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Johnson, Jeter to lead Team USA in Classic
The World Baseball Classic and USA Baseball have announced Davey Johnson as manager and Derek Jeter as the first player on Team USA for the 2009 World Baseball Classic. The former Orioles and Mets skipper and Yankees shortstop -- who boast seven World Series rings between them -- will try to get Team USA to the final rounds to be played at Dodger Stadium. The team plays its first opening-round game on Saturday, Mar. 7, at 2 p.m. ET against Justin Morneau and Team Canada. More »
Davey Johnson and Derek Jeter show off their Team USA uniforms in Las Vegas. (Ben Platt / MLB.com)
Wallace's perfect game wins gold for 14U team
Jimmy Wallace pitched a perfect game, and the U.S. scored seven runs in the first inning in an 11-0 win over host Guatemala in the gold-medal final at the 14U 2008 COPABE Pan Am "A" Qualifier. The win helped Team USA finish with a perfect 6-0 record in a tournament that saw the U.S. outscore its opponents, 102-1. The 11-run margin equaled the smallest margin of victory for Team USA in a tournament it dominated. El Salvador was the only team to score a run against the U.S.'s pitching staff in a 12-1 defeat earlier in the tournament. More »
Team USA dog piles on top of pitcher Jimmy Wallace in celebration of winning the Gold medal. (Nate Logan / USA Baseball)
Baseball officials make case for 2016
In a trip to International Olympic Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, baseball officials gave members of the IOC assurances in November that the sport will make an effort to send some of the game's best professional players to any future Olympic Games that include baseball, if it is reinstated as a gold-medal sport. The goal of getting baseball back in the Games for 2016 is especially significant considering the possibility that Chicago, one of the best baseball cities in the world, is a finalist to host. More »
Tigers center fielder Curtis Granderson (left), Major League Baseball's Paul Archey (center) and Martin Miller, President of the European Baseball Confederation, pitched baseball's case to the IOC. (IBAF)
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