Major leaguers populate international Classic rosters
NEW YORK -- Pitchers Mark Mulder, Danny Haren and Kirk Saarloos were included by the Netherlands on its provisional roster for the World Baseball Classic along with Toronto infielder Shea Hillenbrand.
Atlanta center fielder Andruw Jones was on the roster for the Netherlands as well.
Haren also was included on the U.S. roster for the 16-team tournament, scheduled for March 3-20.
Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez also was listed by two teams -- the United States and the Dominican Republic. The AL MVP said Wednesday night he will play for the Americans.
Catcher Mike Piazza headlines the Italian roster, which also lists Toronto outfielder Frank Catalanotto, Texas outfielder David Dellucci, Texas shortstop Mark DeRosa, Detroit pitchers Jason Grilli and Matt Mantei, Oakland second baseman Marco Scutaro and Yankees pitcher Ron Villone.
Kansas City first baseman Justin Huber is on the Australian roster, and Yankees pitcher Chien-Ming Wang is on Taiwan's roster, the commissioner's office said Wednesday, a day after initial lists of up to 60 players had to be submitted.
Even though he says he won't play, Yankees closer Mariano Rivera was included on Panama's roster.
Teams must cut their rosters to 30 just before the start of the tournament.
Japan's roster listed Seattle outfielder Ichiro Suzuki and Texas reliever Akinori Otsuka. South Korea listed Colorado pitcher Byung-Hyun Kim, San Diego pitcher Chan Ho Park and Mets pitcher Dae-Sung Koo.
No major leaguers were on China's roster.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
World Baseball Classic
WHAT: A 16-team international tournament divided into four pools of four teams each
WHEN: March 3-20, 2006
WHERE: U.S., Puerto Rico, Japan
World Baseball Classic at a glance
|Dominican Republic||South Africa|
• Jan. 23: Bonds says he won't play
• Jan. 20: Cuba allowed in
• Jan. 18: Provisional rosters are announced
• Jan. 17: A-Rod plans to play for U.S.
• Jan. 16: U.S. names provisional roster
• Jan. 14: Canada names 23 to roster
• Jan. 14: Nomar to play for Mexico
• Jan. 11: Lasorda expects Cuba to play
• Jan. 10: Marlins' Cabrera to play for Venezuela
• Jan. 10: Smoltz not likely to pitch for U.S.
• Jan. 9: Italian team to train with Tigers
• Jan. 6: Report: Iguchi, Buehrle to skip WBC
• Jan. 6: IBAF threat: No Cuba, no Classic
• Jan. 4: Report: A-Rod to play for U.S.
• Dec. 28: Venezuela wants Cuba in Classic
• Dec. 27: Matsui won't play for Japan in March
• Dec. 23: Cuba offers to donate Classic money
• Dec. 22: MLB denies Cuban exiles
• Dec. 22: Astros assistant to manage Italy
• Dec. 15: A-Rod will sit out Classic
• Dec. 14: Treasury: Cuba can't send players
• Dec. 14: Matsui promises to decide soon
• Dec. 13: A-Rod leaning toward Dominican team
• Dec. 13: Griffey ready to play
• Dec. 11: Yankees deny Posada
• Dec. 3: Pedro, Tejada hope to play
• Dec. 3: Garcia pitching for Venezuela
• Dec. 2: Report: Castro says Cuba will play
• Nov. 30: Bonds to play for U.S.
• Nov. 28: Whitt to manage Canada
• Nov. 22: U.S., Canada to play exhibitions
• Nov. 14: Arizona to host WBC games
• Nov. 14: Livan Hernandez can play for PR
• Nov. 12: Dontrelle to hurl for U.S.
• Nov. 10: Delgado suiting up for PR
• Sept. 28: San Diego hosting WBC
• Sept. 16: Japan agrees to participate
• July 14: A-Rod to play for DR
• July 13: No WBC for Sheffield
• July 11: WBC groups unveiled