The World Baseball Classic was one for the history books. This year’s tournament was one of the best in its history, with classic games such as the Japan versus Mexico semi-finals, and even the USA versus Japan final. There were incredible moments, and a ton of players that showed out, showing exactly why they were picked for this tournament. Here are some of the best players from the World Baseball Classic.
Masataka Yoshida was was instrumental in Japan winning the championship. Yoshida lead the tournament with the most RBIs (13) as well as coming up in major moments. Yoshida hit a three run home run in the bottom of the seventh to tie Mexico, and was the winning run in to beat Mexico in the bottom of the ninth.
There is no doubt that Trea Turner was one of, if not, the best player in all of the World Baseball Classic. Turner tied the record for most home runs with five. Turner also finished second best in RBIs in the tournament, just behind Masataka Yoshida with 11. Turner was on a clinic for the entire tournament, with a slugging percentage of 1.095.
Mexico had their best showing in World Baseball Classic history. The Mexican National Team were certainly the cinderella story of the WBC, and Randy Arozarena was breathtaking throughout the tournament. The Tampa Bay Rays Outfielder shined for Mexico, putting up nine hits, and nine RBIs.
However, it wasn’t just his hitting that made him a star in the tournament, but it was his defensive work. The most memorable moment was the semi-final classic loss to Japan, in which Arozarena kept Mexico’s lead at the time with a wall leaping robbery of a home run to Japan. Aorzarena looked like the heart and soul of one of the most fun teams to watch in years.
Miguel Romero of Cuba was one of the best pictures of the entire tournament. Romero finished the tournament with 13 strikeouts, and led Cuba to a semi-final run, before bowing out against the United States. Romero pitched in three games, pitching 8.2innings, and ending the tournament with an era of 2.08.
Shohei Ohtani was as incredible as he is for the Los Angeles Angles as he won the MVP of the World Baseball Classic. The AL MVP runner up last season looks like he will chalengre for the award this season, as Ohtani has been one of the most crucial members of the legendary Japanese team.
Ohtani finished the tournament in one of the most dramatic ways, after hitting in the game, pitching the top of the 9th, and striking out teammate and one of the best players of all time in Mike Trout, to secure the 3-2 victory. This tournament just continued to heighten Ohtani’s legacy.