The Kansas City Royals rebuilt their rotation this offseason, leaving Bruce Chen to compete for a spot in order to continue being a starter for the team. On Tuesday, Chen removed himself from the rotation. Not for the Royals, but for the team being fielded by China for the World Baseball Classic.
Many players have expressed interest in playing for their respective national teams during this year’s exhibition of top players from around the world. Bruce Chen was excited to announce that he would join team China for the March tournament.
Chen has pitched in past WBC tournaments for his native country, Panama, who failed to qualify for this year’s competition. Chen, who was born in Panama, is the grandchild of two Chinese immigrants who moved to Panama to work on the Panama Canal, eventually settling into permanent residence in the country that became the birthplace of the Royals’ pitcher.
During a January interview, Chen expressed what an honor he considered it to be represent Chi...