In 2005 when the Olympic committee decided to no longer recognize baseball as an Olympic sport, the World Baseball Classic was born. This international exhibition game was originally held in 2006 and again in 2009 with the intention of being held every four years thereafter.

Twenty-eight countries are slated to compete in this year’s exhibition beginning March 2nd and ending March 21st. The game intends to merge the best of both professional and amateur players across the world. The odds on offer at Bwin around that time will certainly have the punters talking about who they are backing.”

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Several MLB players have already committed to the Classic and will be representing their home countries. Here are some names you may recognize :

FEDERATION PLAYER MLB ORG.

Canada Justin Morneau MIN
Canada Brett Lawrie TOR
Dominican Republic Robinson Cano NY
Dominican Republic Jose Reyes TOR
Mexico Adrian Gonzalez LAD
Mexico Jaime Garcia STL
Netherlands Roger Bernadina WSH
Puerto Rico Carlos Beltran STL
Puerto Rico Yadier Molina STL
USA David Wright NYM
USA Joe Mauer MIN
Venezuela Miguel Cabrera DET
Venezuela Pablo Sandoval SF

Team USA’s stacked roster doesn’t stop with their players, check out this legendary coaching staff:

Joe Torre is managing with support from Larry Bowa , Marcel Lachemann, Gerald Perry, Willie Randolph, Dale Murphy and Greg Maddux.

Be sure to check back for more updates about the World Baseball Classic.

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