As baseball continues to grow globally, the World Baseball Classic could be the ideal stage for a young player from Italy, Korea, the Netherlands, Canada, Mexico or South Africa to draw interest from scouts working for Major League teams.
Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, the highest profile Major League player from Panama, reiterated he will not participate in the World Baseball Classic.
Brewers outfielder Carlos Lee and Yankees closer Mariano Rivera were among 30 players with ties to a Major League organization named Wednesday to Panama's provisional roster for the inaugural World Baseball Classic.
Miguel Tejada and Melvin Mora head a list of nine Orioles players who have committed to play in the inaugural World Baseball Classic. The 16-team tournament will feature the world's best players competing for their home countries for the first time.