Thor will not be bringing the hammer for Team USA.
Noah Syndergaard has decided not to pitch for the American team in next spring’s World Baseball Classic, his agent confirmed on Tuesday.
“Noah feels his performance the past two years is in large part due to his offseason and spring workout routines,” agent Ryan Hamill said in a statement. “After consulting with the Mets, and given the injuries that plagued their rotation last year and his role on the team moving forward, both Noah and the Mets feel it is important to stay in his established routine. It is a tremendous honor to be considered to play for Team USA and Noah does not take the prospect of playing in the WBC lightly. But he also feels strongly about his responsibility to the Mets, their fan base, and their quest to win a World Series.”
Syndergaard, 24, is coming off a season in which he went 14-9 with a 2.60 ERA in 30 starts (183 2⁄3 innings). He finished eighth in the NL Cy Young Award voting.
Syndergaard also threw seven shutout innings in the Mets’ 3-0 wild-card game loss to the Giants. He pitched much of the season with a small bone spur in his elbow that did not require surgery.