Miguel Tejada, the Orioles shortstop, took part in a conference call Wednesday to publicize the Dominican Republic's entry in the World Baseball Classic.
Mets GM Omar Minaya said the plan remains for Pedro Martinez to pitch for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, but he added the condition of the large toe on Martinez's right foot is to "be evaluated when he gets to Spring Training."
International baseball hasn't yet burned indelible images into many minds. Not on a par with more established global competitions. Give it time. The memories are coming. Perhaps as soon as next month, with the inaugural World Baseball Classic.
Robinson Cano has decided not to participate in the World Baseball Classic, and Andy Pettitte appears to be leaning that way as well.
The Mets' Pedro Martinez suggested in an interview on Color Vision that his fellow Dominicans may be upset with Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez for choosing to play for the United States team and not the Dominican in the World Baseball Classic.
Manny Acta acknowledges he could emerge from the World Baseball Classic as a national hero or one of several if his team prevails. And if it doesn't? Involvement in an inaugural event that is all about national pride for a country fixated on baseball will be more than an ample reward. "I'm so proud to be involved," he says.
Wladimir Balentien, Scott Thorman, Francisco Liriano and Yusmeiro Petit are a few of the top prospects on the preliminary rosters for the upcoming WBC.
The Dominican Republic's preliminary roster is loaded with All-Stars, including David Ortiz, Albert Pujols, Pedro Martinez, Alfonso Soriano and Bartolo Colon.
Between representing his native Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic and playing for the Licey Tigers in the Dominican Winter League, Ronnie Belliard should have plenty of experience under his belt for the upcoming big league season.
Team USA has been told by credible sources that Alex Rodriguez will probably play for the Americans during the upcoming World Baseball Classic, but the team is awaiting confirmation before rosters have to be set later this month, said one of USA Baseball's top officials.