Hensley Meulens begins his ninth season on the Giants' coaching staff and his first as bench coach. In his new role, Meulens will take over the day-to-day administration and participate more directly with manager Bruce Bochy's in-game strategy. Meulens also will be responsible for the outfield defense instruction, positioning and preparation.
The former big leaguer spent the past eight seasons as the team's hitting coach, reaching the Major League ranks in 2010. He helped the Giants win a World Series in three of his first five years. Meulens began his coaching career with the Bluefield Orioles, Baltimore's advanced rookie team in the Appalachian League, for the 2003 and 2004 seasons. From 2005-08, he was the hitting coach of the Indianapolis Indians, the triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 2009, he served as hitting coach for the Fresno Grizzlies, the triple-A team of the Giants before reaching the bigs.
A native of Curacao, Meulens played from 1989 to 2000 in MLB, Nippon Professional Baseball, and the Korea Baseball Organization. He was the first Curacaoan to play in both Major League Baseball and the Dominican Professional Baseball League. Meulens was signed by the New York Yankees as an undrafted free agent in 1985. He made his professional debut with the Yankees in 1986 and spent eight years in their system. He was named Carolina League Player of the Year by Baseball America in 1987 and led the International League in home runs (26) and RBI (100) while playing for Columbus in 1992. He made his big league debut with the Yankees on Aug. 23, 1989. Overall, he batted .220 with 15 home runs and 53 RBI in 182 MLB games. He was inducted into the International League Hall of Fame in 2016.
Meulens represented the Netherlands at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. He returned to the team as a coach for the 2004 Summer Olympics and the 2009 World Baseball Classic. Meulens was named to serve as manager for the team during the 2013 and 2017 World Baseball Classic. Meulens also played for the Dutch team in the 2001 Baseball World Cup in Taichung, Taiwan and 2002 Intercontinental Cup in Havana, Cuba.
He graduated from Triniteit High School in Willemstad, Curacao. He and his wife, Gyselle, have one son, Elijah Gabriel Ludwig (April 14, 2010) and two daughters, Mia Valentina Turya (Feb. 29, 2012) and Evangelina Cristina Vuri (Jan. 14, 2014). Hensley also has two daughters, Michelle and Danielle, and one grandson, Maxton Hensley Liam Pasquaretta and one granddaughter, Ximena Vida Marie Pasquaretta (the son and daughter of Michelle and her husband Kevin).