- United States national baseball team
Infobox National baseball team
Name = United States National Baseball team
Country = flag|United States of America
Confederation = COPABE
Olympic apps = 3
Olympic first = 1992
Olympic best = 1
WBC apps = 1
WBC first = 2006
WBC best = 8
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WC best =
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PAG best = The United States National Baseball team is the national
baseballteam for United States. The team is controlled by USA Baseball.
2006 World Baseball Classic
In June of 2005, Major League Baseball announced the formation of the
World Baseball Classic, a 16 nation international competition to be held in March of 2006for the first time. A month after this announcement, the IOC voted to eliminate baseball from the 2012 London Olympic games, leaving the WBC as the only international tournament to feature American professionals.
January 17, 2006, the United States announced its provisional 60 man roster (52 players in all), and whittled down the star-studded squad to just 30 players on February 14, 2006. A roster mixed with youth and experience, all teams participating in the tournament needed to have at least three catchers and thirteen pitchers. Sixteen of the thirty Major League clubs were represented on the 2006 squad, including multiple representatives from the New York Yankees(4), Houston Astros(3), Washington Nationals(3), Atlanta Braves(2), Boston Red Sox(2), Chicago Cubs(2), Colorado Rockies(2), Houston Astros(2), and Texas Rangers (2). The fact that four Yankees were selected irked Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, who has been against the WBC being held in the middle of spring trainingto the point where at his team's complex in Tampa, Florida, he posted a sign apologizing for their absence and mocking the tournament in the process. Major League Baseballcommissioner Bud Seligpromptly ordered him to take down the sign the next day.
Buck Martinezbrought his 17 years of professional experience as a major league catcher, and 1+ seasons as Toronto Blue Jays' (2001-2002) skipper to Team USA. Former big league managers Davey Johnsonand Marcel Lachemannserved as hitting coach and pitching coach, respectively. Rounding out the coaching staff for Team USA were Reggie Smith(hitting), Ken Griffey, Sr.(first base), and John McLaren(third base). A number of former players helped including Rick Sutcliffe, Rick Eckstein (bullpen coach), Tony Dello (left-handed batting practice), and James Grady (bullpen catcher and right-handed batting practice). Dave Tumbas and Greg Keuter served as trainers.
The front office staff comprised Bob Watson, Paul Seiler, Eric Campbell, Ray Darwin, Dave Fanucchi, Rob Butcher, Evan Howard (WBC Team Coordinator), Reggie Younger (Travel Director), Phyllis Merhige (Senior VP, Club Relations), and Tyson Steele and Matt Weiss (Equipment Managers).
Team USA (host) was in Pool B of the four pool round-robin tournament. Along with fellow North American rivals
Canadaand Mexico, the pool also had Team South Africa. Round One games were held at Chase Fieldin Phoenix, Arizonaand Scottsdale Stadiumin Scottsdale, Arizona. The top two teams to emerge from Pool B advanced to Angel Stadium of Anaheimin Anaheim, Californiato play the top two teams from Pool A ( Japan, Korea, Chinaand Chinese Taipei).
** (Split Squad) 5
**Mexico 0 (Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ)
**USA 6 (Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ)
**South Africa 0 (stopped in 5th inning due to Mercy Rule) at Scottsdale Stadium in Scottsdale, Arizona.
**Japan 3 (Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, CA)
**USA 3 (Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, CA)
**Mexico 2 (Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, CA) The United States is eliminated from the competition.
2008 Olympic Games
The United States qualified for the
2008 Summer Olympicsby winning the American Qualifying Tournament.
Davey Johnson[ [http://mlb.mlb.com/news/press_releases/press_release.jsp?ymd=20080716&content_id=3142921&vkey=pr_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb] accessed July 21, 2008] [http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRM/ENG/BIO/Team/9990593.shtml Baseball Team Profile] . Beijing 2008 website, accessed August 7, 2008]
Marcel Lachemann- Pitching Coach, Reggie Smith- Hitting Coach, Rick Eckstein- 3rd Base Coach, Dick Cooke- Auxiliary Coach, Rolando de Armas- Auxiliary Coach.
USA Baseball National Training Complex
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