The most experienced team by far is Australia, with 26 of its 28 players having played affiliated ball and six reaching the major leagues. Jon Deeble, a scout with the Boston Red Sox, will continue to serve as manager. Australia is 1-8 in three WBC appearances, going 0-3 in 2013 and forced to qualify for this year's 2017 Classic.
SYDNEY -- New Zealand has searched far and wide for its roster for manager Chris Woodward, who was the Seattle Mariners' infield coach the past two seasons, and joined Dave Roberts' staff with the Dodgers in the off season.
World Baseball Classic, Inc. (WBCI) today announced the managers, rosters and game schedule for the Sydney, Australia Qualifier, which will be played February 11th-14th at Blacktown International Sportspark.
Team Philippines, under the guidance of former Major Leaguer Tim Hulett, will feature three players with major league experience and seven players with experience in the U.S. professional leagues. The Philippines were 1-2 in their only WBC appearance, the 2013 qualifiers.
Many of South Africa's players have been together since the first World Baseball Classic in 2006, again in 2009 and at the 2013 WBC Qualifier. Manager Alan Phillips, who was on the 2000 Olympic team, is coaching one of his Olympic teammates - Carl Michaels - and will benefit from the overall long-range experience on the club.
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