Until the start of the Baseball World Cup next week we would like to run a series of Q&As on the European participants. We started with Spain and Croatia on Tuesday and Wednesday. Today we talked with Rod Delmonico, head coach of the Dutch national team.
Mister-Baseball: What do you expect from your team during the Baseball World Cup?
Rod Delmonico: Success both on and off the field. We want to play great defense and have a strong pitching attack during the World Cup.
MRBB: Are the expectations higher after the successful 2009 World Baseball Classic?
RD: I have always expected to win every time our team takes the field. This tournament will be no different.
MRBB: Is Baseball getting more attention in the media and in the public due to the World Cup?
RD: There is no doubt that those games at the World Cup brought alot of attention to The Netherlands. It showed the world what has been going on in The Netherlands for a long time …dating all the way back to the Ron Frasier days.
MRBB: Is it difficult to plan for pool-play without knowing your opponents until September 12th?
RD: I have to say that I would have liked to had a couple more days to prepare but this is the format that we must followed
MRBB: Besides the Italy-Netherlands series next week, are there more exhibition games planned before the BWC?
RD: No, we are lucky to be able to play four games with the Italians.
MRBB: What do you think are the keys to success during the tournament?
RD: We have to be able to pitch and play defense. I would like to see us be more offensive.
MRBB: With Netherlands Antilles also playing in the Baseball World Cup, were there any difficulties in regards of the roster selection?
RD: Not really. It seemed to work. We were happy we were able to get allow of the players from the WBC
MRBB: Any injury concerns with the current team? Everybody healthy?
RD: Geno Kingsale cracked a rib a couple of weeks ago but I think he will be ready to play in the World Cup.
MRBB: Is the regular starting lineup already set or will you go with the hot hand?
RD: We have a few positions already filled but still have a few open…will get our final roster after the games with the Italian Team
MRBB: Which pitchers are going to start in the three games during the first round?
RD: We are still not sure of our Rotation. After we get back from Italy we will know our Rotation
Mister Baseball would like to thank Rod Delmonico for answering the questions and wishes the Dutch national team good luck in the Baseball World Cup.