Netherlands national baseball team

The Netherlands national baseball team is the national baseball team of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, representing the country in international men's baseball. They are currently ranked as the best team in the WBSC Europe, and the team is also ranked ninth in the WBSC World Rankings.[1]

Netherlands national baseball team
Information
CountryKingdom of the Netherlands
FederationRoyal Netherlands Baseball and Softball Federation
ConfederationWBSC Europe
ManagerHensley Meulens
WBSC ranking
Current 7 1 (31 December 2022)[1]
Highest5 (December 2014)
Lowest9 (3 times; latest in June 2021)
Uniforms
World Baseball Classic
Appearances4 (first in 2006)
Best result4th (2 times, in 2013 and 2017)
Olympic Games
Appearances4 (first in 1996)
Best result5th (2 times, most recent in 2000)
World Cup
Appearances17 (first in 1970)
Best result 1st (1 time, in 2011)
Intercontinental Cup
Appearances5 (first in 1983)
Best result 2nd (2 times, most recent in 2010)
European Championship
Appearances32 (first in 1956)
Best result 1st (24 times, most recent in 2021)
Netherlands at the 2013 World Baseball Classic

The Netherlands 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 won the World Cup after beating 25-time champion Cuba in the finals. The team is controlled by the Royal Netherlands Baseball and Softball Federation, which is represented in the WBSC Europe.

The team is made up primarily of players from the Netherlands in Europe, and from Dutch territories and islands in the Caribbean that are part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, such as Aruba and Curaçao (which is part of the former Netherlands Antilles, which have since been dissolved), where baseball is extremely popular. Some foreigners of Dutch descent have also been members of the team. While baseball only maintains a niche following throughout Europe, the Netherlands, along with Italy, are the two European countries where the sport's popularity is strongest; the team has finished in either first or second place in each of the 31 European Baseball Championships in which it has appeared.

The team played in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, and finished in 4th place. It won the 2019 European Baseball Championship, winning a gold medal. It then competed at the Africa/Europe 2020 Olympic Qualification tournament, in Italy in September 2019, taking second place behind Team Israel. The team tried but failed to qualify for the 2020 Olympics at the three-team Final Qualifying Tournament in late June 2021.

Results and fixtures

The following is a list of professional baseball match results currently active in the latest version of the WBSC World Rankings, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.[2]

Legend

  Win   Lose   Void or postponed   Fixture

2023

World Baseball Classic GS March 8 Cuba   Netherlands Taichung Stadium, Taiwan
12:00 NST Boxscore
World Baseball Classic GS March 9 Panama   Netherlands Taichung Stadium, Taiwan
12:00 NST Boxscore
World Baseball Classic GS March 11 Netherlands   Chinese Taipei Taichung Stadium, Taiwan
19:00 NST Boxscore
World Baseball Classic GS March 12 Netherlands   Italy Taichung Stadium, Taiwan
19:00 NST Boxscore

2021

Euro Championship GS September 12 Slovakia  0–11 (F/7)  Netherlands Paschetto Stadium, Italy
15:30 CET Boxscore Attendance: 60
Euro Championship GS September 13 Netherlands  11–1  Czech Republic Paolo II Palace, Italy
20:30 CET Boxscore Attendance: 85
Euro Championship GS September 14 Sweden  5–15 (F/7)  Netherlands Aluffi Stadium, Italy
15:00 CET Boxscore Attendance: 85
Euro Championship QF September 16 Netherlands  7–5  Great Britain Paschetto Stadium, Italy
20:30 CET Boxscore Attendance: 132
Euro Championship SF September 17 Spain  8–9  Netherlands Paolo II Palace, Italy
15:00 CET Boxscore Attendance: 220
Euro Championship F September 19 Israel  4–9  Netherlands Paschetto Stadium, Italy
20:30 CET Boxscore Attendance: 570

