The i70baseball teams, the Kansas City Royals and the St. Louis Cardinals, will combine to send 13 players to the World Baseball Classic in 2013. Among those 13, nine of them will come from the Kansas City organization.
In addition to the large amount of players being sent to the WBC, the Royals will also achieve a historic moment for one team. Bruce Chen will pitch for the team from China, becoming the first major league ball player to do so in the history of the event.
The Royals press release states:
The selections are as follows: Left-handed pitchers Bruce Chen (China) and Tim Collins (United States), right-handed pitchers Kelvin Herrera (Dominican Republic), Luis Mendoza (Mexico) and J.C. Sulbaran (The Netherlands), catcher Salvador Perez (Venezuela), infielders Irving Falu (Puerto Rico) and Miguel Tejada (Dominican Republic), and outfielder Paulo Orlando (Brazil).
You will notice three of those players have yet to play in Kansas City as a member of the Royals: Tejada is a ...