The Dodgers will be well represented in the 2023 World Baseball Classic, and now the only question is whether Trea Turner will still be with the team when he plays for Team USA next March.
Turner was officially announced as a member of the United States baseball team for the World Baseball Classic on Wednesday.
Ladies and gentlemen, we got him.@treavturner is ALL IN #ForGlory pic.twitter.com/usc28nrstd— USA Baseball (@USABaseball) August 31, 2022
Turner also played for Team USA’s collegiate national team in both 2012 and 2013 as a freshman and sophomore at North Carolina State.
Other Dodgers committed to the event are outfielder Mookie Betts, catcher Will Smith, and third base coach Dino Ebel for Team USA. First baseman Freddie Freeman is expected to play for Canada.
Julio Urías was asked to join Team Mexico, but Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman admitted to some apprehension to putting more wear and tear on pitchers arms. Friedman told Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, “So in terms of growing our game, I believe in [the WBC] – when I’m wearing my industry hat. When I’m wearing my Dodgers hat, it concerns me with pitchers.”
Pool play for Team USA, as well as Canada and Mexico, will be played at Chase Field in Phoenix from March 11-15. The quarterfinals for that side of the bracket (March 17-18), as well as the championship round (March 19-21) will be played at loanDepot Park in Miami.
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