2019

Euro Championship GS September 8 Netherlands  6–8  Czech Republic Bonn 1, Germany
15:30 CET Boxscore Attendance: 1,200
Euro Championship GS September 9 Netherlands  9–0  Sweden Bonn 1, Germany
15:00 CET Boxscore Attendance: 300
Euro Championship GS September 10 Netherlands  8–1  Germany Bonn 1, Germany
19:00 CET Boxscore Attendance: 1,100
Euro Championship GS September 11 Israel  4–13  Netherlands Bonn 1, Germany
15:00 CET Boxscore Attendance: 250
Euro Championship GS September 11 Great Britain  2–10  Netherlands Bonn 2, Germany
17:00 CET Boxscore Attendance: 150
Euro Championship QF September 13 Netherlands  17–2 (F/5)  Belgium Bonn 1, Germany
15:00 CET Boxscore Attendance: 350
Euro Championship SF September 14 Netherlands  1–0  Spain Bonn 1, Germany
15:00 CET Boxscore Attendance: 350
Euro Championship F September 15 Italy  1–5  Netherlands Bonn 1, Germany
19:00 CET Boxscore Attendance: 2,000
WBSC Premier12 GS November 2 Netherlands  0–9  United States Estadio Panamericano, Mexico
12:00 CT Boxscore Attendance: 3,015
WBSC Premier12 GS November 3 Dominican Republic  14–4 (F/7)  Netherlands Estadio Panamericano, Mexico
12:00 CT Boxscore Attendance: 5,132
WBSC Premier12 GS November 5 Netherlands  2–10  Mexico Estadio Panamericano, Mexico
19:00 CT Boxscore Attendance: 6,895

2018

Haarlem Week GS July 13 Germany  0–6  Netherlands Mulier Stadium, Netherlands
19:00 CET Boxscore
Haarlem Week GS July 14 Italy  0–7  Netherlands Mulier Stadium, Netherlands
15:00 CET Boxscore
Haarlem Week GS July 15 Netherlands  2–3  Chinese Taipei Mulier Stadium, Netherlands
14:00 CET Boxscore
Haarlem Week GS July 17 Netherlands  6–4  Cuba Mulier Stadium, Netherlands
19:00 CET Boxscore
Haarlem Week GS July 18 Netherlands  3–5  Japan Mulier Stadium, Netherlands
19:00 CET Boxscore
Haarlem Week SFR July 20 Netherlands  2–1  Italy Mulier Stadium, Netherlands
19:00 CET Boxscore
Haarlem Week SF July 21 Chinese Taipei  7–5  Netherlands Mulier Stadium, Netherlands
19:00 CET Boxscore
Super 6 GS September 18 Czech Republic  6–7  Netherlands ETO Ballpark, Netherlands
19:30 CET Boxscore Attendance: 400
Super 6 GS September 19 Netherlands  13–1 (F/7)  Germany ETO Ballpark, Netherlands
19:30 CET Boxscore Attendance: 650
Super 6 GS September 20 Italy  8–9 (F/10)  Netherlands ETO Ballpark, Netherlands
19:30 CET Boxscore Attendance: 850
Super 6 GS September 22 Netherlands  12–10 (F/8)  Spain ETO Ballpark, Netherlands
15:00 CET Boxscore Attendance: 850
Super 6 GS September 22 Netherlands  Void  Belgium ETO Ballpark, Netherlands
19:00 CET Boxscore Attendance: 0
Super 6 F September 23 Italy  Void  Netherlands ETO Ballpark, Netherlands
13:30 CET Boxscore Attendance: 0

Current roster

2020 Summer Olympics Final Qualifier roster
PlayersCoaching staff
Pitchers
  • Tom de Blok
  • Mike Bolsenbroek
  • Wendell Floranus
  • Mike Groen
  • Franklin van Gurp
  • Lars Huijer
  • Jair Jurrjens
  • Kevin Kelly
  • Diegomar Markwell
  • Shairon Martis
  • J. C. Sulbaran
  • Orlando Yntema
Catchers
  • Sicnarf Loopstok
  • Dashenko Ricardo

