Mobley Named to World Cup Team

August 31, 2005 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Former Middle Tennessee pitcher Chris Mobley has been named to the World Cup baseball team representing the United States in The Netherlands, September 2-17 in the IBAF World Cup tournament, as announced by USA Baseball this week.

Mobley made the 24-man roster after leading his parent organization, the Florida Marlins, in relief appearances while playing for the Greensboro (NC) Grasshoppers in the South Atlantic League. When Mobley departed the Grasshoppers on Tuesday, the Kingsport, Tenn., native led all of the minor leagues in saves with 34 while compiling a 3-5 record with a 2.30 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 58.2 innings of work in 53 appearances.

The World Cup team will be coached by former major leaguer and manager Davey Johnson, who led the 1986 New York Mets to a World Series title. Scott Radinsky, a former Chicago White Sox reliever and current coach in the Cleveland Indians organization, along with Rick Eckstein, brother of St. Louis Cardinal shortstop David Eckstein, and Lee May, Jr., are among Johnson's staff.

"They handpicked the team and asked me to be a part of it. This will be the first time I've ever been out of the country," Mobley said. "It's a great opportunity, something I can tell my kids about one day."

Team USA will play Sunday against Colombia, Monday versus Australia, Tuesday against Spain, Wednesday versus Puerto Rico, September 9 against Nicaragua, September 10 versus Japan, September 12 against Greece, and September 13 versus Chinese Taipei. Quarterfinals take place on September 14, with the semifinals on September 16 and the championship game on September 17. Full results and stories, as well as a complete roster, may be found at usabaseball.com.

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