Next up in our "Random Retro Baseball Player" series as requested by Jonathan at Sports Rubbish, we take a look back at Hensley "Bam Bam" Meulens...
Years Played: 1989-93, 1997-98.
Teams Played For: New York Yankees(89-93), Montreal Expos(97), Arizona Diamondbacks(98).
Positions: Left Field(115 games), Right Field(18 games), First Base(13 games), Third Base(11 games).
Career Line: .220 AVG, 67 R, 109 H, 15 HR, 53 RBI, 4 SB, .288 OBP, .353 SLG, .641 OPS.
Best Season: He had better numbers in 1997, but in only 29 plate appearances. This is only 95 plate appearances, but still the second most he had in a season in his career...
1990- .241 AVG, 12 R, 20 H, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 1 SB, 9 BB, 25 K, .337 OBP, .434 SLG, .771 OPS.
Fun Facts: Nicknamed "Bam Bam" after the Flinstones character by his friends as a teenager, because he was a strong kid that would hit left-handed homers in softball.
Hensley was the first Major League player to come from Curacao.
He put up some big power numbers in the minor leagues, where he spent most of his career. In 1990, he won the Triple-A International League MVP as a member of the Columbus Clippers. He batted .285, with 25 homers and 96 RBI.
From 1994-96, he played in Japan for the Chiba Lotte Marines and the Yakult Swallows.
He came back to play in the majors for the Montreal Expos in 1997, and then the Arizona Diamondbacks in 1998, but couldn't find a job in the bigs after that. He signed with the Newark Bears, the famous Independent League team. He then went back to Asia, and struggled badly for the SK Wyerns in Korea. He came back this way in 2001, going to the Mexican League, but finally called it quits in 2002.
All of his travelling may have played a large part in his ability to speak five languages: English, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, and Papamiento.
He played for the Netherlands in the 2000 Summer Olympics. He was a coach on the team in the 2004 Olympics, and in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. He's done plenty of coaching in the minors as well, and is currently the hitting coach for the San Francisco Giants' Triple-A affiliate, the Fresno Grizzlies.
Hensley Meulen's Baseball-Reference Page
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