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Team USA’s roster announced for the World Baseball Classic

Jan 17, 2013, 10:30 AM EST

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The roster for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic was just announced.  It breaks down like this:

CatchersJoe Mauer, J.P. Arencibia, Jonathan Lucroy
1B: Mark Teixeira
2B: Brandon Phillips
SS: Jimmy Rollins
3B: David Wright
Utility: Ben Zobrist, Willie Bloomquist
Outfielders: Ryan Braun, Adam Jones, Giancarlo Stanton, Shane Victorino
Lefties: Jeremy Affeldt, Tim Collins, Derek Holland, Glen Perkins
Righties: Heath Bell, Mitchell Boggs, Steve Cishek, R.A. Dickey, Luke Gregerson, Craig Kimbrel,  Kris Medlen, Chris Perez, Vinnie Pestano, Ryan Vogelsong

Interesting: only four starters, though the particular format and rules of the WBC make that a lot more reasonable than you’d think. Better to have a lot of arms throwing short innings than a few throwing many. And those four starters — Dickey, Medlen, Vogelsong, Holland — are pretty good.

Also interesting: That’s a good outfield.

So there’s your USA team.  Teams from other countries to be released later today.

  1. chill1184 - Jan 17, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Certainly will be fun to watch

  2. darthicarus - Jan 17, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Willie Bloomquist made the team, awesome.

    • geoknows - Jan 17, 2013 at 11:20 AM

      And LOL!

  3. artthoumad - Jan 17, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    wow this team looks a lot better than the last US WBC team. and that outfield is stacked

  4. El Bravo - Jan 17, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    OF would be even better with a Trout swimming around in it.

    • historiophiliac - Jan 17, 2013 at 11:00 AM

      Gone fishin’.

  5. jdl1325 - Jan 17, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Great OF and good relievers. The rest is just so so IMO.

    • paperlions - Jan 17, 2013 at 10:54 AM

      Agreed. That IF is not particularly awe inspiring, too bad Fielder, Pedroia, and Posey aren’t playing.

      • cebig - Jan 17, 2013 at 10:58 AM

        Nothing wrong with Wright!

      • paperlions - Jan 17, 2013 at 11:04 AM

        …and I didn’t mention a better US 3B, did I? As a group, that IF is not particularly impressive for a US National team. Rollins may be the best US SS, which is pretty sad.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jan 17, 2013 at 11:21 AM

        I am thinking Teixeira, Phillips and Wright make up a damn fine infield.
        Jimmy might be a weak spot…but the other dudes can pick it.

  6. mattyflex - Jan 17, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Hell yeah, Tim Collins. Better than a Tom Collins.

    • historiophiliac - Jan 17, 2013 at 11:00 AM

      but not a vodka collins

      • mattyflex - Jan 17, 2013 at 11:37 AM

        nor Phil Collins.

  7. bharr170 - Jan 17, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Phillips makes the cut for the WBC but can’t make it in to the All Star Game? What a joke LaRussa!

  8. jacobknicks - Jan 17, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Looking at team USAs roster makes me think that the Dominican Republic or Venezuela are shoe ins to win this year

    • historiophiliac - Jan 17, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      Go Venezuela!

  9. oldnumero7 - Jan 17, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Bloomquist/Zobrist are smart adds, as they can play anywhere and won’t bellyache. What I can’t understand is how in this entire country the best SS we can find is Jimmy Rollins.

    • kopy - Jan 17, 2013 at 11:27 AM

      You already mentioned Zobrist. Other candidates would be Ian Desmond or Brendan Ryan, JJ Hardy, Clint Barmes…

    • jerze2387 - Jan 17, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      Ill agree on zobrist. bloomquist…not so much.

  10. smoochytherhino - Jan 17, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Not a bad team or anything but clearly not even close to best team the USA can field. I understand the reasons why a lot of the best players don’t play in the WBC, but it’s hard to really get into a world tournament when you don’t have your best out there. I’m sure some of the best Japanese and Dominican players aren’t on their teams either, but it’d be nice if they could structure this tournament so that the best players were in it.

    In any event, I love baseball, so I’ll be watching. Go USA!!!

    • smoochytherhino - Jan 17, 2013 at 11:06 AM

      I should also say that there’s something special about the team, even though it’s not our best, when you know these guys want to be out there representing their country. That can be even better than your best players out there when they don’t really want to be.

      Because of that I think I pull even harder for teams like this. Oh yeah, and, go USA!

