October 31, 1974 |
Schiedam, South Holland
Rob "Robbie" Cordemans (born October 31, 1974 in Schiedam, South Holland) is a Dutch baseball player. He bats and throws righthanded. Cordemans is best known for representing the Dutch national team at the Olympics and other international competitions.
He attended Indian River State College, where he was the 1997 Florida Junior College pitcher of the year, but he was not drafted out of college. He is a finesse pitcher, and he threw a mid- to upper-80s fastball and an upper-70s changeup.
Cordemans has been a fixture on Dutch baseball teams in international competitions over a decade. Most notably, he has competed in four consecutive Olympic Games for the Netherlands.
He began his Olympic career as a 21-year-old pitcher for the Netherlands at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. Despite his lofty 6.94 ERA, Cordemans was the winning pitcher in both of the club's games during the preliminary round of the tournament.
Cordemans participated in his third Olympic competition during the 2004 Summer Games in Athens, Greece. His fourth appearance at the Olympic games would come during the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, China.
Although Cordemans moved to perennial powerhouse Neptunus for the 2000 season, he was not able to replicate his success from 1999 and his record declined to 8–4. However, his 94 strikeouts placed him fourth in the league, and an 11-strikeout complete game win over the Italians helped Neptunus to a European Cup title.
In the 2002 season, Cordemans went 10–2 with a 0.47 ERA and earned his second Pitcher of the Year award.
2009: World Baseball Classic
Cordemans was selected once again to represent the Dutch national team at the 2009 World Baseball Classic. During the first round of the tournament held at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Cordemans entered two separate games against the Dominican Republic in middle relief.
Cordemans pitched in three games, 6.2 innings pitched, 2 hits allowed, 4 walks, 3 strikeouts, 0.00 ERA. 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1BB, 1 SO in middle relief of 1st game vs. DR 2.0 IP, 0 H, 3BB, 0 SO in middle relief (6th, 6th) of 2nd game vs. DR 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0BB, 2 SO in middle relief (6th, 7th) of 1st game vs. Venezuela
Additional international career
Cordemans was also named to the Dutch roster for the 1995 European Baseball Championship, 1999 European Baseball Championship, 2001 European Baseball Championship, 2003 European Baseball Championship, 2005 European Baseball Championship, 2006 World Baseball Classic, 2006 Intercontinental Cup, 2007 European Baseball Championship, 2010 European Baseball Championship, 2010 Intercontinental Cup, 2011 Baseball World Cup, 2013 World Baseball Classic, 2014 France International Baseball Tournament, 2014 European Baseball Championship, 2015 World Port Tournament, 2015 WBSC Premier12, 2016 France International Baseball Tournament, and the 2016 European Baseball Championship.
- Roger Bernadina in EK-selectie Nederland de Nederlandse honkbalsite (Dutch)
- Nederlands honkbalteam opent EK tegen Kroatië The Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Association official site (Dutch)
- Steve Janssen maakt selectie voor WPT bekend KNBSB (Dutch)
- Definitieve selectie Kingdom of the Netherlands voor de Premier12 KNBSB (Dutch)
- Rob Cordemans met Koninkrijksteam naar Sénart Honkbalsite | Honkbalnieuws uit Nederland (Dutch)
- Bernadina voor EK terug in nationale ploeg Honkbalsite | Honkbalnieuws uit Nederland (Dutch)