In June of 2005, Major League Baseball announced the formation of the World Baseball Classic, a 16 nation international competition to be held in March of 2006 for the first time. "The Classic" may have been formed in response to the IOC's removal of baseball as an olympic event, starting with the 2012 London Games.
On February 13, 2006, the Mexican Baseball Committee announced it's provisional 33 man roster, and reduced it down to just 30 players on March 2, 2006.
The roster is mixed with youth and experience, but their strongest side seems to be their pitching crew. All teams participating in the tournament need to have at least three catchers and thirteen pitchers.
2006 World Baseball Classic Roster
- Fernando Valenzuela
- Ted Higuera
- Luis Ayala - Washington Nationals
- Francisco Campos - Campeche Pirates (Mexican League)
- Jorge De La Rosa - Milwaukee Brewers
- Elmer Dessens - Kansas City Royals
- Edgar González - Arizona Diamondbacks
- Antonio Osuna - Mexico Tigres (Mexican League)
- Oliver Pérez - Pittsburgh Pirates
- Dennys Reyes - Rochester Red Wings, Minnesota Twins' organization
- Oscar Villareal - Atlanta Braves
- Miguel Ojeda - Colorado Rockies
- Alfredo Amézaga - Florida Marlins
- Juan Castro - Minnesota Twins
- Luis Cruz - Mobile BayBears, San Diego Padres' organization
- Erubiel Durazo - Texas Rangers
- Karim García - Orix Buffaloes (Japan)
- Luis Alfonso García - New York Yankees
- Luis Carlos "Clipper" Garcia - Mexico Tigres (Mexican League)
Team Mexico is in Pool B of the four pool round-robin tournament. Along with fellow North American rivals Canada and United States, the pool also has Team South Africa. Round One games will be held at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona and Scottsdale Stadium in Scottsdale, Arizona. The toptw o teams to emerge from Pool B will advance to Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, California to play the top two teams from Pool A (Japan, Korea, China and Chinese Taipei).