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Mar '16 08

#WBCQMexicali: Germany announces WBCQ Roster, Coaching Staff

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mexicali_headlinesThe German Baseball and Softball Federation (DBV) announced a 28-man roster and their coaching staff for the upcoming World Baseball Classic Qualifier in Mexicali, Mexico. From March 17 to 20, Mexico, Nicaragua, Germany and Czech Republic will be competing for one spot in the main event of the World Baseball Classic in March 2017.

Most of the German players are currently playing in the German Baseball-Bundesliga. Additionally a couple of MLB-affiliated players have made the team. Max Kepler, who is competing for a spot on the opening day roster of the Minnesota Twins, is not on the roster. Also newly signed Pascal Amon (Los Angeles Dodgers) isn’t on the squad.

Meanwhile Donald Lutz (Cincinnati Reds), Markus Solbach (Arizona Diamondbacks), Sven Schueller (Los Angeles Dodgers) and Nadir Ljatifi (Cincinnati Reds) are on the roster. Catcher Bruce Maxwell (Oakland Athletics) and outfielders Dominique Taylor (Kansas City Royals) and Ken Matthes (Lancaster Barnstormers) will make their German national team. Former Major League reliever Will Ohman returns for a second time after debuting at the WBC Qualifier 2012 in Regensburg.

Germany gets managed by former Toronto Blue Jay Garth Iorg. He will be supported by fellow Ex-big leaguers Willy Upshaw and Dennis Cook, as well as Martin Helmig and Troy Williams from Germany. Cook is well known in European Baseball after coaching the Swedish National Team a couple of years ago.

All MLB affiliated players will join the team directly in Mexicali next week. The rest of the team traveled to Tucson, Arizona at the beginning of the week for a short training camp, which includes a couple of exhibition games against Mexican pro teams and a squad of the Milwaukee Brewers. The first game will be played on Wednesday.

Roster:

Nr. Surname Name Club
1 Boldt Max Mainz Athletics
2 Brenk Eric Bonn Capitals
3 Dewald Martin Heidenheim Heideköpfe
4 Dickman Lucas Mainz Athletics
5 Glaser Ludwig Buchbinder Legionäre Regensburg
6 Gühring Simon Heidenheim Heideköpfe
7 Howard Christopher Buchbinder Legionäre Regensburg
8 Hinz Daniel Untouchables Paderborn
9 Jahn Lukas Buchbinder Legionäre Regensburg
10 Koch Sascha Bonn Capitals
11 Kotowski Kevin Mainz Athletics
12 Ljatifi Nadir Cincinnati Reds
13 Lutz Donald Cincinnati Reds
14 Lutz Sascha Heidenheim Heideköpfe
15 Marquez-Ramirez Enorbel Berlin Flamingos
16 Matthes Kent Lancaster Barnstormers
17 Maxwell Bruce Oakland Athletics
18 Ohman Will
19 Schüller Sven Los Angeles Dodgers
20 Solbach Markus Arizona Diamondbacks
21 Sommer Luke Heidenheim Heideköpfe
22 Steinlein Lukas München-Haar Disciples
23 Stöcklin Jan-Niclas Mainz Athletics
24 Taylor Dominique Kansas City Royals
25 Thieben Daniel Untouchables Paderborn
26 Trisl Kevin München-Haar Disciples
27 Wilhelm Maurice Bonn Capitals
28 Ziegler Christoph München-Haar Disciples

Coaching Staff:

Surname Name Function
Iorg Garth Manager
Upshaw Willy Bench/Hitting Coach
Cook Dennis Pitching Coach
Helmig Martin Third Base Coach
Williams Troy First Base Coach

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