Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips has been named to Team USA for the World Baseball Classic.
USA Baseball submitted its provisional roster for the 2013
World Baseball Classic. Provisional rosters allow up to 28 players
to be listed, creating a pool of players who are eligible to be named to the
Federation's final roster. Each Federation must submit its final
28-man roster, including a minimum of 13 pitchers and two catchers, by Feb. 20.
Team USA will be led by field
manager Joe Torre. Torre's coaching staff for the World Baseball Classic
includes Larry Bowa (bench coach), Marcel Lachemann (bullpen/pitching
coach), Greg Maddux (pitching coach), Dale Murphy (first base coach), Gerald
Perry (hitting coach) and Willie Randolph (third base coach). Lachemann
and Maddux will oversee Team USA's pitching staff.
USA Baseball's World Baseball
Classic team will play its First Round games as part of Pool D at Chase Field
in Phoenix, Arizona, from Friday, March 8th - Sunday, March 10th. In Pool
D with Team USA are Canada, Mexico and Italy.