Infielders

  • Calten Daal
  • Yurendell de Caster
  • Dwayne Kemp
  • John Polonius
  • Juremi Profar
  • Sharlon Schoop
  • Curt Smith

Outfielders

  • Roger Bernadina
  • Randolph Oduber
  • Denzel Richardson
  • Ademar Rifaela
  • Jiandido Tromp
Manager


Tournament record

World Baseball Classic

 Netherlands
World Baseball Classic
Tournament Results
Puerto Rico 200611th
Puerto Rico / United States 20097th
Taiwan / Japan / United States 20134th
South Korea / Japan / United States 20174th
Medal Tally
Gold
-
Silver
-
Bronze
-

The Netherlands has competed in all four of the World Baseball Classic tournaments held. All 16 teams that played in the 2006 edition were invited to compete in the second in 2009. The team was an automatic qualifier for the 2013 and 2017 tournaments.

The Netherlands has progressed to the second round of competition in 2009, and achieved its highest finish, 4th, in both the 2013 and 2017 tournaments. 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.

The Netherlands team in the World Baseball Classic has featured several Major Leaguers: Andruw Jones, Sidney Ponson, Randall Simon, Roger Bernadina, Shairon Martis, Jonathan Schoop, Xander Bogaerts, Andrelton Simmons, Didi Gregorius, Jurickson Profar, and Kenley Jansen, most born in the Caribbean in either Aruba or Curaçao.

World Baseball Classic record Qualification record
Year Round Position W L RS RA W L RS RA
2006 Round 1 11th 1 2 15 19 No qualifiers held
2009 Round 2 7th 2 4 10 23 No qualifiers held
2013 Semifinals 4th 4 4 36 47 Automatically qualified
2017 Semifinals 4th 4 3 48 24 Automatically qualified
2023 To be determined Automatically qualified
Total 5/5 11 13 109 113 - - - -
Classic Record by Opponent
Opponent Tournaments
met
W-L
record
Largest victory Largest defeat Current
streak
ScoreTournament ScoreTournament
 Australia 1 10 412013 W1
 Chinese Taipei 2 11 652017 382013 W1
 Cuba 3 31 141 (F/7)2017 2112006 W3
 Dominican Republic 2 21 322009 142013 L1
 Israel 1 11 122 (F/8)2017 242017 W1
 Japan 2 03 416 (F/7)2013 L3
 Panama 1 10 100 (F/7)2006 W1
 Puerto Rico 3 04 382006 L4
 South Korea 2 20 502013
2017
W2
 United States 1 01 392009 L1
 Venezuela 1 01 132009 L1
Overall 4 1113 Against  CUB Against  JPN L1
141 (F/7)2017 416 (F/7)2013

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 an Atlanta Braves squad, at Cracker Jack Stadium in Kissimmee, Florida.

The Netherlands competed in Pool Calong with world champion Cuba, Panama, and Puerto Ricoin 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.

2006 WBC Results
8 March
1st Round, Pool C - Game 3
Puerto Rico  83  Netherlands Puerto Rico Hiram Bithorn Stadium
Attendance: 15,570
Boxscore
9 March
1st Round, Pool C - Game 4
Cuba  112  Netherlands Puerto Rico Hiram Bithorn Stadium
Attendance: 7,657
Boxscore
10 March
1st Round, Pool C - Game 5
Netherlands  100 (F/7)  Panama Puerto Rico Hiram Bithorn Stadium
Attendance: 6,337
Boxscore

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 won 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.

