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Trout puts USA on his back to Classic quarterfinals

March 16, 2023

PHOENIX -- Team USA entered Wednesday’s game against Colombia knowing that a win sealed them a date in the World Baseball Classic quarterfinals. In a lineup overflowing with superstars and a handful of likely future Hall of Famers, it was again the captain, Mike Trout, who led the way, going

Rio Gomez, son of late reporter Pedro, fulfills father's wish at Classic

March 14, 2023

PHOENIX -- Players come to the World Baseball Classic for myriad reasons. Some are seeking the big stage and bright lights that the opportunity affords, others the chance to play for a country they call home. But for Colombia reliever Rio Gomez, he arrived at Chase Field hoping to fulfill

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

Britain erases deficit, edges Colombia for first Classic win

March 13, 2023

PHOENIX – The book of British baseball history received arguably its most important addition Monday afternoon since the game first began to take hold in the U.K. in the late 1800s. Great Britain topped Colombia, 7-5, at Chase Field, claiming its first World Baseball Classic victory.

Colombia stuns Mexico in extras to take thrilling Pool C opener

March 11, 2023

PHOENIX – Just hours before Colombia took the diamond for its opening contest of the 2023 World Baseball Classic, manager Jolbert Cabrera talked about how excited he was to see his mostly youthful squad in action. As he finished his session, he stopped right before he left the room to

After 'reset,' Díaz excited to rep Colombia in World Baseball Classic

March 10, 2023

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Rockies players kidded catcher Elias Díaz when he showed up in the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick clubhouse to pick up the customized gear in blue, yellow and red that he will wear for Colombia in the World Baseball Classic. The comments were Spanish and English

Team Colombia's biggest fan? The manager's mom

March 9, 2023

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Josefina Ramirez will be a special guest when Colombia takes part in Pool C action at Chase Field for the 2023 World Baseball Classic. It only makes sense that the mother of Jolbert Cabrera, who is managing Colombia, and Orlando Cabrera, who is a coach for Colombia,

Diaz excited to help grow baseball in Colombia

March 8, 2023

MESA, Ariz. -- Colombia has long been a nation where soccer is king, with baseball more of a niche sport mostly played in the Caribbean region of the country. In recent years, however, players like Jordan Diaz, the A’s No. 7 prospect, have helped bring baseball into the mainstream. •

Crismatt fills new role for Colombia: Ace

Versatile Padres righty gets the nod for his country's World Baseball Classic opener
March 8, 2023

PEORIA, Ariz. – “Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays." Nabil Crismatt smiles as he vividly recalls his childhood in Barranquilla, Colombia. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays -- those were the days he made the trek to the local Little League field for baseball practice. Nothing too formal. Crismatt played third base, and he

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