Every four years, the World Baseball Classic, or WBC, takes place. Countries far and wide come together to play together not as teammates, but as fellow members of their country. Sure, playing for your team is great but it doesn’t compare to playing for your country. This is a great way for players to proudly represent your country, which typically doesn’t happen in the MLB.
Venezuela is no different, having 31 members of their 36 being in the MLB. The Venezuelan team, most notably being represented by their star-studded infield of Miguel Cabrera, Jose Altuve, Alcides Escobar, and Freddy Galvis. Not to mention Felix Hernandez being on their pitching staff or Carlos Gonzalez in the outfield. This team could make some noise in the WBC with their infield alone but with Hernandez and Gonzalez.
They are in the pool consisting of Puerto Rico, Italy, and rounding out Mexico. It’ll be tough to win the pool but Venezuela has a very talented roster as do the other three teams.
The schedule for Venezuela goes as follows:
March 10, 9 P.M. EST: Venezuela v.s. Puerto Rico
March 11, 3 P.M. EST: Venezuela v.s. Italy
March 12, 10 P.M. EST: Venezuela v.s. Mexico
March 13, 9 P.M. EST: Tiebreaker (if necessary)
If Venezuela can get out of their pool, they could compete for the WBC title. But it will be tough as the teams are very competitive throughout the tournament. But with the talent Venezuela has, it would not be surprising if they end out on top.