By Eric Risberg, AP
The Sports Xchange and Yahoo! Sports have reported that Ryan Vogelsong of the San Francisco Giants has made the starting rotation of Team USA for this year’s World Baseball Classic.
This is the first time Vogelsong has made such an honor and is the only Giant to join this year’s team after he posted a 3.37 ERA, a career-best 14-9 record and a 1.212 WHIP. His 1.7 WAR was the third best among Giants starters last year behind Matt Cain (3.5) and Madison Bumgarner (1.8).
Other pitchers joining Team USA include: R.A Dickey of the New York Mets, Andy Pettite of the New York Yankees, Craig Kimbrel of the Atlanta Braves and Cleveland’s closer Chris Perez.
After a remarkable comeback career, Vogelsong looks to add to his latest accolades such as being voted into the National League All-Star team in 2011 as well as placing 11th in the 2011 NL Cy Young award voting.
Last year, Vogelsong was quoted saying he felt snubbed from the 2012 All-star team after putting up a 11-5 record and leading the NL in ERA with 2.36.
In the postseason, Vogelsong was one of the game’s elite in his first four playoff starts in his career. He was 3-0 with a 1.09 ERA in 24.2 innings while allowing just thee runs against the Reds, Cardinals and Tigers.
The tournament begins March 8th and the semi-finals will be played at Vogelsong’s home turf at AT&T Park from March 17-19.