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Bruce Chen commits to Team China for 2013 WBC

Jan 13, 2013, 5:01 PM EDT

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CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that Royals left-hander Bruce Chen has agreed to pitch for Team China in the 2013 World Baseball Classic after spending the 2009 WBC with Team Panama.

Chen, who was born in Panama City, Panama but is of Chinese descent, posted a 5.07 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 140/47 K/BB ratio across 191 2/3 innings last season for Kansas City. He’s set to earn $4.5 million in 2013 on the final chapter of a two-year, $9 million free agent deal that was struck in November 2011.

Chen turns 36 years old in June and the next World Baseball Classic won’t take place until 2017, so this was likely the final chance for him to represent the homeland of his grandparents.

China finished 15th out of 16 teams in the inaugural WBC back in 2006 and 11th in 2009.

  1. Old Gator - Jan 13, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Pretty soon, Scrooge McLoria is going to have his baseball games made in Cina, too.

    • Old Gator - Jan 13, 2013 at 5:46 PM

      China.

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      Edit function!
      EDIT FUNCTION!

      • proudlycanadian - Jan 13, 2013 at 6:18 PM

        Edit Function? I thought that you were using the sarcasm font.

      • Old Gator - Jan 13, 2013 at 8:14 PM

        That’s the only one on my keyboard.

  2. hotkarlsandwich - Jan 13, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Ray Chang!

  3. deathmonkey41 - Jan 14, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Man, I hope Ozzie is managing one of the teams he’s playing against.

  4. ch0psuey - Jan 14, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Interesting Photo

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