The 2017 World Baseball Classic kicks off in 5 days and baseball fans can’t wait for it to get started. After a long off-season, the cravings are there to see their favorite players in action.
The first round of the competition is going to be played in four cities around the world: Seoul (South Korea), Tokyo (Japan), Miami (USA) and Jalisco (Mexico). Round two moves to Tokyo (Japan) and San Diego (USA) and the final is set in Los Angeles (USA).
All teams in the tournament have at least one player from the Majors, except the Cuban team. Th Cuban government does not allow players that defected from the country to represent them in the competition. Players with the caliber of Jose Abreu, Yoenis Cespedes, Yasiel Puig and Aroldis Chapman won’t be in the tournament.
Cuba used to dominate international baseball competition, winning three of five gold Olympic medals but have yet to win at the World Baseball Classic. Excluding players from the MLB will hurt the team and diminishes their chance at winning the tournament for the first time.
The stage is set, the teams are ready and fans all over the world can’t wait for the WBC to start. Let’s enjoy the tournament and let the best team win.