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Samuel Meurant

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 1", Weight 176 lb.

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[edit] Biographical Information

Samuel Meurant has been a regular on the French national team for over a decade. His twin brother Anthony Meurant and his brother David Meurant have also been on the team. He played in Hoofdklasse in 2003.

Meurant was 0-3 with a 13.50 ERA in the 1993 Intercontinental Cup at age 20. He allowed 20 hits (5 homers) and 10 walks in 12 innings. In the 1994 Baseball World Cup, he was 0-2 with a 9.98 ERA, 28 hits allowed and 10 walks in 15 1/3 IP. In the 1995 European Championship, the right-hander was 1-1 with a 2.50 ERA though he walked 13 in 18 innings. Meurant walked 13 in 15 innings in the 1997 Intercontinental Cup but went 1-2 with a 4.80 ERA and got France's only win in 7 games, beating Spain and future AA hurler Manny Olivera, 9-4. He pitched 3 2/3 hitless innings in the 1999 European Championship, saving one game.

In the 2001 Baseball World Cup, the 28-year-old excelled. He allowed no earned runs (and four runs altogether) in 15 2/3 IP, walking only two and going 0-1. He even singled in his only at-bat for a team that hit .171. He tied Jose Contreras, Chung-Nan Tsai, Brett Gray and Jose Colon for the best ERA in the competition. He was 1-1 with a 6.00 ERA in the 2001 European Championship, failing to stop the powerful Dutch national team in the semifinals.

Meurant played for Belgium's Brasschaat Braves in 2001, going 6 for 15 at the plate while turning in a 5-2, 1.65 record with 7 saves and 56 K in 54 2/3 IP.

Meurant was 1-1 with a 1.20 ERA in the 2003 European Championship, only giving up eight hits in 15 innings. Joining the Tornado's of Hoofdklasse, he was 7-4 with two saves. He tied for 9th in the league in saves and tied Jeroen Deken for sixth in wins. He had a 0-1, 9.00 record in the 2003 Baseball World Cup for France.

In the 2005 European Championship, Meurant had the best ERA (0.00 in 17 2/3 innings) of the competition though France failed to win a medal. Meurant did not make the tourney All-Star team as Xavier Civit was picked as the top right-handed hurler. Meurant's record was 1-1, 3.94 in the 2007 European Championship. In the 2007 Division Elite, Meurant was 10-2 with a save and 120 1/3 IP and was named Pitcher of the Year.

Meurant was a key hurler for the Templiers de Sénart in the 2008 European Cup in Regensburg. He went 2-0 and allowed only one run (unearned) in 18 innings, striking out 21 and allowing 10 hits and 2 walks. He led the Cup in wins, ERA and strikeouts. He hurt his team in their final game when he pinch-ran for Ian Young and was caught stealing third base.

In the 2008 Division Elite season, Meurant went 14-5 with 2 saves and a 2.16 ERA, striking out 176 and walking 24 in 158 IP. Meurant was 0-2 with a 3.46 ERA in the 2009 European Cup in Matino with 12 strikeouts in 13 innings, one K behind Homer Baez for the tourney lead. He was hindred by a Sénart "offense" that hit only .140 for the Cup.

Samuel won the award for Best Pitcher at the 2009 Challenge de France de baseball, playing for the Templiers de Sénart.

He broke his wrist during a playoff game between France and Sweden on September 1, 2010, when he was hit in the arm by a ball from the Swedish batter. He would throw one more pitch before stopping due to the pain (the pitch would turn into a homerun for the Swedish team). Samuel would require surgery to correct the fracture, and he announced that he would no longer play in international competitions after the accident. [1] He returned to pitch for the Templiers, but announced that 2012 would be his last season.

[edit] Personal Info

Samuel and his partner Emmanuelle became parents when their daughter Lili-Rose was born on April 6th, 2009. [2]

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