San Diego Padres all-star shortstop Manny Machado announced Wednesday his participation with the Dominican Republic team for the 2023 World Baseball Classic.
“My people, this is Manny Machado speaking. It’s going to be an honor to represent the Dominican Republic in the 2023 World Classic. Putting on that flag, putting on that uniform is always a pleasure and I thank God that he is going to give us the opportunity another year to represent the homeland, the flag, in a very big way,” Machado expressed 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 Dominicana. 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 tournament of nations 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 great season with the Padres, hitting .288 with 18 home runs and 58 runs batted in.
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