The Angels may only have one representative in the World Baseball Classic. The provisional rosters will be announced this Thursday, however, don’t expect to see a lot of Angels on the rosters of their countries.
Mike Trout said he won’t play for Team USA because he wants a regular spring training. Josh Hamilton said he won’t be playing for Team USA. Mark Trumbo hasn’t gotten a call yet, and at this point probably won’t for Team USA. We don’t know about Jered Weaver yet, though given some of his injuries last year, the team may hold him back. Alberto Callaspo won’t play for Venezuela. The only guy who could play is Albert Pujols for the Dominican Republic, though he has to test his knee first.
I’m not surprised about Trout or Hamilton. Would I like to see them play for team USA? Of course. However, it’s more important that they get ready for the season than for a tournament in March. At-bats against some of the best competition in that kind of enviorment can help you prepare, however, if they decide it’s better to prep with your team that’s fine as well.
The team and the player should be able to come together and decide whether or not they play in the World Baseball Classic. Teams are probably more concerned about their pitchers, rather than the hitters, due to it being high intensity innings. I don’t have a problem either way whether or not if any Angels play or not. I will still watch either way and I think many fans will feel the same way.