Friday, April 28, 2017

SIMMONS READY FOR 2017 CLASSIC

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Four years ago, Angels infielder Andrelton Simmons played an essential role in helping the Netherlands reach the semifinals of the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Simmons, a native of Curacao, started at shortstop and hit .333 with two home runs, three doubles, and six RBIs in eight games, an effort that helped the Netherlands secure its best finish in the tournament.

Next week, Simmons will leave for Seoul to represent the Netherlands in his second career World Baseball Classic. He’ll join a loaded infield that will also feature the Yankees’ Didi Gregorius, the Red Sox’s Xander Bogaerts, the Orioles’ Jonathan Schoop and the Rangers’ Jurickson Profar, many of whom are childhood friends of Simmons.

He enjoys doing it because he gets to play with all the friends he grew up with and hung out with in Curacao,” Simmons said Tuesday at Tempe Diablo Stadium. “It’s pretty exciting.

Simmons, 27, said he will leave Angels camp Feb. 28. The Netherlands is set to compete in Pool A of the World Baseball Classic with Korea, Chinese Taipei and Israel at the Gocheok Sky Dome. The Netherlands opens play March 7 against Korea.

Simmons, he believes the Netherlands, which will also have Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen on its roster, has a good shot at making a deep run in the tournament.

They have a pretty good defense. They have a pretty solid offense. The pitching, he doesn’t know a lot of the guys. He hasn’t seen them pitch in a while, so that’s the only area he doesn’t know how it’s going to play, he is still excited for the team. They have a good chance of advancing. Once we do that if they do that they ‘ll see

what level the team is on. Anything can happen in the tournament.

Simmons’ participation in the World Baseball Classic will prevent him from having a full spring to adjust to new double-play partner Danny Espinosa, but he said he doesn’t believe they’ll require too much time to learn to work together. Simmons and Espinosa faced each other frequently when they both played in the National League East with the Braves and Nationals, respectively.

JONES EXCITED TO BE ON TEAM USA FOR CLASSIC

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Being selected as part of Team USA during the upcoming World Baseball Classic 2017 served as honor enough for White Sox reliever Nate Jones.

But getting a call from Team USA general manager Joe Torre and manager Jim Leyland, both legendary Major League Baseball figures, became a surprising bonus on top of the accomplishment.

Jones think that It’s not every day that someone asks you to represent the country. I’m pretty excited about that, during Tuesday’s first day of White Sox Spring Training at Camelback Ranch. It’s not every day that Joe Torre and Jim Leyland call on you. That was exciting.

Torre and Leyland were evaluating Jones’ interest in participating.

Jones said with a broad smile absolutely he would.

You recognize the voice and you have to register that it’s him,” added Jones of talking to Torre. “It took a second, but obviously there is a lot of ‘Yes sirs’ and ‘Thank yours’ because you are talking to the man. It was a spotless experience.

Jones will be joined by David Robertson on Team USA, while Jose Quintana will pitch for Colombia and Miguel Gonzalez for Mexico. Giovanni Soto is on Puerto Rico’s roster, while Minor Leaguers Alex Katz (Israel) and Gregory Infante (Venezuela) also will represent the White Sox in the Classic.

Brad Goldberg, who posted two saves to help Israel advance from the Brooklyn qualifier, has decided not to participate.

Goldberg said No, I’m here. I’m not going, who is taking part in his first big league camp. My priority is here. This is what I have worked so hard for and they respect that. They know that is my best interest. They were all for it.

He had a great time at the qualifier. It exceeded his expectations, but again, his focus is the White Sox and Team Israel respects it.

There are 16-teams will played in WBC 2017

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Israel vs South Korea
Israel vs South Korea

There are 16-teams will played in WBC 2017, These teams

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Walker enjoying coaching Team Canada, retirement

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Larry Walker grew up wanting to be a hockey player.He ended up playing baseball and playing it well. The British Columbia native was the National League MVP Award winner in 1997, as well as a five-time All-Star, seven-time Gold Glove Award winner and a three-time Silver Slugger Award winner.

