In an e-mail with loads of information, the KBBSF (Royal Belgian Baseball and Softball Federation) announced the roster of the Red Hawks, the Belgian national team.
The intriguing part of this roster is that it contains hardly any foreign players. One to be exact. Compare this to “Israel” and “Greece,” which both have over 90% of foreign players on its roster.
For the Dutch baseball fans, there are several familiar players, who (have) play(ed) in Dutch baseball: Benjamin Dille (Curaçao Neptunus), Dennis de Quint and Jamie Verheyleweghen (both former Oosterhout Twins) and Matthew Joossens (farm team of Oosterhout Twins).
For the German baseball fans among us, Drew Janssen will be a familiar name. He played with the German champion, Heidenheim Heideköpfe and performed pretty well both at bat as on the mound. He did not play a lot but struck out ten batters in only six innings.
This roster is a good mix of players from several clubs:
|1||Desmedt Kevin P||Brussels Kangaroos|
|2||Driessens Artuur P||Brasschaat Braves|
|3||Hendrickx Zane P||Hoboken Pioneers|
|4||Larrinaga Ocampo Jose Luis P||Deurne Spartans|
|5||Oberto Silva Tomasz P||MSG Phoenix|
|6||Van Den Branden Kenny P||Hoboken Pioneers|
|7||Verspreet Brendan P||Hoboken Pioneers|
|8||Roevens Robin P/IF||Brasschaat Braves|
|9||Janssen Drew P/IF||US College|
|10||Heymans Arthur C||Namur Angels|
|11||Poesmans Axel C||Brasschaat Braves|
|12||Kaschl Nathan C/UTL||Brussels Kangaroos|
|13||Ballardini Lino P/IF||Brasschaat Braves|
|14||De Brauwer Zion IF||Borgerhout Squirrels|
|15||De Quint Dennis IF||Hoboken Pioneers|
|16||Dille Benjamin IF||Rotterdam Neptunus|
|17||Goffaux Benjamin IF||Hoboken Pioneers|
|18||Verheyleweghen Jamie IF||Brasschaat Braves|
|19||Verspreet Xander IF||Hoboken Pioneers|
|20||Boermans Sam UTL||Borgerhout Squirrels|
|21||Devreese Quentin OF||MSG Phoenix|
|22||Joossens Matthew OF||Oosterhout Twins|
|23||Poesmans Yves OF||Brasschaat Braves|
|1||Filip Van der Meiren||Fieldmanager|