Through a press release, Dutch champion Curacao Neptunus announced that their 26-year old catcher Dashenko Ricardo will stop playing baseball immediately.
Last week, Neptunus and Ricardo had several talks but the club could not convince the power hitting catcher to keep playing.
According to the press release, Dashenko cannot motivate himself for the full 100% anymore after several intensive years at the diamond in the USA and in the Netherlands.
Dashenko also stated through the press release that his decision has nothing to do with the club.
Dashenko debuted in pro ball at the age of seventeen with the organization of the Baltimore Orioles in the Dominican Summer League. In 2008 he was promoted to the Gulf Coast League and in 2009 he split the season between the Appalachian League and the South Atlantic League. In 2011 and 2012, he played with the organization of the San Francisco Giants, but never got further than A Short Season level.
After the Giants he went to the Dodgers where he reached AAA (only two games) in 2013.
In 2014 he joined the ranks of (then) Corendon Kinheim. After the 2015 season, when Corendon stopped as a sponsor of Kinheim, he jumped ships to Curacao Neptunus.
His decision to hang up his spikes is a blow for Curacao Neptunus. In Dashenko, they had a genuine slugger in their ranks. Also for team Kingdom of the Netherlands this is a blow. They will miss him for sure with the upcoming European Championship.
Through the press release, Dashenko made clear that he will return to his native island of Curacao.