San Diego Padres star third baseman Manny Machado announced on Wednesday his participation with the Dominican Republic team for the 2023 World Baseball Classic.
«My people, this is Manny Machado speaking to you. It will be an honor to represent the Dominican Republic in the 2023 World Classic. Wearing that flag, wearing that uniform is always a pleasure and I thank God that He will give us another year the opportunity to represent the country, the flag, in a in a very big way,” Machado said in a video posted by the Dominican Baseball Federation (Fedobe) on Twitter.
«We are going to unite for the same cause to bring a championship and the trophy again for the Dominican Republic. I love you, my people, and see you at the 2023 World Classic”, concluded the message from Machado, who was part of the Dominican team that participated in the last version of the nations tournament held in 2017.
Machado becomes the second player to ratify his participation with the Dominican team for the championship to be played next year, along with Toronto Blue Jays starter Vladimir Guerrero.
Machado is in the midst of a breakout season with the Padres, posting a .288 batting average with 18 home runs and 58 RBIs.
The Dominican Republic is part of Group D along with the teams from Venezuela, Puerto Rico and Israel.