As has been the case with many players this offseason, Michael Young is choosing to skip the World Baseball Classic and focus on being healthy for the start of the 2013 season. The WBC is heald every four years and matches the best of the world's players against each other while they represent their home country (or country of family origin). This year, unlike the previous two Classics will have fewer stars.
According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN Young wants to focus on his new team and spend the entire spring with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Michael Young isn't playing in WBC either -- for Team USA or Mexico. He wants to spend entire spring in #phillies camp.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) December 29, 2012
Young was traded this offseason from the Texas Rangers to the Phillies. It was a big move for him after he spent his entire career with the Rangers. Young had often been the source of trade speculation in his career with Texas. He changed positions multiple times to accommodate other players. He continuously produced. Yet, in the end, he was dealt to the Phillies.
Young's decision to skip the WBC probably has as much to do with being with his team for the entire spring as it does making sure he is healthy. Young did not suffer any serious injuries in 2012, but he did suffer the normal bumps and bruises of a long season. He suffered a sprained thumb during the spring, but was able to play through that injury.
Young is a career .301/.347/.444 hitter. He hit .277/.312/.370 last season. Young is a seven-time All-Star.