Prior to the 2009 World Baseball Classic, the Netherlands played seven exhibition games, including three games against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds and Minnesota Twins. The Netherlands team lost all three games against these MLB opponents.
The team impressed many, winning both games against the strong Dominican Republic team. As result, the team made it through the first double-elimination round along with Puerto Rico.
In the second round the Dutch lost both their games against Venezuela and the United States. Therefore, the team was eliminated and finished 7th in the final standings.2009 WBC Results
||Netherlands||3–2||Dominican Republic|| Hiram Bithorn Stadium
||Netherlands||1–3||Puerto Rico|| Hiram Bithorn Stadium
||Dominican Republic||1–2 (F/11)||Netherlands|| Hiram Bithorn Stadium
||Netherlands||0–5||Puerto Rico|| Hiram Bithorn Stadium
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