United States 2006 World Baseball Classic roster

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  1. Derek Jeter

    Derek Jeter


    Derek Sanderson Jeter (/ˈtər/ JEE-tər) (born June 26, 1974) is an American former professional baseball shortstop who played 20 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees. A five-time World Series champion, Jeter is regarded as a central figure of the Yankees' success of the late 1990s and early 2000s for his hitting, baserunning, fielding, and leadership. He is the Yankees' all-time career leader in hits (3,465), doubles (544), games played (2,747), stolen bases (358), times on base (4,716), plate appearances (12,602) and at bats (11,195). His accolades include 14 All-Star selections, five Gold Glove Awards, five Silver Slugger Awards, two Hank Aaron Awards, and a Roberto Clemente Award. Jeter became the 28th player to reach 3,000 hits and finished his career sixth all-time in career hits and the all-time MLB leader in hits by a shortstop.

  2. Alex Rodríguez

    Alex Rodríguez


    Alexander Emmanuel "Alex" Rodriguez (born July 27, 1975), nicknamed "A-Rod", is an American professional baseball infielder for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers. Rodriguez was one of the sport's most highly touted prospects and is considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time. During his 20-year career, Rodriguez has amassed a .298 batting average, 680 home runs, 2,038 runs batted in (RBI), and over 3,000 hits. He is a 14-time All-Star and has won three American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards, ten Silver Slugger Awards, and two Gold Glove Awards. Rodríguez is the career record holder for grand slams with 25. However, he has led a highly controversial career due to his lucrative contracts and his use of illegal performance-enhancing drugs.

  3. Chipper Jones

    Chipper Jones


    Larry Wayne "Chipper" Jones, Jr. (born April 24, 1972) is an American former Major League Baseball (MLB) third baseman who spent his entire 19-year MLB career playing for the Atlanta Braves, and all 23 years as a professional baseball player in the Atlanta organization. Initially a shortstop, he was the Braves' primary starting third baseman for nearly all of the period from 1995–2012. In 2002 and 2003, Jones played left field before returning to third base in 2004. Standing 6' 4" (76 inches (190 cm)) tall and weighing 210 pounds (95 kg) during his playing career, Jones threw right-handed and was a switch hitter.

  4. Jason Varitek

    Jason Varitek


    Jason Andrew Varitek (/ˈværɨtɛk/; born April 11, 1972), nicknamed "Tek", is a retired American baseball catcher for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball. As of 2015, he works for the Red Sox as a "Special Assistant to the General Manager". After being traded as a minor league prospect by the Seattle Mariners, Varitek played his entire major league career for the Red Sox. A three-time All-Star and Gold Glove Award winner at catcher, as well as a Silver Slugger Award winner, Varitek was part of both the 2004 World Series and 2007 World Series Championship teams, and was viewed widely as one of the team's leaders. In December 2004 he was named the captain of the Red Sox, only their fourth captain since 1923. He was a switch-hitter.

  5. Roger Clemens

    Roger Clemens


    William Roger Clemens (born August 4, 1962), nicknamed "Rocket", is a retired American baseball pitcher who played 24 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for four teams. Clemens was one of the most dominant pitchers in major league history, tallying 354 wins, a 3.12 earned run average (ERA), and 4,672 strikeouts, the third-most all time. An 11-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion, he won seven Cy Young Awards during his career, the most of any pitcher in history. Clemens was known for his fierce competitive nature and hard-throwing pitching style, which he used to intimidate batters.

  6. Johnny Damon

    Johnny Damon


    Johnny David Damon (born November 5, 1973) is a Thai-American professional baseball outfielder who began playing in Major League Baseball (MLB) in 1995. He last played in 2012, though he has not officially retired. In his MLB career, Damon has played for the Kansas City Royals (1995–2000), Oakland Athletics (2001), Boston Red Sox (2002–05), New York Yankees (2006–09), Detroit Tigers (2010), Tampa Bay Rays (2011) and Cleveland Indians (2012). Damon also played for the Thailand national baseball team and was a member of the squad for the 2013 World Baseball Classic qualifiers.

  7. Jake Peavy

    Jake Peavy


    Jacob Edward "Jake" Peavy (born May 31, 1981) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has also played in MLB for the San Diego Padres, Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox. He bats and throws right-handed.

  8. Ken Griffey Jr.

    Ken Griffey Jr.


    George Kenneth "Ken" Griffey, Jr. (born November 21, 1969), nicknamed "Junior" and "The Kid", is an American former professional baseball outfielder who played 22 years in Major League Baseball (MLB) for three teams (1989–2010). He spent most of his career with the Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati Reds, along with a short stint with the Chicago White Sox. A 13-time All-Star, Griffey was one of the most prolific home run hitters in baseball history; his 630 home runs rank as the sixth-most in MLB history. Griffey was also an exceptional defender and won 10 Gold Glove Awards in center field. He is tied for the record of most consecutive games with a home run (8 games, tied with Don Mattingly and Dale Long).

  9. Mark Teixeira

    Mark Teixeira


    Mark Charles Teixeira (/tˈʃɛrə/ tay-SHERR; born April 11, 1980) is an American Major League Baseball first baseman for the New York Yankees. Before playing in the MLB, he played college baseball at Georgia Tech, where in 2001 he won the Dick Howser Trophy as the national collegiate baseball player of the year.

  10. Chase Utley

    Chase Utley


    Chase Cameron Utley (born December 17, 1978) is an American professional baseball second baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). A native of the Greater Los Angeles area, he grew up in Long Beach, California, and attended UCLA. Utley was chosen as the second baseman on the Sports Illustrated All-Decade Team for the 2000s. He bats left-handed and throws right-handed. He previously played in MLB for the Philadelphia Phillies from 2003–2015.

