Major League Baseball announced via the twitters today that beautiful AT&T Park in San Francisco will play host to the semi-final and final game of the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Any concerns that San Francisco in March might be a little too cold for outdoor baseball were put to rest when last night’s game time temperature registered a refreshing 62 degrees Fahrenheit. It is always cold along the bay in SF.

A nice reward for the great Giants fans who consistently fill their gorgeous ballpark. But let’s get down to brass tacks here. As an unabashed lover of the WBC, allow me to take this opportunity to update my prospective roster for the American entry into the WBC. What changed since December?

Starters Rotation
C – Joe Mauer
1B – Prince Fielder
2B – Dustin Pedroia
3B – Evan Longoria
SS – Troy Tulowitzki
LF – Josh Hamilton
CF – Mike Trout
RF – Giancarlo Stanton
DH – Ryan Braun


Brian McCann
Ryan Zimmerman
Andrew McCutchen
Ben Zobrist

Justin Verlander
CC Sabathia
Roy Halladay
Cliff Lee
Stephen Strasburg


Craig Kimbrel
David Roberston
Sean Marshall
Chris Perez
Sean Burnett
Casey Janssen
Jonathan Papelbon

To be truthful, not much. Injuries might keep Tulowitzki and Longoria off the real field but they still get to play on my hypothetical team. David Wright is likely bummed but such is life.

Anyway, this is always a fun exercise. Lots of deserving players—Matt Cain, Matt Kemp, Matt Belisle and other guys not named Matt chief among them—are not on my roster. Are they on yours?