Baseball Canada National Junior Team Prospects Prepare for Spring Training

  • January 23, 2006

OTTAWA – Baseball Canada announced, today, the names of the 27 athletes who will participate in the National Junior Team’s spring training camp in Orlando, Florida from April 13-23.

The players who range in age from 15 to 17 years old, will conduct practices daily beginning April 14 and will also play a total of eight exhibition games against Major League Baseball extended spring teams as well as U.S. college programs. Click here for full roster.

The selection process for Baseball Canada’s 2006 National Junior Team, which will compete in the World Junior AAA Championship from Sept. 17 to 27 in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, began last September with a fall instructional league camp.

The selection process will continue later this year with a May training camp in the Dominican Republic before a summer exhibition series in preparation for the World Championships.

Spring Training Schedule

April 12 – Coaches and staff arrive

April 18 – Practice, Canada vs. Cleveland (1 p.m.)

April 13 – Players arrive

April 19 – Game vs. Stetson University (7 p.m.)

April 14 – Team meetings, photo and practice

April 20 – Practice, Game vs. TBA (2 p.m.)

April 15 – Canada vs. Atlanta (10 a.m.), aft. practice

April 21 – Practice, Canada vs. Detroit (1 p.m.)

April 16 – Practice, Canada vs. Cleveland (1 p.m.)

April 22 – Canada vs. Atlanta (10 a.m.), aft. practice

April 17 – Practice, Canada vs. Houston (1 p.m.)

April 23 – Return home

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Canada names first 23 players to World Baseball Classic Roster

  • January 16, 2006

TORONTO – As part of its National Teams Awards Banquet and Fundraiser in Toronto, Baseball Canada released the names of 23 players who will compete on Canada’s 30-man roster at the first-ever World Baseball Classic.

The list features 14 current Major League Baseball players including Jason Bay of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Justin Morneau of the Minnesota Twins, Erik Bedard of the Baltimore Orioles as well as veterans Paul Quantrill of the Florida Marlins and Matt Stairs of the Kansas City Royals. Click here for complete roster.

“There’s going to be a lot of heart on this team,” said Morneau. “And when you’re around guys who love the game it makes you want it that much more because you don’t want to let the guy down next to you.”

Although he’s played only a handful of games in the major leagues, it would be difficult to say anybody has more heart than Canadian second baseman Stubby Clapp. Clapp, who’s stepped up time and time again for Canada on the international stage said the World Baseball Classic will be the highlight of his baseball Career.

“From the moment I got that phone call, I haven’t talked about being on the team at all because it was just so difficult to believe, but now that’s it has been announced I finally feel like it has become reality,” said Clapp. “I think that a lot of people underestimate the level of play that we’re going to see at the classic. It’s absolutely unbelievable to be included with these guys.

Although seven spots on Canada’s roster still remain, Manager Ernie Whitt is excited about the make-up of his team.

“These are guys that love playing baseball,” said Whitt. “They treat the game with respect, they leave everything out on the field every single day and they play the game properly. It’s that Canadian approach to the game that makes these guys tremendous competitors.”

Also being named to Team Canada are some of the top young prospects in the game. Canada’s highest-ever draft pick, Adam Loewen who pitches in the Baltimore Orioles’ organization, the top catcher in the Dodgers’ system Russ Martin and Richmond Braves slugger Scott Thorman will reunite at the World Baseball Classic after having helped Canada to a second place finish at the 2005 CONCEBE Baseball Regional Olympic Qualifier in November.

Baseball Canada is currently in the process of securing player approvals in order to confirm the remaining 7 spots on the roster, which must be set prior to the start of the tournament.

Canada will play its first game against South Africa on March 7 in Scottsdale, Arizona. They will then play the United States on Wednesday, March 8th at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona before closing out the first round against Mexico on Thursday, March 9th, also at Chase Field.

The World Baseball Classic

The World Baseball Classic, a 16-team tournament sanctioned by the International Baseball Federation (IBAF), will feature many of the best players in the world competing for their home countries and territories for the first time ever in March 2006.

The 16 teams invited to participate in the event have been divided into four pools of four teams for the first round of play. The four Round 1 pools will be played at venues in Japan (Tokyo Dome – Tokyo), Puerto Rico (Hiram Bithorn Stadium – San Juan) and the United States (Chase Field – Phoenix, Arizona; Scottsdale Stadium – Scottsdale, Arizona; Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex – Orlando, Florida).

Round 2 will feature two pools of four teams each and will be played in Puerto Rico (Hiram Bithorn Stadium) and the United States (Angel Stadium – Anaheim, California). The Semi-finals and final game will be played at PETCO Park in San Diego, California.

The WBC will feature a bracket-style format with the 16 teams competing in four groups: Pool A - China, Chinese Taipei, Japan, Korea; Pool B - Canada, Mexico, South Africa, United States; Pool C – Cuba*, Netherlands, Panama, Puerto Rico; Pool D - Australia, Dominican Republic, Italy, Venezuela.

* participation pending

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World Baseball Classic Roster to be Released January 14

  • January 05, 2006

OTTAWA – Since the creation of the World Baseball Classic, Canadian baseball fans have been itching to find out who will represent Team Canada as it readies to compete in the ultimate international baseball competition.

That much-anticipated moment will come Jan. 14 when Baseball Canada, as part of its National Teams Awards Banquet and Fundraiser in Toronto, will release the names of 22 to 24 players who will compete on Canada’s 30-man roster at the first-ever World Baseball Classic.

Team Canada’s roster will be released during a 3:30 p.m. press conference at the Renaissance Toronto Hotel. Later in the evening, selected players in attendance at the banquet will be formally introduced.

“We are extremely excited about the potential of our roster to date and, most importantly, the enthusiasm and eagerness of these players to represent Canada at the World Baseball Classic,” said Baseball Canada Coach and Director of National Teams Greg Hamilton.

Baseball Canada is currently in the process of securing player approvals in order to confirm the remaining spots on its 30-man roster, which must be set prior to the start of the tournament.

Canada will play its first game against South Africa on March 7 in Scottsdale, Arizona. They will then play the United States on Wednesday, March 8th at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona before closing out the first round against Mexico on Thursday, March 9th, also at Chase Field.

The World Baseball Classic

The World Baseball Classic, a 16-team tournament sanctioned by the International Baseball Federation (IBAF), will feature many of the best players in the world competing for their home countries and territories for the first time ever in March 2006. 

The 16 teams invited to participate in the event have been divided into four pools of four teams for the first round of play.  The four Round 1 pools will be played at venues in Japan (Tokyo Dome – Tokyo), Puerto Rico (Hiram Bithorn Stadium – San Juan) and the United States (Chase Field – Phoenix, Arizona; Scottsdale Stadium – Scottsdale, Arizona; Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex – Orlando, Florida).

Round 2 will feature two pools of four teams each and will be played in Puerto Rico (Hiram Bithorn Stadium) and the United States (Angel Stadium – Anaheim, California). The Semi-finals and final game will be played at PETCO Park in San Diego, California.

The WBC will feature a bracket-style format with the 16 teams competing in four groups: Pool A - China, Chinese Taipei, Japan, Korea; Pool B - Canada, Mexico, South Africa, United States; Pool C – Cuba*, Netherlands, Panama, Puerto Rico; Pool D - Australia, Dominican Republic, Italy, Venezuela.

* participation pending

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