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  • The big news there for those of us who are fans of Major League Baseball is the report that Shin-Soo Choo will be dropped from the roster so that he can focus full-time on spring training. Which is sort of strange news, because I hadn't seen any reports from anywhere suggesting that Choo was being considered for the roster in the first place.

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    • Originally posted by Rally Monkey View Post
      The big news there for those of us who are fans of Major League Baseball is the report that Shin-Soo Choo will be dropped from the roster so that he can focus full-time on spring training. Which is sort of strange news, because I hadn't seen any reports from anywhere suggesting that Choo was being considered for the roster in the first place.
      He had been included on the prelimanary roster of team Korea.

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      • Michael Young has pulled out of the WBC so he can make it to camp.

        http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/20...eball-classic/
        RIP - HGF [1937-2009]

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        • Happy new year to all of you. Sixty days to go.

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          • The terrific Baseball Continuum blog has been doing daily updates on WBC roster news, and the latest one has interesting news. Word is that Miguel Montero of the Diamondbacks will be playing for Venezuela and the Reds' Jay Bruce will be invited to play for the USA. Also, Johnny Cueto will likely play for the DR, and (this isn't news) Joey Votto will play for Canada if he's 100% healthy and Brandon Phillips will get an invite from Team USA. Also, the Rangers' Adrian Beltre is currently working with the DR winter league to prepare for the Classic.

            Here's the Continuum's latest round-up of roster news:

            IN (OFFICIALLY CONFIRMED BY THE WBC):

            Ryan Rowland-Smith- Australia

            Luke Hughes- Australia

            Yan Gomes- Brazil

            Andre Rienzo- Brazil

            Justin Morneau- Canada

            Brett Lawrie- Canada

            Chien-Ming Wang- Chinese Taipei

            Hong-Chih Kuo- Chinese Taipei

            Ray Chang- China

            Wei Wang- China

            Yuliesky Gourriel- Cuba

            Freddy Asiel Alvarez- Cuba

            Robinson Cano- Dominican

            Jose Reyes- Dominican

            Alex Liddi- Italy

            Jason Grilli- Italy

            Shinnosuke Abe- Japan

            Masahiro Tanaka- Japan

            (And 28 of the 34 players on the provisional roster of Japan, presumably)

            Seung Yeop Lee- Korea

            Dae Ho Lee- Korea

            (And possibly everybody on this list for Korea.)

            Adrian Gonzalez- Mexico

            Jaime Garcia- Mexico (could depend on health)

            Andruw Jones- Netherlands

            Roger Bernadina- Netherlands

            Carlos Beltran- Puerto Rico

            Yadier Molina- Puerto Rico

            Engel Beltre- Spain

            Francisco Figueroa- Spain

            David Wright- USA

            Joe Mauer- USA

            Miguel Cabrera- Venezuela

            Pablo Sandoval- Venezuela

            POSSIBLY/LIKELY (not officially confirmed by WBC Inc, but said by other sources):

            Carlos Zambrano- Venezuela

            Felix Hernandez- Venezuela

            Elvis Andrus- Venezuela

            Melvin Mora- Venezuela

            Luis Jimenez- Venzuela

            Martin Prado- Venezuela

            Miguel Montero- Venezuela

            Dustin Pedroia- USA (will depend on recovery from finger surgery)

            Ryan Vogelsong- USA (was at WBC News Conference when details for 2013 edition were first announced)

            Craig Kimbrel- USA

            Brandon Phillips- USA (has been invited, is considering)

            Shane Victorino- USA

            Edwin Encarnacion- Dominican

            Wilin Rosario- Dominican

            Octavio Dotel- Dominican

            Starling Marte- Dominican

            Carlos Santana- Dominican

            Ervin Santana- Dominican

            Edinson Volquez- Dominican

            Carlos Gomez- Dominican

            Albert Pujols- Dominican

            Pedro Strop- Dominican

            Hanley Ramirez- Dominican

            Johnny Cueto- Dominican

            Adrian Beltre- Dominican

            Wladimr Balentien- Netherlands

            Javier Vazquez- Puerto Rico (coming out retirement to do it!)

