Two St. Louis Cardinals players, Carlos Beltran and Yadier Molina, plan to represent Puerto Rico in the 2013 World Baseball Classic to be held in March. Left-hander Jaime Garcia was announced as a member of Team Mexico.
Full rosters for the 16-team World Baseball Classic will be released in mid-January, with other Cardinals expected to participate.
Baseball Canada has announced the coaching staff that will lead its WBC entry.
Former Toronto Blue Jays catcher Ernie Whitt is returning as manager, reprising his role the inaugural World Baseball Classic in 2006 and again in 2009. Whitt will head a veteran staff that includes two coaches with Cardinals ties, Larry Walker (hitting/first base coach) and Stubby Clapp.
Others include Tim Leiper (third base coach), Denis Boucher (pitching coach), Paul Quantrill (bullpen/pitching coach), and Greg Hamilton (coach and Director of National Teams).
These coaches, with the exception of additions Clapp and Quantrill, also led Canada to vict...