Each of the 16 Baseball Federations participating in the 2009 World Baseball Classic has submitted its provisional roster prior to todayâ€™s deadline. Provisional rosters allow Federations to list up to 45 players from which the final 28-man rosters will be selected. Each Federation must submit its final roster, including a minimum of 13 pitchers and two catchers, by February 24th.
Notable MLB players include Rich Haren, Russell Martin, Justin Morneau, Jason Bay, Matt Stairs (Canada), Pedro Martinez, Tony Pena, Ervin Santana, Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez, Miguel Tejada, Vladimir Guerrero, Alfonso Soriano, Willy Taveras, David Ortiz (Dominican Republic), Daisuke Matsuzaka, Hideki Okajima, Kenji Johjima, Kosuke Fukudome, Ichiro Suzuki (Japan), Javier Lopez, Joel Pineiro, J.C. Romero, Yadier Molina, Ivan Rodriguez, Carlos Delgado, Mike Lowell, Bernie Williams (Puerto Rico), Scott Kamir, Ted Lilly, Jake Peavy, Derk Jeter, Chipper Jones, Roy Ozwalt, A.J. Pierzynski, Derek Lee, Evan Longoria, Dustin Pedroia, Jimmy Rollins, David Wright, Kevin Youkilis, Grady Sizemore, Shane Victorino (United States), FĂ©lix HernĂˇndez, Francisco RodrĂguez, Johan Santana, Carlos Zambrano, Dioner Navarro, Miguel Cabrera, Bobby Abreu, Endy ChĂˇvez, Magglio OrdĂłĂ±ez (Venezula)
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