Two outfielders, an infielder and a pitcher from the Texas Rangers are confirmed to be suiting up for play in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. The quad of players are heading off to play for four different teams: Nelson Cruz to Dominican Republic, Elvis Andrus to Venezuela, Engel Beltre to Spain, and Derek Holland to United States.
At Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Cruz and Andrus will play against each other in Round 1, Pool C, Game 1 as Dominican Republic and Venezuela go head-to-head on Thursday, March 7. Also at Hiram Bithorn Stadium, Beltre will begin play on Friday, March 8, when Spain faces Puerto Rico in Round 1, Pool C, Game 2.Holland will also participate in play on March 8, in Round 1, Pool D, Game 3 as the U.S. takes on Mexico, at Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz.
“I think it is a good thing to gain experience against the best competition in the world, for them to play in the World Baseball Classic,” said new hitting coach Dave Magadan, in an article by MLB.com. “The best of both worlds would be to be in camp with us and play in the [Classic].”
The Rangers leave it up to players whether or not to participate in the event. Several Rangers players have opted to pull out or decline their invitations to be in the World Baseball Classic for various reasons. These players include Jurickson Profar, Adrian Beltre, Joe Nathan, and Alexi Ogando.