Tomorrow, the European Championship will start in Germany (Bonn and Solingen). Several teams have unveiled their roster already. Today the KNBSB (Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation) unveiled theirs.
At the roster, that was presented by manager Evert-Jan ‘t Hoen, there are three debuting players: Donny Breek (Minnesota Twins organization), John Polonius (UnipolSai Bologna) and Hendrik Clementina (Cincinnati Reds organization). Breek had a very impressive second year in the Gulf Coast League with a 0.74 ERA in seven relief appearances in which he struck out thirty-eight and kept his opponents limited to a batting average of .165. John Polonius posted a .316 batting average during the Italian playoffs. In twenty games and seventy-nine at-bats, he collected twenty-five hits of which three were doubles, one was a triple and five were home runs. Hendrik Clementina posted a batting average of .249 at A-Advanced level with the Daytona Tortugas, which is rather good for a catcher as most catchers do not hit very well.
The veterans with more than one hundred caps are Rob Cordemans, Yurrendel de Caster, Dwayne Kemp, and Curt Smith.
A veteran who is back again after three years is Roger Bernadina. After he was removed from the lineup during the 2016 European Championship by manager Steven Janssen, manager ‘T Hoen decided to get him back. After a short stint with the Lamigo Monkeys in Taiwan, Bernadina ended up with the Algonderos de Union Laguna of the Liga Mexicana de Beisbol. In the LMB (AAA level), Bernadina is hitting a very respectable .336. with four home runs and seven doubles.
Besides Polonius, Bernadina and Smith, the fourth player that is not playing affiliated baseball abroad is Mike Bolsenbroek. Bolsenbroek spent the season with the new German champion Heidenheim Heideköpfe. With the team from Heidenheim, he posted a 1.86 ERA and limited his opponents to a .216 batting average during the regular season.
|Tom de Blok||Detroit Tigers||13|
|Mike Bolsenbroek||Heidenheim Heideköpfe||27|
|Donny Breek||Minnesota Twins||0|
|Rob Cordemans||L&D Amsterdam||119|
|Lars Huijer||Hoofddorp Pioniers||14|
|Kevin Kelly||Curaçao Neptunus||32|
|Diegomar Markwell||Curaçao Neptunus||93|
|Shairon Martis||Lincoln Saltdogs||22|
|Tom Stuifbergen||L&D Amsterdam||40|
|Juan Carlos Sulbaran||DSS||22|
|Orlando Yntema||Curaçao Neptunus||44|
|Hendrik Clementina||Cincinnati Reds||0|
|Sicnarf Loopstok||Cleveland Indians||4|
|Dashenko Ricardo||Tampa Bay Rays||61|
|Yurendell de Caster||WildCats Curaçao||122|
|Calten Daal||Cincinnati Reds||8|
|Dwayne Kemp||Curaçao Neptunus||124|
|John Polonius||Unipolsai Bologna||0|
|Sharlon Schoop||L&D Amsterdam||66|
|Curt Smith||Lincoln Saltdogs||102|
|Roger Bernadina||Algonderos de Union Laguna||29|
|Randolph Oduber||Lincoln Saltdogs||48|
|Ademar Rifaela||Baltimore Orioles||4|
|Kalian Sams||L&D Amsterdam||89|