The Minnesota Twins have four players participating in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Justin Morneau will be playing for Canada, Drew Butero for Italy, and Joe Mauer and Glen Perkins both will play for the United States.
This will be Mauer’s first time participating in the World Baseball Classic. He will be leaving March 3 for Arizona, where Team USA will train at Salt River Fields. The team will play three consecutive games, against Mexico, Canada and Italy, from March 8 to 10.
Maurer feels his challenge will be participating in the World Baseball Classic games, starting mid- March, and being ready for the start of the Twins 2013 season on April 1 against the Tigers.
“I’m going to try to be as ready as I can,” Maurer said in a story posted on the Twins’ website. “I think in past World Baseball Classics, they’ve used like five or six pitchers, so it’s not like everyone is in mid- season form or anything. But I’m going to go out there and be prepared as best as I can and keep in mind that April 1 is when we get going.”
Many teams don’t like players participating because they fear injury before the start of the season. The Twins manager, Ron Gardenhire, spoke on this issue in the story on Twins website: “We’re pretty lucky to have Mr. Torre running that team. He’s managed and he understands what it is all about. I think he will do a nice job of protecting our players and everyone’s players and not over- extending them because it’s early. No matter how much we can give them here it is still going to be early.”
The World Baseball Classic should be interesting for Twins fans, as they will be able to watch their favorite players play against each other. Mauer and Perkins will be playing against Butera and Morneau in the first three games.