SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Since the inception of the World Baseball Classic in 2006, Team USA has taken its share of criticism for a lack of star power. Whether for contractual reasons, health issues or otherwise, many of the country's star players have declined invitations to the event.
This year is no different, but Team USA manager Joe Torre made it clear Monday that he's not concerned about such criticisms or any others. His sole focus in building Team USA's roster: Winning.
"The marketing people may not agree with the way we've gone about it," Torre said before Team USA's first formal workout in Scottsdale, Ariz. "Obviously the more names of star players, the more appealing and attractive they seem to think it would be, but I'm more concerned about winning than having people's expectations be high because there are a lot of great names on (the roster)."
Torre didn't attempt to assemble an all-star team to collect the best major league players at every position, but rather built a...