The Boston Red Sox are going to potentially have a slew of players involved in the 2023 World Baseball Classic.
The World Baseball Classic is back this year after a two-year delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the games have not been played since 2017, there is a lot of anticipation from hundreds of MLB players participating in the games, which will take place from March 8-21. The Boston Red Sox are one team that could, perhaps, see the most representatives in it.
The 2023 WBC will see more players in it than ever before as more countries are participating. This year, they will have 20 countries participating, which is up from 16 teams that the WBC fielded in 2017.
Here are the 20 countries/teams that will be participating.
- Dominican Republic
- Puerto Rico
- United States
- Chinese Taipei
- South Korea
- Great Britain
- Czech Republic
The Red Sox expect around a dozen of their players to participate in the 2023 WBC.
Boston Red Sox in the 2023 World Baseball Classic
According to Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com, the Boston Red Sox are expecting to have 10-12 players representing different countries in the World Baseball Classic.
Here is the breakdown by country for the players that have already committed to being in the WBC.
- Puerto Rico: Outfielder/infielder Kiké Hernández
- Dominican Republic: Third baseman Rafael Devers
- Japan: Outfielder Masataka Yoshida
- Mexico: Outfielder Alex Verdugo
- Canada: Starting pitcher Nick Pivetta
- Netherlands: Outfield prospect Ceddanne Rafaela
- Colombia: Catcher Jorge Alfaro
- Israel: Relief pitcher Richard Bleier, relief pitcher Ryan Sherriff
Red Sox closer Kenley Jansen (Netherlands) and infielder Christian Arroyo (Puerto Rico) are two other players that could participate, according to Cotillo.
First baseman Triston Casas is another player that was rumored to be a participant but Cotillo indicates that he will not play. If he was going to participate, he would have played for Team Puerto Rico.