110 // BAT­TER UP!

Ocean Drive - - Contents March 2017 - BY JON WARECH

Top base­ball stars from around the globe take the field in Mi­ami to rep­re­sent their coun­tries at the fourth World Base­ball Clas­sic.

TOP BASE­BALL STARS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE TAKE THE FIELD IN MI­AMI TO REP­RE­SENT THEIR COUN­TRIES AT THE FOURTH WORLD BASE­BALL CLAS­SIC.

Ap­pro­pri­ately dubbed the World Cup of base­ball, the World Base­ball Clas­sic is back at Mar­lins Park for its first round of ac­tion from March 9 to 13. Tak­ing the field in Mi­ami this year will be Team USA, the Do­mini­can Repub­lic, Canada, and Colom­bia, each team com­pris­ing the best base­ball play­ers in its coun­try, who will com­pete to move on to the semi­fi­nals and fi­nals in Los An­ge­les.

While the United States has never fin­ished higher than fourth place (the Do­mini­can Repub­lic won the last Clas­sic, in 2013), with a ros­ter fea­tur­ing Ma­jor League Base­ball All-stars like Ian Kinsler, An­drew Mccutchen, and Buster Posey, as well as Flor­ida Mar­lins stand­out Chris­tian Yelich, this year’s squad could pro­duce our first gold medal. Lead­ing the team is for­mer Mar­lins man­ager Jim Ley­land, who guided the Mar­lins to a World Se­ries ti­tle in 1997.

With the best bats in the busi­ness and na­tional pride on the line, the World Base­ball Clas­sic is an ex­cit­ing pre­view of not just the up­com­ing MLB sea­son but the All-star Game, too, which will also take place at Mar­lins Park, this July. 501 Mar­lins Way, Mi­ami, 305-480-1300; world base­ball­clas­sic.com

Shown cele rat­ing their vic­tory over muerto oico to win the torld Base all Clas­sic in 2M1P, the team from the ao­mini­can oepu lic will have to get past Team RSA at Mar­lins mark this month if they hope to re­tain their ti­tle.

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