The World Baseball Classic is coming up in a couple months and the USA roster was announced on Thursday. The list includes names such as Ryan Braun, Joe Mauer, and David Wright. The roster has its star power, but in the end there is much to be desired.
Mark Teixeira, Adam Jones, Brandon Phillips, and Giancarlo Stanton are also slated to play in the tournament but most of the talent from what you can see is in the field, not on the mound. The roster does include R.A. Dickey the NL Cy Young Award winner with Kris Medlen from the Braves following him up. Then Ryan Volgelsong who pitched in the World Series and Derek Holland from the Texas Rangers will be the last man in the rotation. Not taking away anything from the players listed but I feel like the US could have done much better.
The real problem is that the World Baseball Classic is popular everywhere but here in the US. The roster for the tournament allows for 28 players but the US only announced 27… giving the idea that they had a hard time finding players to play. Players such as Justin Verlander, Andrew McCutchen, and Mike Trout are declining the option to play in the Classic.
Like David Schoenfield from ESPN stated in his article, I also like the World Baseball Classic and wish that the US players would jump on board with it. It’s a great opportunity to represent your country and get ready for the season ahead. In a perfect world that would be nice but at the same time they have careers to think about and I can respect that. It will be interesting to see how the team fares against the world in March.