Morneau, Orr back for fourth WBC

Justin Morneau (New Westminster, BC) is 4-for-4 in WBCs.

Justin Morneau (New Westminster, BC) is 4-for-4 in WBCs.

Feb. 8th, 2017


Canada roster set for 2017 World Baseball Classic, Martin, Saunders out, Pinero, Crouse in for WBC

By Adam Morissette
Baseball Canada

OTTAWA – Canada’s 28-player official roster for the 2017 World Baseball Classic was revealed tonight on MLB Network along with those of the other 15 participating nations.

The Canadian roster features nine players who played Major League Baseball in 2016 including Andrew Albers (Twins), John Axford (Athletics), Kevin Chapman (Astros), Freddie Freeman (Braves), Jim Henderson (Mets), Adam Loewen (Diamondbacks), Dustin Molleken (Tigers), Justin Morneau (White Sox) and Dalton Pompey (Blue Jays).

Also named to the roster are former big leaguers Ryan Dempster, Éric Gagné, George Kottaras, Chris Leroux, Scott Mathieson, Pete Orr, Scott Richmond and Rene Tosoni.

Morneau and Orr are set to join an exclusive group of players to participate in all four World Baseball Classic tournaments since the inaugural event in 2006.

In addition to Morneau and Orr, 10 players named to Canada’s roster have previous World Baseball Classic experience including Andrew Albers (2013), John Axford (2013) Jim Henderson (2013), Chris Leroux (2009, 2013), Adam Loewen (2006, 2013), Jonathan Malo (2013), Scott Mathieson (2006, 2013), Dustin Molleken (2013), Scott Richmond (2009) and Rene Tosoni (2013).

Team Canada boasts 24 players who have worn the Maple Leaf in previous international competition including 13 Pan American Games gold medalists, nine WBSC Baseball World Cup bronze medalists and two former Olympians.

“We’re fortunate to have so many players on our roster with World Baseball Classic experience and international experience on their resumes,” said Canadian Manager Ernie Whitt. “International baseball presents a different set of circumstances compared to the regular season so it’s a positive that we have some veteran players who’ve been through it before.”

Kevin Chapman, Freddie Freeman, George Kottaras and Eric Wood will be representing Canada for the first time in international competition at the World Baseball Classic.

Canada will compete in Pool C in the First Round along with Colombia, defending champion Dominican Republic and the United States. On March 9th at Marlins Park in Miami, Canada will open pool play against the Dominican Republic before taking on Colombia on March 11th and the United States on March 12th.

Canada will play a pair exhibition games prior to the World Baseball Classic starting against the Toronto Blue Jays on March 6th in Dunedin, before taking on the New York Yankees in Tampa on March 7th.

For more information on the World Baseball Classic, please visit: worldbaseballclassic.com

Pitchers
Andrew Albers
John Axford
Kevin Chapman
Shane Dawson
Ryan Dempster
Éric Gagné
Jim Henderson
Chris Leroux
Adam Loewen
Scott Mathieson
Dustin Molleken
Nick Pivetta
Scott Richmond
Rowan Wick

Catchers
Kellin Deglan
George Kottaras

Infielders
Freddie Freeman
Jonathan Malo
Justin Morneau
Josh Naylor
Pete Orr
Daniel Pinero
Jamie Romak
Eric Wood

Outfielders
Michael Crouse
Tyler O’Neill
Dalton Pompey
Rene Tosoni
 

February 8th, 2017
 

Adam Morissette

Adam Morissette was born and raised in Ottawa, Ont. where sports were always a big part of his life whether it be baseball, hockey or football, including playing two seasons as centre for coach Pat Sheahan with the Queen's University Golden Gaels in Kingston -- Canada's first capital. Morissette has always have been passionate about baseball and has fond memories of attending Montreal Expos games with his father, Mike, and listening to his recollection of watching baseball in Montreal at Jarry Park and stories about Gary Carter, Rusty Staub and Steve Rodgers. Morissette could often be found in a near empty Lynx Stadium watching Joe Siddall, Bert Heffernan, Curtis Pride and Jamie Carroll soaking in a beautiful summer night at the ballpark. He was a member of the provincial championship Orleans Red Sox Little League teams also played with the Ottawa White Sox for the late Lyle Anderson and Todd Burke in OBA Midget and American Legion play and the Capital City Crushers (NCBL), primarily as a catcher. Has also spent time coaching Little League in Orleans and South Ottawa. He wanted to turn his passion into a career and enrolled in Sport Business Management at Algonquin College in Ottawa in 2007. After working for the Ottawa 67's OHL team as the Ticket Coordinator, Morissette jumped at the opportunity to become the Media and Public Relations Coordinator with Baseball Canada in 2010. He loves watching and reading about pro, college or amateur baseball and is a long-time subscriber to Baseball America. Morissette is thrilled about the idea of writing about baseball and is interested in covering any story that his car -- and time -- will allow him to cover.