The highest paid player in Major League Baseball, third baseman Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees, has decided to play for the United States in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.
Rodriguez is an American citizen but his parents are from the Dominican Republic, so he had the option of playing for either country, or not playing at all. Late Tuesday night, the 2005 American League Most Valuable Player said he would play for the USA.
Other Yankee teammates on the U.S. roster include shortstop Derek Jeter, outfielder Johnny Damon and pitcher Al Leiter. Other star players who have also committed to the U.S. team include Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Ken Griffey, Jr.
The inaugural World Baseball Classic will be the first international tournament to boast Major League players. Sixteen teams are scheduled to play games in the U.S., Japan and Puerto Rico from March 3 though March 20.