Hensley Filemon Acasio “Bam Bam” Meulens was born on the 23rd of June of 1967 in Willemstad, Curaçao.
Hitting home runs left-handed while playing softball as a teenager earned Meulens the nickname “Bam Bam” when his friends compared his power to the Flintstones cartoon character.
He was signed in 1985 by the New York Yankees as an undrafted free agent. He made his debut for the Yankees in 1991, becoming the first Curaçaoan ever to play in Major League Baseball. In November 1993 he moved to Japan to play in the NPB, and he later returned to play in North America in 1997. In 2002 he suffered a mid-season injury while he was playing in Mexico for the Pericos de Puebla, and after the season he retired from playing professional baseball.
After he retired, Meulens pursued a career in coaching and his first coaching experience came in 2003 with the Bluefield Orioles. In 2010 Meulens became the hitting coach for the San Francisco Giants, and as hitting coach for the Giants he helped the team win the World Series 3 times in his first 5 seasons as the Giants hitting coach.
His coaching success was a big factor, when he was named as manager of the Kingdom of the Netherlands baseball team in 2013, and as manager of the Kingdom of the Netherlands he has guided the team to 2 4th place finishes in the 2013 and 2017 World Baseball Classic. Meulens has also been awarded the Order of Orange-Nassau by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands in 2012.
His success as a player has opened the door for many baseball players from Curaçao, and in Curaçao Meulens is an idol for many. Above all, Meulens is the main man responsible for the yearly baseball clinic/event for kids and the people of Curaçao, named Curaçao Baseball Week, that will celebrate its 5th successful edition this year.