WBC preview: Canada 

By: Ross Mazin

The WBC is upon us, and I couldn’t be more excited. The WBC is where the stars get to play for national pride. 

Canada last played in the WBC in 2006, where they had their signature win over the United States. Despite that, Canada has never made it out of pool play. They are overall a very competitive team. Before being eliminated after the first round, Canada played in Pool B, which consisted of Mexico, South Africa, and the United States. Canada will be in Pool C with the United States, Colombia, Mexico, and Great Britain this year. 

The 2023 roster includes notable players such as Freddie Freeman, Tyler O’Neil, and Bo Naylor. Freeman, who finished fourth in NL MVP voting last season, is one of the elite players in all of baseball. Tyler O’Neill’s numbers went down in 2021, somewhat due to injuries. Naylor is a Guardians prospect who played in five games last season. When the scouts talk about Naylor, they talk about his power.

I expect Team Canada to perform very well and make the semi-finals for the first time. 


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