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# 5 - Marjan Smit - 2nd base / outfield
BirthdateSeptember 29, 1975
BirthplaceBreda (Netherlands)
ResidenceBreda (Netherlands)
OcccupationCommercial Advisor
Height1,72 m
Weight58 kg
BatsRight
ThrowsRight
Position2nd base / outfield


National Team1999 - 2008
Games National Team90


ClubsJeka (Breda, 1985-1994)
Twins (Oosterhout, 1995-2000; 2004-2008)
Zwijndrecht (Zwijndrecht, 2001-2003)
(Dutch Major League: 1995-2008)

Marjan's page as Flex Coach

...Tournaments Participated In...

with Twins
European Cup
1995 (Antwerp, Belgium)
Cup Winners Cup
1997 (Oosterhout, Netherlands), 1999 (Prague, Czech Republic)
International Mastenbroek Tournament
2000, 2006, 2007, 2008 (Enschede, Netherlands)
International Indoor Cup
2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 (Schiedam, Netherlands)

with Zwijndrecht
International Mastenbroek Tournament
2001, 2002, 2003 (Enschede, Netherlands)
International Indoor Cup
2003 (Schiedam, Netherlands)

with Brasschaat Braves (Belgium)
2009 - Cup Winners Cup (Parma, Italy) (pick-up player)

with Dutch National Softball Team
1999 - Qantas Tournament (Canberra, Australia)
Challenge Series vs. Australia (several sites, Netherlands)
Haarlem Softball Week (Haarlem, Netherlands)
Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Parma, Italy)
European Championships (Antwerp, Belgium)
2000 - Torneo di Parma (Parma, Italy)
International Jan van Bakel Tournament (Haarlem, Netherlands)
2002 - International Jan van Bakel Tournament (Haarlem, Netherlands)
World Championships (Saskatoon, Canada)
2003 - Hillenbrand Invitational Tournament (Tempe, Arizona, USA)
International Jan van Bakel Tournament (Haarlem, Netherlands)
Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Macerata/Cupramontana, Italy)
European Championships (Caronno Pertusella/Saronno, Italy)
2004 - Coppa BSC Legnano Amga Tournament (Legnano, Italy)
Torneo Internationale Softball Città di Legnano (Legnano, Italy)
5-game series vs. Greece (Almere/Bussum/Santpoort/Haarlem, Neth.)
ISF Prague Cup (Prague, Czech Republic)
World University Games (Plant City, Florida, USA)
2005 - Canada Cup (Surrey, Canada)
European Championships (Prague, Czech Rep.)
2006 - Canada Cup (Surrey, Canada)
World Championships (Beijing, China)
Japan Cup (Yokohama, Japan)
2007 - Australia Test Series (Enschede/Oosterhout/Haarlem, Netherlands)
European Championships (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Ronchi/Castions/Staranzano, Italy)
2008 - American Tour I (California/Hawaii, USA)
American (NPF) Tour II (Pennsylvania/Illinois/Ohio, USA)
Holland Tour (Santpoort/Groningen/Oldenzaal, Netherlands)
Tri-Nation Exhibition Series (Sendai, Japan)
Olympic Games (Beijing, China)

