Bruce Chen has decided to forgo a chance to pitch with China in the upcoming 2013 World Baseball Classic. Chen pitched for Panama in the first two Classics, but this time around he was seeking to pitch for the country of his grandparents’ birth.
Born in Panama, Chen’s grandparents are from China, so he attempted to gather all documentation that he could find regarding their birth in order to secure a spot on the Chinese team. However, his eligibility was still pending official approval.
Instead of waiting, he decided to simply forgo the chance.
Instead, Chen will focus on pitching for the Kansas City Royals where he will compete for a spot in the starting rotation. The Royals rotation got a face lift in the offseason with the additions of James Shields, Wade Davis, and Ervin Santana. Chen will need to focus on returning to his 2010-11 form where he was one of the top KC starters.
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.