The Cleveland Indians are sending five players to the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
The players include:
- Carlos Santana, center fielder, Team Dominican Republic;
- Mike Aviles, shortstop, Team Puerto Rico;
- Chris Perez, pitcher, Team United States;
- Vinnie Pestano, pitcher, Team United States;
- Asdrubal Cabrera, shortstop, Team Venezuela.
And they are excited for the rivalry.
“There will be some back and forth, and that’s all part of it,” said Pestano, in an article on tribevibe.mlblogs.com. “Hopefully we get a chance to go against (Cabrera) and Carlos. Their teams are loaded.”
Cabrera and Santana’s teams will play each other on March 7 at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico. And the next day, Puerto Rico will face Spain at the same venue.
Currently, no other members of the Tribe are scheduled to play one another. But the brackets will change throughout the tournament.
Perez and Pestano’s first game is just miles from their spring training destination. On March 8, the United States will face Mexico at Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz.
Yan Gomes, third baseman for the Indians, has yet to accept his tournament invitation from Brazil. According to an article on cleveland.indians.mlb.com, Gomes plans to stay at spring training and focus on obtaining a roster spot.