Monday, January 19, 2009

13 Yankees headed to WBC

The rosters for the 2009 World Baseball Classic have been announced. 13 Yankees will be playing in the tournament. As listed here Derek Jeter will represent the USA, while A-Rod, Robinson Cano and Melky Cabrera will play for the Dominican Republic along with other Yankees teammates Edwar Ramirez, Jose Veras and Damaso Marte. Some other Yankee players who will be in the tournament are Alfredo Aceves and Jorge Vazquez (Mexico), Francisco Cervelli (Italy), Jahdiel Santamaria (Panama) and minor leaguers Kai Liu and Zhenwang Zhang (China).

I think it would be best for Cano, Melky and Aceves to stay in camp, but they will take another route. I am glad Sabathia and Teixeira are skipping out, however. Some players who will benefit from these players not being in part of camp are Cody Ransom, Angel Berroa, Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy, Phil Coke, David Robertson and Brett Gardner.

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