March 29, 2023 11:33 pm

The eyes of the baseball globe are on Miami as the major talent in the sport requires element in the final games of the Globe Baseball Classic – all top up to Tuesday’s title game inside loanDepot park.

From various teams who have hoisted the trophy ahead of as champions of the tournament to other folks that are nevertheless searching to do so for the initially time, the field is stacked with talent all searching to show off their talents on the international stage.

With just a couple of games left in the tournament, here’s what you have to have to know ahead of the semifinal round of the Globe Baseball Classic.

MIAMI, FLORIDA – MARCH 14: Manny Machado #13 of the Dominican Republic hits a property run in the third inning against Israel at loanDepot park on March 14, 2023 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Pictures)

How Players Choose Which Nation to Play For

One particular appear at the rosters for the WBC could have some individuals questioning how they are formed – in unique, how does a player like Miami born and raised Manny Machado play for Group Dominican Republic alternatively of the United States.

In addition to playing for the nation you have been born in, there are other approaches a player can be eligible for a particular nation:

  • Hold citizenship or have a permanent residence in the nation.
  • Have documentation displaying you would be eligible for citizenship if you applied.
  • Have at least 1 parent who was born in the nation or holds citizenship.
  • Previously represented the nation in the WBC.

Cuba Makes use of MLB Talent, Tends to make Miami Debut in Globe Baseball Classic

It comes with lots of controversy off the field, but the national group representing Cuba will be in South Florida for the initially time in the 5 WBC editions. Cuba played in Japan through the initially 4 editions and was in Taiwan to begin this year’s tournament even though also playing in San Diego through the 2006 and 2009 tournaments.

This year is also the initially time Cuba will have Significant League Baseball players on their roster – like such names as Luis Robert and Yoan Moncada from the Chicago White Sox, Andy Ibanez from the Detroit Tigers along with 3 pitchers on MLB rosters.

BUNKYO CITY, JAPAN – MARCH 16: Shohei Ohtani #16 of Group Japan reacts through the 2023 Globe Baseball Classic Quarterfinals game among Group Italy and Group Japan at Tokyo Dome on Thursday, March 16, 2023 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Mary DeCicco/WBCI/MLB Images through Getty Pictures)

And Then There Have been (Nearly) 4

What began as field of 20 teams – expanded from 16 teams in the initially 4 Globe Baseball Classics – is now down to just 5 teams left playing for a likelihood to be the champs.

3 of the spots in the semifinal round have currently been clinched. Japan, which won the initially two WBC tournaments, is in and will take on Mexico just after their win more than Puerto Rico on Friday. Cuba, which was the runner-up in the 2006 tournament, will take on the winner of Saturday’s quarterfinal among the Untied States – the 2017 winner – and Venezuela.

Miami in the Spotlight

There have been instances ahead of when a venue has hosted additional than 1 round of games in the Globe Baseball Classic, but not like what we’ve noticed at loanDepot park this year.

The property of the Miami Marlins has been the web page of play in Pool D of the initially round, half of the quarterfinal games and will host each semifinal games and the title game on Tuesday. It is the fourth time Miami has hosted games in the WBC.

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