Bryce Harper of the Phillies commits to Team USA for the 2023 World Baseball Classic3 min read
Bryce Harper, a renowned player for the Philadelphia Phillies, has announced that he would participate in the World Baseball Classic for Team USA in 2023.
Mike Trout, J.T. Realmuto, Paul Goldschmidt, Trevor Story, and Nolan Arenado are among the players who have already committed to playing for the United States of America in one of baseball’s most prestigious tournaments. Bryce Harper will join them.
To finish up their starting lineup, the United States of America are now searching for a left fielder, shortstop, and a pitcher.
The maximum number of players that may be carried by a team is 28, and the roster must have at least 13 pitchers and 15 position players.
On March 8, 2023, pool play for the World Baseball Classic will get underway in Taichung, Taiwan, Tokyo, Phoenix, and Miami, the four cities that will be hosting the tournament. The final game is scheduled to take place on March 21 at Loan Depot Park in Miami, Florida.
Team USA will begin play in Pool C against Canada, Mexico, Colombia, and a team that has yet to be decided based on their performance in qualifications this fall. In 2017, the United States of America took home the title of World Boxing Champions.
This will be the first time that Bryce Harper competes in a major professional competition for the United States of America. His previous experience playing for Team USA includes stints with the 16U National Team in 2008 and the 18U National Team in 2009.
Since making his debut with the Washington Nationals in 2012, Bryce Harper has gone on to become one of the best outfielders in all of baseball. In that same year, he was named Rookie of the Year and earned an All-Star Game selection. Since then, Bryce Harper has risen to become one of the best outfielders in all of baseball.
The 29-year-old player spent seven years with the Nationals, during which time he was selected for six All-Star Games, won a Silver Slugger Award, and was named the Most Valuable Player in 2015 after compiling a batting line of.330/.460/.649 with 42 home runs and 99 RBI in 153 games.
In 2019, Bryce Harper signed a contract with the Phillies
In 2021, he hit.309/.429/.615 with 35 home runs and 84 RBI in 141 games, which was good enough to earn him his second Silver Slugger medal as well as his second MVP honor.
The Nevada native’s dismal season can mostly be attributed to a number of injuries. Before sustaining a fractured thumb in April, he had been playing through an elbow injury and served as Philadelphia’s designated hitter since April. Since then, he has been unable to participate in baseball due to the injury.
Before he was injured, Harper played in 64 games and had a batting line of.318/.385/.599 with 15 home runs, 48 runs batted in, and nine stolen bases. The week before last, he mentioned to the reporters that he was hoping to get back into the lineup in September.
This Thursday, the interim manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, Rob Thomson, indicated that the organization intends to keep Bryce Harper in his current role as designated hitter after he returns from his injury.
With a record of 62-49, the Phillies are currently in third place in the National League East. According to FanGraphs, they have a 77 percent probability of making it into the playoffs, and they are currently sitting in the second of three wild-card positions.
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