With the World Baseball Classic just a few months away, the rosters are beginning to take shape. More names surfaced Monday as the World Baseball Classic released an initial list of 30 players who are confirmed to be participating in the 2017 tournament.Spanning 16 countries, the players include 24 Major
With the World Baseball Classic just a few months away, the rosters are beginning to take shape. More names surfaced Monday as the World Baseball Classic released an initial list of 30 players who are confirmed to be participating in the 2017 tournament.
Spanning 16 countries, the players include 24 Major League All-Stars, but the upcoming WBC, which will take place in March, provides a global stage for veterans and rising stars alike.
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In addition to a number of MLB mainstays with well-decorated resumes -- stars such as Andrew McCutchen, Miguel Cabrera and Max Scherzer -- some of the game's promising young talent will be on display as several big leaguers age 25 or younger will represent their countries, including Puerto Rico's Francisco Lindor, Carlos Correa and Javier Báez; the Dominican Republic's Manny Machado; Mexico's Roberto Osuna; the United States' Nolan Arenado; and the Netherlands' Xander Bogaerts.
Other confirmed players are Canada's Russell Martin; Colombia's José Quintana and Julio Teheran; the Dominican Republic's Adrián Beltré, Dellin Betances, Robinson Canó and Nelson Cruz; Mexico's Adrián González and Oliver Pérez; the Netherlands' Jonathan Schoop and Andrelton Simmons; Puerto Rico's Carlos Beltrán and Yadier Molina; the United States' Chris Archer, Adam Jones and Buster Posey; and Venezuela's José Altuve, Carlos González, Félix Hernández and Salvador Perez.
This year's WBC begins March 6, and games will be played in Guadalajara, Mexico; Tokyo, Japan; Seoul, South Korea; Miami; and San Diego, with the championship round taking place at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles from March 20-22.
This will be the fourth installment of the international tournament, which was first played in 2006. Japan won the first two iterations in '06 and '09, while the Dominican Republic won most recently in '13. The U.S. hasn't finished better than fourth ('09).
Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com.