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Tim Anderson joins Team USA for 2023 World Baseball Classic

by Adam Kaplan

According to the official Twitter account of Major League Baseball (@MLB), White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson has joined Team USA for the upcoming World Baseball Classic (WBC).

The World Baseball Classic is an international baseball tournament where countries will compete against each other to determine the true champions of the world. There will be 20 different countries competing in the 2023 tournament, which has been split into four different pools. The United States is in Pool B, along with Mexico, Canada, and Columbia. The initial qualifier games for Pool B will take place March 11-25, 2023 in Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ (the current home stadium of the Arizona Diamondbacks).

Tim Anderson is currently on the IL; however, for the 2022 season, he is slashing .301/.339/.395, with six home runs, good for a wRC+ of 111. Tim Anderson was also named the starting shortstop for the American League in the 2022 All-Star Game. Since 2019, when he won the AL batting title, Anderson has hit above .300 in each of the past four seasons.

Anderson is currently projected to be the team’s starting shortstop. He will join St. Louis’ Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt, Philadelphia’s Bryce Harper and J.T. Realmuto, Los Angeles’ (AL) Mike Trout, Los Angeles’ (NL) Mookie Betts, Boston’s Trevor Story, New York’s (NL) Pete Alonso, and Baltimore’s Cedric Mullins on Team USA.

The United States is the current reigning champions of the WBC when the tournament last took place in 2017.

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Featured Photo: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

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