It’s that time of year again Spring Training has started and once again its time for the World Baseball Classic. The decision to put the World Baseball Classic in the middle of Spring Training has caused alot of speculation, because of the timing, and risk of Injury. But for the Mets Ace Noah Syndergaard he wont be joining nine of his teammates in the WBC.
Noah Syndergaard went 14-9 with a 2.60 ERA in the 2016 season. He told reporters last week “It was a piece -of- cake decision, my heart and desire is with the New York Mets and competing with them and striving for a World Championship ring. I wasn’t interested.”
Syndergaard also didn’t want to risk Injury in pitching in the WBC. Mets Manager Terry Collins told reporters that Syndergaard doesn’t need the extra workload, also saying “hes coming off a pretty intense year. I know his goal is to get ready for the season, and I think down the road there will be another WBC to pitch in if he wants.
“We have been talking about it since the end of last season, about health, and he was not going to sacrifice anything to getting in the way to get ready for the year.”
The nine players playing in the WBC for the Mets are Jeurys Familia (Dominican Republic), Jose Reyes (Dominican Republic), Hansel Robles (Dominican Republic), Seth Lugo (Puetro Rico), T.J. Rivera (Puetro Rico), Rene Rivera (Puetro Rico), Brandon Nimmo (Italy), Gavin Checchini (Italy) and Fernando Salas (Mexico). Also non-roster camp invitee Ty Kelly (Israel) will also be playing in the WBC.