The World Baseball Classic returns in 2023 for the first time in six years, having been canceled in 2021 because of the pandemic.
We got word early last week that Dodgers coach Dino Ebel will be the third-base coach for Team USA on the staff of manager Mark DeRosa. Later in the week, we learned that Mookie Betts will also be a part of Team USA.
On Monday, we got word of another Dodger who will wear the red, white, and blue next spring, this time from the player himself.
Los Angeles catcher Will Smith announced on his Instagram page that he will be a part of Team USA. Phillies catcher JT Realmuto had already committed to play, but you can never have too many good players, especially at catcher.
The 27-year-old Smith is having another outstanding season this year, batting .270 with an .824 OPS that is 26 percent better than league average.
Smith joins Betts on Team USA, while first baseman Freddie Freeman is slated to play for Team Canada. Freeman, whose mother and father were both born in Canada, has dual citizenship between the United States and Canada.
Other big names on Team USA include Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Paul Goldschmidt, and Nolan Arenado.
The fifth installment of the World Baseball Classic will take place from March 8-21, 2023. The semifinals and finals will be held at loanDepot park in Miami from March 19-21.
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