continental Europe and a handful of Americans of Dutch descent, resulting in a team with a stronger concentration of talent.

The following players made up the Dutch team for the 2011 Baseball World Cup, held in October 2011.[1]

Netherlands roster - 2011 IBAF Baseball World CupDavid Bergman
  • 44 Leon Boyd
  • 19 Rob Cordemans
  •  3 Berry van Driel
  • 36 Diegomar Markwell
  • 39 Shairon Martis
  • 26 Tom Stuifbergen
  • 33 Juan Carlos Sulbaran
  •    Orlando Yntema
  • Catchers

    Infielders

    • 12 Xander Bogaerts
    •  9 Mariekson Gregorius
    •  7 Dwayne Kemp
    • 41 Vince Rooi
    • 16 Jonathan Schoop
    • 15 Sharlon Schoop
    • 30 Curt Smith

    Outfielders

    Manager
    •    Brian Farley

    Coaches

    •  9 Steve Janssen (Pitching Coach)
    • 34 Wim Martinus (Hitting/Fielding Coach)
    • 38 Tjerk Smeets (Bullpen Coach)
    • 32 Ben Thijssen (Bench Coach)
    Updated September 19, 2011


    World ranking

    In January 2009 the International Baseball Federation created a ranking system so that the nations involved in international competition could be compared independently. Teams receive points based on the position they finish at the end of tournaments. The system takes into account results not only of the senior men's teams but also of junior teams. Weightings that emphasise the importance of certain tournaments are based on the number of teams competing, the number of continents represented (or eligible to be represented), and in the case of continental tournaments such as the European Baseball Championship the relative strength of teams eligible. Only results within the previous four years are used, so points are added and removed over time. Since the system began, the rankings have been adjusted after the completion of tournaments qualifying for the ranking process; the most recent was the 2009 Baseball World Cup.

    Since the inception of the rankings, the Netherlands are listed at 6th position.

    Date
    Released
    Tournament Tournament
    Result
    Ranking Points Position Above Position Below
    Rank Team Points Difference Rank Team Points Difference
    13 January 2009[2] 2008 Summer Olympics* 7th 6th Sideways double arrow yellow.svg 336.57 Sideways double arrow yellow.svg 5th  Chinese Taipei +121.93 7th  Canada -74.38
    24 March 2009[3] 2009 World Baseball Classic 7th 6th Sideways double arrow yellow.svg 382.57 Up arrow green.svg 5th  Chinese Taipei +89.25 7th  Mexico -102.32
    12 August 2009**[4] 2009 World Port Tournament 2nd 6th Sideways double arrow yellow.svg 412.57 Up arrow green.svg 5th  Chinese Taipei +179.25 7th  Mexico -109.82
    19 October 2009**[5] 2009 World Youth Baseball Championship 8th 6th Sideways double arrow yellow.svg 405.33 Down arrow red.svg 5th  Chinese Taipei +156.30 7th  Canada -45.14
    2009 Baseball World Cup 6th
    6 December 2010**[6] 2010 Haarlem Baseball Week 1st 6th Sideways double arrow yellow.svg 374.51 Down arrow red.svg 5th  Chinese Taipei +149.85 7th  Venezuela -22.20
    2010 European Baseball Championship 2nd
    2010 World Junior Baseball Championship 6th
    2010 Intercontinental Cup 2nd
    * When the rankings were first released, the 2008 Summer Olympics was the most recent tournament completed by the Netherlands that had any bearing on the rankings themselves.
    ** Multiple tournaments were held since the previous release of the rankings.

    International competition

    World Baseball Classic

     Netherlands
    World Baseball Classic
    Puerto Rico 2006 11th
    Puerto Rico / United States 2009 7th

    The Netherlands has competed in both of the World Baseball Classic tournaments held. All sixteen teams that played in the 2006 edition were invited to compete in the second in 2009.

    The Netherlands, which only has progressed to the second round of competition, achieved its highest finish, 7th, in the 2009 tournament. Unusual for international competition in baseball, the squads selected in the World Baseball Classic tournaments featured players active in Major League Baseball in addition to Minor League, Nippon Professional Baseball and local players. Generally players in the Major Leagues are unavailable due to their contracts with the respective clubs.

    2006

    Prior to the 2006 World Baseball Classic, the Netherlands played four exhibition games. They lost two games, against a college team from the University of Tampa and a Atlanta Braves squad at Cracker Jack Stadium in Kissimmee.

    The Netherlands competed in Pool C—along with world champion Cuba, Panama and Puerto Rico—in the first round at the Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

    Having failed to win against Cuba and Puerto Rico in their round-robin pool games, they finished third in their pool, and were eliminated along with Panama.