            Angel Pagan- Puerto Rico

            Joey Votto- Canada (see this) (Apparently will depend on how his knee is doing)

            Russell Martin- Canada

            Chris Robinson- Canada (per Roch Kubatko)

            Dustin Molleken- Canada

            Andrew Albers- Canada

            James Avery- Canada

            Taylor Green- Canada

            Allan De San Miguel- Australia (per Roch Kubatko)

            Travis Blackley- Australia (per Australian Baseball Digest)

            Rich Thompson- Australia (also mentioned at Australian Baseball Digest)

            Alfredo Aceves- Mexico

            Gabriel Suarez- Spain

            Alex Maestri- Italy

            Martin Maldonado- Puerto Rico

            Probably? (were on initial list- possibly a first draft- put out by WBC but not in the second one they tweeted):

            Grant Balfour- Australia (the Australian Baseball Digest says he is going to play)

            Sergio Romo- Mexico

            Luis Cruz- Mexico

            Edgar Gonzalez- Mexico

            UNDER CONSIDERATION (Haven’t said either way, but are definitely either interested, considering it, or under consideration by a team for an invite):

            Mike Trout- USA

            Clayton Kershaw- USA (but unlikely given his injury last season)

            Troy Tulowitzki- USA

            Giancarlo Stanton -USA

            Paul Konerko- USA

            Buster Posey- USA (Bruce Bochy has said he would prefer he doesn’t, but won’t stop him if he wants to.)

            Justin Verlander- USA (“Justin Verlander is a good bet to be the ace of Team USA.”)

            R.A. Dickey- USA

            Andy Pettitte- USA

            Mark Teixeira- USA

            Jay Bruce- USA

            Starlin Castro- Dominican Republic

            Hector Santiago- Puerto Rico

            Didi Gregorius- Netherlands

            Yovani Gallardo- Mexico

            Miguel Gonzalez- Mexico

            Everybody on this list for Mexico

            Ryan Dempster- Canada

            Bruce Chen- China

            PROBABLY OUT (has officially been asked but probably won’t, although there isn’t a firm no yet):

            Wei-Yin Chen- Taipei (had said he wouldn’t because of his newborn child, but apparently isn’t officially out yet)

            Pedro Alvarez- Dominican Republic

            OUT:

            David Price

            Alex Rodriguez (Injured)

            Derek Jeter (injured)

            Evan Longoria (injured)

            Matt Kemp (coming off injury)

            Chris Sale and Jake Peavy (reportedly not on early but unreleased provisional roster)

            Most Japanese MLB players (most are free agents)

            Shin-Soo Choo

            Johan Santana (injured)

            Joakim Soria (with new team and recovering from injuries)

            Victor Martinez (coming off of a injury)

            Liam Hendriks- Australia (note that he was on the original list for Australia, but apparently he’s had some off-season elbow trouble and won’t be able to take part)

            Chase Headley (not asked, per Bill Shaikin)

            Yonder Alonso- Had been approached by Spain

            Bryce Harper (per Scott Boras)

            Alex Avila (had been inexplicably claimed by Spain, said no because he isn’t Spanish)

            Marco Scutaro

            Josh Hamilton

            David Ortiz (injured)

            Hyun-Jin Ryu

            Scott Diamond (injured)

            Jim Johnson

            Michael Young

            Nick Swisher (for Italy, unknown about Team USA, although it is highly unlikely he’d be invited anyway)

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            • Great list, I'm not sure as a Canadian if Ryan Dempster will play. Last time he sat out because of the new team, but maybe the Red Sox and he might have a chat about it. Scott Diamond based on radio interviews I posted here would have been playing if not for the injury.

              I'm surprised concerning the USA that Chase Headley was not even approached. Don't have all the American 3B players off the top of my head but knew Chase was good the past few years.

