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Giancarlo Stanton will play for Team USA in World Baseball Classic, Mike Trout will not

Jan 12, 2013, 7:33 PM EDT

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A bit of World Baseball Classic roster news.

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton has informed Team USA officials that he plans to participate in the 2013 WBC. Angels outfielder Mike Trout has bowed out of the competition, meanwhile, according to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times.

Stanton, 23, batted .290/.361/.608 with 37 home runs and 86 RBI in 123 games last season for the Marlins. He’s another excellent addition to a USA lineup that already boasts David Wright, Adam Jones, Ryan Braun, Joe Mauer and Brandon Phillips.

Trout probably wants to ease into action this spring after the longest baseball season of his life.

Full rosters for the World Baseball Classic should be made available within the next couple of weeks.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jan 12, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Will the Red Sox and the Yankees be represented?

    • jwbiii - Jan 13, 2013 at 6:09 AM


      • jwbiii - Jan 13, 2013 at 6:16 AM

        (How did that happen?) Robinson Cano will be playing for the DR. Beltre/Reyes/Cano/ptbnl is a pretty good infield. I assumed Ichiro would play for Japan, but maybe not. Japanese manager Yamamoto is pissed that Yu Darvish turned down Japan’s invitation and is considering going with an all NPB team. Rodriguez, Jeter, and Rivera are rehabbing. Who else would anybody want? Sabathia, Granderson, Pedroia, and Ortiz?

      • jwbiii - Jan 13, 2013 at 6:28 AM

        As I read more about Yamamoto, he raves about the bunting prowess of his projected #4 and #5 hitters. He may need to have a talk with Earl “If You Play for One Run, That’s All You’ll ******* Get” Weaver.

  2. nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 12, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Do most baseball fans actually care very much about this tournament? Seriously. If MLB and other relevant leagues were to shut down for the necessary period so that all the best players in the world were in it, then it would be worth focusing on.

    • chill1184 - Jan 12, 2013 at 9:21 PM

      Nothing wrong with more baseball

      • Brian Murphy - Jan 12, 2013 at 10:11 PM

        Yeah. The WBC really helps spring training fly by.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Jan 13, 2013 at 11:03 AM

        Not to mention I got the sweet Team Israel hat for Hannukah.

      • paperlions - Jan 13, 2013 at 11:47 AM

        I suppose, but it isn’t like anyone in the western Hemisphere is currently watching NPB games or any other league. Fact is, that if you are used to watching the best competition in the world, watching other leagues isn’t particularly satisfying.

        I have yet to pay attention to the WBC. It is a wholly unsatisfying format, without enough games to determine anything whatsoever about the relative quality of rosters from different countries. Just a MLB money grab.

      • blacksables - Jan 13, 2013 at 12:36 PM

        Yeah, because the Dutch beating the Dominicans twice, and the Italians beating the Canadians without the use of hyphenated players was really boring.

        Great baseball is great baseball. Doesn’t matter what the paychecks are.

        All this means is you a fan major league baseball, and not baseball itself.

        That’s your choice, but there are plenty of us who are looking forward to it.

        If you don’t like, don’t watch. And lose the chance to broaden your horizons.

        This is exactly why Europeans make fun of Americans for not having passports. Most of us can’t see past the coastlines and Tijuiana.

      • paperlions - Jan 13, 2013 at 1:38 PM

        Yep, those are the only options.

        I suppose you like watching random HS baseball and college baseball when you have no rooting interest and when the quality of competition on the field is highly variable, which makes the games relatively uninteresting if you don’t have a rooting interest. The same is true for any other levels of any other sports.

        Using your logic, any true soccer fan also should enjoy MLS soccer because they are a “true soccer fan” and not just a fan of the EPL or whatever. Which, of course, isn’t true as Europeans make fun of MLS soccer and don’t consider it to be a quality product.

        Europeans make fun of American’s for not having passports because they don’t understand that the US is really 50 countries and you don’t have to have permission to travel among them. It isn’t like most Europeans are world travelers….just like Americans, most are born, raised, work, and die in the same place.

      • blacksables - Jan 13, 2013 at 5:07 PM

        I’m not a soccer fan. I’m a baseball fan. And yes, I will watch random high school and college and minor league games. Because I enjoy the game.

        Which is one reason I played up until 3 years ago, have coached since I was 16, and umpired at all many different levels throughout the year.

        Because I love the game, and love to participate.

        Watching major league games and discussing statistics is not the same as what I enjoy.

        Its your choice to only watch major league games. But as I quite clearly stated, that makes you a fan of the major leagues. Not a fan of baseball.

        Not sure why I always have to explain so many things? Is it because most commentors here just refuse to understand any point that isn’t their own?

      • cktai - Jan 14, 2013 at 4:44 AM

        Several things paperlions,

        1. Comparing the WBC with MLS or college baseball is hardly accurate. WBC is an international competition, it includes players that also play in the best league of the world. MLS and college baseball are national leagues. By defination players who play in the MLS or college baseball cannot play in the EPL or college baseball. A better comparison would be WBC and the World Cup, which is highly popular among EPL followers.

