WBC rosters announced Thurs.

UPDATE: The reveal of the rosters for the World Baseball Classic is Thursday. MLB.com will be streaming the video live.

MLB Network sent out this press release:

The Team USA Provisional Roster for the 2013 World Baseball Classic will be announced on MLB Network’s Hot Stove this Thursday, January 17 live at 10:00 a.m. ET. Co-hosted by Matt Vasgersian and Bill Ripken, who was part of the 2009 Team USA coaching staff, Hot Stove will begin at 9:00 a.m. ET and break down Team USA and feature an interview with Team USA manager Joe Torre.

Later in the day, the remainder of the Provisional Rosters for the 16-team field will be announced on MLB Network during a World Baseball Classic Roster Special live at 4:00 p.m. ET. Co-hosted by MLB Network’s Greg Amsinger and Heidi Watney with Dan Plesac and Bill Ripken, the one-hour special will analyze the entire 16-team field, look back at the history of the World Baseball Classic and feature interviews with Team USA pitching coach Greg Maddux and Team USA member and New York Mets third baseman David Wright. The show will also preview the tournament schedule as MLB Network will be the exclusive English-language broadcast partner for all 39 games of the 2013 World Baseball Classic in the United States from March 2-19.


I’m expecting we’ll hear that Brandon Phillips is with Team USA, and possibly that Joey Votto is back with Team Canada. Johnny Cueto, Jose Arredondo, Shin-Soo Choo and others are good bets to be representing their countries in the World Baseball Classic during Spring Training.


Thanks, I hadn’t seen that. I guess we’ll know for sure on Thursday.

I always get pumped up for international competition in sport. Soccer in the World Cup, ice hockey and basketball (and pretty much everything else) at the Olympics, and so on. Glad that baseball has latched onto the WBC and is trying to turn it into something. Just wish I lived closer to a site to catch games (or, alternatively, I got MLBN at the office!).

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