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Victorino on USA roster for 2013 World Baseball Classic

January 17, 2013 - Robert Collias
Boston's Shane Victorino, a 1999 St. Anthony High School graduate, has been named to USA Baseball's preliminary roster for the 2013 World Baseball Classic in an announcement made today.

"Honored to represent my country and put this jersey on with #PRIDE!" Victorino said on his Twitter feed.

Victorino wore No. 50 for the 2009 WBC.

Maui's other major leaguer Kurt Suzuki is not on the roster. Suzuki was part of a USA Baseball Olympic qualifying team in 2006 under Davey Johnson, his current manager in Washington, D.C. Washington hitting coach Rick Eckstein held the same position for that USA team.

“To get reunited with some old coaches kind of brought back things and helped me work on things that got me successful,” Suzuki told me as part of my interview in the story linked above.

Victorino is joined in the USA outfield by Milwaukee's Ryan Braun, Baltimore's Adam Jones, and Miami's Giancarlo Stanton. The three catchers are Minnesota's Joe Mauer, Milwaukee's Jonathan Lucroy, and Toronto's J.P. Arencibia. The manager is Joe Torre.

We had the pleasure of being the first journalist anywhere to talk to Shane after he signed his three-year, $39 million contact with the Red Sox in December. We also got this in-depth look a few days later. And then this follow-up on the Maui minor leaguers that Victorino and Suzuki have influenced.


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