He ended up playing baseball and playing it well. The British Columbia native was the National League MVP Award winner in 1997, as well as a five-time All-Star, seven-time Gold Glove Award winner and a three-time Silver Slugger Award winner.

Now in retirement, Walker admits the game still has a hold on him. Only this time, his participation is as a coach for Team Canada in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, a squad managed by former big league catcher Ernie Whitt.

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The Canadian team opens play in Miami on March 9 against the Dominican Republic in Pool C, which also features the United States and Colombia.

Walker discoursed the World Baseball Classic and his retirement in this week’s Q&A:

News reporter: What’s the attraction of coaching in the World Baseball Classic?

Walker: It is a little bit of everything, I guess. It’s fun in the aspect that I don’t have to play. There are the pressures that I have never known before as a non-player. You are sitting there as a coach, and it is a different pressure that you put on yourself. It is more, Well, I hope that these guys can succeed, whereas when I played, it was like, I hope I can succeed. It’s just a different feeling as far as having the uniform on. It’s also fun having your country’s name slapped on the front of your chest. It’s a pretty cool honor, and I think all the players agree with that when they say why they want to play on it so bad. And that’s one of the reasons.

News reporter: How did you get involved with Team Canada?

Walker: When I retired, Greg Hamilton, who is the director of national baseball teams in Canada, reached out to me. There was always that interest in doing it, to see these young kids, and a lot of them I played against, the [Justin] Morneaus, [Joey] Vottos. And it’s more than the [World Baseball Classic]. We were over at [a] tournament in Taiwan. The qualifier for the World Cup was in Germany. There’s another [tournament] in Sweden and Italy. It’s not only fun being with these guys, but you get to travel around and hang out with them. It’s like being on the road with your team. And I miss those days, the social part of baseball. When you retire, your teammates are gone, so this is a pretty good chance every year or two to be able to do it again.

News reporter: Does it get you thinking about maybe coaching on a full-time basis?

Walker: I retired, and I was done. I am not the running back from the Seattle Seahawks, Marshawn Lynch, but I wasn’t big on interviews being seen, being heard, all that stuff. It just didn’t interest me, and I think you can see that since I’ve retired. I don’t say “yes to a lot of things. I really don’t do a lot of interviews. [Former agent] Jim Bronner reached out about the Hall of Fame, and how I should get involved and promote myself. I just said, “No, no, no,” to everything. That’s not me. I’m done. My time is up.

News reporter: It’s about national pride?

Walker: Sure. We go to tournaments, and there might be one player from four years earlier on some of those teams. They have so many new players because they have so many players to choose from. In Canada, we might have one new player on our roster. It is basically the same guys for us. You look at the World Baseball Classic. We have Peter Orr, who is retired, but he’s going to play for his country. Guys like Eric Gagne and Ryan Dumpster are coming out of retirement. It is nuts.

News reporter: So are you going to surprise everybody and play yourself?

Walker: No. I’m done. I am retired. There is no thought of playing.

 

World Baseball Classic 2017 Will Started In Few Days

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RONDON HOPES TO BE READY TO PITCH IN WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC

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Cubs right-hander Hector Rondon was named to Team Venezuela’s roster for the World Baseball Classic, but he may not pitch if he doesn’t feel ready when play begins in early March.

Rondon talked to manager Joe Maddon and Cubs officials on Wednesday, and received the go-ahead. But Rondon also missed about one month last season because of a strained right triceps.

He knows he has our blessing to pitch in the event,” Maddon said. He wants to work his way through the first part of camp and figure out for himself whether he’s ready or not to do it at that time, which is a very mature approach on his part. There’s no reason to accelerate, coming off an injury last year. Why would he ever want to jeopardize his season based on that?

Venezuela’s first game will be March 10 against Puerto Rico at Estadio Charros de Jalisco in Mexico.

He wants to be there. He has to throw a couple bullpens to see where he am.”

