- American League Central Podcast PLAY
- National League Central Podcast PLAY
And if you missed last week’s podcasts, here’s where to find them:
- American League East Podcast PLAY
- National League East Podcast PLAY
The 2013 World Baseball Classic begins tonight and gets into full swing over the weekend. Sixteen teams from around the globe will compete in games taking place in Germany, Japan, Panama, Puerto Rico, Taiwan and the United States.
Numerous big leaguers are playing for the countries. Find out who’s playing for which teams and more by reading our stories on the World Baseball Classic.
|Orioles Sending three Big Leaguers to WBC|
|Two from Red Sox in World Baseball Classic|
|Cano,Teixeira, Cervelli among Yankees in WBC|
|Tampa Bay Rays in the WBC|
|Blue Jays send seven to World Baseball Classic|
|Chicago White Sox Set for WBC|
|Indians to compete in World Baseball Classic|
|Detroit Tigers’ Cabrera, Sanchez and Dotel to play in WBC|
|Kansas City Royals and the World Baseball Classic|
|Twins join World Baseball Classic|
|Six players will represent Astros in World Baseball Classic|
|A’s breathe easy as Figueroa withdraws from WBC|
|Mariners Players Gear Up For World Baseball Classic|
|Four Rangers in 2013 World Baseball Classic|
|Braves in the World Baseball Classic|
|Miami Marlins Baseball Classic|
|Wright is Mets sole representative in WBC|
|Q&A: Phillies and the World Baseball Classic|
|Team USA gets two major players from the Washington Nationals|
|Pirates’ players making mark in World Classic games|
|Five Cardinals in WBC|
|Diamondbacks’ Stadiums to Host First Round Games|
|Trio of Rockies to suit up for Venezuela in WBC|
|The World Baseball Classic: Will it harm the Dodgers?|
|Padres players ready for Classic|
|Giants Strongly Represented in World Baseball Classic|
Each podcast will focus on a Major League division and will feature discussions by the student-journalists following teams in that division during spring training.
The podcasts will be streamed live on BlolgTalkRadio and then archived on the Bona Baseball Boogaloo blog, where they can be played at anytime.
A tentative schedule, along with links to each upcoming podcast, is below.
Andrew Keh has an entertaining piece in The New York Times about the Mets’ fishing escapades.
“To find a brief escape, more and more Mets are spending their free hours fishing the multitude of ponds, like this one, around the team’s practice facility and nearby towns,” Keh explains in the article.
Keh’s story not only includes tales of the fishes the players are catching in the Port St. Lucie area, but recounts adventures involving alligators, snakes and navigating the local waterways.
After a not so good season for the Red Sox finishing with a 69-93 record. They also finished last place in the American League East and third worst team in the American League. Last season was the first losing season since 1997 for the Sox.
The team plans on making changes for the new season. They have hired John Farrell as the next manager for the team with a three-year deal, along with Kevin Gregg replacing Pam Kenn as director of media relations and Pam Kenn was promoted to senior director of public affairs.
David Ortiz, the designated hitter feels ready and plans on returning this season despite not being fully recovered from the injury he received back in July.
JetBlue Park at Fenway South is the new spring training ballpark and adjoining player development complex for the Red Sox in Lee County, FLA., which was opened for 2012 spring training season.
David Wright will represent the New York Mets in the World Baseball Classic. The all-star third baseman, who will play for Team USA, is the only Met taking part in the tournament.
Johan Santana had wanted to pitch for Venezuela, but the Mets are taking a cautious approach with Santana’s tender shoulder and did not grant him permission to play.
Wright played in the 2009 classic and had a walk-off RBI against Puerto Rico.
“At the time I had so many teammates on the Puerto Rican team,” he told ESPN’s Adam Rubin. “The lasting memory that I have is running around first. Me and Delgado had been talking back and forth all game. Just seeing the look on his face. I could remember jawing at Delgado all game. Getting a chance to run by them knowing they were out was awesome.”
While no other Mets will play for Team USA this year, the tournament will provide an opportunity for Wright to suit up with former teammate R.A. Dickey. The Cy Young Award-winning pitcher was traded from the Mets to the Toronto Blue Jays during the off-season.