Hensley Meulens has received positive reviews for his communication skills and upbeat approach while leading the Netherlands to two straight extended runs in the World Baseball Classic.

As the Dutch team prepares to play Puerto Rico in the WBC semifinals Monday night at Dodger Stadium, he's hoping that MLB front offices with managerial openings this winter will be taking notes.

Meulens, who has contributed to three World Series victories since taking over as San Francisco Giants hitting coach in 2010, is up-front about his desire to run a major league club someday. If his success with the Netherlands squad is a springboard to a more prominent role, it will be a welcome fringe benefit to the experience.

"I'm ready,'' Meulens said Saturday before a tuneup game between the Netherlands and the Arizona Diamondbacks. "Hopefully this can open some eyes and at least give me an interview so teams can see if I'm worth it or not.

"If I didn't want to manage, I would say, 'No big deal.' But it's a big deal. The best athletes in the sport are playing and competing for the same thing, and I get to manage our guys. If I didn't have a rapport with them, it would be hard to get them to play the way they're playing. They're playing all out. They all want to win this thing together -- not for me, but for us. For the country.''

Meulens, 49, played seven seasons in the big leagues as an outfielder with the New York Yankees, Montreal Expos and Arizona Diamondbacks from 1989 to '98. He was the first Curacao native to reach the majors and generated attention for his entertaining nickname, "Bam Bam.''