Victorino on WBC roster
Shane Victorino was one of 27 players on the U.S. team’s provisional World Baseball Classic roster announced Thursday.
The St. Anthony High School graduate, who also played for the 2009 squad that lost in the semifinals, is likely to be a reserve outfielder, according to Major League Baseball’s website.
“Honored to represent my country and put this jersey on with PRIDE!” Victorino tweeted, making the final word a hashtag and including a link to a photograph of his WBC jersey from 2009. His post also had the hashtag “USA” three times.
Victorino, 32, signed with the Boston Red Sox in December after playing for the Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012. The two-time All-Star selection set a career high with a combined 39 stolen bases for the two teams last year, his ninth in the major leagues, but batted .255, a career low for a full season. He hit 11 home runs, with 55 RBIs and 72 runs.
Final 28-player rosters for the WBC are due Feb. 20.
Victorino played in eight games in the 2009 WBC and had six hits, all singles, in 19 at-bats, with an RBI and three runs.
The U.S. is to play its first game of this year’s tournament on March 8 against Mexico at Chase Field in Phoenix. Italy and Canada are also in the Americans’ pool. The top two teams from each of four pools will advance to the second round, and four teams from that field will reach the semifinals.
“I’m excited about this team we put together and I’m pleased that the players seem to be equally excited,” U.S. manager Joe Torre was quoted as saying on mlb.com. “That’s important that these guys have the passion to represent (the) USA and hopefully we’ll do good things.”