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              • Originally posted by cutchemist42 View Post
                Great list, I'm not sure as a Canadian if Ryan Dempster will play. Last time he sat out because of the new team, but maybe the Red Sox and he might have a chat about it. Scott Diamond based on radio interviews I posted here would have been playing if not for the injury.

                I'm surprised concerning the USA that Chase Headley was not even approached. Don't have all the American 3B players off the top of my head but knew Chase was good the past few years.
                Chase was arguably the best third baseman and a league MVP after the All-Star break last season. But the starting job for Team USA is already David Wright's, and it makes sense that they don't want to platoon the position.

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                • By the way, I've taken the Baseball Continuum list and put it into something a little easier to follow by combinging the "confirmed" and "likely" players. Feel free to modify it with any information you all have. Here it is:

                  Australia
                  Ryan Rowland-Smith, LHP (FA)
                  Travis Blackley, LHP (Oakland)
                  Rich Thompson, RHP (Toronto)
                  Grant Balfour, RHP (Oakland)
                  Allan De San Miguel, C (Baltimore, AAA)
                  Luke Hughes, IF (FA)

                  Brazil
                  Andre Rienzo, RHP (Chicago White Sox)
                  Yan Gomes, 1B/3B/C (Cleveland)

                  Canada
                  James Avery, RHP (Detroit AA)
                  Andrew Albers, LHP (Minnesota AA)
                  Dustin Molleken, RHP (Nippon Ham)
                  Justin Morneau, 1B (Minnesota)
                  Brett Lawrie- Canada, 3B (Toronto)
                  Joey Votto, 1B (Cincinnati)
                  Russell Martin, C/SS (Pittsburgh)
                  Chris Robinson, C (Baltimore AAA)
                  Taylor Green, 3B/1B (Milwaukee)

                  Chinese Taipei
                  Chien-Ming Wang, RHP (FA)
                  Hong-Chih Kuo, LHP (FA)

                  China
                  Ray Chang, IF (Minnesota AAA)
                  Wei Wang, C

                  Cuba
                  Freddy Asiel Alvarez, RHP (Villa Clara, SNB)
                  Yulieski Gourriel, 3B (Sancti Spiritus, SNB)

                  Dominican Republic
                  Ervin Santana, RHP (Kansas City)
                  Edinson Volquez, RHP (San Diego)
                  Johnny Cueto, RHP (Cincinnati)
                  Pedro Strop, RHP (Baltimore)
                  Octavio Dotel, RHP (Detroit)
                  Wilin Rosario, C (Colorado)
                  Carlos Santana, C/1B (Cleveland)
                  Albert Pujols, 1B (LA Angels)
                  Edwin Encarnacion, 1B (Toronto)
                  Robinson Cano, 2B (Yankees)
                  Adrian Beltre, 3B (Texas)
                  Hanley Ramirez, 3B/SS (Toronto)
                  Jose Reyes, SS (Toronto)
                  Starling Marte, OF (Pittsburgh)
                  Carlos Gomez, CF (Milwaukee)

                  Italy
                  Alex Maestri, RHP (Orix)
                  Jason Grilli, RHP (Pittsburgh)
                  Alex Liddi, 3B/LF/1B (Mariners)

