The Belgian Baseball and Softball Federation has announced the roster for the 2016 European Championship in Hoofddorp, Netherlands. The team once again is managed by Sven Hendrickx, assisted by Patrick Renard, Kevin Peeters, Filip van der Meiren andChristophe Dassy. 16 of the players are currently playing in the Belgian First Division.
Additionally Belgium’s lone minor leaguer outfielder Sam Buelens of the Toronto Blue Jays made the team. Former New York Mets minor leaguer and current Mainz Athletic Thomas De Wolf slugged his way on the team as well. There are also quite some players from the Dutch Hoofdklasse on the team: Benjamin Dille, Matt Latta, Dennis Ribbens, Kenny van der Branden, Ben van Nuffel and Jamie Verheyleweghen.
The Belgian National Team, the Red Hawks, will be playing in Group B during first-round play at the European Championship, facing Spain, Italy, Greece, France and Croatia.
Roster & Coaching Staff
|DE JONGH Robbe||Pitcher|
|DE LANNOY Steven||Outfield|
|DE SAEDELEER Steve||Pitcher|
|DE WOLF Thomas||Outfield|
|VAN DROOGENBROECK Jace||Pitcher|
|VAN NUFFEL Ben||Pitcher|
|RENARD Patrick||Bench Coach|
|PEETERS Kevin||1B Coach|
|VAN DER MEIREN Filip||3B Coach|
|DASSY Christophe||Pitching Coach|