Retired? Justin Morneau to play for Canada with sights set on 2020 Olympics

Morneau retired from the MLB after the 2016 season.
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It's been three years since Justin Morneau played Major League Baseball, but the former Twins MVP first baseman is making a bit of a comeback as he is on the roster for Canada's national team. 

Baseball Canada announced the roster that will compete to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, and Morneau, from New Westminster, British Columbia, is among the 28 players on the team. 

Canada will play in the 12-team WBSC Premier12 tournament in South Korea Nov. 2-17, with the two teams in the tournament qualifying for the 2020 Olympics. 

The team that finishes first from the Americas will qualify, along with the top finisher in the Super Round/Finals from the Asia/Oceania region. 

The top-12 baseball teams in the world rankings are in the tournament: 

  1. Japan
  2. USA
  3. Korea
  4. Chinese Taipei
  5. Cuba
  6. Mexico
  7. Australia
  8. Netherlands
  9. Venezuela
  10. Canada
  11. Puerto Rico
  12. Dominican Republic

Morneau was named the American League MVP with the Twins in 2006 and went on to win the National League batting title with the Colorado Rockies in 2014. 

Morneau is now a part-time analyst during Twins games on FOX Sports North. 

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