177 Big Leaguers Announced For World Baseball Classic

A total of 177 Major Leaguers already have agreed to participate in
the inaugural World Baseball Classic, World Baseball Classic Inc.
announced today. The list of players features the leading players in
the game, including Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Johnny Damon, Derek
Jeter, Andruw Jones, Pedro Martinez, David Ortiz, Albert Pujols, Manny
Ramirez and Alex Rodriguez.

The World Baseball Classic, a 16-team tournament sanctioned by the
International BAseball Federation (IBAF), will feature players from
around the world competing for their home countries and territories for
the first time ever. The games will be played from March 3-20 at sites
throughout the United States as well as Tokyo, Japan and San Juan,
Puerto Rico.

Attached is the list of players announced today and the countries and
territories for which they have agreed to participate, if selected. The
list does not include players agreeing to play for teams competing in
the Round 1 Asia Pool (China, Chinese Taipei, Japan and Korea). Those
players will be announced at a later date.

Player Team MLB Club
Burnside, Adrian Australia TOR
Durrington, Trent Australia FA
Huber, Justin Australia KC
Stephens, John Australia BAL
Williams, Glenn Australia MIN
Bay, Jason Canada PIT
Bedard, Erik Canada BAL
Cormier, Rheal Canada PHI
Crain, Jesse Canada MIN
Francis, Jeff Canada COL
Gagne, Eric Canada LA
Green, Steve Canada FA
Guiel, Aaron Canada KC
Hill, Shawn Canada FA
Koskie, Corey Canada TOR
LaForest, Pete Canada FA
Loewen, Adam Canada BAL
Martin, Russ Canada LA
McKay, Cody Canada FA
Morneau, Justin Canada MIN
Orr, Peter Canada ATL
Quantrill, Paul Canada FA
Reitsma, Chris Canada ATL
Stairs, Matt Canada KC
Thorman, Scott Canada ATL
Alfonseca, Antonio Dominican Republic FA
Belliard, Ronnie Dominican Republic CLE
Beltre, Adrian Dominican Republic SEA
Brito, Eude Dominican Republic PHI
Brito, Juan Dominican Republic FA
Cabrera, Daniel Dominican Republic BAL
Cano, Robinson Dominican Republic NYY
Castillo, Alberto Dominican Republic FA
Colome, Jesus Dominican Republic TB
Colon, Bartolo Dominican Republic LAA
Cordero, Francisco Dominican Republic TEX
Feliz, Pedro Dominican Republic SF
German, Franklyn Dominican Republic DET
Guerrero, Vladimir Dominican Republic LAA
Martinez, Pedro Dominican Republic NYM
Mesa, Jose Dominican Republic FA
Ortiz, David Dominican Republic BOS
Pena, Wily Mo Dominican Republic CIN
Perez, Neifi Dominican Republic CHI
Polanco, Placido Dominican Republic DET
Pujols, Albert Dominican Republic STL
Ramirez, Manny Dominican Republic BOS
Rodriguez, Felix Dominican Republic FA
Sanchez, Duaner Dominican Republic LA
Soriano, Alfonso Dominican Republic TEX
Tavarez, Julian Dominican Republic FA
Tejada, Miguel Dominican Republic BAL
Tejeda, Robinson Dominican Republic PHI
Torres, Salomon Dominican Republic PIT
Catalanotto, Frank Italy TOR
Dellucci, David Italy TEX
DeRosa, Mark Italy TEX
DiFelice, Mike Italy FA
Fiore, Tony Italy FA
Gallo, Mike Italy HOU
Grilli, Jason Italy DET
Mantei, Matt Italy FA
Menechino, Frank Italy FA
Mirabelli, Doug Italy BOS
Pascucci, Val Italy FA
Piazza, Mike Italy FA
Vitiello, Joe Italy FA
Zoccolillo, Pete Italy FA
