Bill Hall, who was on the U.S. provisional roster for the World Baseball Classic, is hoping the WBC will come calling if a spot should open up. Hall also plans to continue contract talks with the Brewers, who are interested in offering him a multiyear deal.
Chinese Taipei is still hoping the Yankees' Chien-Ming Wang will decide to play in the World Baseball Classic. Though Wang is said to have stated recently he will not pitch for Taipei, Chinese Taipei's 30-man WBC roster includes Wang.
New Padres catcher Mike Piazza hopes his role as the designated hitter for Team Italy in the World Baseball Classic will help grow the game. "The biggest thing for me is trying to promote the game in Europe," Piazza said. "I love Europe."
Ozzie Guillen called his first press conference of Spring Training to clarify his thoughts and express his regret about recent comments regarding Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.
Cuba is anticipated to be one of the most closely watched teams in next month's inaugural World Baseball Classic, and we now have a clearer idea of the Cuban players the world will be watching.
Michael Barrett is thrilled about the World Baseball Classic, but so are players like Brandon Sing. While Barrett, Derrek Lee and others are competing for their countries, prospects like Sing hope to capitalize on the extra playing time in Spring Training.
Derek Jeter is excited to represent his country in the World Baseball Classic, even trading some gentle kidding with former teammate Luis Sojo, the manager of Team Venezuela.
George Steinbrenner is excited to watch his Yankees take the field for Spring Training this week, but the owner isn't as pleased with the idea of seeing some of his biggest stars suit up for the World Baseball Classic.
Giants shortstop Omar Vizquel will represent his native Venezuela in next month's World Baseball Classic, something he calls "the opportunity of a lifetime." Vizquel, the Venezuelan team's captain last wore his country's uniform as a 10-year-old in the Little League World Series.
The WBC was the talk of the Tribe's Spring Training camp Thursday, as pitchers and catchers reported to Chain of Lakes Park. Those planning on participating in the event unpacked for what could be a short stay in Winter Haven, while those not participating discussed the event's potential ramifications on camp.
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