2013 World Baseball Classic: Notable Players

World+Baseball+Classic+2013+RostersThe World Baseball Classic has been lost in the shuffle with the beginning of Spring Training, but it kicks off this weekend on March 2nd.

It’s an event that’s supposed to showcase the world’s best…but at the same time, aggravate the pants off every Major League team’s front office. They must hate seeing their pitchers waste their arms in an International tournament.

Asian countries have had the most success in this format, but the Latin American countries always bring the most individual talent. The rosters have been finalized and we list the notable players who will play in this year’s World Baseball Classic.

* in alphabetical order

U.S.A. – Jeremy Affeldt, J.P. Arencibia, Heath Bell, Mitchell Boggs, Ryan Braun, Ross Detwiler, R.A. Dickey, Gio Gonzalez, Adam Jones, Craig Kimbrel, Jonathan Lucroy, Joe Mauer, Vinnie Pestano, Chris Perez, Brandon Phillips, Jimmy Rollins, Giancarlo Stanton, Mark Teixeira, Shane Victorino, Ryan Vogelsong, David Wright, Ben Zobrist

Canada – John Axford, Jesse Crain, Russell Martin, Justin Morneau, Jameson Taillon, Joey Votto

Dominican Republic – Erick Aybar, Robinson Cano, Santiago Casilla, Nelson Cruz, Alejandro De Aza, Octavio Dotel, Edwin Encarnacion, Hanley Ramirez, Jose Reyes, Fernando Rodney, Wandy Rodriguez, Carlos Santana, Pedro Strop, Miguel Tejada, Jose Valverde, Edinson Volquez

Puerto Rico – Mike Aviles, Carlos Beltran, Nelson Figueroa, Jose Molina, Yadier Molina, Angel Pagan, Alex Rios, J.C. Romero, Andres Torres

Mexico – Alfredo Aceves, Jorge Cantu, Marco Estrada, Yovani Gallardo, Adrian Gonzalez, Rodrigo Lopez, Oliver Perez, Sergio Romo

Venezuela – Henderson Alvarez, Elvis Andrus, Ronald Belisario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Miguel Cabrera, Jhoulys Chacin, Carlos Gonzalez, Ramon Hernandez, Omar Infante, Miguel Montero, Gerardo Parra, Salvador Perez, Martin Prado, Juan Rincon, Francisco Rodriguez, Pablo Sandoval, Marco Scutaro, Calos Zambrano

Japan – Shinnosuke Abe, Toshiya Sugiuchi, Siichi Uchikawa

South Korea – Hyun-Soo Kim, Tae-Kyun Kim

Chinese Taipei – Che-Hsuan Lin, Chien-Ming Wang

Netherlands – Roger Bernadina, Xander Bogaerts, Andruw Jones, Andrelton Simmons

Italy – Chris Denorfia, Jason Grilli, Alex Liddi, Nick Punto, Anthony Rizzo

Australia – Justin Huber, Ryan Rowland-Smith, Chris Snelling

The first games begin on March 2nd, 2013. The MLB Network is your place to watch World Baseball Classic action.

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