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Team USA lacking star power

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08:13 AM ET 01.17 | Will Derek Jeter's replacement as the face of American baseball make himself known at the upcoming WBC? We have no shortage of candidates: Buster Posey, Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Justin Verlander, Clayton Kershaw and David Price are some of the first names that come to mind. ... Of the six names I mentioned, Posey, Trout, Harper and Price have been definitively ruled out for Team USA. Verlander and Kershaw are leaning toward not playing, according to sources. Yes, Team USA's roster will include young, charismatic stars like Adam Jones and Giancarlo Stanton when it is announced live Thursday morning on MLB Network. But the collective no-show of their peers is, in a word, disappointing.

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January 17, 2013  08:35 AM ET

Players do get hurt. Pitchers get worn out and don't last the season. I hate the WBC and I don't want to see any players from my favorite teams anywhere near this thing.

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January 17, 2013  09:16 AM ET

I think the WBC also lacks fan interest.

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January 17, 2013  09:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Players do get hurt. Pitchers get worn out and don't last the season. I hate the WBC and I don't want to see any players from my favorite teams anywhere near this thing.

are you listening Andy Pettitte?

January 17, 2013  09:52 AM ET

No one cares

January 17, 2013  10:10 AM ET
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It's going to be a crying shame if any ML players get hurt in this stupid thing. Stock the team with veteran players who are hanging around in AAA waiting for an injury callup, give them a last hurrah in playing for their country before they hang them up. Who in the US really cares about the WBC?

NOt a bad IDEA....

January 17, 2013  10:11 AM ET

Why care about an international event, when the best of the best play for an entire season readily available to any fan withing the U.S.

January 17, 2013  10:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

It's going to be a crying shame if any ML players get hurt in this stupid thing. Stock the team with veteran players who are hanging around in AAA waiting for an injury callup, give them a last hurrah in playing for their country before they hang them up. Who in the US really cares about the WBC?

Works for me.

January 17, 2013  10:18 AM ET

I'm 100% in support of the guys that want to skip this WBC thing. I think it's smart to do so.
I'd be more worried about coming into the 162 game (even more for post season participants) MLB season healthy and ready to play hard for the whole year. They should have college kids and minor league players fill the roster.

January 17, 2013  10:32 AM ET

I'ma gonna stay here, on this thread. Visini said to go back to the beginning, I am back to the beginning,

I WILL NOT BE MOVED!!!!!!!!

January 17, 2013  10:33 AM ET

Is there anybody out there? The Braves are complaining about their TV deal, Crawford is beginning to look like a hasbeen, Napoli has A-Roid Hip, and Jeter is clearing hurdles with a hurt ankle.......

January 17, 2013  10:33 AM ET

Let's try 14

January 17, 2013  10:33 AM ET

Maybe 15

January 17, 2013  10:34 AM ET

Or 16

January 17, 2013  10:34 AM ET

Now 17

January 17, 2013  10:34 AM ET

18?

January 17, 2013  10:34 AM ET

19?

 
January 17, 2013  10:34 AM ET

How bout 20

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