    2009

    Prior to the 2009 World Baseball Classic, the Netherlands played seven exhibition games, including three games against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds and Minnesota Twins. The Netherlands team lost all three games against these MLB opponents.

    The Netherlands competed in Pool D, along with 2006 WBC semi-finalist Dominican Republic, Panama, and Puerto Rico, in the first round at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

    The team impressed many, winning both games against the strong Dominican Republic team. As result, the team made it through the first double-elimination round along with Puerto Rico.

    In the second round the Dutch lost both their games against Venezuela and the United States. Therefore, the team was eliminated and finished 7th in the final standings.

    Olympics

     Netherlands
    Baseball at the Olympics
    Demonstration
    South Korea Seoul, 1988 5th
    Medal Event
    Spain Barcelona, 1992 DNQ
    United States Atlanta, 1996 5th
    Australia Sydney, 2000 5th
    Greece Athens, 2004 6th
    China Beijing, 2008 7th

    The Netherlands' best finish in an Olympics is fifth place, which they did in both 1996 & 2000. The first time the Netherlands participated in the baseball tournament at the Summer Olympics was in 1988. Netherlands finished with a 1-2 record, with its only victory coming against Chinese Taipei. There was no official placing as Baseball at the 1988 Summer Olympics was a demonstration sport.

    Olympics Record by Opponent
    Opponent Tournaments
    Met
    W-L
    Record
    Largest Victory Largest Defeat Current
    Streak
    Score Tournament Score Tournament
     Australia 3 2–1 16–6 (F/8) United States 1996 22–2 (F/7) Greece 2004 L1
     Canada 2 0–2 7–0 Greece 2004 L2
     China 1 1–0 6–4 China 2008 W1
     Chinese Taipei 3 1–2 6–1 South Korea 1988 5–0 China 2008 L2
     Cuba 4 1–3 4–2 Australia 2000 18–2 (F/7) United States 1996 L2
     Greece 1 1–0 11–0 Greece 2004 W1
     Italy 3 3–0 10–4 Greece 2004 W3
     Japan 5 0–5 12–2 (F/7) United States 1996 L5
     Nicaragua 1 0–1 5–0 United States 1996 L1
     Puerto Rico 1 0–1 7–4 South Korea 1988 L1
     South Africa 1 0–1 3–2 Australia 2000 L1
     South Korea 3 0–3 10–0 China 2008 L3
     United States 3 0–3 17–1 (F/7) United States 1996 L3
    Overall 5 9–22 Against  AUS Against  AUS L3
    16–6 (F/8) United States 1996 22–2 (F/7) Greece 2004

    Baseball World Cup

    The Netherlands' best finish in the International Baseball Federation's (IBAF) World Cup has been the first place, which they did in 2011. Netherlands also hosted the games twice, in 1986 and in 2005. In 2009, the Netherlands was one of the 8 European nations to host the 2009 Baseball World Cup. It marked the first time in history the World Cup was not be hosted by a certain country, but rather a whole continent.

     Netherlands
    Baseball World Cup
    Amateur World Series
    Colombia Colombia, 1970 12th
    Cuba Cuba, 1973 7th
    Colombia Colombia, 1976 11th
    Italy Italy, 1978 7th
    Japan Japan, 1980 12th
    South Korea South Korea, 1982 6th
    Cuba Cuba, 1984 13th
    Netherlands Netherlands, 1986 9th
    World Cup
    Italy Italy, 1988 10th
    Canada Canada, 1990 9th
    Nicaragua Nicaragua, 1994 10th
    Italy Italy, 1998 6th
    Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei, 2001 7th
    Cuba Cuba, 2003 9th
    Netherlands Netherlands, 2005 4th
    Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei, 2007 4th
    European Union Europe, 2009 6th
    Panama Panama, 2011 1st
    World Cup Record by Opponent (since 1998)[7]
    Opponent Tournaments
    Met
    W-L
    Record
    Largest Victory Largest Defeat Current
    Streak
    Score Tournament Score Tournament
     Australia 4 1–4 6–0 Chinese Taipei 2001 4–1 Italy 2009 L3
     Brazil 2 1–1 7–0 Netherlands 2005 2–1 Cuba 2003 W1
     Canada 5 3–2 7–3 Netherlands 2005 11–5 Italy 2009 L2
     China 2 2–0 13–3 (F/8) Netherlands 2005 W2
     Chinese Taipei 5 3–2 11–2 Italy 2009 12–6 Italy 1998 W3
     Cuba 5 1–4 2–1 Chinese Taipei 2007 12–1 (F/7) Italy 1998 L1
     Dominican Republic 2 2–0 7–3 Chinese Taipei 2001 W2
     Germany 1 1–0 15–5 (F/8) Chinese Taipei 2007 W1
     Great Britain 1 1–0 6–0 Netherlands 2009 W1
     Greece 1 1–0 19–0 (F/5) Panama 2011 W1
     France 1 1–0 12–0 (F/7) Cuba 2003 W1
     Japan 5 1–4 5–2 Panama 2011 12–2 (F/7) Cuba 2003 W1
     Mexico 1 1–0 6–3 Cuba 2003 W1
     Nicaragua 2 1–1 8–4 Netherlands 2009 13–2 Italy 1998 W1
     Panama 3 1–4 9–5 Netherlands 2005 5–0 Chinese Taipei 2001 L1
     Philippines 1 1–0 6–0 Chinese Taipei 2001 W1
     Puerto Rico 3 3–0 10–0 (F/8) Netherlands 2005 W3
     Russia 2 2–0 18–0 (F/7) Chinese Taipei 2001 W2
     South Africa 1 1–0 20–2 (F/7) Netherlands 2005 W1
     South Korea 4 3–2 6–2 Netherlands 2005 7–0 Netherlands 2005 W2
     Spain 1 1–0 10–5 Netherlands 2009 W1
     Sweden 1 1–0 18–0 (F/8) Netherlands 2005 W1
     Thailand 1 1–0 16–0 (F/7) Chinese Taipei 2007 W1
     United States 3 1–2 3–1 Italy 1998 8–2 Italy 2009 L2
     Venezuela 2 2–0 8–5 Netherlands 2009 W2
    Overall 7 37 – 26 Against  GRE Against  CUB W4
    19 – 0 (F/5) Panama 2011 12 – 1 (F/7) Italy 1998

