Right fielder Giancarlo Stanton and closer Steve Cishek are in line to represent the Marlins on Team USA's World Baseball Classic team. "I'm HYPED to sport U.S.A across my chest in the World Baseball Classic!!" Stanton wrote on Twitter. Cishek said he received his invitation Monday night when Team USA manager Joe Torre called him. "Just to have the phone call from a legend was pretty cool and getting to represent my country is a dream come true,'' Cishek said after preliminary rosters were announced Thursday. Preliminary rosters were due Wednesday but all 16 teams have until Feb. 20 to finalize their rosters. Starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez — acquired in the off-season from Toronto — was named to the Venezuelan team, topping a short list of Marlins invited to participate in the WBC. Third-base coach Joe Espada will serve the same role with the Puerto Rican team. The WBC will keep Major League players away from their teams potentially for the first 19 days of March, which prompted stars such as Mike Trout and Buster Posey to opt out. Stanton missed significant time in each of his past two spring trainings because of injuries. He still wound up having productive seasons, including 37 home runs — second in the National League — in just 123 games last season. But Marlins baseball operations president Larry Beinfest said in December that the team would have no problem allowing Stanton to play in the WBC. "I'm sure he will come in (to Marlins camp in February) in great shape and healthy. If that's the case, when he comes to take his physical on Feb. 15 and he has been selected to participate, we would support that,'' Beinfest said.
Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton, Steve Cishek on Team USA's World Baseball Classic roster
Palm Beach Post | Jan 18