January 7, 2009 – Once again it is almost time for the World Baseball Classic. This will be the second time this event has been held. The first World baseball Classic was held in 2006 and the Dominican Republic beat Australia 6-4 for the title. Sixteen teams including the USA will be battling for the championship this year. The first game is on March 5 in the Tokyo Dome between China and Japan. Games will also be played in Mexico City, Toronto, San Juan, San Diego, Miami, and the finals will be played in Los Angeles between March 21 -23.
A number of Twins including Justin Morneau and Jesse Crain (Canada) Joe Nathan (USA), Nick Punto (Italy), and Jose Mijares (Venezuela) may be competing. A number of Twins minor leaguers may also be found on some rosters. Bert Blyleven will be the pitching coach for the team from Netherlands. It should be fun to follow again this year. If you want to know more about the WBC, just click on the World Baseball Classic logo.