There’s not room in our paper to print all of these, and I know there’s baseball fans out there looking for the roster of the teams that will be playing in next month’s World Baseball Classic.
This is a tournament that really hooked me the last time around. Watching Japan take to the U.S. and the rest of the world was enlightening. Defense, pitching, speed and fundamentals. That’s what they emphasized and they were clearly the best team.
With Mariners Ichiro Suzuki and Kenji Johjima playing for Japan, they’ll have a lot of Northwest fans pulling for them.
Anyway, thanks to the Sporting News, here’s a link where you can find all of the rosters.
A-Rod is playing for the Dominican Republic, and Adrian Beltre of the M’s is on the roster, but hasn’t made a final decision just yet. He wants to play, but the M’s are trying to talk him out of it. J.J. Putz and Everett native Grady Sizemore are on the U.S. roster, which you’ll find below.
PITCHERS: Jonathan Broxton, Brian Fuentes,
Jeremy Guthrie, J.P. Howell, Ted Lilly, Matt Lindstrom, Joe Nathan,
Roy Oswalt, Jake Peavy, J.J. Putz, B.J. Ryan, Scot Shields, Matt
Thornton, Brad Ziegler.
CATCHERS: Chris Iannetta, Brian McCann.
INFIELDERS: Mark DeRosa, Derek Jeter, Chipper Jones, Dustin Pedroia, Jimmy Rollins, David Wright, Kevin Youkilis.
OUTFIELDERS: Ryan Braun, Curtis Granderson, Brad Hawpe, Grady Sizemore.
MANAGER: Davey Johnson.