Javier Baez among the 30 players confirmed for 2017 World Baseball Classic
Major League Baseball announced earlier this week the initial list of 30 players that will participate in the World Baseball Classic (WBC) this spring.
Javier Baez, the Co-MVP of the National League Championship Series, is joined on Team Puerto Rico by shortstops Carlos Correa and Francisco Lindor.
Baez will have to leave the Cubs in Spring Training to participate in the WBC. Baez is expected to be a regular in Joe Maddon’s lineup next season while playing all four positions in the infield. Joe Maddon and Theo Epstein have said publicly Baez will be used defensively next year as he was during the regular season.
Offensively, Baez had a strong season hitting .273/.313/.423 with 19 doubles, a triple and 14 home runs for a .737 OPS in 142 games. Baez shined at the plate, in the field and on the bases in the playoffs. And he became a star during the Cubs run to The World Series.
Javier Baez is the only Cubs’ player that has committed to playing in the WBC. Omar Vizquel would like for RHP Hector Rondon to pitch for Venezuela. Jake Arrieta has been mentioned as a possibility for the U.S. team. Anthony Rizzo played for Team Italy in the last WBC but has not committed to playing in the World Baseball Classic this spring.
World Baseball Classic, Inc. announced an initial list of 30 players who have confirmed their participation in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Among the 30 players, who span eight of the 16 competing countries and territories, are 24 Major League All-Stars. Additional players will be confirmed in the coming weeks and months. Each Federation is required to submit a proposed final roster to WBCI on or before Feb. 6, 2017.
Confirmed Players for 2017 World Baseball Classic
- Canada: Russell Martin
- Colombia: Jose Quintana and Julio Teheran
- The Dominican Republic: Adrian Beltre, Dellin Betances, Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz and Manny Machado
- Mexico: Adrian Gonzalez, Oliver Perez and Roberto Osuna
- Netherlands: Xander Bogaerts, Jonathan Schoop and Andrelton Simmons
- Puerto Rico: Javier Baez, Carlos Beltran, Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor and Yadier Molina
- United States: Chris Archer, Nolan Arenado, Adam Jones, Andrew McCutchen, Buster Posey and Max Scherzer
- Venezuela: Jose Altuve, Miguel Cabrera, Carlos Gonzalez, Felix Hernandez and Salvador Perez.
The 30 players include five Gold Glove winners, five Silver Slugger Award winners and the NL Cy Young Award winner, Max Scherzer.
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