Wright to play for Team USA in WBC
David Wright is among the first wave of big leaguers committed to play in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, MLB announced Monday. Wright will represent his country for the second time; in 2009, he hit a walk-off single against Puerto Rico to help the Americans stave off elimination. One Mets staffer recently referred to that hit as one of the top five moments of Wright’s professional career.
The Mets could have one or two other representatives in the WBC, including R.A. Dickey, who played for Team USA as an amateur in the 1996 Olympics. Team Panama will likely recruit Ruben Tejada to play shortstop, as well.
Manager Terry Collins said he does not expect to lose many players to the WBC, which runs from March 2-19.
Other early recruits from around baseball include former Mets Carlos Beltran (Puerto Rico) and Jose Reyes (Dominican Republic).
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