Teixeira — not Pettitte — on Team USA roster for WBC

The Disconnect in Team Policies
Jeter cleared to resume baseball activities

Team USA announced its official roster for the World Baseball Classic earlier today (seen here), with Mark Teixeira being the only Yankee to make the squad. Andy Pettitte was reportedly going to participate in the event, but he is not on the final roster. Bob Klapisch explains that Pettitte’s exclusion may have to do with the insurance (or lack thereof) on his contract. Not gonna lie, I’m happy Andy will be the Yankees and not Team USA during Spring Training.

The remaining WBC rosters will be announced later this afternoon. Robinson Cano (Dominican Republic) and Frankie Cervelli (Italy) will participate in the tournament, and that’s expected to be it as far as 40-man roster players go.

The Disconnect in Team Policies
Jeter cleared to resume baseball activities
  • MannyGeee

    The WBC is not ‘important’ blabity blah blah in 3…..2……

    • Stu H

      Followed immediately by people complaining about people complaining.

  • Jim Is Bored

    Wait you mean people panicked about something before it was confirmed?

    I’m SHOCKED.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Yes because it was completely predictable that he wouldn’t play and yes it’s perfectly valid for people to worry about an almost 40 year old, pitching extra innings coming off an injury in an event which altered many other pitcher’s careers for the worse.


      • Jim Is Bored

        Yes, it is irrational to get worried about something before it’s news.


  • RetroRob

    There were additional reports that Pettitte might not have committed to the roster as of yet since he wants to make sure his arm and legs are in proper shape, and that Torre was leaving a spot for him while he continued his workouts (one open spot remains for a pitcher).

    Yet I think the insurance story is much more likely. Makes more sense and would explain why MLB’s website had originally listed Pettitte as participating last week, and then he was pulled.

  • trr

    glad Pettite is not participating…Texeira? who knows, maybe he’ll get off to a better start…

  • OldYanksFan

    Bullet dodged.

    • Austin Aunelowitzky


  • Darren

    The Yankees are fuckin ridiculous. The official email from the team states that Cano, Tex and Cervelli are going to “represent the Yankees in the WBC”

    No, no they’re not. They’re representing their countried, not the Yankees.

    • KeithK

      The Yankees consider this a glorified exhibition. It’s in the team’s financial interest to do so. Their statement is consistent with this position.

    • RetroRob

      Go find a mirror.

  • Dr. Vinny Boombatz

    Robbie and Mark don’t get hurt! We are already paying 42m to cover 3b this year…I am stunned Bor-ars is letting Cano play. Mark try to find your batting average…Thanks!

  • Dr. Vinny Boombatz

    Also stunned that Frankie C is gonna play…this is his shot to make the MLB roster…I doubt Italy can win the WBC unless a soccer game breaks out.