The Los Angeles Dodgers have announced that Julio Urias will play for Mexico in the 2023 World Baseball Classic.
“It will be something very special for me, a very special moment for everyone. Mexico is everything to me, and being able to represent the country, even here when we play at Dodger Stadium, I feel like a part of Mexico,” the bowler said at the California franchise website.
This season, Urías leads the ERA National League with an average of 2.29, and has a record of 15 wins with seven losses. Additionally, the Culiacan native is currently ranked 16th among shooters with the most victories in the entire history of Mexico, with a score of 47. In the same way, his overall ERA of 2.89 is the best ever among shooters. The Aztecs who participated in at least 500 entries.
Julio Urías is the fifth Dodgers player to go to the World Classic
The 26-year-old is the fifth Dodgers player to play in the World Series Baseball, after Mookie Bates, Tria Turner and Will Smith joined Team USA and Freddie Freeman joined Team Canada.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed that this is a positive situation for the franchise, because baseball players who go to the Championship with their national teams will return to pre-season with better physical conditions.
“Obviously it will be a different aspect in terms of spring training, but I think it will be good in the sense that they will be competing and then when they come back they will beat the team at a better pace. But I totally agree. It will also give us a chance to look at the other players as well,” said Roberts.
Mexico, Canada and the USA are part of Group C in the first round of WBC.
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