USA wins first World Baseball Classic


Connor Walsh, Co-Sports Editor

     There have been four World Baseball Classics that have been played since the tournament started in 2006, and team USA had never gotten past the semi final round.  The USA teams of the past lacked household names, with other countries getting all of their biggest stars to play.  Many players didn’t have much interest in playing for team USA, so the rosters of the past have lacked talent.  

    This season the USA’s roster was filled with stars, and that resulted in the team winning the whole thing.  The USA defeated team Puerto Rico in the championship by the score of 8-0, avenging a loss to them earlier in the tournament. Puerto Rico had been previously undefeated in the tournament.

     Marcus Stroman started the game on the mound for the US, going six innings and giving up zero runs.  Seth Lugo started the game for Puerto Rico, and got tagged for four runs in three innings, taking the loss.  Stroman was dominant from pitch one, and didn’t allow a hit until the seventh inning, when Manager Jim Leyland pulled him from the game.

     While the US had a stronger roster than it has had in the past, many of the game’s biggest american born stars opted out of the tournament.  The outfield could have featured Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper, the Los Angeles Angels centerfielder Mike Trout, and Red Sox left fielder Mookie Betts.  The pitching staff could have featured Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, and the Tigers Justin Verlander.  

     With the first tournament win in the team’s history, many have hope that the US teams of the future will attract even more star power.  This would show the USA’s true dominance in the world for baseball.