Team USA’s roster is taking shape for the World Baseball Classic, and it is loaded with Phillies.
Tuesday afternoon MLB announced that Phillies outfielder and 2022 Silver Slugger winner Kyle Schwarber has committed to playing in the international tournament, scheduled to begin next spring.
The left fielder is the fourth current Phillies player to announce his intention of playing for Team USA in the event. Catcher J.T. Realmuto signed on to play back on August 9th. Bryce Harper made his announcement on August 12th, although it is very unlikely he will play after undergoing Tommy John surgery two weeks ago.
The newest Phillie, shortstop Trea Turner, committed to play on August 31st.
Here is the current list of 23 MLB players who have committed to playing for Team USA in the 2023 World Baseball Classic:
• J.T. Realmuto, Phillies
• Will Smith, Dodgers
The WBC is a 20-team tournament that will begin pool play in March in four cities: Phoenix, Miami, Tokyo, Japan, and Taichung, Taiwan. The quarterfinal games will take place in Tokyo and Miami, and the semifinals and championship game will be played in Miami.
Team USA is in Pool C in Phoenix, along with Canada, Colombia, Mexico, and Great Britain.