World Baseball Classic

Yep, the World Baseball Classic is back in spring training. 

Clearwater, specifically Bright House Field, will serve as the home of Team USA, one of 16 teams from across the globe that will compete in the tournament that runs from March 5 through the 23rd.

All WBC players must report to their National Teams on March 2.  For the USA, practice will take place at Bright House Field. Whether the workouts will be open to the public is yet to be decided.

On March 4, we play the Canadian team at 1:05 p.m. at Bright House.  The next day, March 5, we’ll face the US team at 12:05 p.m., also in Clearwater.  Tickets for individual Clearwater games will go on sale on January 9, but 3-Packs in spring training are on sale now.

Former Phillie Davey Johnson will manage the USA squad.  Mike Schmidt will be the third base coach.

Chase Utley played in the WBC in 2006 and loved the experience.  Because of his hip rehab program, he won’t be able to participate this year.

Rosters will be announced in early February.  According to Paul Hagen in the Philadelphia Daily News today, Brad and Cole have declined invitations, while Jimmy and Ryan are thinking about it. Potential players from the Phillies on other rosters include Carlos Ruiz (Panama), J. R. Romero (Puerto Rico), Matt Stairs (Canada), Brad Harmon (Australia), Pedro Feliz (Dominican Republic), Carlos Carrasco (Venezuela).

Non-Roster Additions
Always looking for players, yesterday we announced  that 10 minor league free agent players will be coming to our major league spring training camp, which by the way, opens seven weeks from this coming Saturday.  Seven weeks until baseball!

Chances are most of the 10 will wind up in our minor league system, probably the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.  But, one never knows. 

Over the course of a baseball season, and sometimes in spring training, injuries happen. That’s where these non-roster players can enter the picture. Last season when Mike Cervenak and Andy Tracy spent time with the big league club.  

In 2004, one of the names was Chris Coste and we all know how that turned out.   He’s certainly contributed.

Big Number
Phillie Phanatic appearances for 2008: 516.  Despite that, he/she/it hasn’t lost one ounce of fat.

 

5 Comments

Thank you so much for posting the info on the World Baseball teams! I had looked all over to find the “pre-season” schedule without any luck until I saw this! I do hope they open practices to the public…that’s a really unique opportunity for the fans :O)

Jenn
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thank you phillies for adding rauel thats the best one on the market thank you for signing him he will help the club out on the field in the club house off the field go phillies win another pennit and back to back world series good luck from david heckler

thank you phillies for adding rauel thats the best one on the market thank you for signing him he will help the club out on the field in the club house off the field go phillies win another pennit and back to back world series good luck from david heckler

thank you phillies for adding rauel thats the best one on the market thank you for signing him he will help the club out on the field in the club house off the field go phillies win another pennit and back to back world series good luck from david heckler

thank you phillies for adding rauel thats the best one on the market thank you for signing him he will help the club out on the field in the club house off the field go phillies win another pennit and back to back world series good luck from david heckler

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