  11. dkphilly1122 - Jan 17, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Rollins is the BEST defensive shortstop in the game…….if you doubt it check his numbers and name someone who is better. I think the team is stacked, but if Trout was playing it would be sickening with him Stanton and Braun followed by Wright. That is a nasty lineup either way with Braun, Stanton and Wright.

    • bolweevils2 - Jan 17, 2013 at 11:19 AM

      Well, if you take the UZR/150 games for 2011-2012 combined, 500 innings min, these guys are better:

      Barmes
      Ryan
      MacDonald
      Cozart
      Peralta
      Hardy
      Janish
      Crawford
      A. Ramirez
      Andrus
      Aviles
      Tulowitski
      R. Cedeno

    • stlouis1baseball - Jan 17, 2013 at 11:23 AM

      Brendan Ryan and Clint Barmes are easily superior to Jimmy Rollins defensively.
      And we haven’t even disucssed J.J. Hardy and Tulo.
      The problem with playing Ryan and Barmes are their sticks.
      This is were Jimmy comes it.

      • professormaddog31 - Jan 17, 2013 at 11:41 AM

        …but Tulo’s been rehabbing for what seems like forever, there wasn’t any way dude was lacing up the cleats for the WBC.

        JJ Hardy would have been my choice, had there been a choice.

    • mdpickles - Jan 17, 2013 at 11:48 AM

      I’m with on this about Rollins. He passes the eye test for me, don’t care about UZR, etc. His range is still remarkable for his age. Arm is still strong. Is he one of the top 5 SS’s in baseball? No. But last time I checked, the majority of SS’s come from Latin America. So yeah, this is like saying, “How come there are no great American bantamweight boxers?”

  12. mrfloydpink - Jan 17, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Odd. How come Ryan Braun is the only one that doesn’t get an automatic link? Is the blogger software a steroid witch hunter? Would it vote against Bonds and Clemens for the Hall of Fame if it had a vote?

    • geoknows - Jan 17, 2013 at 11:20 AM

      Perhaps the software doesn’t know which Ryan Braun to link to, so it doesn’t link at all.

    • historiophiliac - Jan 17, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      The site was closed when the post went up so it’s sitting in Craig’s refrigerator til he can take it in.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jan 17, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      geoknows is correct. Francisco Rodriguez has the same issue.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 17, 2013 at 2:33 PM

        Boooo!

        /throws popcorn

  13. oldnumero7 - Jan 17, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    I’m being too harsh on Rollins. With Tulo out, the best American SS options are Rollins, Zobrist, Desmond in some order. I forgot how many other elite SS aren’t from here.

    • bolweevils2 - Jan 17, 2013 at 11:34 AM

      And J.J. Hardy?

  14. dkphilly1122 - Jan 17, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Rollins is far better defensively than any of them. The only person who is better is Tulo because of his hitting. Nobody has an arm like Rollins does and can make the plays he does. Cabrera is good defensively but isn’t playing for Team USA obviously. If any American was better they’d be playing on the team. Rollins is definitely not a weak spot on the infield at all. His bat is where he struggles.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jan 17, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      When pitted against Barmes and Ryan…
      His glove is very much where he struggles and his stick is where he stands out.
      I would surmise the whole reason for him being picked (and Barmes and Ryan NOT being selected) is because Jimmy can hit and they can’t.

  15. mjames1229 - Jan 17, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Kind of like the Mauer / Lucroy combo at C, with Arencibia an acceptable backup.

  16. sportsdrenched - Jan 17, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Team America! F*** Yeah!

    And Yeah, I know the WBC isn’t well liked, but…it’s more baseball and more baseball is good.

  17. digbysellers - Jan 17, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    We’re gonna get smoked

  18. mj1818 - Jan 17, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Where’s votto?

    • Francisco (FC) - Jan 17, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      Well, ask yourself this question: What Nationality is Joey Votto?

    • stlouis1baseball - Jan 17, 2013 at 4:53 PM

      Seriously MJ? Ummm…you might want to wait till the other countries announce their teams.
      But Joey won’t be on the team. Still re-habbing…possibly in Canada. Just a guess.

  19. Francisco (FC) - Jan 17, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    So there’s your USA team. Teams from other countries to be released later today

    I know USA is keen on winning one of these tournaments, but locking up the competition isn’t the way to do it. Glad to see they came to their senses and will let the other guys play.

  20. zurnvs - Jan 19, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Votto loves Canadian bacon and maple leaf hockey.

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