WBC list reveals Haren's Dutch roots
A's right-hander "probably not" going to play in WBC
By Chris Shuttlesworth / MLB.com
Dan Haren was surprised to find himself on the Netherlands' provisional roster. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
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OAKLAND -- A's right-hander Danny Haren says his father is "100 percent Irish" and his mother is "100 percent Mexican," so it was quite a shock for him to find his name on the Netherlands team's provisional roster for the World Baseball Classic.
"They said that somehow they went through and my name has some kind of Dutch descent," said a bemused Haren before Saturday's A's FanFest. "I immediately called my parents and asked them why I would be included in that. They kind of laughed. They didn't know, and we still don't know how I was included."
Haren, who was born and raised in California, also appears on the provisional roster of the United States. WBC rules allow a player to be listed on the provisional rosters of two of the 16 participating countries, with teams having to submit final 30-man competition rosters five days before their first Round 1 game. The WBC kicks off March 3 and runs through the final game at San Diego's PETCO Park on March 20.
But Haren probably won't be faced with making a choice between his native USA and his newfound Dutch connection.
"I haven't really made a formal decision yet, but it's looking like right now I'm probably not going to [play in the WBC] this year," said Haren. "Maybe in the future, but I don't think I'm far enough along in my career to feel comfortable doing something like that, getting game-ready that early.
"It was something I really thought about, because it was an honor, of course, to get mentioned and get included just on the provisional thing. ... Maybe in two or three years down the road, when I feel comfortable getting ready in early March, I'll do it."
The Netherlands team will likely be led by Atlanta star Andruw Jones, who is from Curacao, a Caribbean island that is part of the Netherlands Antilles. The Dutch provisional roster also includes Oakland's Kirk Saarloos and former A's pitcher Mark Mulder -- who was traded to St. Louis in the deal that brought Haren to Oakland.
"It's going to be great for the fans," said Haren of the WBC. "It's basically like All-Star games. I know some of the teams are loaded with players -- Dominican, obviously the U.S. I'm sure it'll be fun. The games will be great, and I'll have fun watching them."
And perhaps brushing up on his Dutch.