The United States got a huge lift in the power department on Tuesday when Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton announced he would be playing for the Red, White and Blue. UPI.com and several other media outlets broke the news after Stanton, who is the Marlins’ starting right fielder and major home run threat took to social media to tell the baseball community.
"Boom, I'm coming back to Team USA," Stanton wrote on Instagram. "World Baseball Classic let's go!!!!"
Stanton's joins teammate Christian Yelich, Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star Andrew McCutchen, and Baltimore Orioles' Adam Jones in the Team USA outfield.
Stanton, 27, hit .381 in 17 at-bats during his first World Baseball Classic. The 2017 World Baseball Classic kicks off March 6. Team USA's first game is set for March 10 against Colombia at Marlins Park.
Stanton hit 27 home runs and had 74 RBI in 119 games last season. He has 208 career home runs in seven seasons with the Marlins. Stanton is a three-time All-Star.