CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Andrew Miller, Francisco Lindor, Carlos Santana and Roberto Perez will be among several Indians players representing their counties this spring in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
Miller will pitch for Team USA during the fourth WBC event, Lindor and Perez were named part of Puerto Rico’s roster, and Santana will play for the Dominican Republic.
Rosters were made official on Wednesday.
“It’s an honor. It’s a blessing. I’m excited,” Lindor said during TribeFest. “I can’t wait to wear my Puerto Rican jersey. I’m proud of my country. I want to represent it everywhere I go. That’s the reason I play, for Puerto Rico, for Cleveland and for my family. I’m very excited.”
The quartet of Indians were among 11 players from Cleveland’s organization selected for various rosters.
Additional Tribe players selected to take part in the World Baseball Classic include: Joe Colon (Puerto Rico), Chris Colabello (Italy), Luis Lugo (Italy), Tyler Krieger (Isreal), Giovanny Urshela (Columbia), Ping-Hsueh Chen (Chinese Taipei) and Shao-Ching Chiang (Taipei).
Meanwhile, 39-year-old left-hander Bruce Chen will pitch for China during the upcoming WBC. Chen has spent the past year as a cultural development coordinator for the Indians after retiring as a player.
The World Baseball Classic will begin on March 6. The full schedule can be found on the WBC’s official website.
Due to the WBC, MLB Spring Trainings will begin earlier this season. Indians pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Goodyear, Arizona on Feb. 12.