Team Kingdom of the Netherlands

Team Kingdom of the Netherlands

The Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Association (KNBSB) revealed their final roster for the 2016 European Championship in Hoofddorp on Wednesday. The team, which just had won the Yoshida Challenge with four wins in four games, now also includes a couple of pro players.

The biggest reinforcements from MLB organizations are certainly outfielder Roger Bernadinaand starting pitcher Shairon Martis, who both had more than just a cup of coffee in the big leagues. Additionally catcher Chadwick Tromp, as well as infielders Stijn van der Meer and Curt Smith are new on the roster compared to Senart.

Another big name obviously can be found on the coaching staff with former MLB All-Star and regular Gold Glove winner Andruw Jones as bench coach.

On paper the Netherlands certainly can field the best team in the tournament and should be considered as favorite for the European Championship, which starts on Friday. The Dutch team faces Great Britain, Germany, Sweden, Russia and Czech Republic in Pool A during first round play. At the Yoshida Challenge they beat Germany 12-4 and 5-3.




Tom de Blok (L&D Amsterdam)
Mike Bolsenbroek (Regensburg Legionäre, Duitsland)
Rob Cordemans (L&D Amsterdam)
Berry van Driel (Curaçao Neptunus)
Lars Huijer (Vaessen Pioniers)
Kevin Kelly (Curaçao Neptunus)
Diegomar Markwell (Curaçao Neptunus)
Shairon Martis (Lincoln Saltdogs, Verenigde Staten)
Loek van Mil (Curaçao Neptunus)
Jim Ploeger (HCAW)
Orlando Yntema (Curaçao Neptunus)

Gianison Boekhoudt (Curaçao Neptunus)
Dashenko Ricardo (Curaçao Neptunus)
Chadwick Tromp (Daytona Tortugas, Verenigde Staten)


Yurendell de Caster (geen club)
Dwayne Kemp (Curaçao Neptunus)
Dudley Leonora (Kinheim)
Stijn van der Meer (Greeneville Astros, Verenigde Staten)
Curt Smith (Lincoln Saltdogs, Verenigde Staten)
Nick Urbanus (L&D Amsterdam)

Roger Bernadina (Las Vegas 51s, Verenigde Staten)
Chris Garia (Vaessen Pioniers)
Randolph Oduber (Curaçao Neptnus)
Kalian Sams (Québec Capitales, Canada)


Fieldmanager: Steve Janssen
Bench coach: Andruw Jones
Pitching-coach: Mike Hartley
Hitting-coach: Sidney de Jong
3e honkcoach: Ben Thijssen
1e honkcoach: Wim Martinus
Fysiotherapeut: Pepijn van Ingen
S&C trainer: Paul Venner
Equipment manager: Maarten Broersen
Scouts: David Bergman en Bernie Beckman