World Baseball Classic news that I didn’t have during my “Who’s In/Out/In-Between” and my other posts earlier today. They will be edited in to tomorrow’s edition of my listings for the WBC:
- Mike Trout won’t be playing for Team USA, opting to go into camp for what will be his first full year in the big leagues. While this is a big publicity hit for the WBC (since it will now lack both Trout and Bryce Harper, the two big rookie phenoms of last season), it probably won’t hurt Team USA that much, thanks to the heavy depth of outfield choices (Ryan Braun, Adam Jones and Shane Victorino have already confirmed, for example, and there have been past indications about Jay Bruce and/or Giancarlo Stanton).
- Oh, and speak of the devil: Giancarlo Stanton is in for Team USA! Seriously, I read that shortly after I finished typing his name above.
- Jason Bay isn’t on the Canadian roster because he has to fight for a spot in the Mariners lineup (wow, how the mighty have fallen), Jeff Francis is a similar deal. However, as I mentioned in my post about Canada’s first 23, Joey Votto is going to play so long as he passes a physical for insurance purposes. Also, there is a small flicker of hope on Ryan Dempster.