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Old friends in the World Baseball Classic

Jan 18, 2013, 12:57 AM EDT

Chris Snelling - Bowman Chrome

Instead of complaining about the fact that Heath Bell and Willie Bloomquist are on Team USA’s provisional World Baseball Classic roster, I thought it might be more fun to highlight some ex-major leaguers dotting the rosters of other squads:

Australia

RHP Chris Oxspring (35) – Appeared in five games for Padres in 2005
LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith (30) – Effective Mariner in 2008-09 before getting hurt
1B Justin Huber (30) – Former top prospect hit .224, 2 HR in 161 AB
OF Chris Snelling (31) – Talented but never healthy, hit .244/.360/.400 in 225 AB

Italy

RHP Dan Serafini (39) – 15-16 with a 6.04 ERA from 1996-2007
RHP Brian Sweeney (39) – 3.38 in 73 appearances, the last coming in 2010

Japan

INF Kazuo Matsui (37) – Hit .267/.321/.380 in 7 seasons before returning home

Korea

RHP Jae Weong Seo (35) – 28-40, 4.60 ERA from 2002-2007

Mexico

INF Edgar Gonzalez (34) – Adrian’s older brother, teammate on 2008-09 Padres
OF Karim Garcia (37) – Unknown to Pedro Martinez, hit 66 big-league homers

Puerto Rico

RHP Dicky Gonzalez (34) – Quad-A pitcher has spent last 5 years in Japan
INF Luis Figueroa (39) – 2 AB in 2001, 9 in 2006, 5 in 2007
INF Andy Gonzalez (31) – Hit .185 in 67 games for White Sox in 2008

Chinese Taipei

LHP Hong-Chih Kuo (31) – 3.73 ERA, 345 strikeouts in 292 IP

Unfortunately, Colombia (Edgar Renteria and Jolbert Cabrera) and Panama (Ramiro Mendoza and Ruben Rivera) failed to make the final 16 for the WBC, so we’ll miss out on their vets.

  1. mgflolox - Jan 18, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    Chris Snelling… one of the great “might have beens” in baseball history. A fantastic talent, but just couldn’t stay on the field.

  2. flosox - Jan 18, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    I vividly remember that game where Petey fired a fastball right over his head…and then the interview aftwards. Thanks for the nostalgia!

    • flosox - Jan 18, 2013 at 7:24 AM

      whoops…meant to say jerry-curled Petey. Haven’t finished my coffee yet.

  3. paperlions - Jan 18, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Stubby Clapp, legendary Texas Tech Red Raider and Memphis Cardinal is coaching for Canada. He also had 26 PAs during a cup of coffee in 2001.

    • historiophiliac - Jan 18, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      /suppressing joke about the Clapp…

      • paperlions - Jan 18, 2013 at 10:20 AM

        There is a small park named after him in Lubbock.

  4. foreverchipper10 - Jan 18, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Well done Matthew. I love stuff like this.

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