Rick van den Hork of Veldhoven is the new head coach of the KNBSB. He is considered one of the best Dutch baseball players of all time. Van den Hurk has bigger dreams with Orange. “How wonderful and special to win a medal at the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles.”
Van den Hork, 36, officially stopped playing last month. Despite the lack of managerial knowledge, he is confident in his new role as Technical Director. “It seems my job is to share the knowledge and experience I’ve gained in my baseball career with the new generation of talent.”
Dutch baseball on the map
The bowler, who was a professional at the highest level for 19 years in America and then in Japan, says he learned a lot as a player from the different management styles he has come into contact with. It has also established a large international network in recent years. “This should put Dutch baseball back on the map.”
The Dutch national team has been in the top ten in the world for years, but there isn’t much baseball in the Netherlands. “My goal is to get more kids to play baseball.”
Rick Van de Hork played in the American MLB for the Florida Marlins, the Baltimore Orioles and the Pittsburgh Pirates. He also played for years in South Korea and Japan, two countries where baseball is a big sport. In total, he became a national champion eight times.
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