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Esmil Rogers bows out of 2013 World Baseball Classic

Feb 2, 2013, 10:03 PM EDT

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Some minor World Baseball Classic news.

According to John Lott of Toronto’s National Post, Blue Jays righty Esmil Rogers has removed himself from consideration for the Dominican Republic’s World Baseball Classic team after originally being listed on the country’s provisional roster.

Rogers, who was sent to Toronto in a November trade with the Indians, will stay in Jays camp all spring so that he can get to know teammates.

The 27-year-old registered a superb 3.06 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 54/12 K/BB ratio across 53 innings last season for Cleveland. He will operate in a middle relief role this summer for the Blue Jays.

Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera has also declined an invitation to join the Dominican squad.

  1. Kevin Gillman - Feb 2, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, the World Baseball Classic NEEDS to be played in December, after the season, and the players will be more prepared to play. We have seen amny players drop, and I think its a given that Japan or Puerto Rico are the early favorites.

    • jwbiii - Feb 2, 2013 at 11:04 PM

      Japan, yes. Puerto Rico? Good luck.

      • jwbiii - Feb 2, 2013 at 11:10 PM

        Or as my Mexican friends say, La carretera es para los jugadores, mejor use su sentido

  2. yankeepunk3000 - Feb 3, 2013 at 3:29 AM

    I don’t see how USA won’t be considered favorites with the team they have

  3. proudlycanadian - Feb 3, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    Just another fine trade by the Jays to bulk up the bullpen.

  4. Old Gator - Feb 3, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    in other news, Tully Bascombe has just announced that he would not be representing Grand Fenwick in the World Baseball Classic either.

    Stay tuned this week as I scour the Republicas Platinosas, third world armpits, politically dysfunctional former colonial outposts, deep-frozen mountain principalities and rapidly submerging archipelagos for word of other little-known superstars who are stuffing their ears with waxed rags against the siren song of jingoism and finding better things to do with their time in the runup to the actual season.

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 3, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      I thought that it was “The Grand Dutchy of Fenwick”. Obviously, I was mistaken.

      • Old Gator - Feb 3, 2013 at 12:29 PM

        On this blog, it would have been the Grand Duchebag of Fenwick. I just didn’t want to open the floodgates.

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 3, 2013 at 12:38 PM

        That is the proper use of your thumb. The Dutch would approve.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 3, 2013 at 4:10 PM

        PC, you were partly right, as it was and remains the Grand Duchy of Fenwick (the T is the sole property of the Dutch). But this whole tournament has been thrown into turmoil by the announcement that Yogi Berra has declined to play for Burkina Faso.

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 3, 2013 at 4:22 PM

        My condocences to Burkina Faso and thaks for the correction.

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