Congratulations to Japan on winning the World Baseball Classic championship! And congrats, as well, to Shohei Ohtani on earning MVP honors. As a United States citizen and resident, I was naturally rooting for the USA to repeat, but I certainly can’t be mad about Japan taking the title. The whole nation is so passionate about baseball, and they produce some amazing ballplayers.
This is pretty much a postseason atmosphere, and we’re getting it right in the middle of Spring Training. It’s a great team over there, and it almost makes me kind of want to go play in winter ball a little bit and see how rowdy these fans get. It looks really fun, and I was glad to be a part of it.
~Trea Turner, on the experience of playing in the World Baseball Classic
Insomnia has struck tonight, but the plus side of it is that I was able to listen to the last 3.5 innings of the first official game of the World Baseball Classic. The Netherlands has defeated Cuba to kick things off, and in just a few short hours, Chinese Taipei will be taking on Panama.
If you’re interested in following along, the list of teams and the intended schedule for the tournament can be found here.
If you want to know who from each Major League team is participating in the Classic and which country they will be representing, those lists can be found here.
And you can find the complete roster for each country here.
And so it begins. Cuba 🇨🇺 vs Netherlands 🇳🇱. Let’s play some international baseball pic.twitter.com/wm47ZPiRbH
— Matt Monagan (@MattMonagan) March 8, 2023
— World Baseball Classic (@WBCBaseball) March 8, 2023