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With a legendary strikeout from none other than Shohei Otani to Mike Trout, the most outstanding baseball player to date, the final game between Japan and the United States ended, making the Asian team the first three-time World Classic Champion.
Never before had these teams faced each other in a championship game, despite the Japanese being monarchs in the original two editions and the northerners in the last.
Predictions came true in this final bout, the samurai are invincible and the Americans have only lost once, against Mexico, ultimately also a semi-finalist and almost executioner in that case, now three-time champions they had the opportunity to break. their.
In front of over 36,000 people at Miami’s Ioan Depot Park, there was a dramatic and spectacular gold game in which four out of five runs were hit by home runs: two on each side, always with clean bases, which confirms the pitching. dominance to avoid running runners.
SHOHEI OHTANI CHOOSE MIKE TROUT TO WIN #PEACEBASEBALLCLASSIC! pic.twitter.com/F7vUtIiRR1
—MLB (@MLB) March 22, 2023
Americans Trea Turner and Kyle Schwarber scored for their team, with Munetaka Murakami and Kazuma Okamoto on the other side.
There couldn’t have been a more sensational epilogue to the clash than Otani as the pitcher and Trout in a bat with one strikeout left in the game. Or a home run to tie him down. But the samurai from the other world managed to ensure victory with nothing more than a blow.
Otani saved that game and signed a lavish game in both pitcher and forward roles, earning him Classic Player of the Year honors, and was named to the All-Star Game in two positions: pitcher and designee, adding to his legend.
The ideal team included two Cuban team players: Yoan Moncada (3B) and Miguel Romero (bullpen pitcher).
Also featured on this select list are Patrick Sandoval (MEX, starter), Salvador Perez (VEN, catcher), Yu Chang (TCH, first base), Javier Baez (PUR, second base), Trea Turner (USA, shortstop) and outfielders Masataka Yoshida (Japan), Mike Trout (USA) and Randy Arozarena (Mexico).
World Classic Baseball Team 2023! pic.twitter.com/haN7F85ebR
— World Baseball Classics (@WBCBaseball) March 22, 2023
The sixth edition of the Classic will take place in March 2026, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred announced Tuesday, a year that will remember two decades of the first competition of its type, also won by Japan.
The Japanese repeated this in 2009, and then the Dominican Republic (2013) and the United States (2017) became monarchs. Only on two occasions, the third and this one, does the king end the calendar undefeated.
Source: Juventud Rebelde