You may dislike the World Baseball Classic, claiming that it interrupts the natural flow of the baseball season, puts the players at an undue risk for injury in March, and that International Competition means nothing to you. Well, I disagree. It’s fun, waking up at 4 am to watch the Asian teams compete and getting to chant things like “U-S-A” without feeling like you’re at some political rally.
Well, the US rosters were announced this morning. Check ‘em out:
C: Joe 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
The first thing you’ll notice: Willie Bloomquist. He’s done it, you guys. He’s the greatest player of all time.
The other thing you’ll notice, Ryan Vogelsong. Three years ago he was a Major League burnout struggling in Japan. Now he’s a bonafide star. Which is not to say that RA Dickey’s story is not any less shocking.
The third thing you’ll notice, this team is really stacked. There are a lot of good players on this team and a lot of home runs to be hit. The USA has struggled in the first two Classics, but maybe this is the year. If not, it will still be a good time.
The rest of the rosters to be announced later today.
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