Ryan Howard informed Team USA manager Davey Johnson that he won't compete in the World Baseball Classic this spring.
"He feels like he needs to spend his time in the spring getting ready for the season so he gets off to a better start," Johnson said.
Jimmy Rollins will play for Team USA. Cole Hamels and Brad Lidge also declined invitations.
Thanks to everybody who came to Barnes & Noble in Deptford last night for the signing of Champions!, which is No. 6 on amazon.com's best seller list for sports books. We sold every book in the store. Obviously, I'm biased, but you won't find a better book to commemorate the 2008 World Series championship season. The photos inside this book are incredible. (The writing isn't bad, either.)