In what promises to be an exciting tournament, we’ve not only seen an increase in the number of teams participating, but the inclusion of some serious stars to boot. Needless to say, the coaches of each team will have their hands full as they attempt to clinch baseball’s international crown.
The 2023 WBC coaches and what they face
The field is now set in the 2023 World Baseball Classic and it’s safe to say we know the teams that will be among the favorites. From the talent factory that is the Dominican Republic, to the technical prowess of Japan. We’ve also got Mexico which knows a thing or two about the diamond and so too does Puerto Rico. Last, but definitely not least, we’ve got the perennial powerhouse and reigning champion, United States. Yet, it’s not just about the rosters, is it? Indeed, where would any of the players be without their coaches?In light of the fact that this is the biggest tournament ever, it will most definitely be about tactics and not just talent.
To be clear, twenty nations will compete in the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC). This of course is an expansion from the 16 that played in the last tournament back in 2017. It’s worth mentioning that all the teams which participated in that tournament were automatically qualified for this year’s edition, with the four additional spots having to qualify. In case you’re wondering each team, consists of a traditional coaching staff - we’ll get to them in a moment - and of course a 30-man roster, which had to be submitted by February 7th, 2023. One point to note, is the fact that WBC regulations require teams to carry a minimum of 14 pitchers and two catchers on their rosters. With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at the coaching staff for each team.
Matt Harvey and Mike Piazza are getting ready for the WBC 🇮🇹