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Netherlands: 2010 Season Review: Almere Magpies

Netherlands: 2010 Season Review: Almere Magpies

THE NETHERLANDS – The 2010 season was one filled with hits and misses for the Almere Magpies. Although the squad finished at the bottom of the Dutch Major League with a 9-33 record, the Magpies were a competitive bunch that suffered nine losses by two runs or less. An anemic offense that posted less than three scores an outing was the main shortcoming that doomed last year’s foray in one of Europe’s top leagues.

SEASON AT A GLANCE
Manager Marco Wels squad opened the season with a road loss to Corendon Kinheim, but regrouped one day later to claim a 5-4 win and split the Opening Weekend set. However, three setbacks followed – including a pair of disappointing one-run affairs – to set the tone early for a long, long season.

Almere captured back-to-back wins with two narrow wins over ADO to improve to 3-4. But a couple of shutout losses to Neptunus, which saw the Magpies tally just one hit in both games, highlighted the offensive woes that would plague the team all season.

An impressive 8-3 triumph against Sparta/Feyenoord was encouraging for the Magpies (4-6) who could have easily been 7-3. But an 11-game losing streak was around the corner that saw opposing teams outscore Almere a whopping 105 to 18.

The Magpies rebounded to win three of their next five games to boast a 7-20 card. Also, for the first time all season, the offense managed to score in double digits with wins over Mr. Cocker HCAW (13-5) and ADO (12-8). Yet, a lack of hitting resulted in the team dropping 13 of their final 16 games.

KEY PLAYERS
Wesley Bernardus and Giovanni Samboe led the team with 34 and 32 hits, respectively. Bernardus registered a team-high 17 runs scored and 26 walks, while Samboe paced the Magpies with 14 RBIs.

Ferd van Stekelenburg topped the team with a pair of home runs and Joey Berkenbosch swiped a team-best eight stolen bases.

TOP PERFORMERS
Jason Orman batted .311 (23-for-74) in 23 games and was the only everyday player to hit over .250. He also led Almere with five doubles and reached base 15 times on walks and hit by pitches.

Scott Ronnenbergh and Dennis Burgersdijk were the most effective pitchers. Ronnenbergh was 3-3 with a 5.65 ERA and a team-high 40 strikeouts, while Burgersdijk posted a 1-5 mark and a 4.32 ERA in 16 appearances (nine starts).

On Deck: Corendon Kinheim

Marvin Moore is a freelance writer at i-BaseballContent.com

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About Eric Bynum
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.

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