DETROIT -- The excitement over next year's World Baseball Classic has already sparked some drama at the All-Star Game, as the debate has started over what country the New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez will play for in next year's inaugural event.
Rodriguez was born in New York, but his parents are from the Dominican Republic, where he spent some time during his childhood. According to a published report Tuesday on ESPN Deportes' Web site, the Dominican constitution grants citizenship rights to children born out of the country to Dominican parents.
"It would be a privilege for me to represent the U.S., and it would be a privilege for me to represent the Dominican Republic," Rodriguez said after the All-Star Game. "Right now, it's in Bud Selig's hands to say what the rules are, and whatever they are, I'm going to follow."
During Monday's All-Star workouts, A-Rod told several Hispanic media outlets that he planned to represent the Dominican Republic in the event. Later in the day, he spoke with Commissioner Selig and learned that the World Baseball Classic organizers would have final say over the makeup of the rosters.
"I have to follow the rules. I wasn't aware of them when I talked [to the media]," Rodriguez said. "I have not decided anything. It's in Bud's hands right now. ... He told me that it's really in his hands and not in mine. I was corrected."
Major League Baseball spokesman Pat Courtney said that players with dual citizenship would be allowed to choose the country they will play for, adding that the World Baseball Classic will approve all rosters for the tournament.
Mark Feinsand is a reporter for MLB.com.
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