The Padres have seven players in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. The easy part is listing who they are, where the Padres found them, and what teams they’re playing on. Here’s that list:
Venezuela (Pool D)
- Yangervis Solarte (you know who this guy is)
- Jhoulys Chacin (you know who this guy is too)
- Jose Castillo (lefty reliever, came to Padres from the Rays in the Wil Myers trade)
Canada (Pool C)
- Josh Naylor (lefty 19yo first baseman, power bat, came from Marlins in Cashner trade)
- Jamie Romak (corner IF/OF journeyman with a power bat, minor league signee)
Mexico (Pool D)
- Carlos Fisher (veteran starting pitcher, minor league signing)
- Luis Urias (19yo middle infielder, excellent hitter, rising stud. Int’l signee in 2013)
Dominican Republic (Pool C)
- Bryan Rodriguez (tall, slim 25yo starting pitcher, int’l signee in 2010)
The tricky part is finding where in the world they are playing, and when, and how to find them on your TV/radio/streaming media feed. Our own Jodes posted the whole schedule and flagged the games where our guys may be appearing, and there’s a lot to take in. The format is a little funky if you just look at game times and stuff, so if you’re a visual person like me, check out the bracket for some clarity. For the first round, the teams are separated into four pools of four teams each, and each pool is currently starting up play in Seoul (pool A), Tokyo (pool B), Miami (pool C), and Jalisco (pool D). They will play round-robin games to determine the best two teams from each pool. Two teams from each of the Seoul & Tokyo pools will move on to play another round-robin series in Tokyo (pool E). Two teams from each of the Miami and Jalisco teams will move on to play a series in San Diego (pool F). Two teams from each of pools E & F will go on to Los Angeles for an elimination tournament to determine once and for all which nation has the best baseballers.
Okay, so now that we’re all vaguely familiar with the format and the logistics, let’s focus on our guys. We have players in Pool C (teams Canada & Mexico) and Pool D (Venezuela & the D. R.) playing games scheduled for March 9th-19th. BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!! Starting today, some of the international teams are getting comfortable with each other by squaring off against MLB teams in spring training! It’s starting NOW!!
- Dominican Republic vs. Baltimore Orioles, Tuesday March 7th
- Canada vs. Blue Jays, Tuesday March 7th
- Mexico vs. SAN DIEGO PADRES!!! Oh yeah!! Tuesday, March 7th
- The madness will continue tomorrow as Canada plays the Yankees, the D. R. plays the Pirates, and Mexico plays the Diamondbacks. Check MLB.com’s scoreboard for gametimes.
Okay kids, you know who’s playing today and tomorrow. Every proper WBC game will be broadcast on the MLB Network, and most of the “WBC-MLB scrimmage” games will be broadcast on MLB.tv.