Jan. 17, 2013
1500 ESPN Q and A
Gopher Baseball alum and Minnesota Twin Glen Perkins has been selected to the 2013 United States World Baseball Classic roster, announced Jan. 17 by USA Baseball. Perkins, representing his country for the first time, is one of 27 players listed on the provisional roster. The final 28-man roster will be announced on Feb. 20.
Former Major League Baseball manager Joe Torre will lead Team USA, a squad that features 15 MLB all-stars. The team will play its First Round games as part of Pool D at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, from Friday, March 8 - Sunday, March 10. Canada, Mexico and Italy join the Americans in Pool D.
As a Golden Gopher, Perkins was an All-American in both of his 2003 and 2004 seasons. Named the 2003 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Perkins was also named the 2004 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and the 2004 Big Ten Most Outstanding Player of the Big Ten Tournament. He finished his career 19-5 with a 2.87 ERA, 13 complete games, two shutouts and 230 strikeouts in 216.1 innings pitched. In Big Ten action, the Stillwater, Minn., native was 15-0 with a 2.09 ERA and 139 strikeouts in 129 innings. Perkins ended up first on the Minnesota career in list in Big Ten strikeouts (139), Big Ten winning percentage (1.000, 15-0), fourth in Big Ten ERA (2.08) and tied for second in Big Ten wins (15). Overall, Perkins ranks fourth in career strikeouts with 230. He was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the first round of the 2004 draft as the 22nd pick overall. He made his professional debut on Sept, 21, 2006 against the Boston Red Sox.
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. The upcoming World Baseball Classic will be played in March 2013 and will again feature the greatest baseball-playing nations in the world. The tournament will be held every four years thereafter.