The World Baseball Classic will start on March 8.
The rosters for all 20 countries participating have already been announced, and some of them are full of MLB-caliber talent.
While some MLB franchises are still very careful at the moment of giving away permission to play to their stars, others are sending five, six, and even more of their pieces.
The event has three teams that look to be a cut above the rest: Japan, the Dominican Republic, and the United States.
It’s not a coincidence that they are the only countries to win a WBC.
Japan did it in 2006 and 2009, the Dominicans in 2013, and the Americans in 2017, the last edition to this day.
Japan is known for its pitching, while Team USA and the DR both have incredible lineups.
Talkin’ Baseball made an interesting exercise on Twitter: they wrote both lineups and started the comparison.
Which one is better?
You be the judge.
Which World Baseball Classic lineup is better? pic.twitter.com/HCMIS2Lhtk
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) February 13, 2023
Given Gary Sanchez‘s inconsistency in the last couple of seasons, Team USA has the edge at catcher with J.T. Realmuto.
At least at first sight, Team USA appears to have a slightly better lineup, but the pitching edge might go to the DR.
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