2009 WBC Results
7 March
1st Round, Pool D - Game 1
Netherlands  32  Dominican Republic Puerto Rico Hiram Bithorn Stadium
Attendance: 9,335
Boxscore
9 March
1st Round, Pool D - Game 4
Netherlands  13  Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Hiram Bithorn Stadium
Attendance: 19,479
Boxscore
10 March
1st Round, Pool D - Game 5
Dominican Republic  12 (F/11)  Netherlands Puerto Rico Hiram Bithorn Stadium
Attendance: 11,814
Boxscore
11 March
1st Round, Pool D - Game 4
Netherlands  05  Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Hiram Bithorn Stadium
Attendance: 19,501
Boxscore

14 March
2nd Round, Pool 2 - Game 1
Netherlands  13  Venezuela United States Dolphin Stadium
Attendance: 17,345
Boxscore
15 March
2nd Round, Pool 2 - Game 3
Netherlands  39  United States United States Dolphin Stadium
Attendance: 11,059
Boxscore

2013

The Netherlands competed in Pool B against Chinese Taipei, South Korea, and Australia at the Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan. The Dutch team won their first game against South Korea 5-0, but lost to the Chinese Taipei 8-3. However, the Netherlands won against Australia 4-1, thus securing their position for Round 1 in Tokyo Dome to face off against Japan and Cuba.

The Dutch team defeated the Cuban team 6-2 before facing two-time defending champion Japan and earned a humiliating loss 16-4 at the end of 7th inning due to mercy rule and faced off against Cuba once again. They narrowly clinched their win against the Cuban team 7-6 to secure their position in the semi-finals where they lost against the Japanese team again 10-6. They faced off against the Dominican Republic where they lost 4-1. The Netherlands finished 4th overall.

2013 WBC Results
2 March
1st Round, Pool B - Game 2
South Korea  05  Netherlands Taiwan Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium
Attendance: 1,085
Boxscore
3 March
1st Round, Pool B - Game 3
Netherlands  38  Chinese Taipei Taiwan Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium
Attendance: 22,689
Boxscore
5 March
1st Round, Pool B - Game 5
Australia  14  Netherlands Taiwan Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium
Attendance: 1,113
Boxscore

8 March
2nd Round, Pool 1 - Game 1
Netherlands  62  Cuba Japan Tokyo Dome
Attendance: 38,588
Boxscore
10 March
2nd Round, Pool 1 - Game 4
Japan  164 (F/7)  Netherlands Japan Tokyo Dome
Attendance: 37,745
Boxscore
11 March
2nd Round, Pool 1 - Game 5
Cuba  67  Netherlands Japan Tokyo Dome
Attendance: 7,613
Boxscore
12 March
2nd Round, Pool 1 - Game 6
Netherlands  610  Japan Japan Tokyo Dome
Attendance: 30,301
Boxscore

17 or 18 March
Final Round, Semifinal
Netherlands  14  Dominican Republic United States AT&T Park
Attendance: 27,527
Boxscore

2017

Team Netherlands, ranked 9th in the world, included major league stars, many of whom were raised in islands in the Caribbean that are part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The players included All Star shortstop Xander Bogaerts (Boston Red Sox; from Aruba), 20-home-run-hitter shortstop Didi Gregorius (New York Yankees; raised in Curaçao, which is part of the former Netherland Antilles which have since been dissolved), 20-home-run-hitter second baseman Jonathan Schoop (Baltimore Orioles; born in Curaçao), Gold-Glover shortstop Andrelton Simmons (Los Angeles Angels; born in Curaçao), and infielder/outfielder Jurickson Profar (Texas Rangers; born in Curaçao).[3][4][5] Sports Illustrated opined that the Dutch team "boasts arguably the most talented infield in the entire tournament."[5]

The Netherlands was defeated by Team Israel (4-2). It then beat South Korea (5-0) and Taiwan (6-5), in the first round of the 2017 World Baseball Classic.[6][7] Along with Israel, which came in ahead of it in the pool, it qualified for the next round, in Japan.[8]

In what NBC reported was thought to be the tallest batter-pitcher matchup in baseball history, the Dutch team’s 7-foot-1-inch (2.16 m) pitcher Loek van Mil walked Israel's 6-foot-8-inch (2.03 m) first baseman Nate Freiman.[9]

In the second round an extra innings loss against Japan was followed by two mercy rule wins against Israel and Cuba. Together with Japan which had finished top of the pool the Netherlands advanced to the championship round. 2016 All Star and NL Reliever of the Year Kenley Jansen joined the Dutch team for the championship round.

