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Dodgers News: Another Dodger Joins Team USA for 2023 World Baseball Classic

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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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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