        2. The MLS is not actually made fun of. It is just a national competition with a lower overal quality, comparable in quality with say the Belgian or the Scottish league. These leagues are fine and respected, but considered slightly lower in quality.

        3. Considering the 50 states in the USA to be different countries would be the same as considering the autonomous communities in Spain or the regions of Italy to be different counties. These regions too have a fairly high degree of independence from the country, and they do have a significant regional identity. From my experience, the countries in Europe are much more diverse than the states in the USA. Los Angeles, CA and Laconia, NH (3000mi) are more alike than Rotterdam, NL and Lille, Fr (125mi).

        4. Actually almost everyone I know has left Europe at one time. Many of my friends and family have studied or worked in the USA, Australia, China, South Africa, Curacao (although that is technically still the Netherlands), South America and Korea.

        Normally I tend to agree with you, but here, you seem quite far off the mark.

      • paperlions - Jan 14, 2013 at 8:26 AM

        The major problem with the WBC is that it is a horrible format to determine anything about the quality of baseball. There are too few games, players from some countries are in the middle of their season, those from others haven’t started, yet. The WBC format would be like playing 15 min. long soccer games in the world cup. It isn’t designed to do anything but make money. I love the olympics and the World Cup, they are really fun to watch and easy to get into. The WBC feels like a lazy contrivance.

        The point of the MLS comment is that soccer fans from Europe are not though to be less of soccer fans because they are disinterested in soccer leagues from other parts of the world, especially when the quality of competition is obviously inferior. To state that such people aren’t “real soccer fans” is silly. And saying that I’m not a baseball fan because I don’t like to watch the NBL or slapped together teams that allow people to play for countries they’ve never been to in a tournament designed to make money and do nothing more is stupid.

  3. teruw0 - Jan 12, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Seriously do for WBC.MLB!

  4. Old Gator - Jan 13, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Makes sense for the Iron Giant to play. The game is being played at Macondo Banana Massacre Field, his home field, anyway. Makes sense for Trout to skip it, since he plays on he sunset side.

    And before anyone asks, no, I’m not going. The Feesh are hawking tickets all over the place here in Macondo but if it’s going to be played at the alabaster humidor, it’s money in Scrooge McLoria’s pocket. It won’t be my money.

    On the brighter side, the Luna Star Cafe in North Macondo, directly across the street from the Museum of Contemporary Kitsch, reopened this week after its usual month off for the holidays. We are once again being served a variety of exotic fare by the lissome Brie and listening to some of the best acoustic music around. This’ll do until peetchers and catchers and steenkin’ bedges. And it will give me some time to contemplate who to root for this season, while the disemboweled Feesh go about their business of losing a hundred games or so before a sea of empty seats.

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 13, 2013 at 7:23 AM

      You can cheer for the Marlins Alumni Association. I understand that they will have a good team this season.

      • Old Gator - Jan 13, 2013 at 10:26 AM

        Half Tiggers, half Beavers. Boy, you could really fill up a mythical bestiary with Scrooge McLoria’s salary dumps..

      • historiophiliac - Jan 13, 2013 at 10:39 AM

        Gator, a Tigver would clearly be an abomination unto the Lord.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Jan 13, 2013 at 11:02 AM

        And one big, phat Dodger.

      • Old Gator - Jan 13, 2013 at 12:19 PM

        One big phat Dodger with a fried chicken problem isn’t a team. You move half a team to another team, that’s somewhere between wife swapping and one of those four-organ lucky bus crash transplants.

        Historecstasy: that would depend on which ends got used. A front end Tigger with a big flat tail, not so bad. A front end beaver with a striped ass and big buck chisels – kind like a smilodon with major plaque issues – well, that’s another story. I can see the Lord being less that pleased with that one, what with the late Ediacaran fauna to live down already.

        The blessed Buddha, of course, wouldn’t let stuff like that upset him very much. He was able to remain tranquil in the face of both big trades – just smiled at me, raised his right hand and just barely almost touched his index finger to his thumb. I stopped cursing and went back to shelling my peanuts immediately.

    • historiophiliac - Jan 13, 2013 at 10:36 AM

      Detroit Feesh!

  5. deep64blue - Jan 13, 2013 at 5:13 AM

    Stanton wants to play on a winning team so good decision here!!

  6. ebrownwareagle - Jan 13, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    America’s Golden Boy! And he doesn’t even want to play for the Country! Imagine that. Ijs….

    • Old Gator - Jan 13, 2013 at 8:27 PM

      How would he be playing for the country? Would he be paid with our tax money? Nope. Would he be wearing a military uniform? Nope. He’d be playing for, and representing, a private concern milking dollars by wrapping itself in a faux patriotic mantle.

      Surely you’ve seen politicians do this before?

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