The World Baseball Classic is back for its third go around this year and personally, I am a huge fan. It brings a lot more interest to spring training, that isn’t typically there and it creates more baseball games with meaning, which is never a bad thing.
The games will take place starting March 6th and running through March 22nd.
The Mets will have plenty of players representing their native countries in the 2017 rendition of the WBC and hopefully they all make it out healthy, which is always the biggest concern.
Jose Reyes, Hansel Robles, and Jeurys Familia will all be representing the Dominican Republic. This is actually very good for Familia who is likely facing a suspension and will provide him an opportunity for in-game reps before taking a seat for a while.
The Rivera’s (T.J. & Rene) and Mr. Spin Rate, Seth Lugo, will suit up for Puerto Rico.
Ty Kelly will represent Israel.
Brandon Nimmo and Gavin Cecchini will suit up for Italy.
Fernando Salas will play for Mexico.
On the minor league side, prospect Carrillo will play for Mexico, Nelmerson Angela will play for the Netherlands and Crismatt and Zabaleta will both represent Colombia.