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O'Neill back from Classic with sights set on starting in center

March 17, 2023

JUPITER, Fla. -- Upon being jokingly informed that moving to center field this season might allow him to win Gold Gloves at multiple outfield positions, Cardinals standout Tyler O’Neill offered up the kind of confident response that showed he needed no reminder of the possibilities ahead. “That’s not something I

'It's a fiesta' for electric Arozarena as Mexico moves on

March 16, 2023

PHOENIX – Randy Arozarena is at it again. Mexico is headed to the 2023 World Baseball Classic quarterfinals, having claimed Pool C with a 10-3 victory over Canada on Wednesday afternoon at Chase Field. Arozarena, who delivered a postseason run for the ages with Tampa Bay in 2020, was once

Canada controls own Pool C destiny after topping Colombia 

March 14, 2023

PHOENIX – Cowbells, aerophones and dedicated flag wavers infused life into Chase Field on Tuesday afternoon. But it was the exuberant talent of a youthful Team Canada that spurred a 5-0 victory over Colombia, leaving the club one victory away from advancing out of pool play for the first time

Trout, USA unleash big bats, one win from advancing

March 14, 2023

PHOENIX – Team USA manager Mark DeRosa walked into his press availability prior to Monday night’s game against Canada with a plan of how he wanted everything to look. Starter Lance Lynn would quickly retire the side in the top of the first, allowing the top-of-the-order quartet of Mookie Betts,

Canada tops Great Britain as teams set Classic record for runs

The five most exciting run-scoring plays from an offensive deluge
March 13, 2023

PHOENIX – It takes two to make history. Canada and Great Britain, the latter appearing in its first World Baseball Classic, combined to score 26 runs Sunday afternoon at Chase Field, setting a new record for runs scored in a game at the tournament. • Box score: Canada 18, Great

Classic experience: Prospect Caissie getting MLB taste with Canada

Cubs' 20-year-old OF learning from elite veterans, while performing on world stage
March 8, 2023

MESA, Ariz. -- Building a routine was one of Owen Caissie's priorities during his early teen years while training with the Fieldhouse Pirates. He found drills he liked for tee and cage work. He came in after school and on the weekends. He wanted every swing to have intent and

The history of baseball in Canada

March 6, 2023

The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame states that the first baseball game in Canada was played on June 4, 1838, in Beachville, Ontario, between two teams from Oxford and Zorra. The game was played with five bases, fair and foul balls, players using a hand-hewn stick as a bat and

World’s stars align as Classic rosters announced

March 6, 2023

It’s nearly here. After a six-year wait, the World Baseball Classic has returned, and it’s bigger than ever. That’s not hyperbole, either: The tournament field has been expanded to 20 teams, with three first-time participants in Great Britain, the Czech Republic and Nicaragua hoping for a Cinderella run. But they’ll

Twins prospect wants to 'show the world' what Canada can do

March 5, 2023

FORT MYERS, Fla. – In the spring and summer of 2016, Edouard Julien used a stint with the Canadian Junior National Team to get noticed stateside. His play, particularly his hitting, alerted head coach Greg Hamilton that he could be a legitimate Division I player south of the border, and

Disappointed Pivetta bows out of Classic

Canada to lose Red Sox righty, who is dealing with aftereffects of 3rd bout with COVID
February 22, 2023

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Calling it a “really difficult decision," Red Sox right-hander Nick Pivetta has decided not to pitch for Team Canada in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Pivetta had COVID shortly before Spring Training, and he has been dealing with the aftereffects in the first week or so

Bo Naylor cherishing chance to represent Canada in Classic

February 14, 2023

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Freshly turned 17-year-old Bo Naylor could only imagine what his older brother was experiencing. In 2017, Josh Naylor was a highly regarded prospect in the Padres’ system and decided to join Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic. His playing time was sparse and his team didn’t

Freeman back to lead Team Canada in 2023 tournament

February 9, 2023

Freddie Freeman, Tyler O'Neill and Bo Naylor headline the World Baseball Classic 2023 roster for Team Canada as the tournament returns for the first time in six years. Freeman and O’Neill, in particular, will be eager to deliver in a big way for Canada after struggling in the 2017 Classic