The Dominican Republic batting line, which is considered the strongest candidate for the championship, is shaking at the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC), which is about to open.
While Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (24, Toronto Blue Jays), the home run king of the 2021 season, announced his absence, Juan Soto (25, San Diego Padres) is also rumored to be absent. 스포츠토토
The Toronto club said on the 5th (hereinafter Korean time) that Guerrero Jr. felt pain in his right knee and decided not to participate in the WBC.
Guerrero Jr. reportedly felt discomfort in his knee during an exhibition game against the Tampa Bay Rays on the 4th. Therefore, in order to protect the players, the decision was made not to participate in the WBC.
This is a big bad news for the Dominican Republic. Guerrero Jr. is a super star who should play a central role in the Dominican Republic, where there are many superstars.
But the Dominican Republic lost Guerrero Jr. The problem is that the possibility that Soto will not participate in the WBC is being mentioned.
Soto is currently out of the exhibition due to discomfort in his left calf. He recorded a batting average of 0.727 in 4 games after the opening of the exhibition game, but has not played since the last 3 days.
The joint departure of Guerrero Jr. and Soto is very fatal to the Dominican Republic’s offensive power. There is no substitute for the Dominican Republic, which is full of superstars.
As a result, the evaluation of winning the 0th place can be overturned. This means that the United States or Japan could be the most likely winners of this tournament.