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Projected WBC Rosters

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  • Projected WBC Rosters

    Over at the WBC site they have a few possible rosters that they have projected here they are:

    Team USA:
    Position Name
    P Joey Devine
    P J.J. Putz
    P Brian Fuentes*
    P Bobby Jenks
    P Mike Gonzalez
    P Brad Lidge*
    P Cliff Lee
    P Joe Nathan*
    P Jake Peavy*
    P Scot Shields*
    P Huston Street*
    P Roy Oswalt
    P Mike Mussina
    P Joe Saunders
    C Joe Mauer
    C A.J. Pierzynski
    C Jason Varitek*
    IF Derek Jeter*
    IF Chipper Jones*
    IF Ryan Howard
    IF Alex Rodriguez*
    IF Ryan Zimmerman
    IF Chase Utley*
    IF Michael Young*
    OF B.J. Upton
    OF Curtis Granderson
    OF Raul Ibanez
    OF Matt Holliday*
    OF Vernon Wells*
    OF Ryan Braun
    * Participated in 2006 Classic

    Team Dominican Republic:
    Position Name
    C Alberto Castillo
    C Ronny Paulino
    C Miguel Olivo
    IF Miguel Tejada
    IF Hanley Ramirez
    IF Jhonny Peralta
    IF David Ortiz
    IF Carlos Pena
    IF Jose Reyes
    IF Albert Pujols
    IF Adrian Beltre
    IF Pedro Feliz
    OF Vladimir Guerrero
    OF Sammy Sosa
    OF Jose Guillen
    OF Carlos Gomez
    OF Alfonso Soriano
    OF Manny Ramirez
    P Jesus Colome
    P Ervin Santana
    P Guillermo Mota
    P Daniel Cabrera
    P Ubaldo Jimenez
    P Johnny Cueto
    P Damaso Marte
    P Odalis Perez
    P Pedro Martinez
    P Carlos Marmol
    P Fernando Rodney
    P Fausto Carmona
    P Edinson Volquez

    Team Cuba:
    Position Name
    P Luis Borroto
    P Maikel Folch
    P Yulieski Gonzalez
    P Pedro Luis Lazo
    P Yadel Marti
    P Jonder Martinez
    P Yunieski Maya
    P Vicyohandry Odelin
    P Adiel Palma
    P Yadiel Pedroso
    P Yosvany Perez
    P Ormari Romero
    P Dennis Suarez
    C Roger Machado
    C Ariel Pestano
    C Erier Sanchez
    IF Leslie Anderson
    IF Ariel Borrero
    IF Michel Enriquez
    IF Yulieski Gourriel
    IF Juan Carlos Moreno
    IF Eduardo Paret
    IF Juan Carlos Pedroso
    IF Rudy Reyes
    OF Frederich Cepeda
    OF Yoandy Garlobo
    OF Carlos Tabares
    OF Osmany Urrutia
    Last edited by mikemets; 11-11-2008, 10:39 AM.

  • #2
    I don't think MLB.com put too much effort into the Cuba roster. Two of the pitchers listed have retired (Palma and Romero), and about ten of the remaining players haven't been on a national team in the past 12-24 months.

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    • #3
      AL...and that's not even mentioning the ton of misspellings of the Cuban ballplayers' names...
      -Yadiel Pedroso=Yadier Pedroso
      -Dennis Suarez=Deinys Suarez
      -Erier Sanchez=Eriel Sanchez
      -Juan Carlos Pedroso=Joan Carlos Pedroso

      I know some you will nitpick about the "y" and "i" at the end of each player's name, but MLB.com doesn't seem exclusive to that. But as you mentioned, some of these guys (Carlos Tabares, Osmani Urrutia, Ariel Borrero) really don't seem likely to be on the national team. I'm also surprised not seeing Alexei Bell and Alfredo Despaigne (whom we got to see in the Olympics).
      "They put me in the Hall of Fame? They must really be scraping the bottom of the barrel!"
      -Eppa Rixey, upon learning of his induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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      • #4
        At today's press conference where Vinny Castilla was named the manager of Team Mexico, Mexican baseball officials reportedly announced the following tournament eligibility rules:

        Finally, it was specified that if a player can play at any of the participating nations must meet at least one of the following requirements: having the citizenship of the country, his father or mother are natives; have legal residence in the country that wishes represent or have been born there.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Agente Libre View Post
          I don't think MLB.com put too much effort into the Cuba roster. Two of the pitchers listed have retired (Palma and Romero), and about ten of the remaining players haven't been on a national team in the past 12-24 months.
          It looks like they copied and pasted the 2006 Cuban roster. Compare the list above with http://www.baseball-reference.com/bu...osters%29#Cuba

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Dalkowski110 View Post
            ... But as you mentioned, some of these guys (Carlos Tabares, Osmani Urrutia, Ariel Borrero) really don't seem likely to be on the national team. I'm also surprised not seeing Alexei Bell and Alfredo Despaigne (whom we got to see in the Olympics).
            Cuba is in a tough spot with those guys, and a few others. On the one hand, it will be tough for Cuba to leave them at home, but on the other, under ordinary circumstances, there's no way young studs like them would be allowed to travel to Mexico and the U.S. on a 20-something-day trip.