  11. Buck Martinez

    Buck Martinez


    John Albert "Buck" Martinez (born November 7, 1948) is a former Major League Baseball catcher and manager, and is currently the television play-by-play announcer for the Toronto Blue Jays. He played 17 seasons in the majors with the Kansas City Royals, the Milwaukee Brewers, and the Toronto Blue Jays. Since the end of his playing career, he has been a broadcaster, working on Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles radio and television broadcasts, and nationally for TBS.

  12. Dontrelle Willis

    Dontrelle Willis


    Dontrelle Wayne Willis (born January 12, 1982), nicknamed "The D-Train", is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Florida Marlins, Detroit Tigers, Arizona Diamondbacks and Cincinnati Reds. Willis was notable for his success during his first few years in the MLB and for his unconventional pitching style, which included a high leg kick and exaggerated twisting away from the batter. He was named the 2003 National League Rookie of the Year.

  13. Jeff Francoeur

    Jeff Francoeur


    Jeffrey Braden Francoeur (/fræŋˈkʊər/; born January 8, 1984), nicknamed "Frenchy", is an American professional baseball right fielder for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, Texas Rangers, Kansas City Royals, San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres.

  14. Matt Holliday

    Matt Holliday


    Matthew Thomas "Matt" Holliday (born January 15, 1980) is an American professional baseball left fielder for the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball (MLB). A World Series champion in 2011, Holliday is regarded as a key figure of the Cardinals' success of the 2010s and of the Colorado Rockies' in 2007 for hitting, baserunning and leadership abilities. As of 2014, he has totaled nearly 2,000 hits, more than 250 home runs, 400 doubles, 1,000 runs scored, 1,000 runs batted in, 100 stolen bases, a .300 batting average, .500 slugging percentage and .900 on-base plus slugging percentage. His distinctions include six All-Star selections, four Silver Slugger Awards, a National League Championship Series Most Valuable Player Award (NLCS MVP), and a Darryl Kile Good Guy Award. Throughout his career, he has generated a significantly higher on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS) in the second-half of the season.

  15. Derrek Lee

    Derrek Lee


    Derrek Leon Lee (born September 6, 1975), or "D-Lee", is a former Major League Baseball first baseman. Lee played with the San Diego Padres (1997), the Florida Marlins (19982003), Chicago Cubs (20042010), Atlanta Braves (2010), Baltimore Orioles (2011) and Pittsburgh Pirates (2011). He bats and throws right-handed.

  16. Huston Street

    Huston Street


    Huston Lowell Street (i/ˈhjuːstən/; born August 2, 1983) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has also played for the Oakland Athletics, Colorado Rockies, and San Diego Padres.

  17. Joe Nathan

    Joe Nathan


    Joseph Michael "Joe" Nathan (born November 22, 1974) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball (MLB). Nathan started out his baseball career as a shortstop in high school and while at Stony Brook University, but converted to a pitcher after being drafted by the San Francisco Giants. He worked his way through the minor leagues, alternating between spots in the rotation and the bullpen. After a few years of splitting time between the majors and the minors, Nathan had a breakout season as a setup man for the Giants in 2003. That offseason, Nathan was traded to the Minnesota Twins and became their closer.

  18. Al Leiter

    Al Leiter


    Alois "Al" Terry Leiter (/ˈltər/; born October 23, 1965 in Toms River, New Jersey) is a former Major League Baseball left-handed starting pitcher. Leiter pitched 19 seasons in the Major Leagues for New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, Florida Marlins, and New York Mets. He is now a studio analyst for MLB Network and a color commentator for the YES Network.

  19. Vernon Wells

    Vernon Wells


    Vernon Michael Wells III (born December 8, 1978) is an American former professional baseball center fielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Toronto Blue Jays, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and the New York Yankees.

  20. Michael Young

    Michael Young


    Michael Brian Young (born October 19, 1976) is an American former professional baseball infielder who played with the Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies, and Los Angeles Dodgers during his 14-year career. Originally a second baseman, the versatile Young was a five time All-Star at shortstop, once at third base, and once as a combination designated hitter and utility infielder. He was the 2005 American League batting champion.

  21. Brian Fuentes

    Brian Fuentes


    Brian Christopher Fuentes (/ˈfwɛntɨs/; born August 9, 1975) is an American former professional baseball pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB). He played for the Seattle Mariners, Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Minnesota Twins, Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals. He bats and throws left-handed.

  22. Mike Timlin

    Mike Timlin


    Michael August Timlin (/ˈtɪmlɪn/; born March 10, 1966, in Midland, Texas) is a former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball.

  23. Chad Cordero

    Chad Cordero


    Chad Patrick Cordero (born March 18, 1982) is an American former professional baseball player. A pitcher, he played in Major League Baseball for the Montreal Expos / Washington Nationals and Seattle Mariners.

  24. Scot Shields

    Scot Shields


    Robert Scot Shields (born July 22, 1975) is a former American Major League Baseball relief pitcher. He played his entire baseball career with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He was the last member of the Anaheim Angels' 2002 World Series Championship team remaining on the team's roster when he announced his retirement in 2011.

  25. Michael Barrett

    Michael Barrett


    Michael Patrick Barrett (born October 22, 1976) is a former Major League catcher and current manager of the rookie-level Gulf Coast Nationals. He started his professional career with the Montreal Expos at age 18. Barrett spent three years playing in Minor League Baseball as a shortstop and catcher. He played with the Honolulu Sharks, West Palm Beach Expos, and Delmarva Shorebirds, and was elected to two Minor League All-Star games. Barrett made his Major League debut in 1998 as a third baseman, but was shortly outrighted to the minor leagues to play with the Harrisburg Senators for a season.

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