  • Swinging into action:Jason Heyward, who batted .230 last season in his first year with the Cubs, spent the majority of his offseason at the team’s complex in Mesa, working on his swing with hitting coaches John Mallee and Eric Hinske. Maddon received video updates on Heyward, and he had yet to see the outfielder in person. Maddon does like the early reports.

Maddon had several conversations with Jason, and he just seems like he’s in such a good place. They talked about him all last year, and he was so impressed with him as a person and as a baseball player. He know he fought through a lot of anguishing moments.

He’s such a good self evaluator. He figured it out. He knew he had to do something differently. It’s hard to do that during the course of the season. It’s hard to make adjustments on the fly during the Major League season.

  • Tattoo you:Remember when Jake Arrieta and Tommy La Stella made a friendly wager over their respective schools when they faced off in the College World Series last year? La Stella’s Coastal Carolina team beat Arrieta’s TCU squad, which meant Arrieta had to get a tattoo of the CCU logo.

A man of his word, Arrieta honored the bet in December, and revealed the tattoo on Twitter. But it wasn’t clear exactly where the logo was located. On Wednesday, Arrieta showed it off. He now has “CCU” on his right butt cheek.

“Arrieta felt it was a good spot for it,”.

La Stella was in Austin, Texas, with Arrieta when he had the tattoo done.

Arrieta, ‘While you’re here, we might as well get it done,'”

  • Getting with the program:Right-handers Conor Mullee and Fernando Rodriguez will be on different flinging programs this spring as they continue rehab from injuries. Mullee missed time last season with the Yankees because of a nerve issue in his hand. Rodriguez is coming back from a lat injury.

Bruce Chen is ending his two-year retirement to pitch for China’s World Baseball Classic team

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Nearly two years after he retired from baseball, left-hander Bruce Chen is getting ready to pitch for China in the World Baseball Classic.

The 39-year-old Chen retired after the Cleveland Indians designated him for assignment on May 15, 2015, and none of the other teams claimed him off waivers. When the team from China reached out to him late last year, Chen wondered if it was looking for a pitching coach.

The Indians had appointed him as a cultural development coordinator and supported his decision to get back on the mound. Chen’s main worry was how his decision would be received. His grandparents were born in China, but he grew up in Panama and pitched on its team in 2006 and 2009.

Chen was afraid people in Panama wouldn’t like it but when the news broke, people were happy.

Chen is taking several members of his family with him to Tokyo, where China will play its opening games in the WBC. His 13-year-old daughter is learning the language in school and will serve as his translator with teammates.

Chen pitched in the majors for 17 years, going 82-81 with a 4.68 ERA. He played for the Braves, Phillies, Mets, Expos, Reds, Astros, Red Sox, Orioles, Rangers, Royals and Indians. He started two games for Cleveland in 2015 and went 0-1, giving up nine runs in 6 1/3 innings. When no other team wanted him, he decided it was time to move on.

Chen wasn’t like Mariano Rivera, who declared his retirement at the start of the year. He didn’t know when his last game was going to be but he was fine with retirement.

The Indians appointed him to help players transition from their countries to life in the major leagues. Chen had no thought of playing again until the team from China reached out to him.

He lives in Arizona and started throwing in January. He’s worried about how he’ll perform after such a long layoff.

he has been through spring training 17 years, but he was nervous in front of the players. It’s the competitive nature. You know you are around the best players in the world. You don’t want to look like you don’t belong there.

Once he started throwing, Chen realized how much he missed competing.

NOTE:The Indians signed left-hander James Russell to a minor league deal and invited him to camp. The 31-year-old pitcher has played for the Cubs, Braves and Phillies over seven seasons. He appeared in seven games for Philadelphia last season and gave up nine runs in 4 1/3 innings. He’s the son of former Reds pitcher Jeff Russell.

