Tracking Team USA's roster additions for World Baseball Classic originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Remember when Team USA had some trouble attracting MLB stars for the 2017 World Baseball Classic?
Well, it doesn't look like the defending WBC champs are running into that issue this time around.
Team USA's roster construction process for the 2023 World Baseball Classic couldn't have started any better, as three-time MVP Mike Trout signed up to captain the club in July. Since then, they have added two more MVP winners in Bryce Harper and Mookie Betts, along with a pair of 2022 MVP contenders in Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado, among others. The two St. Louis Cardinals studs were each part of Team USA's 2017 championship squad.
What is Team USA's 2023 World Baseball Classic roster?
Team USA's roster is now up to 13 players, 10 of whom are multi-time All-Stars, following the addition of Turner:
C Will Smith, Los Angeles Dodgers
1B Pete Alonso, New York Mets
1B Paul Goldschmidt, St. Louis Cardinals
3B Nolan Arenado, St. Louis Cardinals
SS Trea Turner, Los Angeles Dodgers
OF Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers
OF Bryce Harper, Philadelphia Phillies
OF Cedric Mullins, Baltimore Orioles
OF Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angles
The Americans will be managed by Mark DeRosa, who played on the 2009 U.S. squad that reached the WBC semifinals. DeRosa's coaching staff features a pair of legends with Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. as hitting coach and five-time World Series champion Andy Pettitte as pitching coach. Jerry Manuel (bench coach), Lou Collier (first base coach), Dino Ebel (third base coach) and Dave Righetti (bullpen coach) round out the staff.
When is the 2023 World Baseball Classic?
The fifth edition of the World Baseball Classic will run from March 8 to March 21 of next year. The tournament has expanded from 16 to 20 teams, with games taking place in Miami, Phoenix, Tokyo and Taichung, Taiwan.
Team USA is in Pool C along with Canada, Colombia and Mexico. Pool play for those teams is from March 11-15 at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The semifinals and finals, along with the quarterfinals on Team USA's side of the bracket, will be held at the Miami Marlins' loanDepot Park.