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World Baseball Classic rosters announced for all countries

Jan 17, 2013, 5:43 PM EDT

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All of the rosters for the World Baseball Classic have been released. They are subject to change, but they can all be read here by clicking on each country’s flag.  The highlights, per MLB’s press release:

Venezuela’s roster currently features 11 All-Stars, including Triple Crown-winning 2012 A.L. MVP Miguel Cabrera, 2012 World Series Most Valuable Player presented by Chevrolet Pablo Sandoval, 2010 A.L. Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez and 2012 N.L. All-Star outfielder Carlos Gonzalez.  The Dominican Republic’s roster is highlighted by 10 All-Stars, including infielders Adrian Beltre, Robinson Cano, Hanley Ramirez, Jose Reyes and 2002 A.L. MVP Miguel Tejada.  Also participating is 2006 A.L. MVP Justin Morneau of Canada.

Seven-time All-Star Carlos Beltran and two-time World Series Champion Yadier Molina, both of Team Puerto Rico, will participate in their third World Baseball Classic.  Another third-time participant is Adrian Gonzalez of Team Mexico, which will have All-Star right-hander Yovani Gallardo.  Free agent right-hander Chien-Ming Wang will represent Chinese Taipei for the first time in the World Baseball Classic, while left-hander Bruce Chen will become the first Major Leaguer to represent China in the event.

So I guess Bruce Chen got his grandparents’ Chinese birth certificate issue figured out.

The WBC begins March 2 and goes through March 19. The pools:

  • Pool A:  Brazil, China, Cuba and Japan, playing at the Fukuoka Yahoo! Japan Dome
  • Pool B: Australia, Chinese Taipei, Korea and the Netherlands, playing at Intercontinental Baseball Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan
  • Pool C: Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Spain and Venezuela, playing at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Pool D: Canada, Italy, Mexico and the United States, playing at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in ArizonaSalt River Fields at Talking Stick in Arizona.

The First Round will feature a round-robin format with the top two teams at each venue advancing to one of two Second Round pools. The Second Round, which will be a modified double-elimination format, will be played at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan and Marlins Park in Miami, Florida. The Championship Round at AT&T Park in San Francisco from Sunday, March 17th–Tuesday, March 19th.

Gentlemen, start your international baseball.

  1. historiophiliac - Jan 17, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Venezuela!!!!!

    • cebig - Jan 18, 2013 at 8:53 AM

      That’s just un-American….

  2. jwbiii - Jan 17, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    No Joey Votto for Canada. Did his medical examination not go well or has it not happened yet?

    • tyler4richardson - Jan 17, 2013 at 9:26 PM

      Pretty sure Canada has left one roster spot open and it’s for Votto pending his physical.

  3. hojo20 - Jan 17, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    I’m not rooting for a country, I just want the players to get through the WBC all healthy.

  4. moseskkim - Jan 17, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    korea been in finals, look forward to them winning. wish they had the korean pokemon ryuchoo playing. hyun jin ryu and shin soo choo.

  5. fearthehoody - Jan 17, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    I know it is an exhibition , and I am not really into soccer , so this is the next best thing. I have my tickets for Chase Field that weekend. Go USA!

  6. innout10 - Jan 17, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    So a month ago you don’t care about world baseball classic… Now you post this eh? Bout time calc

  7. riverace19 - Jan 18, 2013 at 3:00 AM

    Not the USA’s best roster, but enough to get it done. Wish some of the younger guys were on the team

  8. boondocksaint7 - Jan 18, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    When they start playing for Olympic gold let me know. Then I’ll watch.

    • cktai - Jan 19, 2013 at 4:20 AM

      Really? Who was the first team to beat Cuba in the Olympics? If you cannot answer that question, then you probably never watched olympic baseball, and probably won’t watch it if it ever comes back.

  9. buffalomafia - Jan 18, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Italy! Whatsa matta wich u!

  10. cktai - Jan 19, 2013 at 4:23 AM

    From a first glance it seems that 16 of the 26 Dutch players play in the Dutch league. Not really sure if I should be disappointed at the lack of Dutch MLB players, or be happy with the level of our national league.

  11. iamjimmyjack - Jan 23, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Pool c will be really fun to watch. Alot of excellent players on the rosters.

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