Category Archives: Interviews

GB’s Esch on Playing for the Queen, Next to Ichiro

The second in a series of a Season Previews of Great Britain Baseball Players. Jake Esch was due to appear for Great Britain in the 2016 World Baseball Classic Qualifier, but instead found himself summoned to the big leagues by … Continue reading

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GB Star Blake Taylor Healthy, Ready to Climb Ranks

The second in a series of a Season Previews of Great Britain Baseball Players. Blake Taylor was a key pitcher in Great Britain’s improbable run to the championship game of the 2016 World Baseball Classic Qualifier in Brooklyn. The southpaw had … Continue reading

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GB Veteran Roth Aims for Giants’ Staff

The first in a series of a Season Previews of Great Britain Baseball Players. Michael Roth is one of only four pitchers to play for Great Britain in both of its World Baseball Classic appearances, and the only one to merit … Continue reading

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Andrelton Simmons on WBC: “I Felt More Responsible for Carrying the Team”

The fourth in a series of World Baseball Classic retrospectives. ANAHEIM, Calif. – Andrelton Simmons is a household name now, but in the spring of 2013, the slick-fielding shortstop had fewer than 50 major league games under his belt. Simmons … Continue reading

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Segura on Playing for Dominican: “The Best Emotion You’ll Ever Have”

Third in a series of World Baseball Classic retrospectives. ANAHEIM, Calif. – Jean Segura joined new Mariners’ double play partner Robinsón Canó in the World Baseball Classic, where the pair served as one of the Dominican Republic’s middle infield combinations. Segura … Continue reading

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Robinsón Canó on the World Baseball Classic: “It’s Always Fun”

Second in a series of World Baseball Classic retrospectives. ANAHEIM, Calif. – With David Ortiz hanging up his spikes, Robinsón Canó joins Mariners’ teammate Nelson Cruz as the veteran faces of the Dominican Republic. Canó began that transition four years ago … Continue reading

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Jansen on Baseball in Curaçao: “I Never Stop Helping”

          First in a series of World Baseball Classic retrospectives. LOS ANGELES – Kenley Jansen has had more signature moments on the world stage than most, getting the final out in the 2016 All-Star Game, setting … Continue reading

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MLB Legend Jim Kaat Talks New Zealand Baseball, Dutch Heritage, and WBC

LOS ANGELES – Jim Kaat is a household name among older baseball fans after a lengthy baseball career, but among fans outside the United States, he may be just as well-known for his post-retirement work with New Zealand and the … Continue reading

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“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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