186 active big leaguers… Announcement of the list of players from the 20 WBC countries￼
A list of 600 players from 20 countries who will participate in the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC), a national baseball competition featuring baseball stars from all over the world, has been released.
The WBC Secretariat announced the players to play live today (10th) through the MLB.com homepage, the official major league website.
The 20 participating countries submitted the final list of 30 players to the WBC Secretariat on the 8th, when the entry deadline was reached.
As befits the world’s best baseball festival, the faces of the players participating in the tournament are also gorgeous.
According to the WBC Secretariat, out of a total of 600 players, 332 players belong to major league clubs, more than half.
There are 186 active big leaguers on the 40-man roster, and 67 MLB All-Stars.
The ‘Stars of Stars’ who won the MLB Most Valuable Player (MVP) are Mike Trout, Mookie Betts, Paul Goldschmidt, Clayton Kershaw (above USA), Shohei Otani (Japan), Miguel Cabrera, Jose Altuve (above Venezuela), Freddie Freeman (Canada) and 8 others.
MVP winners compete in the competition with their country’s flag engraved on their chest.
Korea and Japan’s ‘active MVP’ will also sortie for the WBC. 메이저놀이터
Kiwoom Heroes Lee Jung-hoo, who won 5 KBO league batting crowns last season, is a ‘next-generation star’ that the WBC Secretariat is paying attention to.
Reporter John Moroshi, who appeared on the roster announcement live broadcast that day, said, “Lee Jung-hoo is a player who plays similarly to Ichiro. (WBC) will be a stage to advance one step further.” the core of”.
MLB.com also introduced, “The match between Trout and Ohtani, Julio Urias and Betts, Xander Bogatz and Darvish Yu, and the match between Lee Jung-hoo and pitchers who could become his teammates next year are already thrilling fans.”
Murakami, who hit 56 homers last season and was selected as the youngest unanimous MVP in the Central League of the Nippon Professional Baseball, is expected to have a ‘Korean-Japanese genius hitter showdown’ with Lee Jeong-hoo.
The WBC, which kicks off with the official opening match between Cuba and the Netherlands on the 8th of next month, concludes the long journey with the final on the 22nd.
Korea, which belongs to Group B along with Australia, Japan, China and the Czech Republic, will challenge to pass the first round of the finals for the first time in 14 years since 2009.