Correction on Classic eligibility

[Updated Jan. 17 with current confirmed participants]

A correction is in order for something I got wrong last week. I was originally told that World Baseball Classic rules limit to eight the number of players eligible from each Major League club’s roster, but the number is actually higher.

From the rules posted on the Classic’s website:

WBCI will not approve a player’s participation in the Qualifying Round if such participation would cause a Major League Club to have more than 14 players from its organization, or more than 10 of its players who were on any Major League Baseball Club’s Major League Active or Disabled List as of August 31, 2012, participate in the Qualifying Round, unless the Major League Club informs WBCI in writing that it has no objection to allowing additional players to participate. If limits of player participation from a Major League Club are reached, WBCI will choose which players will participate, guided by the principle that Teams’ rosters that have fewer available Major League players will be given priority.

Just to be sure, I confirmed with a Major League Baseball spokesperson that the 10/14 rule was in effect. He stressed that clubs can waive the limit, and that some did so for the 2009 Classic.

We’ll see if the Brewers get close to the limits. So far, nine Brewers have been confirmed, six of whom were on the active roster on Aug. 31 — John Axford and Jim Henderson of Canada, Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy of the U.S., Yovani Gallardo of Mexico and Martin Maldonado of Puerto Rico.

Three other Classic participants — Canadian infielder Taylor Green, who was not recalled to the Brewers until Sept. 7, plus Puerto Rico’s Hiram Burgos and Dutchman Hainley Statia — will count against the limit of 14 players from one organization but not against the 10 from a single team’s active roster.

The U.S. participants were just confirmed this morning. The rest of the field will be unveiled in an MLB Network at 3 p.m. CT that I’m told will be streamed live at Expect a few more Brewers to join the list.


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