Amezaga, Alfredo Mexico FLA
Ayala, Luis Mexico WSH
Beltran, Rigo Mexico FA
Cantu, Jorge Mexico TB
Castilla, Vinny Mexico SD
Castro, Juan Mexico MIN
Dessens, Elmer Mexico FA
Garcia, Gerardo Mexico FA
Garcia, Karim Mexico FA
Garcia, Luis Mexico FA
Gonzalez, Edgar Mexico ARI
Huerta, Edgar Mexico SD
Loaiza, Esteban Mexico OAK
Lopez, Rodrigo Mexico BAL
Ojeda, Miguel Mexico COL
Osuna, Antonio Mexico FA
Perez, Oliver Mexico PIT
Ramirez, Roberto Mexico FA
Reyes, Dennys Mexico FA
Rincon, Ricardo Mexico FA
Robles, Oscar Mexico LA
Valdez, Ismael Mexico FA
Villareal, Oscar Mexico ARI
Jones, Andruw Netherlands ATL
Chen, Bruce Panama BAL
Lee, Carlos Panama MIL
Macias, Jose Panama CHI
Ruiz, Carlos Panama PHI
Alomar, Sandy, Jr. Puerto Rico FA
Baerga, Carlos Puerto Rico FA
Beltran, Carlos Puerto Rico NYM
Calero, Kiko Puerto Rico OAK
Cintron, Alex Puerto Rico ARI
Cruz, Jose Jr. Puerto Rico LA
Delgado, Carlos Puerto Rico NYM
Hernandez, Jose Puerto Rico FA
Ledee, Ricky Puerto Rico LA
Lopez, Felipe Puerto Rico CIN
Lowell, Mike Puerto Rico BOS
Matos, Luis Puerto Rico BAL
Pineiro, Joel Puerto Rico SEA
Rodriguez, Ivan Puerto Rico DET
Romero, J.C. Puerto Rico MIN
Sanchez, Rey Puerto Rico FA
Sosa, Jorge Puerto Rico ATL
Torres, Andres Puerto Rico FA
Valentin, Javier Puerto Rico CIN
Vazquez, Javier Puerto Rico ARI
Vidro, Jose Puerto Rico WSH
Williams, Bernie Puerto Rico FA
Barrett, Michael United States CHI
Berkman, Lance United States HOU
Biggio, Craig United States HOU
Bonds, Barry United States SF
Buehrle, Mark United States CWS
Chavez, Eric United States OAK
Clemens, Roger United States HOU
Cordero, Chad United States WSH
Crawford, Carl United States TB
Damon, Johnny United States FA
Dunn, Adam United States CIN
Fuentes, Brian United States COL
Griffey, Ken Jr. United States CIN
Guardado, Eddie United States SEA
Halladay, Roy United States TOR
Isringhausen, Jason United States STL
Jeter, Derek United States NYY
Jones, Chipper United States ATL
Jones, Todd United States FA
Lee, Derrek United States CHI
Leiter, Al United States FA
Lidge, Brad United States HOU
Mauer, Joe United States MIN
Peavy, Jake United States SD
Pettitte, Andy United States HOU
Pierre, Juan United States FLA
Rollins, Jimmy United States PHI
Ryan, B.J. United States TOR
Sabathia, C.C. United States CLE
Schneider, Brian United States WSH
Sheets, Ben United States MIL
Smoltz, John United States ATL
Street, Huston United States OAK
Teixeira, Mark United States TEX
Utley, Chase United States PHI
Varitek, Jason United States BOS
Wagner, Billy United States NYM
Wells, Vernon United States TOR
Willis, Dontrelle United States FLA
Wright, David United States NYM
Young, Michael United States TEX
Zito, Barry United States OAK
Abreu, Bobby Venezuela PHI
Alfonzo, Edgardo Venezuela SF
Blanco, Henry Venezuela CHI
Cairo, Miguel Venezuela FA
Carrara, Giovanni Venezuela FA
Garcia, Freddy Venezuela CWS
Guillen, Carlos Venezuela DET
Mora, Melvin Venezuela BAL
Perez, Tomas Venezuela PHI
Rodriguez, Francisco Venezuela LAA
Santana, Johan Venezuela MIN
Silva, Carlos Venezuela MIN
Vizquel, Omar Venezuela SF
Zambrano, Carlos Venezuela CHI
Zambrano, Victor Venezuela NYM


Source: Major League Baseball

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