WBC opener six days away, schedule, roster, links

* One of Canada's best wins on the diamond came in the 2006 World Baseball Classic, an 8-6 win over Team USA. This time Canada opens against Italy, then plays Mexico and Team USA with the two top teams advancing to the second round in Miami. ....  2012 Most Influential Canadians 2012 All-Canadian Team 2012 All-Canadian stats


2013 Canadians in College  Letters of Intent 2012 Canadians in the Minors  2012-13 Canadians at Canadian schools



1. Tue, Mar. 5 1:05 PM Canada vs. Milwaukee Brewers 3:05 PM Maryvale Baseball Park, Scottsdale, Az.

2. Wed. Mar. 6 7:05 PM Canada vs. Cincinnati Reds 9:05 PM Goodyear Ballpark, Goodyear, Az.


World Baseball Classic

Pool D

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick - Phoenix, Az.


1 Thu, Mar 7, 1:00 PM Thu, Mar 7, 3:00 PM Italy @ Mexico

2 Fri, Mar 8, 12:30 PM Fri, Mar 8, 2:30 PM Canada, RHP Shawn Hill (1-0, 0.00 with Blue Jays, 9-2, 4.52 at triple-A Las Vegas, 2-0, 2.43 at York-IND) @ Italy


Chase Field - Phoenix, Az.


3 Fri, Mar 8, 7:00 PM Fri, Mar 8, 9:00 PM Mexico @ United States

4 Sat, Mar 9, 12:30 PM Sat, Mar 9, 2:30 PM Canada RHP Chris Leroux (0-0, 5.56, Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-0, 3.11 at triple-A Indianapolis) @ Mexico

5 Sat, Mar 9, 7:00 PM Sat, Mar 9, 9:00 PM United States RHP Jameson Taillon (3-0, 1.59 double-A Altoona, 6-8, 3.82 class-A Bradenton) @ Italy

6 Sun, Mar 10, 1:00 PM Sun, Mar 10, 4:00 PM United States @ Canada


Links to stories on roster by Adam Morissette, Kevin Glew, Liam McGuire, Todd Devlin, Alexis Brudnicki, George Farelli, Devon Teeple, April Whitzman, Neil Munro, Melissa Couto, Chris Toman and Bob Elliott.



LHP Andrew Albers, North Battleford, Sask.

COPABE Adult POY .... A Gold and a Bronze 

RP Phillippe Aumont, Gatineau, Que.

Bidding for a bullpen spot .... Impressive auditions

RP John Axford, Port Dover, Ont.

Part of Brew Crew Trio .... Baby on board .... Mid-conference experience, big-time closer

RP Jesse Crain, Toronto, Ont.

So good he took two spots on 2002 All-Canadian team

LHP Mark Hardy, Campbell River, BC

CBN’s minor league POY

RP Jimmy Henderson, Calgary, Alta.

Part of Brew Crew Trio .... Thanks to Dawgs Fathers and Families .... The Police are Here

RHP Shawn Hill, Georgetown, Ont.

To the rescue .... Beating Japan

LHP Jay Johnson, Sussex Corner, N.B.

It's about never giving up

RHP Chris Leroux, Mississauga, Ont.

Tryting to stick .... CBN POW

RP Trystan Magnuson, Vancouver, BC

Better to wear a Maple Leaf than buy one .... Tall drink of water

RHP Scott Mathieson, Aldergrove, BC

Heading to Yomiuri Giants .... CBN’s Minor League pitcher of the year

RP Dustin Molleken, Regina, Sask.

Battling Mathieson .... Saving day at Pan-Ams

RHP Jameson Taillon, The Woodlands, Tex.

Ex-USA POY will have Canucks rooting section .... Projected as top Canuck .... Top $igning-bonu$e$ 



Chris Robinson, Dorchester, Ont.

Podcast with Jimmy VO .... HOF Sandberg was a backer .... Getting them to the dance .... Still squatting, waiting for call .... All-Canadian College team

John Suomi, Etobioke, Ont.

Sandberg knows Canadian catching .... Veteran replaces Martin



Taylor Green, Comox, BC

Part of Brew Crew Trio .... Sharing Echlin award with Lawrie

Cale Iorg, Toronto, Ont.

Coming off injuries to play for CanadaMaking Canada Day lineup

Brett Lawrie, Langley, BC

Ready for WBC fun .... The Golden Brett .... Legend began in the Dominican

Jonathan Malo, Jolliette, Que.

Senior team MVP .... Leading into Pan-Ams

Justin Morneau, New Westminster, BC

Trying to understand Martin .... Finally healthy .... Making Canadian history with Diamond .... Returning to where 2010 season ended

Pete Orr, Richmond Hill, Ont.

Dodging sausages to play in WBC .... Talking hockey but playing ball .... Played behind RHP/Const. Garrett Styles

Jimmy Van Ostrand, Richmond, BC

Podcast with Robinson .... Getting them to the dance .... OPS not a typo .... Minor leaguers qualify so major leaguers can play

* Joey Votto, Etobicoke, Ont.

A Red for life .... Canada’s highes-paid athlete



Tyson Gillies, Vancouver BC

Back in AFL .... An inspiration

Adam Loewen, Surrey, BC

Moving on to next chapter .... Making all-Canadian team

Michael Saunders, Victoria, BC

Mr Gadget .... As Canadian as maple syrup

Tim Smith, Toronto, Ont.

Blogging from the qualifier .... Looking for work and finding it

Rene Tosoni, Port Coquitlam, BC

Winning bronze .... Tosoni wins MVP



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