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European Big League Tour 2013
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Rick van den Hurk postpones Fifth Edition of European Big League Tour 2014

logo-eblt 3   VELDHOVEN – Since 2010, Veldhoven native, Rick Van den Hurk has brought over 13 Major League Baseball stars to Europe to participate in the European Big League Tour (EBLT). In conjunction with Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, Van den Hurk and these MLB stars have provided free baseball clinics to youth players. The purpose of the tour is to promote baseball in Europe and to support the return of baseball to the Olympic Games. The main goal is to let kids live out their dreams by meeting and practicing with the MLB stars. This year Van den Hurk is unable to organize the tour because of his post-season commitment to the Samsung Lions of the South Korean Baseball League. The fifth edition of the EBLT is being postponed until 2015.
 
The EBLT has given over 3,500 kids in The Netherlands, England, Czech Republique, Italy, United Kingdom, Belgium and France the opportunity to learn from current world stars like Prince Fielder (Texas Rangers), Giancarlo Stanton (Miami Marlins), Curtis Granderson (New York Mets), Jeremy Guthrie (Kansas City Royals) and Adam Jones (Baltimore Orioles). Former stars including Bobby Bonilla and Brady Anderson also participated. During the clinics the kids were taught specific skills such as pitching, catching, fielding and batting. They also got the opportunity to participate in a question and answer session with the players.
 
 “I am happy and proud that we were able to organize a spectacular baseball event over the past four years with my American baseball colleagues and the Dutch internationals with the support of all partners, sponsors and volunteers. I would like to thank all the kids who have participated for their enthusiasm and effort during the clinics. If you keep dreaming big and practice hard, you can achieve anything you want,” said Van den Hurk. He indicated that the ELBT organization is exploring other options to promote baseball in Europe. All partners, including Rotterdam Topsport, MLB International and MLB Players Association have been informed of the decision to postpone the fifth edition of the EBLT.
 
The professional baseball player from Veldhoven is currently having a great season with the Samsung Lions in South Korea. The Samsung Lions are battling to win the regular season and the Korean Series again this year. Van den Hurk and the Samsung Lions won the Korean Series last year.  
 
Veldhoven, 2nd September 2014

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EBLT 2013 video impression of Rotterdam and Paris

nieuws eblt   Watch the footage of the European Big League Tour clinics at Rotterdam and Paris, made and edited by Erik Janssen of Major League Baseball International.
Enjoy the effort and enthusiasm of all participants, MLB-players, Dutch National Team and Youth team players and volunteers.




 

 

Roger “The Shark” Bernadina joining Cincinnatie Reds

Bernadina eblt   After his stints with the Washington Nationals (2008-2013) and the Philadelphia Phillies (2013) Roger Bernadina will start his Spring Training with Cincinnati Reds. During Spring Training in Goodyear Arizona, Roger will compete for a MLB roster spot. During the EBLT 2013 clinics at Rotterdam Roger showed up in his Phillies uniform. Hopefully he will be part of the 2014 EBLT edition in his Reds uniform.


Curtis Granderson starting with new organization

anderson eblt   Grandersons enthusiastic and dedicated performance during the European Big League Tour 2013 at Rotterdam and Paris had een tremendous impact on a lot of youth baseballplayers in The Netherlands and France. Just after the EBLT 2013 Curtis Granderson signed a 4 year $ 60 M deal with the New York Mets. After turning down the New York Yankees offer just before the EBLT 2013 the Yankees didn’t allow Granderson to show up in pinstripes during EBLT 2013.

 

Rick van den Hurk at Guam and Okinawa

hotel eblt   Preparing for the upcoming season Rick van den Hurk joined his team Samsung Lions at the isle of Guam (USA) in the Pacific. On Februari 10th the Samsung Lions move to Okinawa, Japan to continue their Spring Training. End of February Samsung Lions return to their home town Daegu in South Korea to start the exhibition games.


Kalian Sams is getting ready

sams eblt   Also Kalian Sams, who will shortly arrive in Arizona for Spring Training, is preparing for the upcoming season with the organization of the Texas Rangers. Under the guidance of personal trainer Hans Kroon Kalian is building up his strength to compete for a spot at the highest level with Texas.


Chris Dickerson to Pirates

dickerson eblt   On January 6th Chris Dickerson signed his contract with Pittsburgh Pirates. He will report at Pirate City, Bradenton, Fl, for the first full squad work out on February 18th. During Big League Spring Training camp he will compete for a 25 man roster spot.

 

Bekijk hier de video-impressie van de European Big League Tour clinics in Rotterdam en Parijs, gemaakt en samengesteld door Erik Janssen van Major League Baseball International.

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