World Baseball Classic Preview: 5 Teams That Will Challenge Team USA

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World Baseball Classic Preview: 5 Teams That Will Challenge Team USA
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Team USA faces lofty expectations in the World Baseball Classic.

Team USA has an extremely talented roster in the World Baseball Classic.

Filled with MLB stars, they are set to go to battle for their country on Friday, March 8 when they take on Mexico.

In both 2006 and 2009, the United States failed to live up to expectations with early eliminations.

Taking place early in spring training, the US team has looked at the World Baseball Classic as more of a competitive exhibition series.

For other countries, it’s a chance for them to prove to themselves and the world that they can compete at one of the highest levels. Plus they can make their countries proud.

Of course, it’s always extra motivation when playing the US, mainly because the sport was invented in America, and the championship round is played on US soil.

With a lineup of previous MVPs Ryan Braun, Jimmy Rollins and Joe Mauer, reigning Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey and All-Stars Giancarlo Stanton, Adam Jones, Brandon Phillips, Gio Gonzalez and Craig Kimbrel, this team has some lofty expectations.

Kimbrel told Danny Knobler of

We’re not here just to say we play for Team USA. We want to say we played for Team USA and we won. 

Team USA isn’t the only team to field a roster with MLB players. These teams could cause some problems for the American squad and will challenge their quest to be World Baseball Classic champions.

Here’s a look at some of the teams who could knock off the United States.

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