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Hensley Meulens is going to be an astronaut. Kinda.

May 4, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

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Just heard this one:  A disc jockey, a pilot, a baseball player and a supermodel all get shot into outer space. The disc jockey says to the supermodel, “hey, come here often?” and then she says …

Oh. Wait. It’s not a joke, Here’s MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch, reporting on Hensley Meulens’ wild ride:

He went on to share details about the upcoming space mission, which will take place in 2014. Meulens’ space ticket came courtesy of Space Expedition Curacao, which is in the process of acquiring a commercial spaceship. The initiative will eventually allow the public — for a very hefty price tag, of course — to purchase a ticket for a quick trip to space.

The first 100 flights, though, have been set aside for a group of so called “Founder Astronauts.” Meulens will join three Dutch celebrities — a disc jockey, an air travel pioneer and a supermodel — on flight No. 1. That announcement was made on April 12.

Since this is a a Curacao-based thing, I assume that Andruw Jones is the backup.  But, since Meulens is the San Francisco Giants’ hitting coach — the same San Francisco Giants that can’t hit their way out of a paper bag these days — I’m guessing his schedule will be wide open come 2014 to make that flight.

  1. deathmonkey41 - May 4, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    I’m still shocked that someone hired Hensley Muelens to be their hitting coach. The great “Bam Bam” who hit exactly 15 career HRs over 7 seasons. What a waste.

    • scatterbrian - May 4, 2011 at 3:14 PM

      Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach. Besides, Major League success isn’t a prerequisite for becoming a hitting coach.

    • sayheykidwschamp - May 4, 2011 at 6:24 PM

      Who knows how much the batting coach contributes to the sucess of any team. I see more value in the pitching coach and bullpen coach, but the Giants are awesome in those categories…props to Righetti and Gardner. But all the Giants did last year was win it all with a new batting coach. Not saying he was the reason for the Giants success. But it is funny you make that comment considering what the Giants accomplished last year. Yes, we probably had the lowest hitting average of any wiinning WS team (just a guess), but we still hit when it counted.

      I guess that’s why if you look up the team with the most HRs on any particular year, I bet they didn’t always win the WS that year! You have to play both sides of the ball and the Giants were more balanced when it counted.

  2. thefalcon123 - May 4, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    How many different “future star” Bam Bam Meulens cards did you guys collect in the late 80s? I have roughly 30. Every card company seemed to put one out with the future star/elite prospect/whatever else label every year for half a decade. I wonder who the first guy who finally took a stand and demanding that they stop was? Was he cheered, booed, or did he just make everyone really sad?

    • daclyde - May 4, 2011 at 6:08 PM

      I’m sure in Curacao, Meulens is something of a national treasure, despite a lack of success in MLB. Curacao is a pretty small place, though. But as an ambassador to space, they couldn’t have picked a better person. He does speak five languages. Maybe by the time he returns to Earth, he’ll speak Vulcan and Klingon.

      As probably the world’s only serious collector of Hensley Meulens cards, I can attest to the surprising number of sets he found his way into. So far, I’ve got 119 of the total 122 cards of Meulens that I’ve managed to identify. Those cards span four countries (US, Canada, Dominican Republic & Japan).

      Check ‘em out:

      http://picasaweb.google.com/daclyde/HensleyMeulens

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