The Netherlands semifinal match against Puerto Rico ended with an 11th inning walk-off sac fly by Eddie Rosario. The final score was 3-4. Dutch outfielder Wladimir Balentien was chosen in the All-WBC team.

2017 WBC Results
7 March
1st Round, Pool A - Game 3
South Korea  05  Netherlands Gocheok Sky Dome
Attendance: 15,184
Boxscore
8 March
1st Round, Pool A - Game 4
Chinese Taipei  56  Netherlands Gocheok Sky Dome
Attendance: 3,606
Boxscore
9 March
1st Round, Pool B - Game 5
Netherlands  24  Israel Gocheok Sky Dome
Attendance: 2,739
Boxscore

12 March
2nd Round, Pool E - Game 2
Japan  86 (F/11)  Netherlands Tokyo Dome
Attendance: 44,326
Boxscore
13 March
2nd Round, Pool E - Game 3
Netherlands  122 (F/8)  Israel Tokyo Dome
Attendance: 5,017
Boxscore
15 March
2nd Round, Pool E - Game 3
Netherlands  141 (F/7)  Cuba Tokyo Dome
Attendance: 40,680
Boxscore

20 March
Semifinals
Netherlands  34 (F/11)  Puerto Rico Dodger Stadium
Attendance: 24,865
Boxscore

Olympics

 Netherlands
Baseball at the Olympics
Demonstration
Seoul, 19885th
Medal Event
Barcelona, 1992DNQ
Atlanta, 19965th
Sydney, 20005th
Athens, 20046th
Beijing, 20087th
Summer Olympics record Qualification
Year Host Round Position W L RS RA
1988 South Korea Preliminary 5th (tied) [lower-alpha 1] 1 2 11 14 1987 European Baseball Championship
1992 Spain Did not qualify 1991 European Baseball Championship
1996 United States Preliminary 5th 2 5 32 76 1995 European Baseball Championship
2000 Australia Preliminary 5th 3 4 18 30 1999 European Baseball Championship
2004 Greece Preliminary 6th 2 5 29 55 2003 European Baseball Championship
2008 China Preliminary 7th 1 6 9 50 2007 European Baseball Championship
Total [lower-alpha 2] 4/5 11 20 88 211
  1. No medals awarded; baseball was a demonstration sport in 1988
  2. Totals only include years 1992 to 2008, during which baseball was an official medal sport.

The Dutch 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.

It competed at the Africa/Europe 2020 Olympic Qualification tournament, in Italy in September 2019, taking second place behind Israel.

Olympics Record by Opponent
Opponent Tournaments
met
W-L
record
Largest victory Largest defeat Current
streak
ScoreTournament ScoreTournament
 Australia 3 21 166 (F/8)United States 1996 222 (F/7)Greece 2004 L1
 Canada 2 02 70Greece 2004 L2
 China 1 10 64China 2008 W1
 Chinese Taipei 3 12 61Korea 1988 160China 2008 L2
 Cuba 4 13 42Australia 2000 182 (F/7)United States 1996 L2
 Greece 1 10 110Greece 2004 W1
 Italy 3 30 104Greece 2004 W3
 Japan 5 05 122 (F/7)United States 1996 L5
 Nicaragua 1 01 50United States 1996 L1
 Puerto Rico 1 01 74Korea 1988 L1
 South Africa 1 01 32Australia 2000 L1
 South Korea 3 03 100China 2008 L3
 United States 3 03 171 (F/7)United States 1996 L3
Overall 5 922 Against  AUS Against  AUS L3
166 (F/8)United States 1996 222 (F/7)Greece 2004

Baseball World Cup

Their best finish in the International Baseball Federation's (IBAF) World Cup was first place, which they achieved 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 that the World Cup was not hosted by a specific country, but rather by a whole continent.

