Monthly Archives: March 2017

“It Means a Lot”: Balentien and Profar on WBC

LOS ANGELES – Wladimir Balentien was a unanimous selection to the World Baseball Classic All-Tournament Team after an outstanding performance for the Netherlands, while teammate Jurickson Profar was only a step behind. Balentien hit .615, setting WBC records with 12 … Continue reading

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Melancon on New Zealand and Role as MLB Ambassador

LOS ANGELES – Mark Melancon made headlines this winter when he set a record for largest contract ever for a relief pitcher when the righthander signed with the Giants. The mark was short-lived, as both Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen … Continue reading

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Jansen on Putting the Netherlands ‘On the Map’

LOS ANGELES – Kenley Jansen joined the Netherlands for the Final Round of the World Baseball Classic, and threw a crucial ninth inning against Puerto Rico in a game the Netherlands lost, 4-3. Fresh off signing a five-year, $80 million … Continue reading

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Dave Winfield on ‘Pride and Dignity’ of the WBC

SAN DIEGO – Just before first pitch between the United States and the Dominican Republic in the second round of the World Baseball Classic, we spoke with Hall of Famer Dave Winfield. Winfield retired as one of only 19 members … Continue reading

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Team USA Claims First World Baseball Classic Championship

LOS ANGELES – Marcus Stroman pitched six no-hit innings and the United States pounded out 13 hits to defeat Puerto Rico 8-0 and win its first World Baseball Classic championship. After losing to Puerto Rico in round two, the USA … Continue reading

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Beltrán on Puerto Rico’s Experience and Energy

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Carlos Beltrán is one of four Puerto Rican players to appear in all four World Baseball Classics, the most of any nation. Beltrán, who turns 40 in April, has put together a Hall of Fame-worthy career … Continue reading

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Rosario: Championship Game is ‘Everything’ for Puerto Rico

LOS ANGELES – Eddie Rosario is only 25 years old, but has already played two years in the big leagues for the Twins and is playing in his second World Baseball Classic, this time as the starting rightfielder. Rosario is … Continue reading

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USA’s Pitching Leads Team to WBC Final

LOS ANGELES – The United States received stellar pitching from Tanner Roark and timely RBI from Andrew McCutchen and Adam Jones and defeated Japan 2-1 to advance to the final of the World Baseball Classic for the first time in … Continue reading

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Puerto Rico Survives Netherlands, Will Play for World Title

LOS ANGELES – Edwin Díaz worked out of a bases loaded jam in the eleventh and Puerto Rico played the tiebreaker rule to perfection as Eddie Rosario broke the hearts of the Netherlands with a game-winning sacrifice fly to send … Continue reading

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Celebrations and Mutual Respect in the World Baseball Classic

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – What has been obvious throughout the World Baseball Classic is something that is often missing from important international sporting events—respect. In a tournament with implications as big as the Olympics or the World Cup for many … Continue reading

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