                  Japan (6 of these players will be cut)
                  Masahiro Tanaka, P (Rakuten)
                  Toshiya Sugiuchi, LHP (Yomiuri)
                  Tetsuya Utsumi, LHP (Yomiuri)
                  Tetsuya Yamaguchi, LHP (Yomiuri).
                  Hirokazu Sawamura, RHP (Yomiuri)
                  Kazuki Yoshimi, RHP (Chunichi)
                  Kenta Maeda, RHP (Hiroshima)
                  Atsushi Nomi, LHP (Hanshim)
                  Kazuhisa Makita, RHP (Seibu)
                  Tadashi Settsu, RHP (Softbank)
                  Kenji Otonari, LHP (Softbank)
                  Tetsuya Yamaguchi, LHP (Yomiuri)
                  Daisuke Yamai, RHP (Chunichi)
                  Takuya Asao, RHP (Chinichi)
                  Takeru Imamura, RHP (Hiroshima)
                  Hideaki Wakui, RHP (Seibu)
                  Masahiko Morifuku, LHP (Softbank)
                  Shinnosuke Abe, C (Yomiuri)
                  Ryoji Aikawa, C (Yakult)
                  Ginjiro Sumitani, C (Seibu)
                  Atsunori Inaba, 1B (Nippon Ham)
                  Yuichi Honda, 2B (Softbank)
                  Shuichi Murata 3B (Yomiuri)
                  Nobuhiro Matsuda 3B (Softbank)
                  Hayato Sakamoto, SS (Yomiuri)
                  Hirokazu Ibata, SS (Chunichi)
                  Takashi Toritani, SS (Hanshin)
                  Kazuo Matsui, SS/2B (Rakuten)
                  Hisayoshi Chono, OF (Yomiuri)
                  Yohei Oshima, OF (Chunichi)
                  Yoshio Itoi, OF (Nippon Ham)
                  Sho Nakata, OF/1B (Nippon Ham)
                  Seiichi Uchikawa, OF (Softbank)
                  Ryo Hijirisawa, OF (Rakuten)
                  Katsuya Kakunaka, OF(Lotte, NPB)

                  Korea
                  Won Sam Jang, LHP (Samsung)
                  Woo Chan Cha, LHP (Samsung)
                  Hee Sang Yoon, RHP (SK)
                  Suk Min Yoon, RHP (KIA)
                  Jae Weong Seo, RHP (KIA)
                  Hee Soo Park, LHP (SK)
                  Seung Hwan Oh, RHP (Samsung)
                  Kyung Eun Noh, RHP (Doosan)
                  Tae Hyon Chong, RHP (Lotte, KBO)
                  Yong Chan Lee, RHP (Doosan)
                  Won Sang Yoo, RHP (LG)
                  Seung Rak Son, RHP (Nexen)
                  Won Jun Jang, RHP (Police)
                  Gap Yong Jin, C (Samsung)
                  Min Ho Kang, C (Lotte)
                  Seung Yeop Lee, 1B (Samsung)
                  Tae Kyun Kim, 1B (Hanwha)
                  Keun Woo Jung, 2B (SK)
                  Dae Ho Lee, 3B/SS (Orix)
                  Jung Ho Kang, SS (Nexen)
                  Sang Soo Kim, IF (Samsung)
                  Jung Choi, IF (SK)
                  Shi Heon Son, IF (Doosan)
                  Hyun Soo Kim, OF (Doosan)
                  Jun Woo Jeon, OF (Lotte, KBO)
                  Ah Seop Son, OF (Lotte, KBO)
                  Yong Kyu Lee, OF (KIA)
                  Jin Young Lee, OF (LG)

                  Mexico
                  Jaime Garcia, LHP (St. Louis)
                  Alfredo Aceves, RHP (Boston)
                  Sergio Romo, RHP (San Francisco)
                  Adrian Gonzalez, 1B (LA Dodgers)
                  Luis Cruz, IF (LA Dodgers)
                  Edgar Gonzalez, IF (FA)

                  Netherlands
                  Andruw Jones, CF (FA)
                  Roger Bernadina, OF (Washington)
                  Wladimr Balentien, OF (Yakult)

                  Puerto Rico
                  Javier Vazquez, RHP (FA)
                  Yadier Molina, C (St. Louis)
                  Martin Maldonado, C (Milwaukee)
                  Carlos Beltran, CF (St. Louis)
                  Angel Pagan, OF (San Francisco)

                  Spain
                  Francisco Figueroa, 2B (FA)
                  Engel Beltre, OF (Texas AA)
                  Gabe Suarez, OF (Laguna, LMB)

                  USA
                  Ryan Vogelsong, RHP (San Francisco)
                  Kris Medlen, RHP (Atlanta)
                  Craig Kimbrel, RHP (Atlanta)
                  Joe Mauer, C (Minnesota)
                  Dustin Pedroia, 2B (Boston)
                  Brandon Phillips, 2B (Cincinnati)
                  David Wright, 3B (NY Mets)
                  Shane Victorino, OF (Boston)

