Joey Votto held a 10 minute session with the Canadian (and Cincinnati) media and announced that he will play for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic. Votto plans on joining the Canadian squad that’s currently working out at Goodyear Ballpark on Thursday for the start of the first round of games.

Votto will not play for either the Reds or Canada when the two sides have a Wednesday night exhibition game.

“I look forward to playing for the team,” Votto said. “I look forward to being a part of the tournament. I had a great time the last time. I’m very grateful I’m on the team. It’s not very often you get to represent your country in a big tournament like this. I never got to play in the Olympics, this is the next best thing.”

Votto said he received support to play from the Reds, including CEO Bob Castellini.