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World Baseball Classic 101

Want to know more about the 2013 World Baseball Classic that starts tomorrow (or later today depending on what time zone you are in) in Fukuoka, Japan and Taichung, Taiwan? Want to follow Michael Saunders (Canada), Oliver Perez (Mexico) and Alex Liddi (Italy) in WBC play?

The below infographic should get you excited for the WBC, and it is even available in Spanish. And be sure you are following the WBC on Twitter via @WBCBaseball.

Infographic - World Baseball Classic - English

Several Mariners Listed On World Baseball Classic Provisional Rosters


World Baseball Classic, Inc. today announced the provisional rosters submitted before the January 16th deadline by the 16 participating Baseball Federations in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.  Provisional rosters allow up to 28 players to be listed.

Included were 9 players who currently play in the Seattle Mariners organization, including four Major Leaguers and five minor leaguers:

Venezuela – Felix Hernandez
Canada – Michael Saunders
Italy – Alex Liddi, Brian Sweeney
Mexico – Oliver Perez
Netherlands – Kalian Sams
Brazil – Luiz Gohara, Pedro Okuda, Thyago Vieira

Each Federation must submit its final 28-man roster, including a minimum of 13 pitchers and two catchers, by February 20th.

The 2013 World Baseball Classic will be held in early March, with Pool A (Fukuoka, Japan) and Pool B (Taichung, Taiwan) beginning March 2. For a full schedule, and to follow all the WBC action, visit or follow on twitter via @WBCBaseball.

Michael Saunders played for Team Canada in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Michael Saunders played for Team Canada in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and will be playing in his first World Baseball Classic in 2013.

Mariners Winter League Report

Mariners pitcher Erasmo Ramirez (pictured in his Cardenales de Lara uniform) will pitch for Nicaragua in the upcoming WBC qualifier in Panama City.

Here is the latest installment of the Mariners Winter League Report.