BALTIMORE – Adam Jones says that he will play for the United States in next March’s World Baseball Classic if asked. Jones played for the U.S. team in 2013.
Manny Machado has said that he will play for the Dominican Republic’s team. Hyun Soo Kim, who played for South Korea in both 2009 and 2013, hasn’t declared his plans. Jonathan Schoop played for the Netherlands in 2013.
It’s possible that Zach Britton, Chris Davis or Chris Tillman could be asked to play for the U.S. team, too.
“People smarter than me think that it’s great for the game to grow it globally. If players want to do it…I’m a little biased. I’m always thinking about what best serves the Orioles,” Showalter said. “Some of our guys, talking to them a little bit, I think we’re going to have some participation.”
The Orioles will play the Dominican Republic’s team during spring training in Sarasota, and it will be interesting to see if Machado plays for the Dominican.
“It’s something that people think is important, and I can see why, so we’ll cooperate as usual,” Showalter said.
NOTE: Third base coach Bobby Dickerson will manage in winter ball in the Dominican Republic.