Juan Soto, who was not clear whether to participate in the WBC (World Baseball Classic), made it official to participate in the Dominican Republic national team.
Soto participated in the San Diego Padres Fan Festival held at Petco Park in San Diego, USA on the 5th (Korean time). At this meeting, questions related to participating in the WBC poured in. Soto is from the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic is expected to make a super-luxury entry with active major leaguers such as Soto, teammate Manny Machado, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Toronto) and Julio Rodriguez (Seattle) in this WBC. 스포츠토토
But recently, the sad news has fallen. 18 of the players included in the 50-man preliminary entry were canceled from participating in the WBC due to opposition from their team. The Dominican Republic Baseball Federation has yet to reveal who the player is. Players who have been confirmed not to participate so far include Luis Severino (Yankees), Luis Castillo (Seattle), Freddy Peralta (Milwaukee), and Starling Marte (Mets). Except for Marte, most of them are pitchers. It is known that each team objected to the participation due to the players’ recent injury history, rehabilitation, and injury concerns.
In the midst of this, there were concerns that Soto and Machado, the current leading players representing the Dominican Republic, might not be participating in the WBC. San Diego is a club with a lot of WBC players. In addition to Soto and Machado, Darvish Yu (Japan) and Kim Ha-seong (Korea) are also scheduled to be recruited.
But Soto’s interview dispelled those concerns. In an interview at the fan festival site, Soto said, “I feel good so far. Preparations are going well. We want to show the world what kind of baseball the Dominican Republic team will play.” According to local media, Machado, along with Soto, will also compete for the WBC national team in the Dominican Republic.