 Netherlands
Baseball World Cup
Amateur World Series
Colombia, 197012th
Cuba, 19737th
Colombia, 197611th
Italy, 19787th
Japan, 198012th
South Korea, 19826th
Cuba, 198413th
Netherlands, 19869th
World Cup
Italy, 198810th
Canada, 19909th
Nicaragua, 199410th
Italy, 19986th
Taiwan, 20017th
Cuba, 20039th
Netherlands, 20054th
Taiwan, 20074th
Europe, 20096th
Panama, 20111st
World Cup record by opponent (since 1998)[10]
Opponent Tournaments
met
W-L
record
Largest victory Largest defeat Current
streak
ScoreTournament ScoreTournament
 Australia 5 24 60Taiwan 2001 41Italy 2009 W1
 Brazil 2 11 70Netherlands 2005 21Cuba 2003 W1
 Canada 6 33 73Netherlands 2005 115Italy 2009 L3
 China 2 20 133 (F/8)Netherlands 2005 W2
 Chinese Taipei 5 32 112Italy 2009 126Italy 1998 W3
 Cuba 6 34 41 (F/7)Panama 2011 121 (F/7)Italy 1998 W2
 Dominican Republic 2 20 73Taiwan 2001 W2
 Germany 1 10 155 (F/8)Taiwan 2007 W1
 Great Britain 1 10 60Netherlands 2009 W1
 Greece 1 10 190 (F/5)Panama 2011 W1
 France 1 10 120 (F/7)Cuba 2003 W1
 Japan 5 14 52Panama 2011 122 (F/7)Cuba 2003 W1
 Mexico 1 10 63Cuba 2003 W1
 Nicaragua 2 11 84Netherlands 2009 132Italy 1998 W1
 Panama 4 24 95Netherlands 2005 50Taiwan 2001 W1
 Philippines 1 10 60Taiwan 2001 W1
 Puerto Rico 3 30 100 (F/8)Netherlands 2005 W3
 Russia 2 20 180 (F/7)Taiwan 2001 W2
 South Africa 1 10 202 (F/7)Netherlands 2005 W1
 South Korea 5 42 62Netherlands 2005 70Netherlands 2005 W3
 Spain 1 10 105Netherlands 2009 W1
 Sweden 1 10 180 (F/8)Netherlands 2005 W1
 Thailand 1 10 160 (F/7)Taiwan 2007 W1
 United States 4 22 75Panama 2011 82Italy 2009 W1
 Venezuela 3 30 122 (F/7)Panama 2011 W3
Overall 7 44 27 Against  GRE Against  CUB W6
19 0 (F/5)Panama 2011 12 1 (F/7)Italy 1998

European Baseball Championship

Team Netherlands won the 2019 European Baseball Championship, winning a gold medal. Among the players competing for it were Roger Bernadina, Mike Bolsenbroek, Donny Breek, Rob Cordemans, Tom de Blok, Yurendell DeCaster, Lars Huijer, Kevin Kelly, Dwayne Kemp, Diego Markwell, Randolph Oduber, Dashenko Ricardo, Shairon Martis, Kalian Sams, Sharlon Schoop, Curt Smith, Tom Stuifbergen, JC Sulbaran, and Orlando Yntema.[11]

European Baseball Championship

  • 1956: 1st
  • 1957: 1st
  • 1958: 1st
  • 1960: 1st
  • 1962: 1st
  • 1964: 1st
  • 1965: 1st
  • 1969: 1st
  • 1971: 1st
  • 1973: 1st
 
  • 1975: 2nd
  • 1977: 2nd
  • 1979: 2nd
  • 1981: 1st
  • 1983: 2nd
  • 1985: 1st
  • 1987: 1st
  • 1989: 2nd
  • 1991: 2nd
  • 1993: 1st
 
  • 1995: 1st
  • 1997: 2nd
  • 1999: 1st
  • 2001: 1st
  • 2003: 1st
  • 2005: 1st
  • 2007: 1st
  • 2010: 2nd
  • 2012: 2nd
  • 2014: 1st
 
