The Washington Nationals will have three major league players competing in this spring’s World Baseball Classic.
Left handed pitcher Ross Detwiler will pitch for team USA along with left handed pitcher Giovany (Gio) Gonzalez. Left fielder Roger Bernadina, also will play in this year’s tournament representing the Netherlands, according to World Baseball Classic.
Detwiler and Gonzalez’ first game will be in Phoenix, Ariz., at Chase Field against Mexico on Friday, March 8. Bernadina will be playing at Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan, on Saturday March 2, announced World Baseball Classic.
The only way Detwiler and Gonzalez of Team USA would meet up against their teammate Bernadina of the Netherlands would be on March 17 in the Championship Round at AT&T Park in San Francisco, Calif. That is if both teams advance that far into the World Baseball Classic, predicited World Baseball Classic.
“The little kid in me wanted to say, ‘Yes,’ right away without thinking it through,” Detwiler said in a story posted on Washington Nationals MLB page ,about receiving the invitation and discussing it with the Nationals’ brass. “But I came in, we all thought it through, and it was still a yes, so I’m happy about that.”
Second baseman Danny Espinosa decided not to play in the World Baseball Classic for Team Mexico. Espinosa said, “I think it was just smarter probably not to, to take my time continuing to rehab,” Espinosa said in a story by the Washington Post. “I thought about it all offseason and talked to Tony Clark a little bit about it. … It seemed like a better decision to take this year off, get ready. And I feel good. I feel strong. I’m just looking forward to the season now.”
The Nationals are forced to go through the process of tweaking their schedules due to the World Baseball Classic. The teams worries are greater than other clubs because some of its best players are gone during a critical preparation period for the season ahead, Washington Times reported.