Cuba hands over flag to team to World Baseball Classic
HAVANA, Cuba, Feb 16 (acn) The Cuban team that will attend next March the 4th World Baseball Classic (WBC) will receive today the flag that will accompany them to that event at Jose Marti Monument, in this city.
The tournament will have several venues such as Tokyo, Japan; Seoul, South Korea; Guadalajara, Mexico and Miami, San Diego and Los Angeles, United States.
Cuban players´ goal is to advance to the second stage of the contest, and once there fight for one of the two tickets to semifinals.
In the first stage, to be played at Tokyo Dome, in the Japanese capital from March 7 to 10, Cuba was included in a group made up also by Australia, China and the host squad.
Carlos Marti, manager of the Cuban side, said they will play 11 training matches prior the main event against Chinese Taipei, China, South Korea and Japan, which are world-class teams.
On this Asian tour, the former pitcher Yosvani Aragon, who is in charge of the Cuban national baseball commission, stated that Cuba will play in Chinese Taipei from February 19-24, to then visit South Korea until the 28th of that same month.
He added that these six games include three against China national team and two versus its South Korean counterpart.
He also mentioned that on March 1 they will arrive in Japan, where they will face teams of the Nippon Professional Baseball League (NPB) from that country.
Cuba´s best performance on WBC was achieved in the first edition where it ranked second, because in the second and third contests it finished sixth and fifth, respectively.
Japan accumulates two crowns, won in the first and second events, with wins over Cuba (10-6) and South Korea (5-3), in that order, while the Dominican Republic beat 3-0 Puerto Rico in the final of the 3rd WBC.