Bart Volkerijk

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Bart Volkerijk

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Biographical Information[edit]

Bart Volkerijk pitched 23 seasons in the Netherlands, setting a couple major records. He also spent 15 years on the Dutch national team, appearing in six Baseball World Cups/Amateur World Series and 8 European Championships (3 of which the Netherlands won).

Volkerijk made his Hoofdklasse debut with ADO in 1974. He made his international debut in the 1977 European Championship when the Netherlands won the Silver Medal. In the 1978 Amateur World Series, he was 1-1 with a 8.06 ERA, allowing 32 hits and 15 walks in 22 1/3 IP. He appeared in the 1979 European Championship (Silver), 1980 Amateur World Series, 1981 European Championship (Gold), 1982 Amateur World Series, 1983 European Championship (Silver), 1983 Intercontinental Cup, 1985 European Championship (Gold), 1986 Amateur World Series and 1987 European Championship (Gold). In the 1988 Baseball World Cup, Volkerijk had a 0-2, 6.48 record in three games. He was with the Netherlands for the 1988 Olympics, 1989 European Championship (Silver) and 1991 European Championship (Silver). Overall, he threw 71 games for the Dutch national team.

In his 23 years with ADO, he pitched 510 games. He set Hoofdklasse records for wins (150) and strikeouts (1,948). His win record was broken in 2012 by Rob Cordemans and Cordemans broke his strikeout record in 2018.

In 2008, Volkerijk began the year as ADO's pitching coach but assumed the head coach role in July with the team struggling. The team finished 5-37 and almost was relegated out of Hoofdklasse. Volkerijk was fired and replaced by Leo Voogd. From 2016-2019, he was director of the Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Association.

His father Leen Volkerijk was a coach for ADO and for the Dutch national team.