Headlined by Dodgers slugger and five-time Major League All-Star Adrian Gonzalez, Mexico officially announced its roster for the 2017 World Baseball Classic Wednesday on MLB Network.
A's outfielder Khris Davis, who finished third in the Majors with 42 home runs last season, will also play for Team Mexico, which opens play in Group D against Italy on March 9 before a home crowd at Estadio de Beisbol Charros de Jalisco. Mexico's Group D schedule also includes Venezuela and Puerto Rico.
The World Baseball Classic runs from March 6-22. In the U.S., games will air live exclusively in English on MLB Network and on an authenticated basis via MLBNetwork.com/watch, while ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN will provide the exclusive Spanish-language coverage. MLB.TV Premium subscribers in the U.S. will have access to watch every tournament game live on any of the streaming service's 400-plus supported devices. Internationally, the tournament will be distributed across all forms of television, internet, mobile and radio in territories excluding the U.S., Puerto Rico and Japan. Get tickets for games at Marlins Park, Tokyo Dome, Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, Estadio Charros de Jalisco in Mexico, Petco Park, as well as the Championship Round at Dodger Stadium, while complete coverage -- including schedules, video, stats and gear -- is available at WorldBaseballClassic.com.
Each team has the option of using the designated pitcher pool (DPP), which works like this: A team can use up to 10 designated pitchers but can't have more than two on its active roster at a time. Those "active" DPs can be replaced at the beginning of each of the next two rounds, but only by another DP. Once a DP has been replaced, he cannot return to the active roster for a subsequent round.
Using Team Mexico as an example, Luis Mendoza and Osuna are the active DPs for the first round of pool play, so they can be replaced on the roster before the second round or the championship round, but only by one of the team's other DPs. And if a DP joins for the second round, he can be replaced for the championship round, but only by another DP.
Edgar Gonzalez, the older brother of the Dodgers first baseman, will manage Team Mexico, which has not advanced beyond the second round in any of the three previous editions of the World Baseball Classic.