Thank you for allowing me the opportunity in introducing Team USA, for the upcoming 2009 World Baseball Classic. After being eliminated in the second round of the 2006 WBC, the Team USA club has a gigantic chip on their shoulder. This year’s club is looking for three things to happen some revenge, redemption and most importantly bringing the championship home to America.
MEMEBERS OF THE 2009 TEAM USA CLUB:
Chris Iannetta – Colorado Rockies, Brian McCann – Atlanta Braves
Ryan Braun – Milwaukee Brewers, Curtis Granderson – Detroit Tigers, Brad Hawpe – Colorado Rockies, Grady Sizemore – Cleveland Indians
Mark DeRosa – Cleveland Indians, Derek Jeter – N.Y. Yankees, Chipper Jones – Atlanta Braves, Jimmy Rollins – Philadelphia Phillies, David Wright – N.Y. Mets, Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis – Boston Red Sox
Jonathan Broxton – Los Angeles Dodgers, Jeremy Guthrie - Baltimore Orioles, J.P. Howell – Tampa Bay Rays, Ted Lilly – Chicago Cubs, Matt Lindstrom – Florida Marlins, Joe Nathan – Minnesota Twins, Roy Oswalt – Houston Astros, Jake Peavy – San Diego Padres, J.J. Putz- N.Y. Mets, B.J. Ryan – Toronto Blue Jays, Matt Thornton – Chicago White Sox, Brad Ziegler – Oakland A’s and Brian Fuentes and Scot Shields – Los Angeles Angles
Marcel Lachemann – Pitching, Reggie Smith – Hitting with Barry Larkin, Bill Ripken and Mike Schmidt – Auxiliary Coaches
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