Kalian Sams, who was released by his Mexican club earlier this month, will return to the Quebec Capitales of the independent CanAm League.
The multiple champion of the CanAm League kept the door open as Sams signed with the Delfines de Ciudad del Carmen.
Last season Sams was named most valuable player of the club as he hit .279 with sixteen homeruns (ranked third in the league), two triples and twenty-three doubles. He ranked fifth in the league with sixty-five runs batted in.
Sams was quite popular as the club used him in a promotion last year. In a special promotional night, Kalian ran the bases vs a horse to see who was faster. Eventually the horse won by a slim margin.
During his short stint (seven games) in Mexico, Kalian hit way above .300 until his final game in which he went 0 for 4. As the results of his club were rather disappointing, the management lost its patience and released the speedy Dutch outfielder.
During his career, Kalian has been a globe trotter. He started to play for Ado in the Hague in the Dutch Leagues before he moved to the USA to try his luck there. In the Mariners organization Kalian made it to AA as he played with the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx. Shortly before the 2013 season Kalian was released by the Mariners. He signed a deal with the Texas Rangers and with the Padres after he was released by the Rangers. With both organizations he ripped the opponent’s pitching at AA. With both organizations Kalian made it to AAA.
After his adventure in the US, Kalian went to Taiwan to play in an instructional league of the CPBL, the Popcorn League, where he played for the Topco Scientific Falcons, the team that won the championship in the year that Kalian played there.
The CanAm League season will start on May 19. All the teams will play a series of games vs the Cuban national team.