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Guerrero, Sabathia And Wagner Back Out Of WBC

Matt Meyers -

In a February conference call, Billy Wagner said he would throw inside to new teammate Carlos Delgado in the World Baseball Classic if he had to. He no longer has to worry about it. Saying he is not physically ready to compete, Wagner has removed himself from Team USA for the Classic along with Indians lefthander C.C. Sabathia, who was slated to be one of the team's four starters.

International | #2006#International Affairs#World Baseball Classic

Italy Announces Roster; Pedro Bows Out

Matt Meyers -

As the World Baseball Classic nears, the last-minute changes and announcements keep coming. Most notably, Mets righthander Pedro Martinez officially announced he will not be playing in the Classic for his native Dominican Republic. Originally, Martinez said he would not be available for the first round games but has now said he is out for the entire tournament.

International | #2006#International Affairs#World Baseball Classic

USA Sends Underwhelming Team To World Cup

John Manuel -

Baseball has had a World Cup tournament since 1938. Apparently, that history matters most to the Mets and Davey Johnson. Johnson, the longtime big league manager, will skipper Team USA at the World Cup that begins Friday in the Netherlands. His roster of minor leaguers—mostly from affiliated ball but with two independent leaguers—has precious little premium talent, aside from a pair of Mets.

International | #2005#International Affairs#World Cup

Brewers Nab Top Dominican Talent

John Manuel -

The Milwaukee Brewers aren't known The Milwaukee Brewers aren't known for being a big player in the international marketplace for players. The organization wants that to change. In July, scouts in Latin America reported that righthander Rolando Pascual was the best unsigned talent in the Dominican Republic.

International | #2005#International Affairs