Baseball United Announces Rosters For Dubai Showcase Games in November

Bartolo Colon in uniform for the Karachi Monarchs at Baseball United Media Day in Cincinnati, Ohio, Sept. 19, 2023. (Photo: Leif Skodnick/World Baseball Network)

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Baseball United released the rosters for the two All-Star teams that will square off at the Dubai Showcase, which has been reschedule for November 24-25 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The All-Star games will feature 44 players who were recently selected in the inaugural Baseball United draft, with approximately 75% of those players having played Major League Baseball. Other players appeared in Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan, the Triple-A level of the U.S. minor leagues, the Liga Mexicana de Beisbol, and the Australian Baseball League.

“We are honored to bring many of our best players to Dubai for our first-ever professional games,” said Kash Shaikh, the Chairman, CEO, and Majority Owner of Baseball United in a release. “Our All-Stars come from 16 different countries and have played at the highest levels of professional baseball. This is truly something the region has never seen. Our fans will get to witness history. It’s the perfect way to launch our league.”

Bartolo Colon will start the November 24 game for the East All-Stars against Jair Jurrjens for the West All-Stars.

Colon, 50, is the winningest Latin American pitcher in major league history, having played 21 seasons in MLB and winning 247 games with Cleveland, Montreal, the Chicago White Sox, the Los Angeles Angels, Boston, the New York Yankees, Oakland, the New York Mets, Atlanta, Minnesota, and Texas. He was the 2005 American League Cy Young Award winner with the Angels, going 21-8 with a 3.48 ERA and an ERA+ of 122. A native of Altamira, Dominican Republic, Colon pitcher 3461.2 innings in the Major Leagues with a 4.12 ERA

Jurrjens, 37, began his MLB career with Detroit in 2007 before spending the next five seasons with the Atlanta Braves before finishing his MLB career in Baltimore and Colorado. In Major League Baseball, Jurrjens holds a 53-38 career record with an ERA of 3.72 in 130 MLB games, throwing 767.1 innings. Since leaving Major League Baseball, Jurrjens has pitched in the U.S. minor leagues, the Atlantic League, the Chinese Professional Baseball League, the Liga Mexicana de Beisbol, the Liga Venezolana Beisbol Profesional, and in the 2023 Caribbean Series for Curacao.

Major League veterans Dennis Cook and Miguel Tejada will manage the East All-Stars, while former Seattle Mariners manager John McLaren and former Cincinnati Reds infielder Chris Sabo will manage the West All-Stars.

East All-Stars

NAMEPOSITIONAGEFRANCHISEHIGHEST LEAGUEHOMETOWN/POB
JEFRY MARTE1B32MONARCHSMLBLA ROMANA, DR
SHED LONG2B28COBRASMLBBIRMINGHAM, AL, USA
ANDRELTON SIMMONSSS34COBRASMLBWILLEMSTAD, CURACAO
PABLO SANDOVAL3B37FALCONSMLBPUERTO CABELLO, VENEZUELA
DWIGHT SMITH JR.LF30WOLVESMLBPEACHTREE CITY, GA, USA
JACOB ROBSONCF28COBRASMLBLONDON, ON, CANADA
DILLON THOMASRF30FALCONSMLBHOUSTON, TX, USA
COURTNEY HAWKINSDH29WOLVESNPBCORPUS CHRISTI, TX, USA
HECTOR SANCHEZC33MONARCHSMLBMARACAY, VENEZUELA
BARTOLO COLONRHP50MONARCHSMLBALTAMIRA, DR
CARLOS GARZONC31COBRASLMBOAXACA, MEXICO
BRANTLEY BELLIF28COBRASAAAPITTSBURGH, PA, USA
RUSNEY CASTILLOOF36FALCONSMLBCIEGO DE AVILA, CUBA
GABRIEL GUERREROOF29FALCONSMLBNIZAO, DOMINICAN REP
DAVID HUFFLHP39MONARCHSMLBHUNTINGTON BEACH, CA, USA
SEVERINO GONZALEZRHP31FALCONSMLBSANTIAGO, PANAMA
AKEEL MORRISRHP30COBRASMLBSAINT THOMAS, USVI
BRIAN SCHLITTERRHP37WOLVESMLBOAK PARK, IL, USA
SHINGO HIRATARHP34MONARCHSNPBSHIMONOSEKI, JAPAN
DOVYDAS NEVERAUSKASRHP29WOLVESMLBVILNIUS, LITHUANIA
REGGIE MCCLAINRHP30WOLVESMLBDULUTH, GA, USA
KONSTA KURIKKARHP22FALCONSABLMIKKELI, FINLAND

West All-Stars

NAMEPOSITIONAGEFRANCHISEHIGHEST LEAGUEHOMETOWN/POB
ALEX LIDDI1B35FALCONSMLBSANREMO, ITALY
ROBINSON CANO2B41WOLVESMLBSAN PEDRO DE MACORIS, DR
DIDI GREGORIUSSS33WOLVESMLBAMSTERDAM, NL
BRANDON LAIRD3B36COBRASMLBCYPRESS, CA, USA
JUSTIN WILLIAMSLF28COBRASMLBHOUMA, LA, USA
PHIL ERVINCF31MONARCHSMLBMOBILE, AL, USA
STEVEN MOYARF32MONARCHSMLBRIO PIEDRAS, PUERTO RICO
ALEJANDRO DE AZADH39FALCONSMLBGUAYMATE, DR
WILIN ROSARIOC34WOLVESMLBBONAO, DR
JAIR JURRJENSRHP37WOLVESMLBSANTA MARIA, CURACAO
CARLOS MARTINEZC28MONARCHSAAACARTAGENA, COLOMBIA
DREW WARDIF28MONARCHSAAALEEDEY, OK, USA
CONNOR PANASOF30WOLVESAAATORONTO, CA
DENIS PHIPPSOF38MONARCHSMLBSAN PEDRO DE MACORIS, DR
ROBBIE ROSSLHP34COBRASMLBLEXINGTON, KY, USA
A.J. SCHUGELRHP34MONARCHSMLBWINTER HAVEN, FL, USA
AKEEM BOSTICKRHP28COBRASMLBFLORENCE, SC, USA
ANDRE RIENZORHP35FALCONSMLBSAO PAULO, BRAZIL
J.D. HAMMERRHP29FALCONSMLBFORT COLLINS, CO, USA
MITCH LIVELYRHP38FALCONSAAASUSANVILLE, CA, USA
TIAGO DA SILVALHP38COBRASAAASAO PAULO, BRAZIL
KARAN PATELRHP26COBRASAAHOUSTON, TX, USA

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