Earlier today, the KNBSB (through their website) and Steve Janssen (through his Facebook account) announced that Steve Janssen will leave the KNBSB (Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation) immediately to join the Chicago Cubs organization.
Belgian born Steve Janssen was the manager of team Kingdom of the Netherlands since 2013. During the World Baseball Classics of 2017, Steve stepped back as manager in favor of Hensley Meulens. But that was not the only role he had in Dutch baseball. From 2002 through 2005 and from 2010 through 2012 he was pitching coach for team Kingdom of the Netherlands.
But next to his role within the KNBSB Janssen also was manager of Neptunus from Rotterdam from 2000 through 2003 and from 2009 through 2010. He also had a one year stint as manager of Sparta (also from Rotterdam) in 2008. He started his baseball career at the age of fifteen as a catcher in Belgium at the highest level of the Belgian competition. In Belgium, he played on several championship squads of the Brasschaat Braves and he also played for the Belgian national team during several European Championships.
With team Kingdom of the Netherlands, Steve won four European titles, two as their manager and of course the 2011 World Championship as the Dutch pitching coach.
The 45-year old Janssen will work on the Cubs’ spring training complex in Arizona to teach young pitchers the tricks and tips of pitching. Janssen stated on his Facebook account: “I am beyond excited for this new opportunity, as a Minor League Pitching Coach and the people I will be able to work with. I could not ask for a better situation or program to be a part of.”