Posted by on February 17, 2017 5:18 pm
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UNITED STATES – A trio of American coaches will be calling the shots for their respective clubs in two of Europe’s top baseball leagues this upcoming 2017 season.

Don Freeman is leaving reigning German champion Mainz Athletics after two seasons to take over the helm of the Munich-Haar Disciples. The 66-year-old, who coached USA Baseball U16 national teams at two Pan American Games and a pair of World Championships, also guided the USA Baseball womens national team to a bronze medal at the 2010 World Cup.

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Oregon native Ty Eriksen has been named the new skipper for the Dutch Baseball League club Pickles UVV. The 32-year-old played in the German Baseball League with the Munich-Haar Disciples for nine seasons.

A scout for the Baltimore Orioles organization, Eriksen finished sixth in the 2015 All-Star Game fan voting and has also played in Israel, Hungary and Switzerland.

Daniel Husband will be the new head coach of the Mannheim Tornados. The Tennessee product coached the third-division German club Deggendorf Dragons in 2016.

The 38-year-old played in Germany, Sweden and South Africa, and won the 2008 German championship with the Buchbinder Legionaere Regensburg.

Photo: Munich-Haar Disciples

Marvin Moore
Marvin Moore
A former international baseball coach and award-winning sports writer, Marvin is the Managing Editor at World Baseball News. He transformed the Swiss National Team into a B-Pool contender which knocked off 1994 B-Pool champion Ukraine at the European Championship, and won four Swiss NLA titles in six seasons with the Therwil Flyers and Zurich Challengers.

The native Texan compiles the weekly European Baseball Power Rankings, European Baseball Players of the Week, European Baseball Weekend Preview, European Baseball Statistical Leaders, European Baseball Scoreboard and International Baseball Update.

Marvin, who has been an avid Texas Rangers fan for more than four decades, enjoys fishing, teaching youth baseball and playing fantasy sports. He was a co-founder of Mister-Baseball.com and also started BaseballdeWorld.com.

Marvin and his wife Lerma have two kids, Hali (16) and Saentis (13).

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