Pittsburgh Pirates v San Diego Padres

You know who I love? Chase Headley. Why? He’s awesome. Pretty simple. Power hitting third baseman marooned in San Diego. Chase Headley needs your love and affection, America. Luckily, there is a good chance he’s about to earn it.

With David Wright dropping off the Team USA roster with a rib/back injury, manager Davey Johnson cannot add another player until the next round of games. With the team in need of a third baseman, Chase Headley bravely threw his hat in the ring and will join the team in San Francisco…should they get that far.

All team USA needs to do is get past Puerto Rico tonight and Headley can take the place of woefully underqualified Willie Bloomquist as the starting third baseman in an international competition. Headley is coming off a huge year with the Padres, one in which he finished fifth in NL MVP voting thanks to his 145 wRC+ and 31 home run power while playing strong defense at third base.

Should the Padres player join his mates in the semifinals, a very familiar face will greet him: the hulking form of Dodgers reliever Kenley Jansen.

Jansen follows in the footsteps of Jurickson Profar as an opportunistic CuraƧao native jumping on the Honkbal bandwagon while the getting is good.

Jansen is one of the premier strikeout pitchers in baseball, trailing just Craig Kimbrel for strikeout rate among relievers over the last two seasons, strikeout out a mind-boggling 41.5% of batters he faces. That’s good, FYI. The Dutch squad is really going for this, aren’t they?!