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Meulens could see himself managing in Majors

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PEORIA, Ariz. -- Team Netherlands manager Hensley Meulens, who also happens to be the hitting coach for the San Francisco Giants, said he'd love to be a Major League manager someday.

"Yeah, why not?" he said.

The way he has his team playing in this World Baseball Classic, he might get noticed sooner than later, and the same goes for some of the players on his team.

Meulens was pleased to report that his first baseman, Curt Smith, signed a Minor League deal with the Minnesota Twins on Thursday, and his catcher, Dashenko Ricardo was close to a similar deal with the Dodgers. Pitcher Sidney Ponson was signed by the Kansas City Royals after pitching well against the Dominican Republic in the 2009 Classic.

"People notice when you have success and when you're doing the right things on the field," Meulens said. "That's when you get opportunities."

Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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