2017 WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC: GARY SANCHEZ CHOOSED YANKEES ABOVE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

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Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is coming off a fabulous rookie campaign in 2016, in which he batted .299/.376/.657 with 20 home runs in 53 games. Needless to say, the Dominican Republic would love to have their hard-hitting, 24-year-old native son on their roster for the upcoming World Baseball Classic. On that front, however …

There’s nothing wrong with changing your mind when it comes to something like the WBC, which would surely throw off Sanchez’s spring routine. After all, his professional obligation is to the Yankees, not to the WBC. The 2017 season will be a big one for Sanchez, as we’re all wondering whether a second look and larger sample size will lead to his regressing somewhat at the plate. Suffice it to say, Sanchez will need all the preparation he can get in order to build off his amazing work last season.The Dominican Republic team will surely be worse for Sanchez’s absence, but by sticking to his preparatory regimen Sanchez might be better off.

The 2017 World Baseball Classic is an upcoming international professional baseball competition. This will be the fourth repetition of the WBC.

Twelve of the sixteen nations qualified based on their performance during the first round of the 2013 tournament; the remaining four nations are the winners of four qualification tournaments that took place in February and September 2016.Two of the four qualifiers, Colombia and Israel, will each be making their first entrance in the World Baseball Classic.

The first-round hosts will be Tokyo, Seoul, Miami, and Guadalajara. The second round hosts will be Tokyo and San Diego, and the championship round will be played in Los Angeles.

World Base Ball Classic 2017 Starts From 6th March

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Mariners announced 11 players for official World Baseball Classic rosters

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The Mariners will have 11 players, including Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz and Felix Hernandez, contributing in the World Baseball Classic.

The official rosters for the World Baseball Classic were announced on Wednesday afternoon on MLB Network. As expected, the Mariners will be sending a sizable contingent of players to represent their respective countries in the international competition.

Seattle’s three biggest superstars — Nelson Cruz, Robinson Cano and Felix Hernandez will participate in the WBC, something they confirmed before the end of last season.

Cruz and Cano will try to defend their WBC title that they won with the Dominican Republic in 2013. Both players played pivotal roles in the DR’s run to the title.

Hernandez will suit up for Venezuela and likely be their No. 1 starting pitcher. Hernandez chose/was asked to sit out the 2013 WBC after signing a five-year, $135.5 million contract in extension in February of 2013. Hernandez pitched for Venezuela in the inaugural WBC in 2009.

Closer Edwin Diaz will serve in the same role for Puerto Rico. Diaz attended WBC games as a fan in 2013 and made a personal vow that he would play for his home country if given the chance.

Two other members of the Mariners’ starting rotation are also on WBC rosters. Right-hander Yovani Gallardo, who was acquired from the Orioles in a trade this offseason, will pitch in the starting rotation for Mexico. Gallardo pitched for Mexico in the 2013 WBC.

Left-hander Drew Smyly, also acquired via trade in the offseason from the Rays, is one of 10 pitchers in Team USA’s designated pitching pool. Smyly won’t pitch in pool play, but could be activated in later rounds.

Pitcher James Paxton (Canada) and Danny Valencia (Israel) decided not to play in the WBC after initial offers.

Five Mariners’ minor leaguers were also chose for rosters.

Top outfield prospect Tyler O’Neill will represent Canada. The young slugger has been adamant about his desire to represent his country any time he’s given the chance. O’Neill played for Team Canada in the Pan-Am Games and Premier 12 tournament in 2015.

Right-handed reliever Emilio Pagan will also pitch for Puerto Rico with Diaz. The two were teammates at Class AA Jackson last season.

Switch-pitching reliever Pat Venditte and right-handed starter Sam Gaviglio will pitch for Italy. Venditte pitched for Italy in 2013. Both pitcher are predictable to be in Class AAA Tacoma this season.

Sebastian Valle, a minor league free agent catcher, who signed with the team this offseason, will play for Mexico.

Former Mariners Alex Liddi (Italy), Ryan Rowland-Smith (Australia), Travis Blackley (Australia), Wlad Balentien (Netherlands), Joel Pineiro (Puerto Rico) and Dae-Ho Lee (Korea)  will participate in the WBC.