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What to Know – NBC six South Florida


Mar 18, 2023

The eyes of the baseball planet are on Miami as the major talent in the sport requires aspect in the final games of the Globe Baseball Classic – all top up to Tuesday’s title game inside loanDepot park.

From quite a few teams who have hoisted the trophy just before as champions of the tournament to other people that are nonetheless hunting to do so for the initially time, the field is stacked with talent all hunting to show off their talents on the international stage.

With just a couple of games left in the tournament, here’s what you have to have to know ahead of the semifinal round of the Globe Baseball Classic.

MIAMI, FLORIDA – MARCH 14: Manny Machado #13 of the Dominican Republic hits a house run in the third inning against Israel at loanDepot park on March 14, 2023 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Photos)

How Players Choose Which Nation to Play For

A single appear at the rosters for the WBC may have some individuals questioning how they are formed – in distinct, how does a player like Miami born and raised Manny Machado play for Group Dominican Republic alternatively of the United States.

In addition to playing for the nation you have been born in, there are other techniques a player can be eligible for a precise nation:

  • Hold citizenship or have a permanent residence in the nation.
  • Have documentation displaying you would be eligible for citizenship if you applied.
  • Have at least 1 parent who was born in the nation or holds citizenship.
  • Previously represented the nation in the WBC.

Cuba Makes use of MLB Talent, Tends to make Miami Debut in Globe Baseball Classic

It comes with a lot of controversy off the field, but the national group representing Cuba will be in South Florida for the initially time in the 5 WBC editions. Cuba played in Japan throughout the initially 4 editions and was in Taiwan to commence this year’s tournament although also playing in San Diego throughout the 2006 and 2009 tournaments.

This year is also the initially time Cuba will have Main League Baseball players on their roster – like such names as Luis Robert and Yoan Moncada from the Chicago White Sox, Andy Ibanez from the Detroit Tigers along with 3 pitchers on MLB rosters.

BUNKYO CITY, JAPAN – MARCH 16: Shohei Ohtani #16 of Group Japan reacts throughout the 2023 Globe Baseball Classic Quarterfinals game among Group Italy and Group Japan at Tokyo Dome on Thursday, March 16, 2023 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Mary DeCicco/WBCI/MLB Pictures by means of Getty Photos)

And Then There Had been (Practically) 4

What began as field of 20 teams – expanded from 16 teams in the initially 4 Globe Baseball Classics – is now down to just 5 teams left playing for a opportunity to be the champs.

3 of the spots in the semifinal round have currently been clinched. Japan, which won the initially two WBC tournaments, is in and will take on Mexico soon after their win more than Puerto Rico on Friday. Cuba, which was the runner-up in the 2006 tournament, will take on the winner of Saturday’s quarterfinal among the Untied States – the 2017 winner – and Venezuela.

Miami in the Spotlight

There have been instances just before when a venue has hosted extra than 1 round of games in the Globe Baseball Classic, but not like what we’ve observed at loanDepot park this year.

The house of the Miami Marlins has been the web-site of play in Pool D of the initially round, half of the quarterfinal games and will host each semifinal games and the title game on Tuesday. It is the fourth time Miami has hosted games in the WBC.