Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie will be an integral piece to the success of Team Canada at the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Lawrie was on the roster in 2009 as a 19-year old, but only managed one at-bat during the tourney. This time around, Lawrie will be leaned on heavily to lead the canucks to victory.
Lawrie voiced his opinion on the Russell Martin fiasco earlier today pulling no punches calling out his fellow countryman for his decision not to participate.
Lawrie described Martin’s decision as “weak” and “not right” to Sportsnet radio. ”I’m out there going 100 miles an hour, any position. I don’t care if I’m pitching, I’m playing center field or I’m catching, it doesn’t matter. Just as long as I get an opportunity to help my teammates, help my country and these are things that don’t come around very often. This is every four years; this isn’t an opportunity that just comes around every spring training.”
Lawrie has 15 spring training at bats to his credit in Grapefruit League action batting .267 with one home run.
Lawrie is no stranger to International play representing Canada on many levels through the ranks growing up in British Columbia. Even at 23-years old Lawrie will be looked upon as a leader and will be responsible for providing leadership to a vast majority of the minor leaguers on the Canadian squad.
Lawrie plays the game like every game is his last and I guarantee it will be no different for the World Baseball Classic. Fasten your seatbelts, Canada. It’s going to be a fun ride.
Clayton Richer covers the Toronto Blue Jays for Rant Sports. Follow and interact with him on Twitter at @MLBHotCorner.