...Awards...
2002 - Most Stolen Bases, Dutch Major League
2006 - Most Valuable Player, International Indoor Cup
Miscellaneous
When did you start with softball?When I was nine years old
Why did you start playing softball?I liked the sport
What was your first club?Jeka in Breda
Career HighlightsMost Stolen Bases in 2002
Biggest AccomplishmentsWinning the Qualifier and reaching the Olympic Games
Biggest blunderDropping a ball
Which persons do you most admire?My parents, top athletes
Which persons would you like to meet?Queen Beatrix
Three people you would love to have dinner with?Queen Beatrix
Dreamjob?A communication position with a sports company
From who did you learn the most?My mother
Biggest turn-off?Unfairness
Talent you wish you had?Patience
PetsNone
Exotic pet you would like to have?None
Hobbies or InterestsSoftball, Squash, Mountainbike, Running, Eating with friends
When you wouldn't have been involved in
softball, what other sport would you have done?
Judo
What does the Olympic Games means to you?A dream becoming reality and a reward for years of hard work
Why does softball has to return to the Olympics?Softball is a sport where condition, power and technics are being combined
Describe your playing styleDriven, Fast, Don't give up
...My Favorite / Best...
MovieBlood Diamond
ActorJude Law
ActressJulia Roberts
TV ChannelNet 5
TV ShowDirt
TV Sports ShowHolland Sport
TV PersonalitySophie Hilbrand
Radio ChannelRadio 538
Radio ShowEvers staat op
Radio PersonalityRob Stenders
Music GenreEverything
Singer (male)Sting
Singer (female)Anouk, Alicia Keys
Group / Band etc.The Police
Song'Good God' by Anouk
Vacation Spot / CountryCuba
FoodMexican
DrinkStrawberry Margarita
AnimalDog
NewspaperNRC Next, Pers
Book'De Vliegeraar' by Khaled Hosseini
MagazineEsta, Psychologie
Internet SitesMSN, www.nu.nl
Sport (besides softball)Squash, Baseball
Olympic Sport (besides softball)Hockey
(Professional) Sports TeamDutch Women Hockey Team
Athlete (male)Ian Thorpe
Athlete (female)Anni Friesinger
Softball PlayerNathalie Ward
Career
2009 --- This season, Marjan plays for Brassschaat Braves in Belgium and participates with this team in the CupWinners Cup Tournament in Parma (Italy) --- After the season, Marjan announces her retirement --- In October, Marjan is one of five former National Team-players, who is named a so-called Flex Coach for the Dutch National Softball Teams; the five are introduced on November 8.
2008 --- Marjan is 2-for-2 and scores once on February 26 in the game vs. the University of California at Berkeley during the first American Tour of the Dutch National Team, which is part of the preparations for the Olympic Games in Beijing --- On May 29, Marjan registers the first basehit of the Dutch team against a professional team, as she is 1-for-2 in the opening game of the second American Trip vs. Philadelphia Force --- After completion of the Holland Tour, Marjan is named to the roster for the Olympic Game on July 14 --- On July 26, Marjan hits one of three Dutch hits vs. Japan, the second game of the Tri-Nations Tournament during the Japan Tour --- On August 12, Marjan makes her Olympic debut, entering the opening game of the Olympic Games vs. China as a pinch-runner and scoring a run --- Two days later, she is 1-for-3 and makes a great catch in leftfield in the 3-0 loss vs. Japan --- On August 18, Marjan is 1-for-2 and makes a possible game-saving catch playing in leftfield in the 4-2 victory vs. Chinese Taipei in the last game of the Olympics, which also marks the last game in her international career, as she retires from the national squad --- In the regular season, Marjan bats .291 for Twins, scores 17 runs and has 10 RBI's and after completion of the play-offs, she ends her career and retires.
2007 --- On May 28, Marjan is 1-for-2, scores a run and has two RBI's in the 15-0 win vs. Greece during the European Championships in Amsterdam (Netherlands) --- The next day, she reaches base three times, scores twice and has one RBI in the 12-3 win vs. Germany --- In the game against Great Britain, on May 31, Marjan singles in a run in a 3-0 win --- In the final of the Championships, on June 2, Marjan hits a 3-run homerun against Italy, but the Dutch are beaten 9-3 --- On June 16, Marjan is 2-for-3 in the 9-6 win against the Czech Republic to reach the final of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Italy, which is won by the Dutch squad, 3-2, to qualify for the Olympics in Beijing --- In the regular season, Marjan has 11 RBI's.
2006 --- In the season, with Twins, Marjan has a career-high average of .343 and 23 runs, trailing only teammate Daisy de Peinder.
2005 --- In the regular season, she scores 18 runs and has 15 RBI's.
2004 --- In her first year back with Twins, Marjan bats .327 and scored 20 runs.
2003 --- In her final season with Zwijndrecht, she scores 19 runs and has 14 RBI's.
2002 --- Playing for Zwijndrecht, Marjan scores 22 runs and leads the league with seven stolen bases.
1999 --- Marjan makes her debut in the Dutch National Team during the Qantas Four Nations Tournament in Australia --- In Prague (Czech Republic), Marjan and Twins reach the final of the CupWinners Cup, but finish in second place.
1998 --- In the regular season, Marjan lifts her batting average to .263 and scores 12 runs.
1997 --- Marjan scores 13 runs for Twins, which this year finishes in third place on the CupWinners Cup Tournament, playing on their home field in Oosterhout.
1995 --- Marjan makes her debut in the Dutch big league, while playing for Twins in Oosterhout, with whom she appeares in 16 games.
Family
MARJAN is the daughter of Wim Smit and Ans Keijzers, has stepfather Koos and brother Wouter.

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