Over at Pickin’ Splinters: my article from yesterday about the Rochester Red Wings finally breaking their franchise-worst losing streak!
My latest piece on the Rochester Red Wings is now up at Nats Report. Take a look.
Still catching up on some of the WBC news from the past few days….
- Manny Machado has confirmed he’s in for Team Dominican next year. The same goes for Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
- Luis Urueta, who managed Team Colombia in 2017, will return in 2023. His usual job is as a coach in the Diamondbacks system. By the way, Edgar Renteria is the general manager for Team Colombia.
- Samurai Japan skipper Hideki Kuriyama is currently taking a tour of the USA to visit potential players, such as Shohei Ohtani and Seiya Suzuki.
- Team Pakistan continues to introduce their team for the qualifiers on Twitter, including Sandhu Shaan Tahir, who plays college baseball in Japan. Also introduced: high school infielder Zan Von Schlegell.
- If you’ve played high-level baseball and have any connections to Argentina, their team wants to hear from you!
- Major League Baseball is inspecting other stadiums in Taiwan for use in warmup games, practices, etc.
- Finally, in business news, Japanese logistics company Nippon Express has signed on as a sponsor for the tournament.
Here’s some of the WBC news from the past few days.
- First off, Nolan Arenado is in for Team USA in the 2023 WBC.
- Marcus Stroman, who pitched for Team USA in 2017, will be suiting up for Puerto Rico this time in honor of his mother.
- Ozzie Guillen will be the bench coach for Team France (managed by Bruce Bochy) during qualifiers.
- Additions to the Team Israel roster of late: Kevin Pillar, Dean Kremer (who actually is Israeli!), Richard Bleier, and Harrison Bader.
There are a few other items that I’m working to confirm as far as finding links. You’ll see those tomorrow!
My post-trade deadline story is up at Pickin’ Splinters. Be sure to check it out!
Tomorrow, expect a delayed World Baseball Classic Update.
Over at Pickin’ Splinters, I have an article about how the trade deadline may affect the Rochester Red Wings. Keep an eye open, because I’ll also have a Rochester Red Wings report tonight over at Nats Report.
Curtis Mead, a top-100 prospect who plays in the Rays organization, told an MiLB reporter that he plans to play for Australia next year. It should be noted, however, that the Adelaide-born infielder has had an injury since then, so that could change.
In Qualifier news, Team Pakistan is starting to take shape. Infielder Alex Khan of West Virginia University has been confirmed by the Pakistani team’s Twitter feed, and Pakistani-Canadian infielder Ahmad Mahmood (a commit to a community college in California) has had his participation confirmed by both his Twitter bio and a tweet from his old baseball academy. Other players either confirmed or implied for qualifiers by the Pakistani baseball federation’s Twitter page include former DIII player Shahid Shattar, community college outfielder Sami Khan, 16-year-old pitcher Amaan Khan, former Astros draftee Omar Arif, Citadel baseball player Rohan Shah, Tulane pitcher Blake Mahmood, Bethune-Cookman pitcher Amir Asghar, Canadian college pitcher Adam Khan, and Lyad Ansari, the nephew of a internationally-experienced cricket player. While the Pakistani team will likely be massively outgunned in qualifying against teams from places like Panama and Nicaragua that will primarily have professionals, you never know what might happen in baseball. One of my favorite WBC memories, for example, is when a bullpen for Team Brazil that included a 16-year-old amateur was able to close out Colombia.
On the business side of things, a Korean paper looked into why Korea isn’t hosting a round in next year’s tournament. Reasons include the want to have as many Japan-Korea games as possible, fairly low attendance in 2017 in Korea for the WBC (not helped by a surprise early elimination for Team Korea), and the fact that apparently Taiwan lobbied for a round more than Korea did.
Here’s my write-up of last night’s Rochester Red Wings game for Pickin’ Splinters.
I’ve been busy the last few days, so this isn’t as thorough as it should be. I haven’t been able to scour the non-English sites for World Baseball Classic news, for example. I’m hoping to have a more full update in the coming days.
Anyway, the main news is that Team USA has its second confirmed player: Trevor Story. The Red Sox infielder was confirmed yesterday. He hasn’t been hitting as well this season, but his overall pedigree and ability to play second or short will make a good asset for the team. He joins Mike Trout as players confirmed for Team USA.
Speaking of Red Sox and the tournament, manager Alex Cora says he expects that Rafael Devers (Dominican), Xander Bogaerts (Kingdom of the Netherlands), and Christian Vazquez (Puerto Rico) will also take part. Cora himself admitted he’d love to manage but can’t due to rules against current managers taking part.
Come back in the coming days for updated WBC projections and perhaps more WBC news.