The Dominican Republic continues to structure its central pieces for the 2023 World Baseball Classic, and it was the turn of the Dominican Republic to announce its new manager for the most important international baseball event.
The announcement is not yet official, but everything indicates that Rodney Linares will become the manager of the Dominican Republic for the upcoming 2023 World Baseball Classic. According to information from Jose de Jesus Ortiz for Our Esquina, the Tampa Bay Rays third base coach has been given the opportunity to manage a star-studded Dominican team, and one of the favorites of the tournament.
At 44 years of age, Rodney Linares will be the main man in charge of leading the Dominican Republic to the title, the Rays coach has four seasons in that role in Tampa Bay, and will face the toughest challenge of his entire career. A few days ago, Nelson Cruz was named as the General Manager for the 2023 World Baseball Classic, so the moves continue on the part of the Dominican Baseball Federation (FEDOBE).
Rodney Linares, manager of the Dominican Republic
Linares began his managerial career in the United States at age 29 with the Greeneville Astros in the Appalachian League, and although he has not had any interviews for any managerial position in the MLB, he has had some related calls. The Dominican native moved in 2018 from the Astros to the Rays, where he holds the position he currently holds.
He developed in the Houston Astros system, where he was a key part of structuring and developing this winning franchise they have today in MLB. Important in the development of players such as Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman, George Springer, just to name a few.