Ahead of the 5th World Baseball Classic (WBC), the championship candidate Dominican Republic national team was hit directly by the ‘tyranny’ of major league clubs.
Nelson Cruz (San Diego), general manager of the Dominican Republic’s WBC baseball team, announced on the 29th that “out of 50 preliminary registered players submitted to the Organizing Committee, 18 were notified by major league clubs that they could not participate in the tournament.” 메이저놀이터
The Dominican Republic is always called a favorite as the winner of the 3rd tournament held in 2013. The names of the 18 players who were not permitted to play this time have not been disclosed, but there are many active major league players from the Dominican Republic. Top players such as Vladimir Guerrero (Toronto), former American League home run champion, Manny Machado (San Diego), and last year’s rookie of the year Julio Rodriguez (Seattle) are from the Dominican Republic.
The Dominican Republic was drawn into Group D in the first round of this year’s WBC with Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Israel and Nicaragua. The deadline for submitting the WBC 30-man final list is February 7th.