Jon Paul Morosi is a reporter for MLB.com and MLB Network. He has also covered baseball for FOX Sports, the Detroit Free Press, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
|It's too early to gauge all that is possible as a result of a memorable 2017 Classic and the Americans who won it. But we know we're going to miss watching them, and they will miss playing with each other. At least they have golden reminders of their time together.
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|If Wednesday's dramatic win over Venezuela was any indication, Team USA can rely on its five Southern Californians now that the World Baseball Classic has moved to their home terrain.
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|When Eric Hosmer, the youngest son of Mike and Ileana Hosmer, stands at the plate in Miami during the 2017 World Baseball Classic, he will do so at the geographic center of his family's story in this country.
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|Manny Machado grew up in Miami and won gold with Team USA at the Pan American Junior Championships, alongside Bryce Harper, in 2009.
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|In Chicago-style softball, fielders do not wear gloves. The ball is 16 inches in circumference and mushier than the standard, 12-inch version. Practitioners of the century-old Midwestern ritual -- which enjoyed local television exposure in the 1990s -- believe it is the sport's purest form.
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|The Dominican Republic won the 2013 World Baseball Classic without Johnny Cueto. The defending champions will begin WBC 2017 the same way.
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|Could the 2017 version of the World Baseball Classic looks like the 2013 one, where there were upsets galore, including Team Japan getting derailed in its bid for a third Classic title? Here's five predictions in advance of this year's Classic.
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|After bouncing around the globe with to play with a slew of teams, former Blue Jays right-hander Scott Richmond is ready to represent for Canada at this year's World Baseball Classic.
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|It's not uncommon to see tears streaming down the faces of players who aren't advancing in the World Baseball Classic. They understand something powerful about the Classic: Here, even more so than in the World Series, one swing can change a country's sports destiny.
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|Now that Grapefruit League and Cactus League play has begun, we could be getting a glimpse into Team USA's rotation plans for the World Baseball Classic.
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|World Baseball Classic camps formally open next week -- at least, on this continent. Team USA gathers for the first time Mar. 7 in Fort Myers, Fla.. But national teams with fewer Major Leaguers -- or none -- already are playing together.
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|Humbled by a first-round exit in the World Baseball Classic, a superstar willed his team to gold in the subsequent tournament through his leadership and bat. In 2013, that was the narrative for Robinson Cano and the Dominican Republic. In '17, that could be the story of Miguel Cabrera's Team Venezuela.
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|Luis Urueta is the 36-year-old manager of the Colombian national baseball team. He learned the game in his native Barranquilla at the British International School, where his parents, Alejandro and Carmela, both taught. He signed with the D-backs at age 17 and peaked at Class A Advanced with the Cardinals in 2003, before playing four seasons in Italy.
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|Veteran hurler Jason Marquis is ready to showcase his skills with Team Israel in this year's World Baseball Classic. The 38-year-old right hander, who last pitched in the Majors in 2015, is hoping the stage will provide him with an opportunity to find a path back to the bigs.
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|Japan has become the World Baseball Classic's preeminent team. Samurai Japan won the tournament in 2006 and repeated three years later. And by the time a champion is crowned at Dodger Stadium next month, Japan is likely to reach the semifinal for a fourth time.
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|The Netherlands will begin 2017 World Baseball Classic play against host Korea on March 7. First pitch time: 4:30 a.m. ET. We promise: It's worth setting an early alarm -- or staying awake -- simply to watch the Dutch infield.
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|At the end of Wednesday's World Baseball Classic roster announcement show on MLB Network, I predicted the United States would defeat the Dominican Republic to win gold. But I won't be surprised if Mexico upsets one of them to reach the semifinals at Dodger Stadium.
More»Gonzalez, Romo to lead Mexico in WBC 2017|
|From now until the Classic concludes at Dodger Stadium on March 22, we ought to speak about the Americans who are on the team, rather than those who are not -- because this Team USA should win the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
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|After a 17-year career, Bruce Chen retired in 2015. However, he's ready to get back on the mound, this time for China in the World Baseball Classic.
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|With few exceptions, Team USA's World Baseball Classic roster is set. Once the full 28-man group is revealed on MLB Network on Feb. 8, the lineup debate will begin in earnest.
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