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Dozen Mariners in World Baseball Classic Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Posted by mrgenre in Mariners.
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The World Baseball Classic is now just days away from getting underway and as of this evening, all teams have finally announced their rosters.  12, count ’em 12 Mariners will participate (or are slated to participate) in the Classic.  At a dozen, the M’s come in fourth in number of players participating, falling behind only the Mets (15), Red Sox (14) and Twins (13).

And with 8 teams represented, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Panama, South Africa, and Venezuela are all sure to get a good taste of the Pacific Northwest.  And that last team, Venezuela, may as well tack a compass to the back of their uniforms (although the Tigers also have four on that squad).  With Felix and Silva headlining the pitching staff and Jose Lopez and newcomer Endy Chavez roving the field, there’s no doubt that a good run by Venezuela could mean lots of clutter in the Times‘ sports page.

But, of course, Japan is the defending champion and while Kenji sat out the Classic three years ago (to focus on his new role with the M’s), he’ll likely get a chance this time to catch a few heaters from Dice-K.  Toss team leader Ichiro into the mix and there’s little doubt that Japan could repeat as world champions.

As for the other M’s playing, we have minor leaguers Manuel Campos, Alex Liddi, Greg Halman and Anthony Phillips representing Panama, Italy, the Netherlands and South Africa respectively, not to mention top draft pick Phillippe Aumont as Canada’s likely Ace.  And did I neglect to mention that Beltre will be a part of the star-studded squad from the Dominican?

Let’s just say that this year’s Classic will leave Seattle well represented on the World stage.



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