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|Ortiz Might Not Play, Either|
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- David Ortiz said Monday that his participation in the World Baseball Classic is in doubt because of a supposed lack of communication about the event.
"I haven't known nothing of the Classic. No one has called me, and this type of situation at times provokes one to not participate," Ortiz said after receiving the 2005 award for offensive player of the year at an awards ceremony organized by the company JJ Sports.
Ortiz said he sent a letter stating his intention to participate in the tournament but since then has not been contacted by Stan Javier, the general manager of the Dominican Republic team, or anyone else representing the team.
Nevertheless, Javier justified the situation.
"We are gathering all of the information that they need to have, and we hope to finalize the meetings of the major leagues [that finish Monday in New York] in order to give them all of the details," Javier said by phone.
-- The Associated Press
San Francisco Giants