The Puerto Rican press has picked up on how tough their group will be. With perennial powers the Dominican Republic and Veneuzela as well as the dangerous Team Israel and a final team to be determined, at least one traditional baseball power will be eliminated. Edwin Rodriguez, who managed the team in 2013 and 2017, would like to note that this isn’t anything new. The Puerto Ricans were in the same pool as the DR and Venezuela in 2013, for example. For what it’s worth, Rodriguez (now a AAA manager) thinks that the Dominican Republic should be considered the overall favorites for the 2023 tournament.
Finally, the CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks told a Phoenix radio station that hosting a pool of the WBC will bring over $30 million to the economy there. The question of whether that is actually true or is just public relations spin I’ll leave to the economists.
Much like how people keep hitting themselves when you ask them to “stop hitting yourself”, pitchers continue to pitch to Miguel Cabrera despite everyone saying that they really shouldn’t. Oh, sure, there’s Prince Fielder right behind him, but, well, you have to wonder if Miguel Cabrera is getting so good that it’s now perhaps a better idea to just risk Prince Fielder beating you. Take yesterday, for example, where Miguel Cabrera went 3-4 with a HR, 2 RBIs and a walk.
It’s his sixth total MVP of Yesterday, as you can see after the jump:
Miguel Cabrera “only” went 2-3 yesterday with a home run, 3 RBIs and two walks, but because of the smaller schedule yesterday, he still snags a MVP of Yesterday title. It also has put him ahead of Bryce Harper overall in the standings.
I believe John Kruk spoke for all of us when he declared that Miguel Cabrera is just better than everyone else. It certainly was true last night, when he went 4-4 with 3 HRs and 5 RBIs. Of course, the Tigers lost, but still…
MVP of Yesterday standings, as always, under the jump:
Miguel Cabrera is good at baseball. We all know this, but when he gets 2 HRs and 6 RBIs like he did yesterday in the 17-2 Tigers rout over the Astros, we are reminded of it. It’s his second MVP of Yesterday this season.