Several Reds may be playing in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, according to Marc Lancaster:

It won’t hold true for all 16 countries participating in the inaugural World Baseball Classic next March, but for a handful of teams, the tournament could have the feel of an All-Star Game that lasts nearly three weeks.

“That is something that’s exciting, because they’re going to put the best product out there,” Reds outfielder Adam Dunn said Monday. “Just to be named on that list is a sign of recognition.”

Dunn’s name was one of 177 on a list released Monday of major league players who have agreed to play for their countries next spring. The list is fluid, as not all will end up participating in the event and baseball officials expect even more players to join in, but the Reds stand a chance of having at least a handful of players suiting up.

Dunn and Ken Griffey Jr. could play for the United States, Felipe Lopez and Javier Valentin for Puerto Rico and Wily Mo Pena for the Dominican Republic.

Lots more information about the WBC in this piece at the Reds official site, but suffice to say that I’m actually interested to see how this all plays out. It could be an interesting tournament.

Of interest to Reds fans, a couple of former Reds will be among the coaches for the US team: former manager Davey Johnson and Ken Griffey, Sr.

One Response

  1. Bill

    I think this idea is terrible and don’t like the idea of Reds players missing ST to play in a tourney that doesn’t mean anything.

    Will you like this as much if Dunn goes out there and blows out a knee or shoulder? Or if Junior gets hurt?

    Why take the risk with multi-million dollar players who should be working to get in shape for the season?