Rosters have just been finalized for the 2009 World Baseball Classic, and five Brewers have survived cuts. No real surprises, but here’s the breakdown.
USA: Ryan Braun
Canada: Brett Lawrie, Adam Stern
Italy: Vinny Rottino, Mark DiFelice
Former Brewers Corey Koskie and Chris Barnwell will also suit up for Canada; Henry Blanco will catch for Venezuela and the recently cut Ramiro Mendoza (after not being capable to qualify for a minor league roster spot) will represent Panama.
Keep up to date on how Brewers player perform throughout the World BaseballClassic at RFB. And for those of you who have a rooting interest for the Italian team or a hankering for tired stereotypes that tip-toe the line of acceptability, I’ll be covering Italy's (likely short) WBC stint at Bugs & Cranks for some reason.