Release: January 23, 2009
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Former Binghamton baseball pitcher Scott Diamond has been selected to Canada's provisional roster for the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Diamond is one of 23 pitchers in the hunt for 13 spots on the Canadian team.
The final 28-man roster will be announced on February 24 with games set to begin on March 5. Canada will open pool play against the United States on March 7 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. The Canadian roster features MLB stars Justin Morneau, Jason Bay and Matt Stairs.
The international event, created by Major League Baseball, was first held in March, 2006, with Japan defeating Cuba for the title. Subsequent tournaments will be held every four years. It is the first international baseball tournament for national teams to feature professional players from the major leagues of North America and Japan.
In addition to providing a format for the best baseball players in the world to compete against one another while representing their home countries, the World Baseball Classic was created in order to further promote the game around the globe.
Diamond completed a successful summer with the Atlanta Braves organization in 2008. He was selected as Pitcher of the Year for their Class A-Advanced Myrtle Beach team. The 6-foot-4 lefthander was among the Braves' minor league award winners who were honored before Atlanta's game against the New York Mets on September 20 at Turner Field.
He began the season with Class A Rome (Ga.) before earning a promotion in May. Up with Myrtle Beach, he went 12-2, helping the Pelicans advance to the Carolina League finals. He led the league in wins and win percentage and held down a 2.79 earned run average. Diamond pitched 100 innings in 15 starts, striking out 85 and walking 28. Opponents hit just .245 off him.
Diamond signed with the Atlanta organization in August 2007.
In three seasons at Binghamton (2005-07), he totalled 14 wins and started 37 games - the most starts of any BU pitcher in that span.
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