    Last 10 and known next games

    Date Venue Opponent Competition Result
    August 1, 2010 Germany Stuttgart Ballpark  Italy 2010 European Baseball Championship 4-8 L
    October 18, 2010 Republic of China Tianmu Baseball Stadium  Japan Exhibition game 0-6 L
    October 23, 2010 Republic of China Douliu Baseball Stadium  Italy 2010 Intercontinental Cup 10-0 W
    October 24, 2010 Republic of China Douliu Baseball Stadium  Nicaragua 6-1 W
    October 26, 2010 Republic of China Taichung Intercontinental Stadium  Japan 1-2 L
    October 27, 2010 Republic of China Taichung Intercontinental Stadium  Thailand 7-2 W
    October 28, 2010 Republic of China Taichung Intercontinental Stadium  Cuba 3-6 L
    October 29, 2010 Republic of China Douliu Baseball Stadium  South Korea 3-1 W
    October 30, 2010 Republic of China Taichung Intercontinental Stadium  Chinese Taipei 5-3 W
    October 31, 2010 Republic of China Taichung Intercontinental Stadium  Cuba 1-4 L

    Other tournament results

    Intercontinental Cup

    Haarlemse Honkbalweek

           
    • 2002: Silver 2nd
    • 2004: Gold 1st
    • 2006: Gold 1st
    • 2008: 5th
    • 2010: Gold 1st

    World Port Tournament

     

    European Baseball Championship

         
    • 2010 : Silver 2nd

    World Junior Baseball Championship

    European Junior Baseball Championship

    • 2007 : Bronze 3rd
    • 2009 : Silver 2nd

    World Youth Baseball Championship

    • 2009 : 8th

    European Youth Baseball Championship

    • 2006 : Gold 1st
    • 2007 : Silver 2nd
    • 2008 : Gold 1st
    • 2009 : 4th
    • 2010 : Gold 1st

    See also

    References

    1. ^ [1] International Baseball Federation:Roster The Netherlands, Accessed October 16, 2011
    2. ^ "2009 IBAF World Rankings". International Baseball Federation. 13 January 2009. Archived from the original on 25 July 2010. http://www.webcitation.org/5rV1xC7Dy. Retrieved 5 October 2010. 
    3. ^ "Japan moves to No. 3 in the World Rankings". International Baseball Federation. 24 March 2009. Archived from the original on 25 July 2010. http://www.webcitation.org/5rV2NmB7o. Retrieved 5 October 2010. 
    4. ^ "IBAF World Rankings" (PDF). International Baseball Federation. 12 August 2009. Archived from the original on 3 March 2010. http://www.webcitation.org/5nwq427PJ. Retrieved 5 October 2010. 
    5. ^ "IBAF Announces New World Rankings For Men's Baseball". International Baseball Federation. 19 October 2009. Archived from the original on 25 July 2010. http://www.webcitation.org/5rV29gciN. Retrieved 5 October 2010. 
    6. ^ "IBAF World Rankings" (PDF). International Baseball Federation. 1 December 2010. http://ibaf.prod.kgroup.eu/attachment-show.aspx?eid=26012717-93e5-47d7-ae45-88a89536ec6f&etype=d. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
    7. ^ 23rd World Championship Baseball Results

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