Panama Baseball Team is now getting ready for its new challenge

Panama Baseball Team is now getting ready for its new challenge

After two failed attempts (2012 and 2016), Panama managed to qualify for the first time to a World Baseball Classic competitively (their two previous participations (2006 and 2009) were invitational, by beating Brazil 4-0 on Tuesday night .

However, by overcoming this obstacle, the challenge is now greater as they have to face rivals of higher quality in the tournament organized by the Major Leagues and which will be played from March 8 to 21, 2023.

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In the World Classic, Panama will be part of Group C, which will be based in Phoenix, Arizona, United States.

In this group, the teams from the United States, Mexico, Colombia and Canada will compete against Panama.

Luis Ortiz, technical director of the Panama Baseball Team, is aware of the great commitment they have in 2023, so the work will have to be much better than what was done for the qualifying tournament.

“We are ready for what is coming. To play ball at that level, you will have to play and you will have to get the best Panamanian players available,” Ortiz said at the press conference after the victory over Brazil, which gave Panama qualification for the March tournament. of 2023.

“You win with good players and we have to get the best players we have to be able to compete,” reiterated the manager and scout for the Kansas City Royals in organized baseball in the United States.

He announced that he has held conversations with several of the Panamanian major leagues and minor league players who, mainly for work reasons, could not come to represent the country, but who are willing to participate in the March tournament.

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For the 2023 World Baseball Classic, Major League Baseball players will be available – barring any injuries – for the participating countries.

Players such as Christian Bethancourt, Javy Guerra, Iván Herrera, Jaime Barría, Paolo Espino, Justin Lawrence, Johan Camargo and Edmundo Sosa, among others, could join the base of the team that played the tie held in Panama.

An important aspect of the team’s preparation will be the warm-up games, which could not be finalized for the recently concluded tie.

“The scrimmage games are important and we will see with which teams and where they will be held,” said Ortiz.

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