Hensley Meulens

Hensley Meulens

San Fransisco Giants Bench Coach

Biography

Hensley “Bam Bam” Meulens is a retired Dutch professional baseball player and current bench coach for the San Francisco Giants. A native of Curaçao, he played from 1989 to 2000 in Major League Baseball, Nippon Professional Baseball, and the Korea Baseball Organization. He was the first Curaçaoan to play in both Major League Baseball and the Dominican Professional Baseball League.

Hitting home runs left-handed while playing softball as a teenager earned Meulens the nickname “Bam Bam” when his friends compared his power to the Flintstones cartoon character.

Over the course of his career, Meulens would become the first to play for all four of the major Caribbean winter leagues.

Hensley Meulens was signed by the Yankees as an undrafted free agent in 1985. After struggling in his first professional season in 1986 with the Gulf Coast Yankees, Meulens made a splash in 1987 with Single-A Prince William, hitting .300 with 28 HR and 103 RBI, also being named to the Carolina League All-Star team. His hitting cooled somewhat in 1988 & 1989 as he split time between the Double-A Albany-Colonie Yankees of the Eastern League and the Triple-A Columbus Clippers of the International League.

His bat rebounded in 1990 for Columbus as he helped lead the team to the 1990 International League championships (where they ultimately lost to Rochester), hitting .285 with 26 HR and 96 RBI, and was named the 1990 International League MVP. Meulens’ impressive 1990 season earned him a spot on the Yankees roster in 1991, but he was back in Columbus in 1992 to help lead the Clippers to the Governors’ Cup Championship.

The year 1993 was a frustrating year for Meulens, at the end of which the Yankees sold his contract to the Chiba Lotte Marines of Nippon Professional Baseball.

Coaching Career

Meulens began his coaching career with the Bluefield Orioles for the 2003 and 2004 seasons. From 2005-2008, he was the hitting coach of the Indianapolis Indians, the Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, also coaching in the Arizona Fall League for the Peoria Saguaros in 2005 and the Hawaii Winter Baseball league for the Honolulu Sharks in the 2006 off-season. In 2009, Meulens served as hitting coach for the Fresno Grizzlies, the AAA affiliate of the San Francisco Giants of the Pacific Coast League. Meulens reached the Major League ranks as hitting coach in 2010, serving as hitting coach for the San Francisco Giants following the firing of previous hitting coach Carney Lansford. He helped the Giants win a World Series in three of his first five years.

Hensley Meulens also runs the Dutch Antilles Baseball Academy in Curaçao, where he is started a baseball league in Curaçao in association with Major League Baseball’s RBI Program.

All session by Hensley Meulens

Welcome & Opening

by Baseball Aruba Founder Jairo Dirksen

03:00 PM

Game Preparation / Hitting

by Hensley Meulens

03:15 PM

Developing Infielders Daily Routine

by Kainoa Correa

4:00 PM

Break

04:45 PM

Pitcher Velocity Development / Arm Care

by Greg Short

05:00 PM

Discussion Panel

by Eugene Kingsale, Jair Bogaerts, Jiandido Tromp, Ryan Oduber

05:45 PM

Break

06:30 PM

Art of the Bunt and Baserunning

by Eugene Kingsale

06:45 PM

Questions & Answers

07:30 PM

Closing

08:00 PM

Welcome

09:00 AM

Workshops & Vote of Thanks

03:00 PM
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