The Cuban dream of having a team with all its Major Leagues in the World Baseball Classic will have to continue waiting for the next occasion since the efforts of the Association of Professional Cuban Players to obtain the endorsement of MLB have been unsuccessful.
Cuba is part of Group A of the World Baseball Classic to be played in the city of taichung in Taiwan, from March 8 to 13, 2023, together with The Netherlands, Italy, one of the qualifying teams and the local one.
For this tournament, Cuba will present a roster of “federated” players, as they are known, and according to the Cuban journalist, Andy Lans, several well-known names would be present at these international fairs, such as Alfredo Despaigne and Erisbel Arruebarrena with the West Indian team.
Possible Lineup of Cuba for the 2023 World Baseball Classic
1. Roel Santos CF
2. Yadir Drake RF
3. Yurisbel Gracial 3B
4. Alfredo Despaigne BD
5. Erisbel Ruebarrena SS
6. Ariel Martinez C
7. Pedro Revilla 1B
8. Raico Santos LF
9. Yadil Mujica 2B
By history, Cuba would be the favorite to advance in this group together with the local Chinese Taipei, but the reality is that the Cuban team has lost international competitiveness due to all the talent drain that the island has had and that they cannot represent their team due to What to measure against Italy and the Netherlands, which have major leagues on their payroll, will not be an easy task.
Written by: Nico Bianchi, Houston Astros Beat Writer
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