Machado, Schoop, Jones to play in WBC

Trumbo re­ceives Play­ers Choice come­back award; Du­quette hon­ored, too

Baltimore Sun - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL - By Jon Me­oli jme­oli@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/JonMe­oli

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.

Ron Fritz, Se­nior Ed­i­tor/Sports, 410-332-6421, fax: 410-783-2518, e-mail: sports@balt­sun.com The Browns and wide re­ceivers coach Al Saun­ders will face the Ravens, the team he worked for in 2009-2010

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