The best pitcher on the planet will not play in the sport’s premier international competition.
The World Baseball Classic rosters were announced Wednesday, and Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was not included on the United States roster.
The best player in baseball, Angels outfielder Mike Trout, also declined an invitation to play for Team USA.
With Dodger Stadium playing host to the WBC semifinals and finals, Major League Baseball officials had hoped Kershaw would agree to pitch in one of those games, assuming the U.S. qualified.
Mexico included Dodgers phenom Julio Urias on its roster with the hope of using him in later rounds. The Dodgers so carefully...