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Joe Mauer, David Wright commit to Team USA for WBC

Dec 3, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

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We’ll hear plenty about players opting out of the World Baseball Classic over the next couple of months. How about a couple of guys that are in: Minnesota’s Joe Mauer and the Mets’ David Wright.

The Mauer commitment makes it less of a big deal now if Buster Posey decides not to play for Team USA in March. A Mauer-Posey tag team would be awesome, but Mauer starting with Matt Wieters as a backup would be pretty good as well.

Wright is one of Team USA’s two best options at third base, Evan Longoria being the other. Longoria’s status for the tournament is clear.

The WBC announced 28 commitments in all today. Along with the two for the USA are:

Australia: Liam Hendriks, Grant Balfour
Brazil: Yan Gomes, Andre Rienzo
Canada: Justin Morneau
Chinese Taipei: Hong-Chih Kuo
China: Wei Wang, Ray Chang
Dominican Republic: Robinson Cano, Jose Reyes
Italy: Jason Grilli, Alex Liddi
Japan: Masahiro Tanaka, Shinnosuke Abe
Korea: Seung Yeop Lee, Dan Ho Lee
Mexico: Adrian Gonzalez, Sergio Romo
Netherlands: Andruw Jones, Roger Bernadina
Puerto Rico: Carlos Beltran, Yadier Molina
Spain: Engel Beltre, Francisco Figueroa
Venezuela: Miguel Cabrera, Pablo Sandoval

  1. proudlycanadian - Dec 3, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    On Rotoworld, you also mention Brett Lawrie.

  2. historiophiliac - Dec 3, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Viva Venezuela then.

  3. rgledz - Dec 3, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    What is the record for singles in the WBC? Whatever it is…here comes Mauer.

  4. docktorellis - Dec 3, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    Scratch Liam Hendriks. Had surgery to remove bone spurs and is off the roster.

  5. hotkarlsandwich - Dec 3, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    Pretty cool story about Ray Chang. http://www.baseballinfortwayne.com/2009/02/23/ray-chang-surprises-with-perfect-english/

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