  • 2016: 1st
  • 2019: 1st
  • 2021: 1st

Other tournament results

Intercontinental Cup

  • 1983: 4th
  • 1999: 8th
  • 2002: 8th
  • 2006: 2nd
  • 2010: 2nd

Haarlemse Honkbalweek

  • 1961: 4th
  • 1963: 2nd
  • 1966: 2nd
  • 1968: 2nd
  • 1969: 3rd
  • 1971: 5th
  • 1972 B: 2nd
  • 1974: 4th
  • 1976: 4th
  • 1978: 4th
 
  • 1980: 5th
  • 1982: 3rd
  • 1984: 2nd
  • 1988: 3rd
  • 1990: 3rd
  • 1992: 3rd
  • 1994: 3rd
  • 1996: 2nd
  • 1998: 4th
  • 2000: 3rd
 
  • 2002: 2nd
  • 2004: 1st
  • 2006: 1st
  • 2008: 5th
  • 2010: 1st
  • 2012: 4th
  • 2014: 3rd
  • 2016: 1st

World Port Tournament

  • 1985: 4th
  • 1987: 3rd
  • 1989: 1st
  • 1991: 5th
  • 1993: 3rd
 
  • 1995: 2nd
  • 1997: 2nd
  • 1999: 1st
  • 2001: 2nd
  • 2003: 2nd
 
  • 2007: 4th
  • 2009: 2nd
  • 2011: 3rd
  • 2013: 2nd
  • 2015: 2nd

World Junior Baseball Championship

  • 2008: 9th
  • 2010: 6th
  • 2012: 11th

European Junior Baseball Championship

  • 2007: 3rd
  • 2009: 2nd
  • 2011: 1st
  • 2013: 1st
  • 2015: 1st
  • 2016: 1st
  • 2018: 1st
  • 2021: 1st

World Youth Baseball Championship

  • 2009: 8th
  • 2011: 7th

European Youth Baseball Championship

  • 2006: 1st
  • 2007: 2nd
  • 2008: 1st
  • 2009: 4th
  • 2010: 1st
  • 2011: 4th
  • 2012: 1st
  • 2013: 1st
  • 2014: 1st
  • 2017: 2nd
  • 2019: 3rd
  • 2021: 3rd

Players

The Dutch Caribbean has very strong baseball traditions. A team from Willemstad, Curaçao "Liga Pabou" 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 and Aruba have fielded its own team in international competitions. In recent years, however, players from the Dutch Caribbean 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. Since the 2013 World Baseball Classic, the Netherlands participates as the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the formal name of the sovereign state that includes both the Dutch Caribbean and the Netherlands proper.

The following was the Netherlands 2013 World Baseball Classic squad.

2013 World Baseball Classic

Manager
Hensley Meulens
Coaches
Bert Blyleven, Brian Farley, Steve Janssen, Wim Martinus, Tjerk Smeets, Ben Thijssen
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
29 P Johnny Balentina (1971-08-08) 8 August 1971 Free agent
47 P David Bergman (1981-08-16) 16 August 1981 Kinheim
55 P Leon Boyd (1983-08-30) 30 August 1983 Kinheim
19 P Rob Cordemans (1974-10-31) 31 October 1974 Free agent
3 P Berry van Driel (1984-12-26) 26 December 1984 DOOR Neptunus
13 P Kevin Heijstek (1988-04-19) 19 April 1988 Amsterdam Pirates
7 P Jonatan Isenia (1993-03-31) 31 March 1993 Gulf Coast League Orioles
36 P Diegomar Markwell (1980-08-08) 8 August 1980 Free agent
39 P Shairon Martis (1987-03-30) 30 March 1987 Lincoln Saltdogs
51 P Loek van Mil (1984-09-15) 15 September 1984 Louisville Bats
96 P Mark Pawelek (1986-08-18) 18 August 1986 Free agent
26 P Tom Stuifbergen (1988-09-26) 26 September 1988 Free agent
40 P Orlando Yntema (1986-02-21) 21 February 1986 UVV Utrecht

