Friday, February 20, 2009

Fade to black

A partial list of MLB players not going to play in the World Baseball Classic, for a variety of reason. Injuries, blocked by their team, because they don't want to, or they're not guaranteed a roster spot or starting spot:

Albert Pujols - Cardinals (Dominican Republic)
Miguel Olivo - Royals (Dominican Republic)
Francisco Liriano - Twins (Dominican Republic)
Placido Polanco - Tigers (Dominican Republic)
Juan Rivera - Angels (Venezuela)
Scott Kazmir - Rays (USA)
Edgar Gonzalez - Padres (Mexico)
Joel Piniero - Cardinals (Puerto Rico)
Melky Cabrerra - Yankees (Dominican Republic)
Oscar Villareal - Royals (Mexico)
Eric Gagne - Brewers (Canada)
Jorge Julio - Brewers (Venezuela)
Aramis Ramirez - Cubs (Dominican Republic)
Derek Lee - Cubs (USA)
Johann Santana - Mets (Venezuela)
C.C. Sabatthia - Yankees (USA)
Eddie Guardado - Rangers (Mexico)
Luis Mendoza - Rangers (Mexico)
Ryan Rowland-Smith -Mariners (Australia)
Grant Balfour - Rays (Australia)
Rich Harden - Cubs (Canada)
Carlos Pena - Rays (Dominican Republic)
Hideki Matsui - Yankees (Japan)
Chan Ho Park - Phillies (South Korea)
Alfredo Aceves - Yankees (Mexico)
Jarr Jurrjens - Braves (Holland)
Carlos Ruiz - Phillies (Panama)
Cole Armstrong - White Sox (USA)
Carlos Quentin - White Sox (USA)
John Danks - White Sox (USA)
Carlos Zambrano - Cubs (Venezuela)
Pablo Sandoval - Giants (Venezuela)

Remember, these are guys not on the provisional 40-man rosters. There will still be a lot of cuts made.



 /ɪˈrɛləvənt/ [i-rel-uh-vuhnt] –adjective

1. not relevant; not applicable or pertinent.


 /əbˈskyʊərɪti/ [uhb-skyoor-i-tee] –noun, plural -ties.

1. the state or quality of being obscure.
2. the condition of being unknown: He lived in obscurity for years before winning acclaim.
3. uncertainty of meaning or expression; ambiguity.
4. an unknown or unimportant person or thing.
5. darkness; dimness; indistinctness.

Fade into:

 /feɪd/ [feyd] fad⋅ed, fad⋅ing, noun –verb (used without object)

1. to lose brightness or vividness of color.
2. to become dim, as light, or lose brightness of illumination.
3. to lose freshness, vigor, strength, or health: The tulips have faded.
4. to disappear or die gradually (often fol. by away or out): His anger faded away.

World Baseball Classic:

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