Machado, Schoop, Jones to play in WBC
Trumbo receives Players Choice comeback award; Duquette honored, too
Full rosters haven’t been announced yet, but the World Baseball Classic on Wednesday named three Orioles who are set to participate in this spring’s international showcase tournament.
In addition to third baseman Manny Machado, who said in April that he would play for the Dominican Republic, center fielder Adam Jones will play for the United States and Curacao-born second baseman Jonathan Schoop will play for the Netherlands.
The WBC’s official Twitter account, which seems to be trickling out roster news for each of the teams, announced the Orioles players’ inclusion Wednesday afternoon. At the league’s general manager meetings in Arizona, executive vice president Dan Duquette also told reporters they would be participating.
The three players’ participation will take them away from the Orioles for several weeks as they prepare for the regular season. The tournament will run March 9-22.
Machado said early last season that despite being born in the United States, he preferred to play for the Dominican Republic, which is where his parents and grandparents were born. Machado, 24, will be making his first WBC appearance.
He will likely get the chance to face some of his teammates when the Dominican team plays an exhibition March 7 against the Orioles during spring training at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla.
The 2017 tournament will mark the second WBC for Jones and Schoop, each of whom played in 2013.
Neither the tweet nor Duquette made any mention of left fielder Hyun Soo Kim, the South Korean star who came to the Orioles last season. Given Kim’s struggles acclimating in spring training last year, it’s unclear whether he would want to get out of his routine in Sarasota to participate. AL Comeback Player of the Year: On Wednesday night at the 25th annual Players Choice Awards, Orioles outfielder Mark Trumbo was selected American League Comeback Player of the Year by his peers.
Trumbo, a free agent who was issued a qualifying offer by the Orioles, led the major leagues with 47 homers and added 108 RBIs this past season, both of which were career highs. Trumbo’s career year with the Orioles came after two down campaigns. Duquette honored: In other happenings Wednesday in Arizona, Duquette was honored with the John Schuerholz Meritorious Service Award marking his 15 years spent as a general manager, first with the Montreal Expos and Red Sox, and now with the Orioles.
John Schuerholz, the longtime president of the Atlanta Braves, is a Baltimore native.
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