Meulens spent parts of seven seasons in the majors, playing for the New York Yankees, Montreal Expos and Arizona Diamondbacks between 1989-1998. In 182 games he hit .220 with 15 home runs. He never reached 100 games played in a season. The closest he came was in 1991 when he played in 96 games for the Yankees. He hit .222 that year while posting career highs in home runs (6), runs scored (37) and RBIs (29).
Meulens’ first game took place at Yankee Stadium on August 23, 1989, against the Boston Red Sox. He got the start at third base and singled in the bottom of the seventh off Mike Boddicker. He came around to score New York’s only run on a Steve Sax base hit. The Red Sox won the game 4-1.
Meulens played for three seasons in Japan and finished his career with a year in Korea. He also played for the Netherlands in the Olympics and helped coach the Netherlands’ team in both the Olympics and World Baseball Classic. He was made a knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau by Queen Beatrix in 2012, granting him the title of ‘Sir.’
Hensley Meulens – career stats