The World Baseball Classic will be really interesting to watch. Next spring, the pandemic will pit several nations against each other for the first time in six years.
Personally, I can’t wait to see the Dominican Republic take on the United States. Among the Dominicans will be Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Rafael Devers, Manny Machado, Juan Soto, Jose Ramirez, Sandy Alcantara, Emmanuel Clase and Genesis Cabrera.
Note that Fernando Tatis Jr. he won’t be there because his suspension also applies to the Classic.
The Americans won’t be far behind either, with JT Realmut, Paul Goldschmidt, Trevor Story, Tim Anderson, Nolan Arenado and Pete Alonso in the field.
In terrain? Mike Trout, Mookie Betts, Bryce Harper, Cedric Mullins and Kyle Tucker have already confirmed their participation for next year. Who says better?
Let’s say the DH position is going to be important for practice.
If another American outfielder wants to go, playing time will be limited. That’s why some guys could use dual citizenship and go there but in different colors.
This would be particularly the case with George Springer. According to reports, he would like to represent Puerto Rico at the Classic.
It was Carlos Baerga, who is sometimes right about big news like this, who broke the news. Believe it or not, it makes sense.
Obviously, to go there, he’s going to have to be healthy, which has been his challenge for two years. These days it is, but it is too early to talk about 2023.
For those who don’t know, he is a Connecticut native, but is of Puerto Rican descent on his mother’s side. That explains it and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him represent his mother’s country.
So the continuation.