Jesse Sanchez, who has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2001, is a national reporter based in Phoenix.
|It's an honor for Jim Leyland to guide Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, but the longtime skipper is the first to admit that managing a dream team can lead to lot of sleepless nights.
More»Leyland discusses Team USA's starting lineup|
|Former player agent Bart Hernandez and trainer Julio Estrada were convicted by a Florida jury of the charges that they smuggled Cuban baseball players in the United States in order to gain large profits from contracts when the players signed with teams.
|A fracas in the stands between fans near the area designated for family members of Team Puerto Rico brought the entire team out of the dugout and onto the warning track in the outfield near the third-base line during Saturday's matchup between Puerto Rico and Mexico at Estadio de Beisbol Charros de Jalisco. World Baseball Classic Inc., the joint MLB-MLBPA organization that oversees the tournament, released a statement about the incident on Sunday.
|Born and raised in Louisiana, Seth Lugo's only connection to his Puerto Rican roots was though conversations on social media. A trip to the island last month to promote the World Baseball Classic changed everything for the Mets pitcher.
More» Lugo blanks Venezuela through 5 1/3 innings|
|Alex Cora's Team Puerto Rico is so loaded with star infielders that he plans on using Carlos Correa at third base, Cleveland's Francisco Lindor at shortstop and Cubs infielder Javier Baez at second. It's Cora's hope that this trio of infielders combined with strong pitching and a group of veterans like Carlos Beltran and Yadier Molina will propel the island to its first World Baseball Classic title.
More»Altuve, Correa feel ready for World Baseball Classic|
|Several players have made names for themselves in past editions of the World Baseball Classic. So who's next? Here's a look at some international players to watch in this year's Classic.
More»Top international prospects at World Baseball Classic|
|Rangers starter Martin Perez threw a curveball at the Angels on Wednesday, stepping on the mound with Texas written across his chest and Venezuela on his mind.
More» Perez ends 1st with double play|
|All Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner was trying to do in Tuesday afternoon's 9-5 loss to the Padres was get his work in and get ready for the season. And no, he didn't have a game plan against San Diego's hitters, and no, it didn't matter that he was facing a National League West opponent.
More» Bumgarner strikes out Spangenberg in the 1st|
|This isn't Gorkys Hernandez's last chance to establish himself as part of a big league club, it's only his next one. But the 29-year-old outfielder believes he's sacrificed enough this offseason to make it his best opportunity yet.
More» Hernandez slides to snare a line drive|
|Jesus Munoz was one of six prospects to receive a high school diploma at the D-backs' Dominican academy's third annual graduation, which brings the total number of graduates to 20 since the club started the program. Nineteen other prospects also received certificates marking the completion of a grade level.
|Luis Robert Moirant, 19, known in international baseball circles as Luis Robert, is a 6-foot-3, 205-pound outfielder from Cuba. The teenager has emerged as the most intriguing and talented prospect on the international market.
More»Cuban prospect Robert works out in Dominican Republic|
|Wander Samuel Franco, 15, is considered the best infield prospect on the island for the international signing period that starts July 2, and he lived up to the hype this week at Major League Baseball's International Prospect Showcase at Estadio Quisqueya Juan Marichal, the country's most famous ballpark.
More»Bavasi on The International Prospect Showcase|
|Orlando Cabrera, who played parts of 15 seasons in the Major Leagues, is in the Dominican Republic this week with teenage infield prospect Fabian Pertuz, who is participating in the sixth annual Major League Baseball International Prospect Showcase, and he's looking for the right fit for the young player.
More»Perez wraps up Day 1 of International Showcase|
|The mystique of the talented Cuban national team returns in this year's World Baseball Classic. And while the names on the backs of the jerseys have changed since the country's first appearance in 2006 -- and the relationship between the United States and Cuba continues to evolve -- one thing remains the same: Cuba expects to win the World Baseball Classic.
More» Tomas puts Cuba on the board with deep homer|
|The Caribbean Series has secured a spot in Cooperstown.
More»Idelson on attending Caribbean Series|
|Puerto Rico is one victory away from winning its first Caribbean Series title in almost two decades. Puerto Rico's Criollos de Caguas defeated Venezuela's Aguilas de Zulia, 9-6, in the first semifinal Monday. Puerto Rico will face either Mexico.
|The big league dream for young Carlitos Urias doesn't stop when he wakes up each morning. Urias, the 14-year-old brother of Dodgers phenom Julio Urias, is one of 45 prospects in the inaugural class of Major League Baseball's new academy in the Tres Rios sector of the city.
More»Baseball Academy in Culiacan, Mexico is thriving|
|Sergio Romo found his mojo in Mexico, and he'll leave the country with a big league opportunity. Romo, 33, is expected to finalize a one-year deal with the Dodgers this week. He also hopes to return to the U.S. with a Caribbean Series title.
More»Romo excited to play for Mexico in Caribbean Series|
|Dereck Rodriguez, who is pitching for the Criollos de Caguas in the Caribbean Series this week, grew up in clubhouses across the Major Leagues and around some of the biggest names. Now, he's determined to make a name for himself.
More»Ivan Rodriguez's son, Dereck, on Caribbean Series|
|Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario stepped into the batting cage behind the home dugout at Estadio Tomateros, and the chirping from his Puerto Rico teammates started immediately.
More»Rosario playing in Caribbean Series to stay in shape|