Additionally, all eight teams that advance to the second round in first World Baseball Classic — the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Puerto Rico, United States and Venezuela — will receive the first invitations.
There has been a desire from other baseball-playing countries to be included in the 16-team field, and some that so far don’t play the game.So does catcher Henry Blanco, who said he’d be honored to play for the Venezuelan team, if invited.“It was a good experience, and I’d definitely do it again,” Blanco said.No matter which position they are, Seattle Mariners has lots of players who want to join the World Baseball Classic next March.Include Starter Felix Hernandez, who was asked not to participate for Venezuela in 2006, is likely to want to pitch for his country.
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So does third baseman Adrian Beltre is likely to be on the roster for the Dominican Republic, as he was three years ago.Second baseman Jose Lopez could also play for Team Venezuela.He was the center fielder on the gold-medal winning Japanese team in the 2006 World Baseball Classic, and was a member of the Japanese Olympic Baseball team that won the bronze medal in the 2004 Olympics. kostenloser ficktreff Nürnberg He also helped the Japanese team win the silver medal in the 1996 Olympics.And outfielder Wladimir Balentien could be included on the roster of The Netherlands because his home of Curacao is part of the Netherlands Antilles in the Caribbean.
Due to Team rosters won’t be settled on in a couple of months, so other players could also be involved, it could be more interested to see player face their teammates during WBC.Some Cubbies want to join the World Baseball Classic in 2009.That’s include Kosuke Fukudome, about to begin the first year of his four-year contract with the team, although it means that he could be late getting to Spring Training next year, due to first round of games will begin March 5 at the Tokyo Dome in Japan.“Now we know what it’s all about and we’d have time to prepare.You can see in a couple guys who didn’t play winter ball, they didn’t have good timing. Even there are still more than year away, some players are already talk about 2009 World Baseball Classic, include Omar Vizquel of Venezuela and Javier Vazquez for Puerto Rico.