USA Baseball Announces World Cup Staff

USA Baseball has issued a press release announcing the coaching staff for the 2009 World Cup Team coaching staff. Team USA coaching veteran Eddie Rodriguez will be the manager and lead a staff that includes pitching coach Kirk Champion, hitting coach Ernie Young, Jamie Quirk and Rolando "Roly" de Armas.

Rodriguez, who has been a coach for the Expos, Mariners, Blue Jays, Nationals and Diamondbacks, was the third base coach for the 2000 gold-medal winning U.S. Olympic Team in Sydney. Young was a member of the 2000 team as well, though as an outfielder.

“We couldn’t be happier with the staff we have put together for the 2009 World Cup,” USA Baseball Executive Director Paul Seiler said in the press release.  “Having won our first title in 33 years in 2007, we wanted to put together a staff that we felt confident would continue our momentum and keep the World Cup trophy in the United States.”

World Cup competition begins Sept. 10 with the U.S. facing Venezuela in pool play in Regensburg, Germany. China and Germany are the other two teams in the pool. The second round of the tournament will be held in the Netherlands and Italy and the final round will remain in Italy.

A roster of 24 players will be announced on Aug. 30.