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Chicago Cubs: Former, current players making their mark in World Baseball Classic

Mar 9, 2017; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Puerto Rico infielder Javier Baez uses a teammates Oakley sunglasses to view his reflection as he applies eye black in the dugout prior to the game against the Colorado Rockies during a 2017 World Baseball Classic exhibition game at Salt River Fields. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 9, 2017; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Puerto Rico infielder Javier Baez uses a teammates Oakley sunglasses to view his reflection as he applies eye black in the dugout prior to the game against the Colorado Rockies during a 2017 World Baseball Classic exhibition game at Salt River Fields. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 9, 2017; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Puerto Rico infielder Javier Baez uses a teammates Oakley sunglasses to view his reflection as he applies eye black in the dugout prior to the game against the Colorado Rockies during a 2017 World Baseball Classic exhibition game at Salt River Fields. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 9, 2017; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Puerto Rico infielder Javier Baez uses a teammates Oakley sunglasses to view his reflection as he applies eye black in the dugout prior to the game against the Colorado Rockies during a 2017 World Baseball Classic exhibition game at Salt River Fields. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

Several former Chicago Cubs players have left their marks – good and bad – on their respective teams in this year’s World Baseball Classic.

From current players, including Javier Baez and John Andreoli, to former hurlers such as Jason Marquis and Ryan Dempster, this year’s World Baseball Classic is littered with Chicago Cubs’ talent.

Dempster shook off the dust of retirement to pitch for Team Canada, while Baez’s usual theatrics have been on full display for Team Puerto Rico. He headlines the list of current Cubs players taking part in the WBC. Prospect John Andreoli has also been a leader for Team Italy, coming up clutch for his home country already.

Notable pieces, especially first baseman Anthony Rizzo, opted to not take part in this year’s tournament – in hopes of focusing on defending the team’s World Series title.

Theatrics and poor performances have been mixed in for these current and former Chicago athletes; let’s take a look at how things have shaped up to-date.

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