Major League Baseball (MLB) New York Mets have 12 players participating in the World Baseball Classic (WBC) to be held next month.
Mets manager Buck Showalter agreed with the MLB Secretariat’s purpose of holding the WBC and the participation of players, but was not happy about the injury.
The New York Post of the United States said on the 9th (Korean time), “If 12 Mets players participating in the WBC join the national team, Clover Park in Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA, the Mets’ spring camp, will feel like a ghost town.”
Coach Showalter said, “I’m proud that the players are competing in the WBC. The players really want to compete in the WBC, and all the players who compete are looking forward to it. There are concerns about players starting the season early, but Hosting the WBC is a good thing for the baseball world. The WBC is a good tournament to achieve the globalization of baseball, and I support holding it.”
“But I can’t help but have a self-centered view of what’s best for the Mets,” he said.
Unlike the Olympics and Premier 12, which are hosted by the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), there are no major restrictions on the participation of active MLB players unless there are special reasons such as injuries. For this reason, a large number of big leaguers participate.
While the final list of the 20 countries participating in the WBC will be released on the 10th, the Mets have many players leaving for the national team.
For the Mets, Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil, Brooks Reilly, Adam Ottavino (both USA), Francisco Lindor, Edwin Dias, Michael Perez (both Puerto Rico), Eduardo Escobar, Omar Navaez (both Venezuela) and Jose Quintana (both Colombia). ) and other key MLB players are going to the WBC.
Cameron Op (England) and Claudio Scotti (Italy), who play in the minor leagues, were also included in the national team roster.
After training at their team’s spring camp, they will be scattered to each country’s national team early next month.
Round 1 of the WBC begins on March 8. The opening day of the MLB regular season this year is March 31. If there is a player who steps on the final stage, he cannot join the team until at least March 22nd.
The biggest concern from the manager’s point of view is the injury of the players. 메이저놀이터
“I remember when I coached the All-Star Game in 1995. I wanted to win, I wanted to put all the players into the game, but the most important thing was to get everyone back healthy,” he said, hoping the players would come back injury-free. .
Coach Showalter is also concerned about the sense of realism of players who do not have a chance to play in the WBC.
Coach Showalter said, “If a large number of players are left out, there will be more opportunities for prospective players to participate in demonstration games. You can see them in person,” he said.
“It would be interesting to see how many players from each of the 30 clubs were selected for the national team,” he said.