                  Venezuela
                  Felix Hernandez, RHP (Seattle)
                  Carlos Zambrano, RHP (FA)
                  Miguel Montero, C (Arizona)
                  Miguel Cabrera, 1B, 3B (Detroit)
                  Luis Jimenez, 1B (Toronto)
                  Pablo Sandoval, 3B (San Francisco)
                  Melvin Mora, 3B, OF, SS (FA)
                  Elvis Andrus, SS (Texas)
                  Martin Prado, IF, LF (Atlanta)
                  Last edited by Rally Monkey; 01-04-2013, 05:10 PM.

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                  • Just as I posted that, I came across a new report that the Braves' Kris Medlen will likely be joining Kimbrel on Team USA. So I've added him now.

                    (That report also raises the possibility that Freddy Freeman could play for Team Canada. Apparently, both of his parents are Canucks. I did not know that.)

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                    • Frankly, it would be pretty extraordinary for Medlen to pitch for Team USA. He was converted to a starter just last year, and was one of the most dominant starting pitchers in the last few months of the season. If you'd expect anyone to want to focus on spring training with no other distractions, it would be a guy like that.

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                      • Here's the way the March 2013 WBC Contest will be run. Contest entries are due by the time of the first pitch of the first game in Pool A in Fukuoka or Pool B in Taichung. Entries must have a guess for the winning team and losing team, final scores, and attendance in all First Round games, where the two teams are already known for each game. Entries must have a guess for the winning team and losing team, final scores, and attendance in all Second Round and Championship Round games, where the teams are NOT already known for each game. Scoring will be twenty points for the winning team, twenty points for the losing team, a penalty point subtracted for the differential between actual and estimated runs for each of the two teams, and a penalty point subtracted for each thousand fans differential between actual and estimated attendance. Prize is the same as for the Fall 2012 WBC Qualifiers Contest.

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                        • Interesting: Team Italy is planning to slot in Alex Maestri to start against Team USA.

                          http://yakyubaka.com/2013/01/06/samu...anuary-5-2013/

                          I'm not sure if Maestri is Italy's number one pitcher or not. But if he is, wouldn't it make more sense to use him against a lower ranked team, like Canada, to try to ensure at least one win. I mean, I know they'll try to win every game. But they should be realistic.

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                          • Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista pain-free and optimistic at Toronto tour stop

                            Bautista also proudly proclaimed his sprained left wrist pain-free and good to go for 2013.

                            The right fielder, who leads the majors in home runs since 2010, underwent season-ending surgery in August to repair a tendon injured on the follow-through of a swing in mid-July. He said he is hitting in a batting cage five times a week, but has yet to face live pitching.

                            “We’re just waiting on that because we’re not in the middle of the season,” he said. “If we were in the middle of the season, I’d probably be playing in games right now.”

                            Bautista would love to be playing in meaningful games in March as a member of the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, but the Jays have not yet given him clearance for the international competition.

                            “Obviously when you finish the season on the disabled list it’s natural for the organization to want to look after your best interests and your health and the team’s best interests,” he said. “I know everyone in the Dominican Republic wants me to play and I’m doing my best and I know the team is doing their best, too.”

                            If the Jays do allow Bautista to participate, the first four batters in the Dominican lineup could be identical to the top four that Jays manager John Gibbons will mark on his lineup card for opening day. Jose Reyes, Melky Cabrera and Edwin Encarnacion are all expected to be named to the Domincan roster.

                            “If it was up to me I’d go, but it’s not my decision,” Bautista said. “If the team believes I would be better off just staying at spring training and getting ready for that, then I will do that, but it is my desire to participate.”
                            Source: http://www.thestar.com/sports/baseba...onto-tour-stop

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                            • If I submit a preliminary predictions now, am I allowed to edit them at any point up until the deadline? Or will they immediately become final?

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                              • That story above about Joey Bats is the first I've heard that Melky Cabrera is likely to play.

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