(Getty Images)Ryan Braun apparently had such a great time representing the United States in the 2009 World Baseball Classic that he's planning on coming back for the 2013 tournament. The Milwaukee Brewers outfielder told a Wisconsin radio station on Monday that his powerful bat will be available to U.S. manager Joe Torre when competition gets underway in early March.
From the Journal Sentinel:
In an interview Monday night on the "Rupina's Hot Stove Weekly" on SportsRadio WSSP 1250, Braun said he already had started his baseball workouts this offseason to be ready for the WBC. Braun played for Team USA in the last WBC in 2009.
“I actually started my baseball activities a little bit earlier than I usually do because I’m going to play in the World Baseball Classic this year," Braun said in that interview. "So, I have to get myself prepared a little sooner, a little quicker than I usually do.”
Braun was part of the 2009 team that lost to Japan in the semifinals and was part of an outfield that included Curtis Granderson, Shane Victorino and Adam Dunn. It'll be interesting to see who also joins the fray this time around as the U.S. outfielding scene looks a bit different with the All-Star emergence of guys like Matt Kemp, Mike Trout, Andrew McCutchen, Giancarlo Stanton and Adam Jones. Throw in vets like Josh Hamilton and Granderson and the U.S. team is facing some difficult decisions even if injuries or non-interest get in the way for some players. (Bryce Harper has already said he won't be competing this tim around.)
Provisional rosters for all 16 teams are expected to be released in mid-January, but two players per team have already been officially announced.
Here's that list:
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