- Bats Right, Throws Right
Jeffrey Verbij was a first baseman in the Hoofdklasse for a number of years.
Verbij hit .407 in the 1994 World Junior Championship to finish fourth behind Sam Grant, Michael Barrett and Isbel Iglesias of Cuba. In the 2002 Hoofdklasse season, he blasted 7 home runs for Kinheim to lead the loop by one over Sidney de Jong and Adonis Kemp. He also tied for 10th with 23 RBI. He hit .295 with 19 RBI in 2003 and also pitched on occasion though not well (17 BB in 4 IP). He then retired from the game.
In 2006, Jeffrey came out of retirement. He was just 3 for 22 with a double and a walk and walked six batters in 1 1/3 innings. He was very good as Kinheim's first baseman in 2007, hitting .331/.405/.466 with 33 RBI in 38 games. He tied for 12th in the circuit in average, was 13th in slugging, tied for 5th with 3 homers (even with Jourick Blanco, Ryan Murphy, Harvey Monte, Sidney de Jong, Bryan Engelhardt, Vince Rooi and Randy Daal), tied Bas de Jong for 5th in RBI, tied for 10th with nine doubles and led all first basemen in fielding (.993). He hit .250/.400/.250 in the 2007 Holland Series to help Kinheim to the title.
Verbij fell to .228/.309/.298 in 2008 as Engelhardt split first base with him. He was 2 for 9 with two walks and a RBI in the 2008 Holland Series, which Kinheim lost. In the 2008 European Cup's Grosseto phase, he went 1 for 6 with a walk.
In 2009, the veteran was just 2 for 28 with a double, five walks and 11 whiffs. He put on one last big show in the 2009 European Cup in Matino, going 4 for 8 with four walks, a triple, homer and 4 RBI. He tied Tomáš Polanský for second in wins, one behind Francesco Imperiali. He was 0 for 3 with a hit-by-pitch in the Cup's Final Four.
Verbij retired for a second time following the 2009 campaign.