5 C Bas Nooij (1987-11-26) 26 November 1987 Amsterdam Pirates
21 C Dashenko Ricardo (1990-03-01) 1 March 1990 Free agent

1 IF Xander Bogaerts (1992-10-01) 1 October 1992 Boston Red Sox
22 IF Yurendell DeCaster (1979-09-26) 26 September 1979 Piratas de Campeche
23 IF Quintin de Cuba (1987-09-09) 9 September 1987 Kinheim
46 IF Jonathan Schoop (1991-10-16) 16 October 1991 Baltimore Orioles
9 IF Andrelton Simmons (1989-09-04) 4 September 1989 Anaheim Angels
18 IF Curt Smith (1986-09-09) 9 September 1986 Lincoln Saltdogs
16 IF Hainley Statia (1986-01-19) 19 January 1986 Free agent

4 OF Wladimir Balentien (1984-07-02) 2 July 1984 Tokyo Yakult Swallows
2 OF Roger Bernadina (1984-06-12) 12 June 1984 Free agent
8 OF Michael Duursma (1978-02-26) 26 February 1978 Amsterdam Pirates
25 OF Andruw Jones (1977-04-23) 23 April 1977 Free agent
14 OF Randolph Oduber (1989-03-16) 16 March 1989 Harrisburg Senators
12 OF Kalian Sams (1986-08-25) 25 August 1986 Québec Capitales

The following players made up the Dutch team for the 2011 Baseball World Cup, held in October 2011.[12]

Team members are mostly from the Netherlands or overseas territories with a few non-Dutch players:

  • Boyd is from Canada and has Dutch ancestry
  • Yntema is from the Dominican Republic and has Dutch citizenship

Coaches Farley (USA) and Janssen (Belgium) have some involvement with baseball teams in the Netherlands.

2011 Baseball World Cup

Netherlands roster - 2011 IBAF Baseball World Cup
Official rosterCoaching staff
Pitchers
  •    Arshwin Asjes
  • 25 David 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
  • 24 Sidney de Jong
  • 15 Bas Nooij
  • 20 Shawn Zarraga

Infielders

Outfielders

  • 23 Shaldimar Daantji
  • 37 Bryan Engelhardt
  • 27 Danny Rombley
  • 35 Kalian Sams
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.

Since September 18, 2012, 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[13] 2008 Summer Olympics* 7th 6th 336.57 5th  Chinese Taipei +121.93 7th  Canada -74.38
24 March 2009[14] 2009 World Baseball Classic 7th 6th 382.57 5th  Chinese Taipei +89.25 7th  Mexico -102.32
12 August 2009**[15] 2009 World Port Tournament 2nd 6th 412.57 5th  Chinese Taipei +179.25 7th  Mexico -109.82
19 October 2009**[16] 2009 World Youth Baseball Championship 8th 6th 405.33 5th  Chinese Taipei +156.30 7th  Canada -45.14
2009 Baseball World Cup 6th
6 December 2010**[17] 2010 Haarlem Baseball Week 1st 6th 374.51 5th  Chinese Taipei +149.85 7th  Venezuela -22.20
2010 European Baseball Championship 2nd
2010 World Junior Baseball Championship 6th
2010 Intercontinental Cup 2nd
31 October 2011** 2011 World Port Tournament 3rd 5th 483.51 4th  Japan +172.91 6th  Canada -24.68
2011 Baseball World Cup 1st
18 September 2012** 2012 Haarlem Baseball Week 4th 6th 476.76 5th  Canada +8.24 7th  Venezuela -17.13
2012 18U Baseball World Championship 11th
2012 European Baseball Championship 2nd
20 March 2013** 2013 World Port Tournament 2nd 5th 497.76 4th  Chinese Taipei +44.03 6th  Canada -5.74
2013 World Baseball Classic 4th
* 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.

See also

  • Baseball in the Netherlands
  • Netherlands women's national baseball team
  • Dutch Roster in 2006 World Baseball Classic
  • Dutch Roster in 2009 World Baseball Classic
  • Dutch Roster in 2009 Baseball World Cup

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