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    On Thursday, the 2013 World Baseball Classic rosters were announced. The day began with MLB Network unveiling Team USA. In the afternoon, the rosters of the other participating countries were announced. Three years ago, Tom Stuifbergen became a household name for the team from The Netherlands when he, under the tutelage of Bert Blyleven, threw five shutout innings against the vaunted lineup of the Dominican Republic. He and several other Twins players (past, present and future) will be participating in this year’s tournament/exhibition. Before getting to those Twins related players, here is a rundown of where the games are taking place and which teams are involved.

    Pool A will take place in Fukuoka, Japan. It will include teams from Japan, Brazil, Cuba and China.

    Pool B will be March 2-5 in Taichung, Taiwan. The teams participating there will be Chinese Taipei, The Netherlands, Korea, and Australia.

    Pool C will be played March 7-10 in San Juan Puerto Rico. Teams there will be Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and Spain.

    Finally, Pool D will be held in Phoenix on March 7-10. Along with Team USA will be Canada, Mexico and Italy.

    As we knew previous, Minnesotans and Minnesota Twins, Joe Mauer and Glen Perkins will be on Team USA.

    As was reported here yesterday, Eddie Rosario will be part of a pretty impressive Puerto Rican outfield (Beltran, Rios, Pagan, Torres). As you read here earlier today, JO Berrios is also on the roster. So is former Twins LHP JC Romero.

    Team Australia is, as you would expect, full of players formerly in the Twins organization. The one current Twins player is infielder James Beresford. He is joined by former Twins Luke Hughes, Justin Huber and Brad Thomas. He’s also joined by former Twins farmhands Matt Williams, Brendan Wise, and Peter Moylan. Also, Ryan-Rowland Smith is on the roster. He was a Rule 5 pick of the Twins who was sent back to the Mariners. Liam Hendriks’ is not playing due to his elbow surgery in September.

    Jose Mijares will be playing for the team from Venezuela.

    Drew Butera will be on Team Italy. Former Twin infielder Nick Punto is also on the Italy roster, as is Twins minor leaguer Chris Colabello. What a 12-month period it has been for him! Former Twins first-round pick, Dan Serafini, is also on their roster.

    Team Canada will include 1B Justin Morneau. As we heard awhile ago, Scott Diamond is not playing due to his elbow surgery in December. However, minor league lefty Andrew Albers is on the roster. Former Twin Rene Tosoni will also be on the team. So will former RHP Jesse Crain.

    Ray Chang, from Kansas City and who has played in the Twins org the last two seasons, is again on Team China in the #WBC.

    Carlos Gomez will be on the Dominican Republic roster.

    Luis Ayala’s time with the Twins was short, and oh-so memorable. He’ll be on the team from Mexico.

    Finally, Tom Stuifbergen and Bert Blyleven will be reunited on the team from the Netherlands. Joining them will be tall RHP Loek Van Mil, a long-time Twins farmhand. Also, Twins minor leaguer Shairon Martis will be on the roster.

    Who knows who will win the baseball exhibition? The primary thing for me is that all of the Twins players come back healthy!

    Feel free to discuss.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins (and former Twins) in the World Baseball Classic started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 7 Comments
    1. h2oface's Avatar
      h2oface -
      "Jose Mijares will be playing for the team from Venezuela."

      I bet Jose shows up late.
    1. chaderic20's Avatar
      chaderic20 -
      Regarding players coming back healthy, Jayson Stark had an interesting article on ESPN about that. Now, there have only been two previous WBC, but so far the data shows that players who played in the WBC are actually less likely to be injured than those who only play in Spring Training.
    1. Sarah's Avatar
      Sarah -
      Great roundup, thanks Seth!
    1. darin617's Avatar
      darin617 -
      Quote Originally Posted by h2oface View Post
      "Jose Mijares will be playing for the team from Venezuela."

      I bet Jose shows up late.
      No he won't. Players care about their countries, too bad some don't have the same attitude towards the teams that actually pay them.
    1. Highabove's Avatar
      Highabove -
      Glenn Perkins is talking about how he is altering his spring for the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Any Worries?
      Also, would you rather have our prospects preparing with their National Teams or working in Twins Camp with Tom Kelly on their Fundamentals.
      I personally believe that the WBC is a bad idea and a meaningless tournament.
      I am probaly in the minority on this one.

      How the World Baseball Classic is already impacting Twins closer Glen Perkins » Twins Now
    1. TheLeviathan's Avatar
      TheLeviathan -
      Quote Originally Posted by darin617 View Post
      No he won't. Players care about their countries, too bad some don't have the same attitude towards the teams that actually pay them.
      Good pregame spread?
    1. kab21's Avatar
      kab21 -
      Stuifbergen did not look impressive in his start against Taiwan. His fastball was barely hitting the high 80's and he just kept getting hit. Seemed like a nice guy when I chatted with him for a minute the previous weekend but he did not look like an MLB pitcher.
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