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2013 World Baseball Classic rosters are here

Feb 21, 2013, 8:58 PM EST

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The final rosters for next month’s 2013 World Baseball Classic were just revealed on MLB.com.

The only real big surprise is that first baseman Joey Votto is listed under the heading for Team Canada. He hasn’t fully committed yet to playing and probably won’t make that decision until the event draws a bit closer. The Reds have some mild concerns about his surgically-repaired left knee and would prefer that he remains in camp all spring, but they don’t have the power to tell him he can’t participate because he did not finish the 2012 season on the disabled list.

MLB.com notes that 45 different major league All-Stars currently appear on the submitted rosters.

The 2013 World Baseball Classic is scheduled to get underway on March 2, beginning with pool play.

The 16 baseball federations involved are Brazil, China, Cuba, Japan, Australia, Chinese Taipei, Korea, Holland, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Spain, Venezuela, Canada, Italy, Mexico and the United States.

  1. beefytrout - Feb 21, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    Here’s the link where you can find the full rosters:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/wbc/2013/

  2. goskinsvt - Feb 21, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Puerto Rico isn’t a country. Always confused me why they weren’t part of the USA. Same with Chinese Taipei.

    • Drew Silva - Feb 21, 2013 at 10:01 PM

      Good point. Changed it to “baseball federations.”

    • phipfwe76 - Feb 21, 2013 at 10:20 PM

      Meh. There’s all kinds of non-countries that compete in the Olympics and others as part of FIFA, so it’s not unheard of.

    • cktai - Feb 22, 2013 at 6:11 AM

      Chinese Taipei was never part of the USA!

      In all seriousness though, Taiwan has been a de facto independent nation for over 60 years now. The situation between the People’s Republic and the Republic of China (Taiwan, or Chinese Taipei) is incomparable to the situation around Puerto Rico and USA.

      What does make you wonder is why Puerto Rico participates independently while Curacao, Aruba, and St Maarten don’t. They are independent nations within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In football (soccer) they compete independently. Heck even in the Baseball World Cup, the Netherlands Antilles used to be an independent team until they broke up into 3 nations and 3 municipalities within the Netherlands.

    • pandorasdadca - Feb 22, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      That isn’t uncommon. England plays Wales and Scotland in several sports and each fields separate Olympic teams even though they’re all in the United Kingdom.

  3. historiophiliac - Feb 21, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Venezuela!!!!!

  4. edmata - Feb 22, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    Damn DR is in the toughest pool. All they need to do is beat PR and we’re good, spain is in the bag.
    And the US is in the easiest pool….hmmmm.

  5. ahuophfe - Feb 22, 2013 at 3:49 AM

    Reblogged this on bnfblogs.

  6. blacksables - Feb 22, 2013 at 5:08 AM

    Holland isn’t a country. It’s a province of the Netherlands, which is a country.

    • cktai - Feb 22, 2013 at 6:14 AM

      There is no province called Holland anymore. Not since 1840 when the provinces were split up in Noord-Holland and Zuid-Holland.

      Regardless, almost all the baseball played in the Netherlands is played in Holland, and the finals of the Hoofdklasse are called the Holland Series.

      • blacksables - Feb 22, 2013 at 8:01 AM

        Fair enough, but I wasn’t trying to be that specific. We refer to the “Dakotas” and the “Carolinas”, but neither are a country.

        My point was, what is commonly known as Holland is no longer a country, but part of a bigger Netherlands.

        My grandmother, who is Frisian, would slap me for saying that out loud if she heard me.

  7. cktai - Feb 22, 2013 at 6:22 AM

    I’m incredible excited to see the Netherlands in action. With Profar, Simmons, Bogaerts and Schoop we have a very young but talented infield, although I wonder which of these four will be benched.

    The outfield is decent, but not great, with Roger Bernadina and the Japan based Andruw Jones and Wladimir Balentien. The catchers are very raw indeed. In 2009 it was Kenley Jansen, but this time around it will probably be 24yo Shawn Zarraga (Brewers A+), or the even younger Spencer Kiebook (Nationals A-).

    As for the pitching staff, we have to rely on AAAA players such as Shairon Martis and Jair Jurrjens. The bullpen is decent through with Kenley Jansen and Dutch league legends David Bergman and Rob Cordemans. The latter has 64-13 record with a 1.01 ERA as a starter from the stats that I could gather, but in the previous WBC he was used as a reliever with quite a bit of success.

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