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Hensley Meulens presented with The Royal Decoration of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Jul 13, 2012, 11:24 PM EDT

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The Dutch were apparently a lot more impressed by his 12 home runs than the Yankees were.

Prior to Friday’s game at AT&T Park, Giants hitting coach Hensley Meulens was presented with The Royal Decoration of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, making him the Dutch equivalent of a Knight. Apparently, the Giants have already been calling him “Sir Bam Bam” since the honor was announced in April.

Meulens, a native of the Dutch island of Curacao, represented the Netherlands in the 2000 Olympics and was a coach on the 2004 squad. He’s in his third season as the Giants’ hitting coach after working his way through the minors.

A product of much hype as a Yankee prospect in the late-80s, “Bam Bam” hit .220/.288/.353 with 15 homers over seven major league seasons (a dozen of the homers came with the Bombers).

  1. vallewho - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    PFTSSS

  2. cuffhimbanano - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    So does this make Felix Jose eligible for princehood?

  3. redux23 - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    sir bam bam

  4. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 14, 2012 at 6:34 AM

    What other perks does a Dutch royal get? All the weed the government wants tourists to not have? Or are they promised the endless riches of the Far East?

    • deepstblu - Jul 14, 2012 at 8:10 AM

      Gouda. Lots and lots of Gouda.

  5. seanb20124 - Jul 14, 2012 at 6:36 AM

    Remember watching him at Single A Prince William Cannons. PA announcer loved saying BamBam Muelensssssss

  6. mybrunoblog - Jul 14, 2012 at 7:58 AM

    I got his autogrpah at an independent league game one time. Sure enough he wrote the words “Bam Bam” under his name.
    I guess he likes the nickname.

  7. raysfan1 - Jul 14, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Hoyt Wilhelm got snubbed!

  8. fissels - Jul 14, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Atta boy Bam Bam!

  9. deathmonkey41 - Jul 14, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Wow, if Hensley Muelens qualifies for Knighthood, then Andruw Jones might become Prime Minister.

  10. ccmf69 - Jul 14, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Sidney Ponson was awarded the same “honor”…for what it’s worth…lol

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