            Originally posted by Rally Monkey View Post
            At today's press conference where Vinny Castilla was named the manager of Team Mexico, Mexican baseball officials reportedly announced the following tournament eligibility rules:
            Those rules look more restrictive than the rules last time. Under the stated rules, e.g., it seems like Mike Piazza wouldn't be eligible for Team Italy this time around, unless he goes through some sort of quickie dual-citizenship process. (I doubt Piazza will be playing in '09 anyway; he's just an example.)

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            • #7
              Not entirely related but is that SERIOUSLY going to be the website design for the 09 WBC for the whole tourney or will put up something better in the few months? It's brutal....

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              • #8
                "Cuba is in a tough spot with those guys, and a few others. On the one hand, it will be tough for Cuba to leave them at home, but on the other, under ordinary circumstances, there's no way young studs like them would be allowed to travel to Mexico and the U.S. on a 20-something-day trip."

                I agree, and that's probably why we not only didn't see a guy like Aroldis Chapman in the Olympics, and we're also probably not seeing him for the WBC (ditto to guys like Yoenis Cespedes and Yosvani Peraza).

                I'm wondering if they'll take one of Bell and Despaigne along and leave the other behind as a compromise.
                "They put me in the Hall of Fame? They must really be scraping the bottom of the barrel!"
                -Eppa Rixey, upon learning of his induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

                Motafy (MO-ta-fy) vt. -fied, -fying 1. For a pitcher to melt down in a big game situation; to become like Guillermo Mota. 2. The transformation of a good pitcher into one of Guillermo Mota's caliber.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Dalkowski110 View Post
                  I agree, and that's probably why we not only didn't see a guy like Aroldis Chapman in the Olympics, and we're also probably not seeing him for the WBC (ditto to guys like Yoenis Cespedes and Yosvani Peraza).

                  I'm wondering if they'll take one of Bell and Despaigne along and leave the other behind as a compromise.
                  I wouldn't put Peraza in the same class as Bell or Despaigne -- they're definitely not in the same weight class (ha ha) -- but it's going to be very interesting to see what happens with Bell, considering he's coming off the best offensive season in the history of Cuban baseball.

                  With baseball out of the Olympics, the WBC is now *the* event on the Cuban baseball schedule, and it will be a major slap in the face for top players to get left home.

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                  • #10
                    I wonder who is going to play for Italy this time around? Didn't they tighten the rules for eligibility this time around? So a few of the players like Mike Piazza wouldn't qualify this time I believe.

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                    • #11
                      "I wouldn't put Peraza in the same class as Bell or Despaigne -- they're definitely not in the same weight class (ha ha) -- but it's going to be very interesting to see what happens with Bell, considering he's coming off the best offensive season in the history of Cuban baseball.

                      With baseball out of the Olympics, the WBC is now *the* event on the Cuban baseball schedule, and it will be a major slap in the face for top players to get left home."

                      Oh, no, I agree about Peraza (lol at the "weight class"). But you have to figure he might be a nice bat off the bench and I don't think Ariel Pestano can stay there forever (although Eriel Sanchez is seemingly heir apparent to him, I'd guess that Sanchez would need a backup). I also agree that if the Cubans take the "take only one" approach with Bell and Despaigne that they would take Bell, since it would look better from a PR standpoint.

                      The real question is how the Cuban baseball people handle the WBC; i.e. if they handle it like the Olympics. There's a greater probability of defection with the WBC, so they might hold back some players for that reason and/or change the rosters so as to minimize that possibility.
                      "They put me in the Hall of Fame? They must really be scraping the bottom of the barrel!"
                      -Eppa Rixey, upon learning of his induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

                      Motafy (MO-ta-fy) vt. -fied, -fying 1. For a pitcher to melt down in a big game situation; to become like Guillermo Mota. 2. The transformation of a good pitcher into one of Guillermo Mota's caliber.

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                      • #12
                        The Azzurri have offered retired All-Star catcher Mike Piazza the position of hitting coach, and are looking into the possibility of including several MLB players on their roster, such as: Los Angeles Angels pitcher Justin Speier and catcher Mike Napoli, Minnesota Twins shortstop Nick Punto and Colorado Rockies pitcher Mike Gallo.
                        The only thing you know is you never know and that you know for sure!

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                        • #13
                          So how come: Santana, Chavez, Delgado, Beltran, and Reyes get to play in the WBC and DWright is left off the US roster? I mean, Chipper Jones, Zimmerman and Arod...but no Wright? I'd personally take either Jones or zimm off and put Wright on in their place....or Let ARod play for the DR
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                          National League Champs
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                          World Champs
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by The Fonz View Post
                            So how come: Santana, Chavez, Delgado, Beltran, and Reyes get to play in the WBC and DWright is left off the US roster? I mean, Chipper Jones, Zimmerman and Arod...but no Wright? I'd personally take either Jones or zimm off and put Wright on in their place....or Let ARod play for the DR
                            I was wondering the same thing why Wright isn't playing i thought for sure he would be on the roster this time. Was he not asked to play or did he decline the offer?

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                            • #15
                              I don't think he would decline considering all the other mets that are playing...i'm thinking maybe he just wasn't offered, tehy have 3 3b already and with Arod, how much playing time would wright get anyway?
                              NL Wild Card
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                              NL East Division Champs
                              1969 1973 1986 1988 2006

                              National League Champs
                              1969 1973 1986 2000

                              World Champs
                              1969 1986

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