Royals left-handed reliever Tim Collins has been named to Team USA for the World Baseball Classic that will begin on March, with the Championship game in San Francisco on March 19. Collins joins a vaunted Team USA roster that includes names like Joe Mauer, Ryan Braun, and Giancarlo Stanton. On the other hand, it also includes names like Steve Cishek, Jeremy Affledt, and Willie Bloomquist.
Among the Royals teammates Collins will go up against are Bruce Chen (China) and Luis Mendoza (Mexico). Past Royals and Royals minor leaguers to participate in the WBC include:
Barry Armitage (South Africa, 2006)
Mike Aviles (Puerto Rico, 2009)
Bruce Chen (Panama, 2009)
Jorge de la Rosa (Mexico, 2006)
Elmer Dessens (Mexico, 2006)
Lenny DiNardo (Italy, 2009)
Benji Gil (Mexico, 2006)
Ruben Gotay (Puerto Rico, 2006)
Aaron Guiel (Canada, 2006)
Jose Guillen (Dominican Republic, 2009)
Dylan Lindsey (South Africa, 2009)
Miguel Olivo (Dominican Republic, 2009)
Sidney Ponson (Netherlands, 2009)
Joakim Soria (Mexico, 2009)
Matt Stairs (Canada, 2006)
Mark Teahen (Canada, 2009)
Japan is the two-time reigning champion of the WBC, while the United States has failed to medal in the two competitions thus far. However, the U.S. went from not qualifying for the semifinals in 2006, to finishing in fourth in the semis in 2009. This year, they have a "win-now" mentality. Trust the process.
Are you proud of our Timmy? Are you concerned he is risking injury or is compromising his performance for the regular season? Do you care about the World Baseball Classic?