Royals Quick Hits: Tim Collins Makes Team USA, Bruce Chen Waits For News From Team China
There are lots of quick hits in this Chicago Tribune (article link -¬†http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/sns-rt-bbo-royals-teamreportmtze91ly800qu-20130121,0,1279636.story) story. As we all know (thanks Will Ferrell), Bruce Chen is a native of Panama, but is attempting to pitch for Team China in this year’s World Baseball Classic. From the sounds of it, Chen is all but on the team…if he can locate a birth certificate of one of his three grandparents that were born in China. Tim Collins had made Team USA and joins ex-Royal Jeremy Affeldt in the bullpen.
In other news, Salvador Perez was Rookie of the Year in the Venezuelan winter league, while Kansas City minor leaguer Juan Gutierrez was the Reliever of the Year. Gutierrez, 29, has spent parts of four seasons in the major leagues with the Astros and Diamondbacks.
- Matt Hays @mhays83
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