Eye of the Hurricane

February 25, 2009

Former Hurricanes Named to WBC Rosters

Filed under: Uncategorized — dvillavicencio @ 1:39 pm

The World Baseball Classic is a week away and rosters have been finalized for the 16 team tournament. Former Miami superstar Ryan Braun will be playing for Team USA and could square off against two other former Canes in this year’s WBC. Alex Cora and Carlos Gutierrez will be teammates on the Puerto Rican squad.

Cora was an outstanding shortstop at Miami and is probably best known as the player who immediately dropped to the ground in tears when LSU’s Warren Morris hit the game winning home run to beat the Hurricanes in the 1996 College World Series.

Gutierrez was a first round pick of the Minnesota Twins in the 2008 MLB Draft. Just 22 years old, the talented right-hander will be competing against the toughest competition he has ever faced in his career. His younger brother, David, is currently the Saturday starter for Miami.

The two former Canes will be in action on Saturday, March 7th, when Puerto Rico squares off against Panama at 5:00 PM.

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