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Mar '13 20

2013 MetLife All-World Baseball Classic Team announced



Press Release World Baseball Classic, Inc.

Fans Help Select Most Outstanding Players of the Tournament for First Time

World Baseball Classic, Inc. today announced the members of the 2013 MetLife All-World Baseball Classic Team. For the first time, baseball fans from around the globe were able to vote for the most outstanding players of the tournament. Fan voting counted for one-third of the total points awarded to each player, with the other two-thirds coming from international broadcast media and international sportswriters.

Dominican Republic second baseman Robinson Cano was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament. The following players were selected to the 2013 MetLife All-World Baseball Classic Team:

Position

Player

Team

2013 Tournament Statistics

C

Yadier Molina

Puerto Rico

.259, SB, 2.88 Team ERA

1B

Edwin Encarnacion

Dominican Republic

.250, tied for team-high with 6 RBI, 3 R

2B

Robinson Cano

Dominican Republic

.469, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 6 R, 25 TB

3B

David Wright

United States

.438, HR, 10 RBI

SS

Jose Reyes

Dominican Republic

.314, HR, 3 RBI, 7 R

OF

Angel Pagan

Puerto Rico

.364, 2 SB, .447 OBP

OF

Nelson Cruz

Dominican Republic

.303, 6 RBI

OF

Michael Saunders

Canada

.727, HR, 7 RBI

DH

Hirokazu Ibata

Japan

.556, 4 RBI, 6 R

P

Kenta Maeda

Japan

15 IP, 1 ER, 0.60 ERA, 18 SO

P

Nelson Figueroa

Puerto Rico

2 Wins, 1.80 ERA

P

Fernando Rodney

Dominican Republic

7.1 IP, 0 ER, 7 SV

MetLife is one of four Global Sponsors for the 2013 World Baseball Classic and is the Official Insurance Company of the 2013 World Baseball Classic. MetLife, and its brand ambassador Snoopy, have been incorporated into multiple aspects of the event including aerial coverage from the MetLife blimps integrated into the game broadcasts and appearances by Snoopy at the games.

The 2013 World Baseball Classic, which is the third edition of the tournament, is the premier international baseball tournament featuring the world’s best players representing their countries and territories. MLB Network and ESPN Deportes are the exclusive English and Spanish-language broadcasters in the United States and 39 international broadcasters televised games in 14 languages in more than 200 countries and territories. The World Baseball Classic, which is officially sanctioned by the International Baseball Federation (IBAF), was recognized for the first time in 2013 as the official national team World Championship, with the winner crowned the 2013 World Baseball Classic Champion and the IBAF World Champion.

About the World Baseball Classic
The World Baseball Classic is the premier international baseball tournament, sanctioned by the International Baseball Federation, and features the best players in the world competing for their home countries and territories.  More than 1.5 million fans from all over the world have attended the tournament games, held in March 2006 and 2009. Team Japan is the reigning World Baseball Classic Champion, taking home both the inaugural and 2009 titles.

About World Baseball Classic, Inc.
World Baseball Classic, Inc. (WBCI) is a company created at the direction of Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) to operate the World Baseball Classic tournament. The tournament, which is sanctioned by the International Baseball Federation (IBAF), is supported by MLB, the MLBPA, Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO), their respective players associations and other leagues and players from around the world.

About the International Baseball Federation
The International Baseball Federation (IBAF) is the world governing body for baseball, comprising 122 national member federations.  Together with its member federations, the IBAF is dedicated to the promotion, development, and organization of baseball around the world. The IBAF is the sole entity recognized by the International Olympic Committee for overseeing and sanctioning all national team competition. The IBAF headquarters are located in Lausanne, Switzerland.

About MetLife
MetLife, Inc. is a leading global provider of insurance, annuities and employee benefit programs, serving 90 million customers. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, MetLife holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, New York, NY 10166.




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