Former AL MVP Justin Morneau to miss Olympic baseball qualifier with injury
Ex-AL all-star OF Michael Saunders among Canada's 11 players with MLB experience
One-time American League all-star outfielder Michael Saunders highlights Canada's roster for the upcoming WBSC Premier12.
Morneau, whose career was derailed by concussion symptoms, retired in January 2018 after 1,603 hits and 247 home runs in 14 major league seasons. The native of New Westminster, B.C., also suited up for the Chicago White Sox and Colorado Rockies, with whom he won a National League batting title in 2014.
Saunders, a 32-year-old outfielder from Victoria, was an all-star in 2016 with the Toronto Blue Jays. He last played in the majors in 2017.
Pre-tourney action begins Oct. 31
The roster includes 11 players with major-league experience, including recent Blue Jays September call-up Dalton Pompey of Mississauga, Ont.
Team Canada will begin Premier12 preparations at Cellular Stadium in Okinawa, Japan with a two-game exhibition series against Japan on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, followed by a contest against the Industrial Yushu All-Stars on Nov. 3.
On Nov. 6, Team Canada will open Premier12 Group C play at the Gocheck Sky Dome in Seoul where it will face Cuba.
Fourteen members of the team helped Canada win silver this summer at the Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru.
With files from CBC Sports