Bas de Jong
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Bas de Jong
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Bas de Jong is the brother of Jos de Jong and was the MVP of the top Dutch league in 2013.
Bas de Jong first had a big season in Hoofdklasse in 2003 with HCAW. He hit .336 to finish 5th in the league. In 2005, he hit .281/.317/.340 for HCAW. During 2006, he batted .291/.326/.367 with 29 RBI in 41 games, fifth in the league in runs batted in. In 2007, he moved to the Amsterdam Pirates and batted .316/.346/.485 with 31 runs and 33 RBI in 40 contests. He was 9th in slugging (between former minor leaguers Harvey Monte and Danny Rombley), 4th in home runs (5), 8th in runs, tied for 5th in RBI, tied for 2nd in triples (3), 3rd in total bases (83, trailing only Fausto Alvarez and Rombley) and 3rd in hits (54, behind Rombley and Dirk van 't Klooster).
In the 2008 Hoofdklasse, de Jong hit .333/.381/.519 and drove home 42 runs in 41 games. He was among the leaders in average (5th), slugging (3rd behind Sidney de Jong and Eugène Kingsale), home runs (4, tied for 6th with Wesley Connor), runs (31, 10th), RBI (1st), doubles (15, 1st), total bases (81, 1st, just ahead of Sidney de Jong) and hits (52, tied with Tjerk Smeets for 2nd behind Mark Duursma). He was nominated for MVP, but Duursma won. He then went 8 for 16 in the playoffs, throwing out two runners from the outfield in five games, to lead Amsterdam to an upset of DOOR Neptunus. In the 2008 Holland Series, Bas hit .167/.214/.250.
Bas hit .250/.333/.250 in the Nettuno phase of the 2009 European Cup. On June 11, de Jong hit for the cycle in a Hoofdklasse game that only lasted 6 1/2 innings due to the mercy rule. In the Final Four phase of the European Cup, he was 1 for 6 with a walk. Bas hit .379/.455/.517 with 6 RBI in 8 games in the 2009 World Port Tournament, one of the top Dutch hitters in the event. In the finale, he went 0 for 4 against Cuba but scored one run. He was 4th in the event in OBP, 5th in average and 5th in slugging (trailing only Cubans in all three). He tied Giorvis Duvergel for sixth in RBI, behind five Cubans. He batted .377/.422/.547 and fielded .985 in right field in the 2009 Hoofdklasse, finishing third in average (behind Kenny Berkenbosch and Rombley), 4th in slugging (between Rombley and Jason Rees) and 7th in RBI (29).
De Jong produced at a .324/.380/.515 clip in 2010, finishing among the league leaders in average (8th, between Bart Gabriëls and Jeffrey Arends), slugging (2nd, 60 points behind Bryan Engelhardt), RBI (5th, between Jason Halman and Rafaël Jozefa), doubles (11, tied for third, 3 behind co-leaders Dwayne Kemp and Raily Legito), triples (3, tied for 4th with Ramiro Balentina), home runs (3, tied for 3rd behind Engelhardt and Churandy La Cruz), total bases (70, tied for third with van 't Klooster) and hit-by-pitch (5, tied for 7th). In the 2010 Haarlem Baseball Week, he hit .304/.385/.348 for the Netherlands. He was 4 for 19 with four walks and two runs in the 2010 Holland Series, in which Amsterdam fell to Neptunus. Playing DH and 1B for the Netherlands in the 2010 European Championship, he was 8 for 17 with 4 runs and a RBI in the first round, including 3-hgit games against Greece and Ukraine but fell to 2-for-7 with a RBI and 2 HBP in the second round. In the Gold Medal game loss to Italy, he went 0 for 4 and fanned twice. He went 0 for 9 with a walk in the 2010 Intercontinental Cup, backing up Engelhardt at DH and Rombley in RF; he did not play in the Gold Medal game, which the Orange lost to Cuba.
In 2011, Bas hit .354/.397/.470 and was among the league top 10 in average (5th, between Kemp and Engelhardt), slugging (9th, between Halman and Alvarez), hits (58, 3rd, behind van 't Klooster and Kemp), doubles (16, tied for second with Arends, behind Halman), total bases (77, tied for 6th with Nik Gumeson), tied for second in sacrifice flies (5, even with Vince Rooi) and tied for first in double play grounders (7). He was 3 for 13 with a walk, two runs and two RBI in the 2011 World Port Tournament. In the 2011 European Cup, he was 9 for 28 with 7 runs, 4 RBI, 2 doubles and 3 walks as Amsterdam finished fourth. He helped the Pirates beat the Pioniers in the 2011 Holland Series, going 6 for 23 with 3 runs and 4 RBI; he homered off Eddie Aucoin in Game One.