Thursday, January 17, 2013
Wright lone Met in WBC
By Adam Rubin
Scott Rovak/US Presswire
David Wright is the lone Mets representative in the World Baseball Classic.
David Wright officially was named to Team USA for the World Baseball Classic on Thursday morning. He will be the lone Met representative in the tournament.
Team USA begins play in Arizona on March 8 against Mexico. Its first-round pool also includes Italy and Canada.
Ruben Tejada participated in a qualifying tournament in November, but his native Panama lost in the finals and will not be part of the main tournament. Similarly, Israel lost in a qualifying final in October, which means Ike Davis as well as Josh Satin did not have to decide whether to represent the country and miss part of spring training. Neither Kirk Nieuwenhuis nor Matt den Dekker (whose father was born in the Netherlands before moving to California at a young age) will represent that country. It would not be prudent for Venezuelan Johan Santana to compete.
Ex-Met R.A. Dickey will be one of the starting pitchers for Team USA.