ST. LOUIS, Mo – The St. Louis Cardinals announced, in conjunction with the unveiling of the final rosters last evening on MLB Network, that 19 players from the organization have been named to 2023 World Baseball Classic team rosters, the most of any Major League team.
The 19 players, 13 of which have played in the Major Leagues, will represent 11 of the 20 participating countries, including multiple representatives for Team USA, Colombia, Great Britain, Mexico, and Panama.
Each team roster includes up to 30 active players, including at least 14 pitchers and two catchers. In addition, federations may identify a designated pool of up to eight additional pitchers who are eligible to participate in one or more consecutive rounds.
Thirteen players from the Cardinals 40-player roster will take part in the fifth edition of the World Baseball Classic.
Other roster selections of note include Lars Nootbaar, who becomes the first non-Japanese born player to be selected to play and represent Japan’s national team (eligible to play for Japan through his mother, who is of Japanese descent) and Tommy Edman, who becomes the first non-Korean native to play for the county (eligible to play for Korea through his mother, who was born in South Korea).
A full list of the 19 St. Louis Cardinals players participating in the 2023 World Baseball Classic can be found below.
|DOM||Cabrera, Génesis||STL||Yes||LHR||Pitcher Pool|
|PAN||Jones, Leonard (LJ)||STL||No||OF||Yes|
|ITA||Pallante, Neil (Andre)||STL||Yes||RHS||Yes|
|MEX||Romero, Joseph (JoJo)||STL||Yes||LHR||Yes|