DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Trenidad Hubbard, an outfielder who has spent 10 seasons in the majors with nine teams, was among 24 players selected Monday for the U.S. team at the World Cup in the Netherlands. The Americans will be coached by former major league manager Davey Johnson in the 18-nation tournament, which begins Friday.
The U.S. roster consists of professionals not on 40-man major league rosters. It's the fifth time USA Baseball has used professionals, following the 1999 Pan American Games, the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the 2001 World Cup and the 2003 Olympic qualifier.
Hubbard, who has spent 2005 with Tampa Bay's Triple-A affiliate in Durham, is joined on a squad that includes pitcher J.J. Trujillo and outfielder Chris Latham from independent leagues and pitcher Jason Jacome from the Mexican League.
The U.S. is in Pool B with Australia, Colombia, Taiwan, Greece, Japan, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua and Spain.
The Team USA roster for the 2005 World Cup in the Netherlands, with name, 2005 team and major league affiliation in parentheses:
Pitchers: Brian Bannister, Norfolk (New York Mets); Greg Bauer, Reading (Philadelphia Phillies); James Garcia, Norwich (San Francisco Giants); Talley Haines, Iowa (Chicago Cubs); Chris Mobley, Greensboro (Florida Marlins); Jason Phillips, Durham (Tampa Bay Devil Rays); J.J. Trujillo, Coastal Bend (Independent); Jared Wells, Mobile (San Diego Padres); Gilbert de la Vara, Arizona League Royals (Kansas City Royals); Mark Freed, Tucson (Arizona Diamondbacks); Jason Jacome, Puebla (Mexican League); Chris Michalak, Tucson (Arizona Diamondbacks).
Catchers: Rob Johnson, Inland Empire (Seattle Mariners); Brian Peterson, Chattanooga (Cincinnati Reds).
Infielders: Brooks Badeaux, Durham (Tampa Bay Devil Rays); Mike Cervenak, Fresno (San Francisco Giants); Jeff Deardorff, Durham (Tampa Bay Devil Rays); Bryan LaHair, Inland Empire (Seattle Mariners); Josh Phelps, Durham (Tampa Bay Devil Rays); Brant Ust, Wilmington (Boston Red Sox); Ben Zobrist, Salem (Houston Astros).
Outfielders: Trenidad Hubbard, Durham (Tampa Bay Devil Rays); Chris Latham, Bridgeport (Independent); Lastings Milledge, Binghamton (New York Mets).