The list of 600 players from 20 countries to participate in the World Baseball Classic (WBC), a national baseball competition, was released on the 10th. Among them, there are names familiar to domestic fans who played in the Korean professional baseball league.
Right-handed pitcher Merrill Kelly (Arizona) and left-handed pitcher Brooks Reilly (New York Mets) were selected for the winning team. Kelly, who had no experience in the American Professional Baseball Major League 토토사이트(MLB), played four seasons in SK (now SSG) until 2018 before being exported back to MLB. He was Arizona’s de facto ace last year when he went 13-8 with a 3.37 earned run average.
Rayleigh, who played for Lotte from 2015 to 2019, also returned to MLB in 2020 and played as a bullpen pitcher. Last year he appeared in 60 games for Tampa Bay, going 1-2 with 6 saves and 25 holds with a 2.68 earned run average, establishing himself as a key bullpen, and was traded to the Mets after the season.
South Korea’s first game (March 9), the Australian national team, included right-handed pitcher Warwick Saupold (Perth, photo), who played two seasons for Hanwha until 2020. Saupold is likely to start in the game against South Korea. Pitcher Robert Stark, who played for Doosan last year, wears the Israeli national team uniform, and Roger Bernardina, who played an outfielder for KIA for two years from 2017, wears the Dutch national team uniform.
Among the 600 players, 186 were active big leaguers included in the MLB 40-man roster, and 67 were former MLB All-Stars. Eight players who won the MLB Most Valuable Player (MVP), such as Shohei Ohtani (LA Angels, Japan) and Jose Altuve (Houston, Venezuela), were also included.