Cubs IF Trey Mancini will skip World Baseball Classic

Cubs IF Trey Mancini to avoid World Baseball Classic initially appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Chicago Cubs infielder Trey Mancini had actually at first registered to bet the Italian group in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, however after signing with the North Siders he will rather report to spring training in Arizona and concentrate on learning more about his brand-new colleagues.

Mancini, who signed a two-year handle the Cubs previously this month, stated that he expects he’ll require to act as a veteran existence for the club, which developing relationships in Mesa will be an essential element to that function.

“We thought it might behoove me to be there the whole time with the team,” he informed media throughout an initial press get in touch with Monday. “Especially since I’m going to be a kind of more veteran presence in the clubhouse. It probably will be better for me to stay there all spring and get to know the guys and be there.”

Mancini, who will likely play very first base and some outfield for the Cubs in the 2023 season, is wanting to recover after he had a hard time down the stretch with the Houston Astros. Acquired at the trade due date, Mancini batted simply .176 with 8 crowning achievement and 22 RBI’s, with 49 strikeouts in 165 at-bats for the ultimate world champs.

He went 1-for-9 with 4 strikeouts in the World Series, which the Astros recorded in 6 video games over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Now, Mancini will be familiar with his brand-new colleagues in Arizona while Italy gets ready for the World Baseball Classic, an occasion postponed by 2 years due to the fact that of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Italian team, handled by well known previous catcher Mike Piazza, was slotted into Pool A for the competition, suggesting that their opening video games will be played in Taiwan in early March. Chinese Taipei, Cuba, the Netherlands and Panama complete that group.

Cubs pitcher Marcus Stroman will wear for Puerto Rico in the competition after winning MVP bestow the title-winning U.S. team in 2017, while outfielder Seiya Suzuki will sign up with a stacked Japan team in case.

Japan will host video games at the Tokyo Dome in the preliminary, and the 2nd round of video games will likewise be played there versus clubs from Pool A. The Puerto Rico team will play their opening-round video games at Miami’s LoanDepot Park, with the 2nd round of video games likewise set up to happen in Florida.

The Cubs will play an exhibit video game versus the Canadian WBC team on Wednesday, March 8 at Sloan Park. Pool C’s video games will happen at Phoenix’s Chase Field, with the United States group playing their opening-round video games there. 

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