Team USA will be without the services of reigning American League Rookie of the Year Mike Trout in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.
According to his agent, Trout told the WBC committee that he would not participate before he was even asked. The Los Angeles Times' Mike DiGiovanna was the first to break the news.
The 21-year took the major leagues by storm in 2012. He finished second in the Most Valuable Player voting after batting .326 with 30 home runs and 129 runs scored. Trout also displayed great speed as evidenced by his 49 stolen bases.
Milwaukee's Ryan Braun, New York's David Wright, Minnesota's Joe Mauer, and Baltimore's Adam Jones are among the notable players who have already committed to play in the Classic.
The United States has failed to advance to the semifinal round in each of the first two tournaments (2006, 2009). The WBC is slated to get underway on March 2.