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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Great Britain qualifies for first World Baseball Classic


The third time was the charm for Great Britain and the World Baseball Classic.

After failing to qualify for the 2013 and 2017 tournament, the British National Team made certain that would not be an issue. They scored a come from behind 10-9 victory in ten innings over Spain on Tuesday to punch their ticket to their first ever berth in the WBC.

Great Britain had needed a bit of magic to get the clinching win. Blue Jays minor league outfielder Jaden Rudd hit a game tying homer in the bottom of the ninth while Alex Crosby, who has spent the past eight years in the independent leagues, hit a walk-off sacrifice fly.

The British National Team has some intriguing players on the roster already. Mariners prospect Harry Ford made his presence felt with three homers in the Qualifying Round. Pirates prospect Tahnaj Thomas has a plus-plus fastball that can hit triple digits, although he has struggled with his command when throwing that hard.

There are also several former major leaguers that suited up for Great Britain. Vance Worley, Michael Roth, Chris Reed, and Akeel Morris all saw time in the majors, with Worley having the most extensive experience.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 21, 2022 at 10:04 AM | 15 comment(s)
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Friday, August 26, 2022

Team USA World Baseball Classic roster: Mookie Betts, Pete Alonso committed; Ken Griffey Jr. on coaching staff

On Aug. 19, GM Tony Reagins announced longtime big leaguer Mark DeRosa will serve as USA’s manager for the 2023 WBC. DeRosa played for USA in the 2009 WBC and has worked as an MLB Network analyst since retiring as a player in Nov. 2013.

“I’m completely honored and humbled to be named the manager of Team USA,” DeRosa said in a statement. “Competing in the 2009 World Baseball Classic for Team USA was one of the greatest experiences of my baseball journey. Getting the chance to lead this star-studded roster and represent our country is an opportunity of a lifetime, and I can’t wait to get started.”

DeRosa’s coaching staff will include bench coach Jerry Manuel, hitting coach Ken Griffey Jr., pitching coach Andy Pettitte, first base coach Lou Collier, third base coach Dino Ebel, and bullpen coach Dave Righetti. Manuel managed nine years in the big leagues and Griffey played for USA in the inaugural 2006 WBC. Righetti was the pitching coach for the 2010, 2012, and 2014 World Series champion Giants.

OF: Mike Trout
OF: Mookie Betts
OF: Bryce Harper
1B: Paul Goldschmidt
2B: Trevor Story
SS: Tim Anderson
3B: Nolan Arenado
C: J.T. Realmuto
DH: Pete Alonso

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 26, 2022 at 03:34 PM | 7 comment(s)
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Thursday, July 07, 2022

World Baseball Classic 2023 venues, pools announced

Taichung, Tokyo, Phoenix and Miami will be the four host cities of the 2023 World Baseball Classic.

The World Baseball Classic announced the dates, stadiums and pools for the upcoming tournament on Thursday. WBC 2023 will open with pool play on March 8 in Taiwan and Japan, and it will end with the championship game on March 21 at loanDepot park in Miami.

The defending champion United States, which won the last Classic in 2017, will play in Pool C at Chase Field in Arizona against Canada, Mexico, Colombia and one to-be-determined team from the 2022 WBC Qualifiers.

Runner-up Puerto Rico will play in Pool D at loanDepot park against the 2013 champion Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Israel and a Qualifier winner. Two-time World Baseball Classic champion Japan will headline Pool B at the Tokyo Dome, which has been a host stadium for all four Classics.

The WBC 2023 field is expanding to 20 teams—the 16 teams from the 2017 tournament plus four teams that advance from the Qualifiers.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 07, 2022 at 02:03 PM | 3 comment(s)
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