Hensley Meulens has signed a contract with New York Mets on Monday. The 52-year-old Curacao resident, who was with the Premier 12 national coach of Dutch baseball players earlier this month, will be the main assistant to the new head coach Carlos Beltrán.
Meulens has worked with great success at San Francisco Giants in the American Major League Baseball (MLB) for the past ten years. He won the World Series three times with the team from California.
For the past two seasons, the former player of New York Yankees, Montreal Expos and Arizona Diamondbacks MLB clubs has been the bench coach of the Giants under manager Bruce Bochy, the same role he will now play with the Mets.
Meulens hoped to be the head coach of the Giants next season and he was also one of the candidates to succeed the stopped Bochy, but the San Francisco team chose Gabe Kapler.
At the Mets, Meulens will be an important support for Beltran, the 42-year-old former baseball player who will start his first job as a coach next season.
In recent years, Meulens has been put forward at major tournaments outside the MLB season as the national coach of the Dutch Kingdom Team. For example, he was responsible for the Premier 12 (the unofficial World Cup) of 2015 and 2019 and the World Baseball Classic (the official World Cup) of 2013 and 2017.