Danny Rombley

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Danny Rombley

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 1", Weight 175 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Danny Rombley played six years in the US minor leagues and has spent a decade on-and-off with the Dutch national team. He is the son of baseball player and coach Tony Rombley.

Rombley was 0 for 5 with 3 strikeouts in the 1998 Haarlem Baseball Week and was 0 for 2 in the 1998 Baseball World Cup. He signed that year with the Montréal Expos. In 1999, Rombley hit .246/.308/.291 for the GCL Expos; one of his teammates was another Dutch national team player, Vince Rooi. Rombley split 2000 between the Vermont Expos (.234/.302/.271 in 49 games) and Cape Fear Crocs (.258/.283/.315 in 24 games).

Rombley's performance fell in 2001 when the 21-year-old hit .210/.278/.240 for Vermont and was caught in 12 of 31 steal attempts; with Cape Fear, he batted .191/.236/.265 in 35 games, but was successful in 9 of 10 attempts to steal. He struck out 105 times that year. In the 2001 Baseball World Cup, he hit .273/.429/.273 as the regular center fielder for the Netherlands.

Rombley took a major step forwards in 2002. He produced at a .272/.337/.373 batting line for the Clinton Lumber Kings and .293/.341/.372 in 54 games for the Brevard County Manatees. His 7 triples were one behind Terrmel Sledge for the lead among Expos farmhands while his 28 steals (in 42 tries) led the team's minor leaguers. He also had 15 outfield assists.

In 2003, Danny hit .239/.319/.309 in 107 games in a disappointing return to Brevard County. He stole 22 bases, but was caught 15 times. His fielding remained a bright spot - a .992 fielding percentage and 10 assists. Rombley returned to the Dutch national team but only hit .160 in the 2003 European Championship, a poor showing for a Dutch player, let alone one with several yeas of A ball experience. He was not on the Dutch team in the 2003 Baseball World Cup.

Rombley and Rooi were teammates again in 2004 but both struggled. Danny only hit .234/.283/.319 in 61 games for Brevard County and .174/.246/.198 in 40 games for the Harrisburg Senators. He did steal 8 bases in 9 tries in his only AA stint and had five outfield assists.

He was released in 2005 with a .238/.295/.297 line in the minors then returned to his native Netherlands and hit .278/.367/.399 with 35 runs in 42 games and 7 outfield assists. He led Hoofdklasse center fielders in assists and fielding percentage (1.000). He also was second in the league in runs behind Dirk van 't Klooster, tied for second in steals (13), tied with five others for the most triples (3) and tied for sixth with 44 hits.

In the 2005 Baseball World Cup and 2005 European Championship, though, the outfielder really shined. Moved to left field with Eugene Kingsale in center in the former event, Danny hit .500/.609/.778 with 9 runs in 7 games. Had he qualified (he only had 18 AB), he would have tied Michel Enriquez for the tournament lead in batting average. He was chosen as one of the top three outfielders in the event, joining players such as Joey Votto and Yulieski Gourriel on the Cup All-Star team. Rombley helped the Netherlands finish 4th, their highest ever to that point.

In the 2005 European Championship, Rombley hit .500/.556/.708 to tie Ian Young for the best average. He was 5th in slugging and 4th in OBP; no one ranked ahead of him on both lists. He was named to the tournament All-Star team as the top left fielder.

Rombley remained with the Dutch squad for the 2006 World Baseball Classic. He pinch-hit for van 't Klooster against J.C. Romero in a loss to Puerto Rico and reached on an error. Against the Panamanian national team, he got the start in left field as Andruw Jones sat out. He went 1 for 3 with a walk and two runs in a 10-0 rout.

At age 26, Rombley hit .295/.393/.358 with 36 runs in 42 games for Kinheim in 2006. He tied Raily Legito for third in the league in runs, behind Johnny Balentina and Mike Duursma. He tied René Cremer for 8th in RBI (27), tied 7 others for 8th in stolen bases (8) and tied Cremer for 7th in hits. He went 5 for 14 in the playoffs. In the 2006 Holland Series, Rombley hit .417/.417/.500 with 5 RBI in 5 games as Kinheim won the title. His 10 hits in the Series led the championship squad.

