The Pittsburgh Pirates are making their appearance this year in the World Baseball Classic games by five of their players representing four different countries. These five players wanted to represent their countries in a positive way, by bringing their skills that they have acquired and mastered from their professional careers in the states. The World Baseball Classic games are a perfect opportunity for players that play on the American teams to have the chance to represent their own countries.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have five players that will be playing and representing for four different countries in the games this year. So far it looks like a promising start for each individual player playing in the games.
One player who seems to be making headlines is player Russel Martin, who is playing and representing for Canada. Martin is one of the Pirates prize catchers, but in the games this year Martin had a different plans in mind for the position that he would be playing for Canada. Instead of catching, Martin is going to play shortstop. This seemed to have raised controversy with the fans of the Pirates since it has made such big headlines, but the MLB team isn’t saying it’s a problem because it’s something that Martin wants to do and they will supporting him.
The other players participating in the games are Chris Leroux, who will be playing alongside Martin for Team Canada. Jason Grilli is playing for Italy, Wandy Rodriguez for the Dominican Republic, and Ivan De Jesus for Puerto Rico.
Rodriguez and his team played their first game March 7 against Venezuela at the Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico. De Jesus played at the same place the following day against Spain. The rest of the Pirate players also started their first games on March 8 in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Make sure to also keep an eye out for Rodriguez and De Jesus teams who will be playing each other in the games on Sunday, March 10. Also make sure to look out for when Martin and Leroux play against Grilli’s team.