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WBC 2013 ~ Final Rosters Include MVP’s & All Stars

wbc rosterThe final rosters for the World Baseball Classic include 45 of Major League Baseball’s “cream of the crop”.  Among those listed are Miguel Cabrera, 2012 American League Triple Crown winner and Most Valuable Players Ryan Braun, Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Jimmy Rollins, Miguel Tejada and Joey Votto. 

Here’s a list of those 45 MLB players along with the country they’ll be suited up for:

JOEY VOTTO
CANADA
JUSTIN MORNEAU
CANADA
RUSSELL MARTIN
CANADA
 
 
EDINSON VOLQUEZ
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
FERNANDO RODNEY
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
 Red = Duplicates
 
EDINSON VOLQUEZ
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
FERNANDO RODNEY
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
HANLEY RAMIREZ
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
JOSE REYES
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
JOSE VALVERDE
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
MIGUEL TEJADA
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
NELSON CRUZ
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
ROBINSON CANO
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
 
 
ADRIAN GONZALEZ
MEXICO
YOVANI GALLARDO
MEXICO
 
 
ANDRUW JONES
NETHERLANDS
 
 
ALEX RIOS
PUERTO RICO
CARLOS BELTRAN
PUERTO RICO
JAVIER VAZQUEZ
PUERTO RICO
YADIER MOLINA
PUERTO RICO
 
 
ADAM JONES
USA
BEN ZOBRIST
USA
BRANDON PHILLIPS
USA
CHRIS PEREZ
USA
CRAIG KIMBREL
USA
DAVID WRIGHT
USA
GIANCARLO STANTON
USA
GIO GONZALEZ
USA
HEATH BELL
USA
JIMMY ROLLINS
USA
JOEY MAUER
USA
MARK TEIXEIRA
USA
R A DICKEY
USA
RYAN BRAUN
USA
RYAN VOGELSONG
USA
SHANE VICTORINO
USA
 
 
ASDRUBAL CABRERA
VENEZUELA
CARLOS GONZALEZ
VENEZUELA
CARLOS ZAMBRANO
VENEZUELA
ELVIS ANDRUS
VENEZUELA
FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ
VENEZUELA
MARTIN PRADO
VENEZUELA
MIGUEL CABRERA
VENEZUELA
MIGUEL MONTERO
VENEZUELA
OMAR INFANTE
VENEZUELA
PABLO SANDOVAL
VENEZUELA
RAMON HERNANDEZ
VENEZUELA

Joe Mauer and Head and Shoulders. Why?

“The great trouble with baseball today is that most of the players are in the game for the money and that’s it, not for the love of it, the excitement of it, the thrill of it.” Ty Cobb

I was intrigued by the video this morning,  posted by one of my favorite blogs, “Babes Love Baseball“.  Okay, it’s no secret the girls love Joey Mauer, as noted in one of their recent blogs which, in effect,  proclaimed Joey Mauer one of the sexiest men in Major league baseball.

Personally, I have trouble linking the personal looks (sexiness if you prefer) of  baseball players, or any athlete for that matter, to the actual sport they play.  I don’t know.  Maybe that’s just me.  I mean, what difference does it make?

The point I’m trying to make is why would Joe Mauer feel a need to do a shampoo commercial?    It’s certainly not about the money, and it can’t be about the media exposure.  Is this one of those pesky tasks MLB assigns to the players each year?  Or maybe it’s a requirement of the  Minnesota Twins, you know, part of his contract.  Doubtful.

“Joe Mauer’s lucrative new deal  kicks in this year, and he’ll make $23 Million this season.  According to Charley Waters, the Twins’ catcher is doing so well with off-the-field endorsements, he won’t even have to touch his MLB paychecks, which are supposed to come in bi-weekly to the tune of $1.92 million. If you’re wondering, Mauer’s $23 million this year is only $11 Million less than the Pittsburgh Pirates (entire) payroll in 2010.”   Big Lead Sports 3/7/11

According to the article quoted above, Mauer’s making so much from his endorsements he doesn’t even have to touch his regular paychecks, which will  total a cool  $23 Million this year.   Okay, I’m starting to get  it.  It’s not about playing for love of the game.  It is about the money.  And Joe Mauer’s not the only one.  A lot of guys are doing it.  But “Head and Shoulders”?  Isn’t anything sacred anymore?