Originally written January 17, 2013 on Redlegs Review:
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On Thursday, the United States revealed its roster for the upcoming World Baseball Classic. It had been rumored for a while that Brandon Phillips' name might be on it. Well, it turns out that it was. Phillips is one of 27 players who comprised the preliminary roster released by Team USA. Phillips, 31, is likely slotted to be the starting second basemen on the national squad. He is a 2-time All-Star, 3-time Gold Glover, and a recipient of a Silver Slugger Award, as well. The colorful Georgia native batted .281/.321/.429 with 18 homers and 77 RBI in 2012. He is a career .273 hitter and is revered as one of the best defensive second basemen in the modern game. Former Reds Willie Bloomquist and Jeremy Affeldt will also represent America. USA Baseball is allowed up to 28 players on the provisional roster and has 27. The roster can change due to injuries, etc., but each country's federation must submit a final 28-man roster, including a minimum of 13 pitchers an...
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