David Wright will be the only Met playing in the World Baseball Classic this year. He played for the team in 2009 as well, wearing number four since manager Davey Johnson claimed five. He batted .281 in eight games with five RBI, three walks, and a stolen base.
Former Mets on the team include R.A. Dickey and Heath Bell. Willie Randolph and Joe Torre are on the coaching staff. Team USA lost to Japan in the semi-finals in 2009.
No Mets players are on the Italian roster, but Mike Piazza is again listed as a coach. Italy did not advance in 2009, their sole victory coming against Canada.
Much like 2009, Johan Santana wanted to join former Met Francisco Rodriguez and pitch for Venezuela, but he and the Mets will be cautious and he'll remain in Port St. Lucie.
Teams Eliminated in the Qualifying Round
Ruben Tejada, after going 0-4 in 2009, was 5/16 with three doubles across the four games. Mets minor leaguer Angel Cuan pitched five innings allowing one run on eight hits and struck out six.
Mets minor league catcher Kai Gronauer went 2/11 with five walks across four games.
Three Mets joined former Met Shawn Green on the Israeli team. Josh Satin went 3-for-11 with four walks. Minor leaguer Jeff Kaplan pitched two innings, allowing a run on two hits. Minor leaguer Jeremy Gould is also listed on the roster, but he did not pitch.
Minor leaguer Hamilton Bennett pitched an inning and two thirds for Great Britain, allowing one run on one hit, two walks, a hit batsman and two strikeouts.