Rombley batted .310/.400/.379 in the 2006 Intercontinental Cup as the Netherlands finished second to Cuba.

Rombley was better still in 2007 Hoofdklasse, hitting .392/.450/.483 to beat out Roel Koolen for the batting title on the last day of the season. He scored 44 times in 40 games to tie van 't Klooster for the lead, one ahead of his former and current teammate Rooi. He tied for fifth in steals (11), tied Percy Isenia for second in doubles (14, trailing Sidney de Jong), was second in total bases (85, trailing Fausto Álvarez), led in hits (69), was 10th in slugging percentage and sixth in OBP. He was one of the three finalists for the MVP award along with Martijn Meeuwis and Álvarez, who won.

Rombley was MVP of the 2007 European Cup and hit .500/.500/.909 to help Kinheim to their first European Cup title. He had 5 runs, 11 hits and 9 RBI in five games with three doubles and two home runs. In the 2007 Holland Series, Danny was 6 for 13 with two walks as Kinheim won again and Rombley had the winning sacrifice fly in the 11th inning of game two against Dave Draijer.

Rombley batted .417/.481/.542 in the 2007 European Championship to help the Netherlands win and clinch a spot in the 2008 Olympics. He was 1 for 19 only in the 2007 World Port Tournament. Danny was not on the roster for the 2007 Baseball World Cup as Bryan Engelhardt replaced him.

Rombley hit .381/.440/.619 in the 2008 European Cup to help Kinheim to its second Cup title in a row. In the 2008 Olympics, he batted .188/.235/.250 while bouncing between all three outfield spots. He scored a third-inning run against Cuba to put the Netherlands ahead 2-1 but Cuba rallied to win the game later.

Danny batted .333/.417/.438 with 35 runs in 36 games for Kinheim in 2008 and was 8-for-9 in steal attempts. He finished 5th in the league in runs, 9th in hits (48) and tied Bas de Jong for 5th in average. He was 7 for 16 with 3 walks and 3 RBI in the playoffs then went 3-for-9 with three walks in the 2008 Holland Series, but Kinheim lost to the Amsterdam Pirates.

Rombley was a backup outfielder for the Netherlands in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. He went 0 for 4 with a walk (from Matt Lindstrom) and a run. He also threw out Yadier Molina at home on one play.

In the 2009 European Cup's Matino phase, Rombley hit .231/.375/.385 with 4 runs in 3 games. He was 2 for 9 with a 3-run homer (off Kenny Berkenbosch) in the Cup's Final Four. He tied Giuseppe Mazzanti for the phase's lead in home runs. He was 0 for 15 with a walk in the 2009 World Port Tournament, sharing center field duties with Martijn Meeuwis.

In the 2009 Hoofdklasse, Rombley hit an impressive .396/.483/.583 for Kinheim; he stole 7 bases in 9 tries and scored 33 runs in 38 games. He had 7 assists and no errors in the outfield. He lost the batting race by .006 to Kenny Berkenbosch, was third in slugging (behind Berkenbosch and Bryan Engelhardt) was third in OBP (behind Glenn Romney and Eugène Kingsale), was second in OPS (behind Berkenbosch), was third in homers (5), was second in runs (behind Kingsale), tied Aeden McQueary-Ennis for third in doubles (12), led in total bases (84) and was third in hits (57). He struggled in the playoffs, going 0 for 10 with two walks as Kinheim was eliminated.

Sources: Honkbalsite, 2007 European Championship stats, IBAF site, World Baseball Classic site, 2000-2005 Baseball Almanacs, Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation, Marco Stoovelaar's Dutch baseball site, 2008 European Cup Kinheim stats, 2008 Olympics, 2009 European Cup in Matino

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