2018 RBI’s King Baez contributed to 2017 runner-up
Tigers infielder Javier Baez will represent Puerto Rico at the World Baseball Classic (WBC) next March. Official WBC Twitter reported.
Baez, 29, made his major league debut with the Cubs in 2014. Helped conquer the World Series in 2016, and in 2018 he won the RBI king with 111 RBIs. He was traded to the Mets midway through last season, and this season he joined the Tigers on a big six-year, $140 million contract (about 20.16 billion yen). 230 batting averages, 12 homers, 52 RBIs and 8 stolen bases in 120 games this season. 910 hits and 161 home runs in the majors. After the 2017 tournament, the WBC will participate in two consecutive tournaments.
Cubs pitcher Marcus Stroman and Mets goaltender Edwin Diaz were announced to represent Puerto Rico. The central nation, which won runners-up in back-to-back tournaments in 2013 and 2017, is steadily building up its strength to match the United States national team.
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