New York Met David Wright is set to be the starting third baseman for the US team in the World Baseball Classic next spring. The position was opened up for Wright when Alex Rodriguez decided to play for the Dominican Republic team. The Braves’ Chipper Jones is expected to play but he’ll get most of his time at designated hitter.
Wright will be playing next to New York Yankee Derek Jeter at shortstop. Wright is expected to be the only Met playing for the US team. Carlos Delgado and Carlos Beltran are playing for Puerto Rico, Johan Santana and Francisco Rodriguez are playing for Venezuela, and Jose Reyes is expected to play for the Dominican team.
I wasn’t a big fan of the WBC tournament in 2006. It seemed really contrived to me and quite possibly just another marketing scheme for MLB and the Japanese league. I’m trying to keep an open mind about it though. I used to consider myself a baseball purist, disliking the designated hitter. But I have enjoyed inter-league play, and the wild card is a no-brainer.
This spring I’ll attempt to enjoy the WBC despite my misgivings about it’s nature.