Combining the experience of established players in the major leagues like Gio Orchilla, Harold Ramirez and Jorge Alfaro, and the momentum of prospects like Jordan Diaz, Dian Frias and Gustavo Campero, Colombia will take part in the next World Baseball Classic. A week in stadiums in Taiwan, Japan and the United States.
For Columbia’s manager, former major league player Yolbert Cabrera, “The boys are preparing well. There’s 22 guys training with their teams here in the US in spring training and eight more in Colombia and Venezuela working so everyone’s in shape.”
Cabrera, who was an MLB player who was a member of the Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati Reds, told EFE, “In the World Baseball Classic, we will compete with what we have to achieve the results we set for ourselves.”
When asked who could stand out as Columbia’s finds, Jolbert Cabrera pointed to Cleveland Guardians’ Diane Frias, who serves as a “player,” second baseman Jordan Diaz who plays in Oakland and Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Jesus Marega.
“In addition to these guys, there are others, like Gustavo Campero, who will make their way in baseball in the United States, and we believe they have a great future and a lot to offer,” he said.
Among the victims that Colombia will face in the tournament is San Diego Padres pitcher Cartagena’s Julio Teran, who argued for “personal and professional reasons” for refusing to wear his country’s colors.
Another player who will not be able to play for Colombia is Barranquillero Donovan Solano, who signed for the 2023 season with the Twins and was forced to join Minnesota’s Ninth Division.
The third player to give personal reasons for not playing in the World Baseball Classic is baseball’s first baseman Reynaldo Rodriguez, who fans expected to see play in the tournament after being the Most Valuable Player in the Caribbean Series played in Venezuela. The fourth absentee is Barranquilla pitcher Luis Patiño.
And the ninth South America, which is part of Group C, which also includes the United States, Britain, Canada and Mexico, will participate for the second time in the tournament when it participates for the first time against the “Aztecs” next Saturday, March 11, at Chase Field. The stadium from Phoenix, Arizona.
In their second match they will face the United Kingdom on Monday March 13th, Canada on Tuesday the 14th and they will conclude the group stage against the United States on Wednesday the 15th.
“We have a very difficult group, but not impossible,” said the Columbia coach, adding, “We are not the Cinderella of the group, and we know that there is no small rival in baseball and we will face all games the same way.”
The Colombian list is as follows:
interlopers: Jordan Diaz, Diane Frias, Ivan Mendoza, Fabian Bertoz, Adrian Sanchez, Delson Herrera, Giovanni Orcilla.
Receivers: Jorge Alfaro, Mibris Viloria, and Elias Diaz.
gardeners: Jesus Marega, Oscar Mercado, Tito Polo, Harold Ramirez and Gustavo Cambero.
launchersJose Quintana, Nabil Karimat, River Sanmartin, John Romero, William Cuevas, Elkin Alcala, Danis Correa, Guillermo Zuniga, Rubén Galindo, Pedro Garcia, Rio Gomez, Jasir Herrera, Jose Torres, Yabson Gomez and Adri.
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