Former Yankee Hensley Meulens never became the player the Yankees had hoped for, but that hasn’t stopped the Dutch from presenting him with The Royal Decoration of the Kingdom of the Netherlands which is their equivalent of Knighthood. The honor was bestowed to Meulens, or “Sir Bam Bam,” before Friday’s Giants game (he’s their third base coach).
Meulens came up through the Yankees system and reached the majors in 1989. In parts of five seasons he hit .221/.288/.353 which obviously isn’t too impressive. He didn’t do much more with the Expos or the Diamondbacks, but he has served his country respresenting the Netherlands as a player in the 2000 Olympics and as a coach in the 2004. There also aren’t too many players from Curacao in the bigs so just getting to that level is a huge accomplishment for them (Andruw Jones is also from Curacao which makes him seem like a virtual lock for eventual Knighthood).
Meulens may seem a bit obscure for this blog, however he came up right when I began watching baseball and I’m a fan of pretty much every baseball player I can remember from the age of six.