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Michael Young could play for Mexico in the WBC

Dec 26, 2012, 7:34 AM EDT

Michael Young dugout

Things you forget every couple of years and then are reminded about again: Michael Young being part-Mexican:

Mexico lists Young among the candidates for its [World Baseball Classic] team. Young qualifies because his mother is of Mexican descent. Young has not indicated if he intends to play for Mexico.

Young’s mother — and his wife for that matter — are both of Mexican descent, so this would be way less random than some of the past WBC  roster oddities, such as fourth generation dudes playing for team Italy and such.

No word if Young actually has an interest in playing in the WBC. This is just Mexico’s baseball people saying that he’s eligible. Also, no word where he’d play. Which leads to the interesting question of which country he’d demand Mexico trade him to if he did not like which position they asked him to play.

  1. cowboysoldiertx - Dec 26, 2012 at 7:40 AM

    Well played sir, well played!

    • dickclydesdale - Dec 27, 2012 at 6:27 PM

      Ted Williams was part Mexican. Most Mexican guys are jerks as was Ted but Young seems like a cool guy so he must be more Anglo Saxon then anything else.

  2. proudlycanadian - Dec 26, 2012 at 7:41 AM

    In answer to your hypothetical question Craig, the country he would ask to be traded to is Canada. Our team needs another middle infielder. As Young was originally drafted by the Jays, he does have a connection to this country.

  3. digbysellers - Dec 26, 2012 at 7:52 AM

    Forget it Canada! You have Russell Martin playing shortstop already.

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 26, 2012 at 8:07 AM

      A double play combination of Martin and Young would be interesting to watch.

    • cowboysoldiertx - Dec 26, 2012 at 8:07 AM

      Which has to scare the Pirates something fierce!

  4. jwbiii - Dec 26, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    There is no Team Sami, so I’m out.

  5. Carl Hancock - Dec 26, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    How do they even know his mom is of “Mexican descent”. That sounds as if somewhere there is some Mexican in him, but not directly. Grandparent, great grandparent… so how do they even know to list him? Do they fill out some sort of paperwork that lists it all going back generations? Strange.

  6. gerryb323 - Dec 26, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    But how does Rob Parker feel about his wife?

  7. American of African Descent - Dec 26, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Didn’t Young play for the US a WBC or two ago?

    Look, it’s a bit of a stretch when an American citizen decides to play for another country just because he has some ancestry there. But I can hold my nose and accept that. What I can’t accept is a player deciding to play for country A during one WBC, then play for country B during another WBC. Pick one, and stick with it! The whole idea of the tournament is to determine which country’s nationals field the best team. Kind of defeats the purpose if players can change countries between WBCs as easily as they can change teams during free agency.

  8. vallewho - Dec 26, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Just like the All Star Game, the WBC is a TURD.

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