Just 72 hours before the start of the IV U-23 Baseball World Cup, the names of the players of the Venezuelan national team, a member of Group B, are unknown, which is scheduled to debut against their counterpart in the Netherlands, on Thursday 23, at the Sonora stadium in the city of Hermosillo.
On the second date the team led by Carlos García will be measured against Colombia; on Saturday 25 they will compete against Nicaragua; on Sunday the 26th they face Korea and the tie against Panama ends.
The Venezuelan Baseball Federation made two announcements last week. They announced that ex-bigleaguer Carlos García was named as a strategist, with Robert Pérez in the batting coach plan and Darwin Marrero was left in the position of pitching coach. They also revealed that the tournament will have television transmission on a local open signal network and that the games can also be followed through the YouTube platform of the International Baseball and Softball Confederation.
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But while countries such as Cuba, Nicaragua, Panama, Colombia and the Mexican hosts revealed their payroll last week, Fevebeisbol did not disclose how the squad was made, which, by the rules that govern the tournament, had to be presented ten days before the tournament. start the competition, that is, on Monday, September 13.
As this event was scheduled for 2020 and could not be held due to the pandemic, the organizers accepted that players up to 24 years of age can compete.
In the Colombian payroll, for example, about half of the members are players who make careers in the minor league system of different organizations in the United States.
Venezuela has plenty of talent in organized baseball from the United States to build a team with enormous chances of contesting the gold medal in this attractive tournament.
Other Creole prospects eligible to be part of the selection, but not confirmed, include catcher Francisco Álvarez (Mets), outfielders Yhoswar García (Phillies), Luisángel Acuña (Rangers), Luis Matos (Giants) and Misael Urbina (Twins) , infielders Oswald Peraza (Yankees) and Brayan Rocchio (Indians) and pitchers like Máximo Castillo (Blue Jays), Ricardo Petit (Tigres), Robinson Hernández (Rockies) and Ángel Macuare (Astros).