August 20, 1976 |
|September 3, 1996, for the Baltimore Orioles|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 8, 2003, for the Detroit Tigers|
|Runs batted in||53|
|2010 Taichung||National team|
Eugene Humphrey "Gene" Kingsale, OON (born August 20, 1976) is a former Major League Baseball player with the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres, and Detroit Tigers from 1996 until 2003. At six-foot-three, and his weight ranging from 170 to 194 pounds, Kingsale is known as a slick fielding, speedy switch-hitter who throws right-handed, he has played extensively for the Netherlands national team in international competition, including the World Cup of Baseball, the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece as well as the World Baseball Classic tournaments in 2006 and 2009. Since 2008, he has played for perennial champions Neptunus Rotterdam in the Dutch Hoofdklasse, as well as being a key member of the Dutch national team, which played in Beijing Olympics.
Major League Baseball Transactions
Kingsale was signed by the Baltimore Orioles as an amateur free agent on June 19, 1993. He made his debut with the Orioles on September 3, 1996. On July 10, 2001, he was selected off waivers by the Seattle Mariners. On June 14, 2002, he was selected off waivers by the San Diego Padres. On November 15, 2002, he was traded to the Detroit Tigers for Mike Rivera and became the Tigers' opening day center fielder. On September 29, 2003, he was granted free agency and signed with the San Diego Padres on November 9 of that year.
Since 2003, Kingsale has been out of the Major League Baseball and currently playing for Dutch baseball giants Neptunus as well as the Netherlands national baseball team where he is a key performer.
Gene Kingsale currently lives in the Netherlands.
World Baseball Classic Heroics
In the 2009 World Baseball Classic Kingsale drove in the tying run and scored the winning run in the eleventh inning to give the Netherlands a shocking 2–1 victory over baseball powerhouse Dominican Republic.
During Kingsale's 7 major league seasons, he played in 211 games with 533 career at bats. He scored 65 runs, had 134 hits with 3 home runs and 53 RBI. He had a career .251 batting average and had 15 stolen bases. In 2005, he played for the Double-A Bowie Baysox and Triple-A Ottawa Lynx in the Orioles' farm system.
- On September 3, 1996, Kingsale became the first ballplayer born in Aruba to appear in a major league game. He made his debut just five days earlier than fellow Aruban Calvin Maduro.
- Was decorated with an Order of Orange-Nassau, in the grade Knight, in 2004 along with other major league players Calvin Maduro and Sidney Ponson in a ceremony in Oranjestad, Aruba.
- Was introduced while with the Bowie Baysox of the Eastern League as "Sir Eugene Kingsale".
- Kingsale, along with several other players was a part of the "Aruba Mafia" that the Orioles scouted.