CHICAGO -- Jose Quintana couldn't contain his excitement last Spring Training when Colombia qualified for the World Baseball Classic for the first time.So imagine Quintana's level of euphoria and pride as the potential opening starter for his native country against the United States during Pool C action in Miami this
CHICAGO -- Jose Quintana couldn't contain his excitement last Spring Training when Colombia qualified for the World Baseball Classic for the first time.
So imagine Quintana's level of euphoria and pride as the potential opening starter for his native country against the United States during Pool C action in Miami this March. Quintana stands as one of eight players in the White Sox organization taking part in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
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The World Baseball Classic runs from March 6-22. In the U.S., games will air live exclusively in English on MLB Network and on an authenticated basis via MLBNetwork.com/watch, while ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN will provide the exclusive Spanish-language coverage. MLB.TV Premium subscribers in the U.S. will have access to watch every tournament game live on any of the streaming service's 400-plus supported devices. Internationally, the tournament will be distributed across all forms of television, internet, mobile and radio in territories excluding the U.S., Puerto Rico and Japan. Get tickets for games at Marlins Park, Tokyo Dome, Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, Estadio Charros de Jalisco in Mexico, Petco Park, as well as the Championship Round at Dodger Stadium, while complete coverage -- including schedules, video, stats and gear -- is available at WorldBaseballClassic.com.
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"I'm excited. Everybody is excited in my country too," said Quintana at SoxFest. "It's the first time we play in the World Baseball Classic. That's an honor for me to play for my country."
Quintana, who remains atop the White Sox rotation despite trade rumors continuing to swirl around his name, will be joined by Miguel Gonzalez (Mexico) as pitchers among the team's top five starters taking part in the World Baseball Classic. Other participants include closer Player Page for David Robertson and setup man Nate Jones (United States), reliever Giovanni Soto (Puerto Rico) and Minor League relievers Alex Katz and Brad Goldberg (Israel) and Gregory Infante (Venezuela).
Goldberg and Infante are listed on their respective rosters as DPP or as part of the designated pitcher pool. Each team has the option of using the designated pitcher pool (DPP), which works like this: A team can use up to 10 designated pitchers but can't have more than two on its active roster at a time.
Those "active" DPs can be replaced at the beginning of each of the next two rounds, but only by another DP. Once a DP has been replaced, he cannot return to the active roster for a subsequent round. Using Team USA as an example, Danny Duffy and Tanner Roark are the active DPs for the first round of pool play, so they can be replaced on the roster before the second round or the championship round, but only by one of the team's other DPs. And if a DP joins for the second round, he can be replaced for the championship round, but only by another DP.
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Mexico, Venezuela, Puerto Rico and Italy play in the Jalisco first-round pool, with the games taking place in Gonzalez's hometown.
"That makes it even better," said Gonzalez at SoxFest. "It's going to be a blessing in disguise. Family members, friends and everyone is going to be there supporting me and they want me to do good, so I have to perform."
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