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Rollins To Play for Team USA

http://www.murraychass.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/jimmy-rollins-wbc2.jpgTeam USA released their provisional roster today for the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Shortstop Jimmy Rollins is the lone Phillies representative representing the stars and stripes. Rollins is one of three players, the other two are Shane Victorino and Ryan Braun, who return to Team USA from 2009’s team. Rollins is projected to be the team’s starting shortstop and is hoping to duplicate his 2009 performance when he was named to the All-WBC Tournament Team.

Rollins is joined in the tournament by three Phillies’ teammates, Phillippe Aumont, Tyson Gillies,  and Pete Orr on Team Canada, as first reported at Phillies Nation on Sunday.

19 Comments

19 Comments

  1. Don M

    January 17, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    This is the year i’m finally going to get myself a team US hat

  2. Ken Bland

    January 17, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Question.

    Panama does not play in the WBC. Say they were, OR Chooch, like Mike Young has real distant Mexican roots, and could have played for Mexico, and say Chooch had similar roots with a participating country.

    Could Chooch play, or does the suspension negate that.

    I already know he can play Grapefruit games, but that’s different.

    Thanks to whover knows,and answers.

    Wonder what the history of Japanes players doing roids is. Never hear about it.

    No further questions, Your Honor.

    • Ian Riccaboni

      January 17, 2013 at 3:18 pm

      I’m not sure of the rules of that but… side note: I do know Mike Young was on the preliminary list for Mexico but they have yet to submit their finalized roster.

      • Ken Bland

        January 17, 2013 at 3:21 pm

        Yeah, their was pursuit of Young, but about 3-4 weeks back, he declined to concentrate on his new team and position, and I haven’t heard of any change of heart since.

  3. CS

    January 17, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Will these guys not appear in spring training to be at the WBC?

    • Ian Riccaboni

      January 17, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      They generally skip all team function that overlaps with WBC, particularly players who are with teams like the Phillies who play in Florida as the US’s bracket plays in AZ this time around.

      • Lefty

        January 17, 2013 at 7:35 pm

        That’s interesting, so Jimmy will be in AZ. I guess now Ben Revere will get plenty of chances to show whether he has what it takes to be a lead off hitter. His small sample career numbers suggest he’s better hitting second.

  4. Rob h

    January 17, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Hopefully Rollins twists his ankle and backs out, If he plays I’m sure he will miss some regular season time.

  5. brooks

    January 18, 2013 at 1:29 am

    I recall in 09 when Jimmy last played in the WBC. His production for 2009 was pretty similar to what we saw last year – .250 average, more rbi, more total bases, 2 fewer homeruns – he only played in 8 games as he split time with Derek Jeter – this year Jeter is out with an injury.
    I’d rather see Jimmy at ST with the rest of the guys. I know he will be there sometime in March but, is that enough?

    • brooks

      January 18, 2013 at 1:31 am

      Jimmy did tear up in the WBC – he was 10 for 24, once again, he only played in 8 games.

    • schmenkman

      January 18, 2013 at 11:24 am

      “…but, is that enough?”

      I don’t really see what ST does for him at this point that the WBC doesn’t, or on the other hand (to Rob h’s point), why the wear and tear and risk of injury would be so much more in the WBC than in ST.

  6. Don M

    January 18, 2013 at 9:22 am

    I haven’t read anything about it . . . but does anyone know why our SP is so weak . . . no Kershaw, Verlander, Sabathia, Lee, Hamels, etc…

    • Lefty

      January 18, 2013 at 12:52 pm

      i don’t have the answer, but am glad that none of our SP’s are included. It’s hard to imagine how these guys get stretched out gradually and properly. I know they don’t throw more than 3 or 4 innings, but IMO- it still seems a risky thing to do as opposed to the controlled day to day environment provided at S.T.

      • brooks

        January 19, 2013 at 4:57 am

        Lefty said it all

  7. Don M

    January 18, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    They have pitch-limits in the WBC … that adjust for each round. So while it might be a little bit earlier work-load … I’d imagine that playing against real competition instead of Spring Training games would offset any negativity of throwing a few pitches in a start

  8. toddfromfairmount

    January 18, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Jimmy outplayed oj (overrated jeter) so bad in 09 , they had to take move him to dh so jroll could take care of the defense.

    • Chuck A.

      January 18, 2013 at 8:38 pm

      Uhhhhh… I’ll be MORE than happy to have “oj” on my team any day.

      • schmenkman

        January 18, 2013 at 10:44 pm

        He’s still a pretty good player. But on a team with Rollins he would be the 2nd best SS and would have to play somewhere else — probably 3rd, or possibly 2nd.

      • schmenkman

        January 18, 2013 at 10:49 pm

        (2nd best both defensively, and overall, that is)

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