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Mike Trout, Clayton Kershaw Headline Group USA Roster for 2023 World Baseball Basic

Erin WalshFebruary 9, 2023Thearon W. Henderson/Getty ImagesLos Angeles Angels star Mike Trout and Los Angeles Dodgers star Clayton Kershaw headline the Team USA roster for the 2023 World Baseball Classic this winter.The fifth edition of the World Baseball Classic runs from March 8 through March 21. This year’s tournament was expanded from 16 teams to

Mike Trout, Clayton Kershaw Headline Group USA Roster for 2023 World Baseball Basic

Erin WalshFebruary 9, 2023

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 05: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels looks on before stepping back into the batter box against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the first inn at RingCentral Coliseum on October 05, 2022 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout and Los Angeles Dodgers star Clayton Kershaw headline the Group USA roster for the 2023 World Baseball Basic this winter.

The fifth version of the World Baseball Basic runs from March 8 via March 21. This 12 months’s event was expanded from 16 groups to twenty groups and can happen in Miami, Phoenix, Tokyo and Taichung, Taiwan.

Group USA is in Pool C for this 12 months’s event alongside Canada, Colombia and Mexico. They kick off pool play on March 11 at Chase Area, house of Main League Baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks.

A part of the quarterfinals and all the semifinals and finals will all happen at loanDepot Park, house of the Miami Marlins.

Group USA is being managed by Mark DeRosa. Ken Griffey Jr., Andy Pettitte, Jerry Manuel, Lou Collier, Dino Ebel and Dave Righetti spherical out the assistants on his employees.

Here is a deeper take a look at the complete Group USA roster, which was announced Thursday.

2023 Group USA WBC Roster

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  • C, J.T. Realmuto, Philadelphia Phillies
  • C, Will Smith, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • C, Kyle Higashioka, New York Yankees
  • 1B, Pete Alonso, New York Mets
  • 1B, Paul Goldschmidt, St. Louis Cardinals
  • 2B, Jeff McNeil, New York Mets
  • 3B, Nolan Arenado, St. Louis Cardinals
  • 3B, Bobby Witt Jr., Kansas Metropolis Royals
  • SS, Tim Anderson, Chicago White Sox
  • SS, Trea Turner, Philadelphia Phillies
  • OF, Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • OF, Cedric Mullins, Baltimore Orioles
  • OF, Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
  • OF, Kyle Tucker, Houston Astros
  • OF, Kyle Schwarber, Philadelphia Phillies
  • RP, Jason Adam, Tampa Bay Rays
  • RP, Daniel Bard, Colorado Rockies
  • RP, David Bednar, Pittsburgh Pirates
  • RP, Devin Williams, Milwaukee Brewers
  • RP, Adam Ottavino, New York Mets
  • RP, Kendall Graveman, Chicago White Sox
  • RP, Nick Martinez, San Diego Padres
  • RP, Ryan Pressly, Houston Astros
  • RP, Brooks Raley, Tampa Bay Rays
  • SP, Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • SP, Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals
  • SP, Nestor Cortes, New York Yankees
  • SP, Brady Singer, Kansas Metropolis Royals
  • SP, Merrill Kelly, Arizona Diamondbacks
  • SP, Lance Lynn, Chicago White Sox
  • SP, Miles Mikolas, St. Louis Cardinals

Trout, a three-time American League MVP, will function captain for Group USA and is competing within the World Baseball Basic for the primary time.

The 31-year-old thought-about enjoying for the U.S. within the 2017 WBC however determined towards it. He admitted in a January convention name that he wished he had performed within the occasion after seeing the People go on to win the title.

“It seemed like they have been having a lot enjoyable, making the performs and profitable,” Trout stated, per John Perrotto of Forbes. “That is what I regretted. I ought to have been on the market.”

Trout is coming off a stable 2022 season with the Angels that noticed him end eighth in AL MVP voting. He slashed .283/.369/.630 with 40 house runs and 80 RBI in 119 video games.

The New Jersey native shall be seeking to replicate that success through the 2023 season, and collaborating within the World Baseball Basic will assist him rise up to hurry heading into spring coaching.

On the pitching aspect, Kershaw may also be making his first look for Group USA on the World Baseball Basic.

The three-time Cy Younger winner is coming off an All-Star 2022 marketing campaign with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He went 12-3 with a 2.28 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 137 strikeouts in 126.1 innings throughout 22 begins.

Kershaw would be the spotlight of a rotation that features Nestor Cortes and Adam Wainwright.

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