The i70baseball teams, the Kansas City Royals and the St. Louis Cardinals, will combine to send 13 players to the World Baseball Classic in 2013. Among those 13, nine of them will come from the Kansas City organization.
In addition to the large amount of players being sent to the WBC, the Royals will also achieve a historic moment for one team. Bruce Chen will pitch for the team from China, becoming the first major league ball player to do so in the history of the event.
The Royals press release states:
The selections are as follows: Left-handed pitchers Bruce Chen (China) and Tim Collins (United States), right-handed pitchers Kelvin Herrera (Dominican Republic), Luis Mendoza (Mexico) and J.C. Sulbaran (The Netherlands), catcher Salvador Perez (Venezuela), infielders Irving Falu (Puerto Rico) and Miguel Tejada (Dominican Republic), and outfielder Paulo Orlando (Brazil).
You will notice three of those players have yet to play in Kansas City as a member of the Royals: Tejada is a non-roster invitee to spring training and Orlando and Sulbaran spent last season in Double-A.
According to the Cardinals press release:
Carlos Beltran and Yadier Molina were among four Cardinals named to participate in the 2013 World Baseball Classic (WBC). Both will be on Team Puerto Rico and this marks the third WBC appearance for each.
The major concern for the Cardinals was an earlier rumor about Jaime Garcia being invited to pitch for the team from Mexico. The bullet may have been dodged as it appears he was left off the roster while teammate Salas gets the nod. Editor’s note: more on this subject tomorrow as i70 writer Jacob Mayer takes an in depth look at Garcia not pitching in the WBC.
The WBC will commence in March as these 13 players take the field for their respective countries in an exciting and competitive environment.
Bill Ivie is the editor here at I-70 Baseball
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