Griffey ready to play for U.S. in Classic

Updated: December 13, 2005, 4:56 PM ET
Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- Reds outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. has agreed to play in next year's inaugural World Baseball Classic if he is picked for the U.S. team.

 Ken Griffey Jr.
Griffey Jr.

His father, Ken Griffey Sr., will be the first-base coach for the U.S. team during the 16-team tournament, to be played from March 3-20. The elder Griffey is a special consultant to Reds general manager Dan O'Brien.

Griffey Jr.'s decision was announced Tuesday by the Reds. Cincinnati outfielder Adam Dunn (U.S.), shortstop Felipe Lopez (Puerto Rico), outfielder Wily Mo Pena (Dominican Republic) and catcher Javier Valentin (Puerto Rico) previously committed to play.


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