Seven of the Miami Marlins players will be featured from four different countries in the World Baseball Classic, the team has announced. Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and A.J. Ellis have been selected to Team USA, while Martin Prado will play for Venezuela, and Edinson Volquez will pitch for the Dominican Republic. Also competing are Minor Leaguers Tayron Guerrero and Greg Nappo for Colombia, according to a story on MLB.com.
Stanton and Volquez were the last two Marlins’ players to announce their intentions of representing their countries.
The story also states the World Baseball Classic runs from March 6-22. In the U.S., games will air live exclusively in English on MLB Network and on an authenticated basis via MLBNetwork.com/watch, while ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN will provide the exclusive Spanish-language coverage.
Stanton and Baltimore star Adam Jones are among the returnees on the 28-man U.S. World Baseball Classic roster, which also includes Colorado’s Nolan Arenado, Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt, San Francisco’s Buster Posey and Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen. With Yelich in the lineup as well, Team USA has a formidable outfield to challenge other ball clubs.
It was also announced that Jim Torre will serve as general manager of the team while former Marlins manager Jim Leyland will manage the team from the bench. Cleveland reliever Andrew Miller is part of a 13-man pitching staff that also has Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer, Kansas City’s Danny Duffy, Detroit’s Michael Fulmer, Oakland’s Sonny Gray, Toronto’s J.A. Happ and Marcus Stroman and Seattle’s Drew Smyly.
The roster announced Wednesday by USA Baseball includes 18 All-Stars, two MVPs and nine Gold Glove winners.