Will the World Baseball Classic affect any of the Guardians?
The Cleveland Guardians will be just one of many clubs in not just the Majors but across the world that will see professional players take time out of their seasons and spring trainings to suit up for their respective countries with the World Baseball Classic.
The Guardians will see nine players take time away from the club to seek out glory on the world stage. Columbia has selected Dayan Frias and Meibrys Viloria to play for them, while Canada has tabbed Bo Naylor, Cade Smith, and Cal Quantrill to round out their squad. The Dominican Republic, Venezuela, the Netherlands, and Israel have picked just one player each from the club with Enyel De Los Santos, Andres Gimenez, Richie Palacios, and Josh Wolf.
Two big names who aren’t on the roster are Jose Ramirez and Emmanuel Clase who would’ve been top names on Team Dominican Republic, but it sounds like both turned down invitations to focus on their Major League preparedness.
The competition starts on March 7 and runs through March 21, which means many players would miss a significant time of spring training. It’s one thing for a guy like Gimenez or Naylor as they’re both hitters who need less time to get ready for the season but it’s another thing for a pitcher.
So seeing Quantrill is a bit concerning and it opens up the possibility he could struggle to open the season.