Name: Ivanon Angelino Coffie
Hometown: Curacao, Netherlands Antilles
Ivanon Coffie, one of the first five major leaguers born in Curacao, played in the major leagues in 2000, and was a member of the Dutch team in the 2004 Olympics and the 2006 World Baseball Classic.
Signed as a free agent in 1995, he debuted with the Orioles the next year. That season, Coffie hit .218/~.301/.301 as the regular shortstop for the club. With the Delmarva Shorebirds in 1997, Coffie batted .275/~.326/.384 and stole 19 bases. In 1998, Ivanon produced .256/~.324/.406 for the Frederick Keys with 16 home runs and 75 RBI. He stole 17 bases. He was sixth in the Carolina League in RBI.
Returning to Frederick for most of 1999, he hit .283/~.353/.496 in 73 games. He also spent 57 games with the Bowie Baysox. Coffie hit .267/.341/.425 in 87 games for Bowieand also spent 21 games with the Rochester Red Wings (.218/.244/.269). He also was up with the 2000 Orioles, hitting .217/.284/.317.
Ivanon was then dealt to the Chicago Cubs and spent 2002, batting .239/.318/.408 with 32 doubles while playing almost every position.
Coffie became a free agent and signed with the St. Louis Cardinals, hitting .206/.363/.412. He also made his debut with the Dutch national team, playing for the club in the 2003 Baseball World Cup, hitting a team-leading .409 (sixth in the tournament) with 2 homers.
2004 Ivanon played for a Houston Astros and was on the Dutch team in the world Olympics.
Coffie also played in the 2005 Baseball World Cup for theNetherlands; batting .263/.412/.474 with 12 runs in 11 games as the team made the semifinals for the first time ever. Additionally, he played in the 2005 European Championship, winning the MVP Award. Coffie was third in the event in average (.467), tied for third in hits (14) and 5th in OBP (.526). He led in runs (14) and RBI (17, 6 more than anyone else), slugging (1.300, over 500 points ahead of anyone else) and home runs (8, more than the three next players combined).
Ivanon continued to see action in many international tournaments in 2006. Coffie signed with the Macoto Cobras for 2007 and beat out Rob Cordemans in being the first Dutch national in the Chinese Professional Baseball League. In 2007, he became the first Dutch national to play in Taiwan. Ivanon finished out his professional playing career in the European league in 2010.
In the November 2011, OUR COMMUNITY VOICE interveiws Ivanon Coffie
Local news paper ''OUR COMMUNITY VOICE'', Ralph Chetley conducted a personal interview with former major leaguer Ivanon Coffie.