DURHAM, N.C. (UT Release) – Former Tennessee standouts R.A. Dickey and J.P. Arencibia have both been named to USA Baseball’s provisional roster for the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
Provisional rosters allow up to 28 players to be listed, creating a pool of players who are eligible to be named to the Federation’s final roster. Each Federation must submit its final 28-man roster, including a minimum of 13 pitchers and two catchers, by February 20th.
Both players have previously worn the Red, White and Blue as Dickey played for Team USA in 1995 and again in the 1996 Olympics, while Arencibia also had two stints on the squad in 2005 and 2006.
Team USA will be led by field manager Joe Torre. Torre's coaching staff for the World Baseball Classic includes Larry Bowa (bench coach), Marcel Lachemann (bullpen/pitching coach), Greg Maddux (pitching coach), Dale Murphy (first base coach), Gerald Perry (hitting coach) and Willie Randolph (third base coach). Lachemann and Maddux will oversee Team USA’s pitching staff.
Recently traded to the Toronto Blue Jays, Dickey is coming off a season in which he became the first knuckleballer to ever win the Cy Young Award after finishing with a 20-6 record and 2.73 ERA as a starting pitcher for the New York Mets. The only three-time All-American in Tennessee history, Dickey also led the league in strikeouts (230), innings pitched (233.2), complete games (five), shutouts (three) and quality starts (27).
The starting catcher for the Blue Jays, Arencibia is preparing to begin his fourth season in the Major Leagues. Despite missing a portion of the season due to injury, he finished last year with 18 home runs and 56 RBIs in 102 games. Since arriving in Toronto in 2010, Arencibia has launched 43 longballs and driven in 138 runs while hitting at a .222 clip.
USA Baseball's World Baseball Classic team will play its First Round games as part of Pool D at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, from Friday, March 8th - Sunday, March 10th. In Pool D with Team USA are Canada, Mexico and Italy.
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About the World Baseball Classic
The World Baseball Classic is the premier international baseball tournament, sanctioned by the International Baseball Federation, and features the best players in the world competing for their home countries and territories. More than 1.5 million fans from all over the world have attended the tournament games, held in March 2006 and 2009. The upcoming World Baseball Classic will be played in March 2013 and will again feature the greatest baseball-playing nations in the world. The tournament will be held every four years thereafter.