Jones, Strop in WBC, Gonzalez passes

Jones, Strop in WBC, Gonzalez passes
January 17, 2013, 4:45 pm
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Adam Jones will be the United States roster for the World Baseball Classic.

No other Orioles player will join him.

The U.S. roster isn’t particularly star-studded. In the last WBC, Jeremy Guthrie and Brian Roberts werer there in 2009.

The most well-known teammates Jones will have include Mets third baseman David Wright, Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins, Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey and outfielders Giancarlo Stanton from the Marlins and Ryan Braun from the Brewers.

Orioles reliever Pedro Strop will represent the Dominican Republic.

“I feel proud to play for my country,” Strop said.

“You’ve just got to be aware that you’ve got to be physically ready to play in the WBC. There are some guys who are not prepared. I’ve been working out since last December.”

Strop says he’d look forward to facing Jones.

“Something like that is going to be fun. When you’re in the clubhouse, playing around with your teammates, and then, you have to see them at the plate, they’re going to be your enemy,” Strop said with a laugh.

While Strop will pitch, Miguel Gonzalez has passed on a chance to for Mexico.

He’d prefer to focus on his first spring training with the Orioles.

“Obviously, this is more important than going down there,” Gonzalez said.

“It was a tough decision. I wanted to represent Mexico,” Gonzalez said. “It’s more important to be with team here.”
The Orioles told Gonzalez it was his decision, His wife told him otherwise.

“My wife told me: ‘hey, it’s more important to stay [with the Orioles],” he laughed.

Luis Ayala will pitch for Mexico and infielder Jonathan Schoop is representing the Netherlands.