Friday, March 1, 2013

World Babseball Classic 2013 Quick Preview: Pool C

Pool C Predicted Finish: Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Spain

Dominican Republic

Notable players: Robinson Cano, Hanley Ramirez, Alejandro de Aza, Nelson Cruz

Manager: Tony Pena

First game: March 7 vs. Venezuela

The Dominican Republic team was stunned in 2009, losing twice to the Netherlands in the first round to head home early. This year's roster is absolutely stacked and should compete for the title. The pitching staff includes Edinson Volquez, Wandy Rodriguez, and Octavio Dotel, among others. More importantly, Carlos Marmol is not around to mess things up.


Notable players: Miguel Cabrera, Pablo Sandoval, Marco Scutaro, Anibal Sanchez

Manager: Luis Sojo

First game: March 7 vs. Dominican Republic

Of course, this roster is also loaded with talent and could give the Dominican team trouble right away. Venezuela finished 6-2 in 2009, losing once to the U.S. in the first round and then dropping their last game against Korea in the final round.

Puerto Rico

Notable players: Carlos Beltran, Alex Rios, Angel Pagan

Manager: Edwin Rodriguez

First game: March 8 vs. Spain

Puerto Rico has a good team, but it has little chance of advancing. It will be interesting to see if there is a huge upset waiting to happen in this pool. Beltran hit .421 in 2009 and will lead a decent offense, but the pitching staff may not be strong enough this year.


Notable players: Rhiner Cruz, Engel Beltre, Paco Figueroa

Manager: Mauro Mazzotti

First game: March 8 vs. Puerto Rico

Spain has never been in the WBC but defeated France, South Africa, and Israel to qualify this year. Now they'll be playing virtual MLB All-Star teams. Spain advancing would be the ultimate March Madness.

For complete 2013 World Baseball Classic rosters, schedules, and more, visit the official site.

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