L&D Amsterdam Pirates announced today that Dutch hoofdklasse player, former minor leaguer and former Dutch national team player Danny Rombley has decided to call it a career. The 38-year old outfielder has decided to focus on his professional career.
Rombley debuted in 1997 in the Dutch hoofdklasse with HCAW from Bussum. In 1998, Danny played for Oosterhout Twins. From 1999 through 2004, Danny played in the minor leagues for the Montreal Expos organization. Between 1999 and 2005, he played for the Gulf Coast Expos, the Vermont LakeMonsters, the (now defunct) Brevard County Manatees, the (now defunct) Cape Fear Crocs, the Clinton LumberKings and the Harrisburg Senators. In six seasons in the minors, Danny hit a modest .238. His best season, batting-wise was 2002, when he hit .293 for Brevard County and .272 for Clinton.
After his release, Danny returned to the hoofdklasse and joined Corendon Kinheim, where he played five years and won back-to-back Dutch titles in 2006 and 2007. After one season with (then) DOOR Neptunus, Danny moved to Hoofddorp to join Pioniers for the next three years. In 2016 and 2017, Danny played for L&D Amsterdam Pirates and won the MVP title last season. During his hoofdklasse years, Danny batted a n
But without any doubt, Danny’s biggest achievement was winning the world championship with the Dutch national team in 2011 as they beat Cuba in the final. Danny was teammates with current major league players Xander Bogaerts, Jonathan Schoop and Didi Gregorius on that team.
Danny’s resignation is a second blow that is dealt to L&D Amsterdam Pirates in a short period. In November, fellow outfielder Gilmer Lampe announced he will play with Fortitudo Bologna of the Italian Serie A in 2018. It remains to be seen how Pirates will fill that void since the transition period is closed.
Since Danny Rombley was one of the fan favorites, his absence will leave a void in Dutch baseball. He surely will be missed.