Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau to play in World Baseball Classic

Hannah Foslien

Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau are among the early commits to play in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

The Minnesota Twins look like they will be well-represented at the 2013 World Baseball Championships as both Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau have committed to play in the national games, according to a pair of tweets from Major League Baseball's PR feed.

The news might not seem like a huge deal upon first read -- the WBC has struggled to get the traction most believed it would when the competition was originally announced -- but it's certainly welcome news within the circle of Twins fans, as this means that both players will be healthy enough to play competitive baseball in March.

Twins general manager Terry Ryan gave 1500 ESPN a similar statement.

"I don't think there's any doubt that he's ready, and physically ready to take that on," general manager Terry Ryan said Monday. "Certainly he has a lot of interest in playing in the WBC. He takes a lot of pride in the Canadian baseball front."

Mauer will play for Team USA, of course, whereas Morneau will represent Canada when the WBC begins in March.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Minnesota

You must be a member of SB Nation Minnesota to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Minnesota. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Minnesota

You must be a member of SB Nation Minnesota to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Minnesota. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.