Feb. 14, 2006
Fullerton, Calif. - The reigning Major League saves leader, and former Titan Chad Cordero is one of 30 big-league players that will compete for Team USA in the first-ever World Baseball Classic. The international tournament will be held March 3-20.
USA Baseball, in conjunction with Major League Baseball announced the 30-man roster with players who are expected to participate in the first round against Mexico, Canada and South Africa. The roster does not have to be officially submitted until Mar. 2 The roster includes some of baseball's biggest names including: Roger Clemens, Ken Griffey, Jr., Mark Teixeira, Johnny Damon, Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter and Chipper Jones.
The USA's roster is heavy on relief pitchers due to rules regulating pitch counts and days of rest. No pitcher can throw more than 65 pitches per appearance in the first round of the tournament, 80 in the second round and 95 in the semifinals or finals.
The First Round will take place in Arizona at Chase Field with the two winners moving to Angel Stadium (Mar. 12-16) to take on the pair of finalists from the Japan-South Korea-China-Chinese Taipei pool. The Semifinals and Finals will take place in San Diego's PETCO Park March 18-20.