Moncada and Robert, the first active major leaguers to represent Cuba at the WBC

“It will definitely be one of the best experiences I will ever have in my life.”

According to MLB.com on the 2nd, active major league (MLB) Yoan Moncada (28, Chicago White Sox), who boarded the World Baseball Classic (WBC) Cuban national team, said that many Cuban players want to wear the Cuban flag in this tournament. .스포츠토토

The same team, Louis Robert (26), also joined the Cuban national team. The entry of two active major leaguers belonging to the White Sox to the Cuban national team marked the first time active major leaguers joined the national team since the first WBC was held in 2006.

“I honestly never thought (that he would be able to play for the Cuban national team),” said Robert. “It has never been like that before. I am proud and very happy to be part of the Cuban team now,” he said. “Especially to be an MLB player (Cuban national team player).”

He also said, “I will wear the Cuban national team uniform for the first time in 6-7 years,” and “This WBC is very special because it is an opportunity to wear the Cuban national team uniform after a long time.”

“I was aware of the restrictions,” said Moncada. “I didn’t think I would have a chance to play for the Cuban national team. I’m very happy to have the opportunity.” He added, “I hope that this opportunity will be the first step for Cuban players playing in the MLB to represent Cuba in future competitions.”

“It means a lot to me. Joining the national team is a dream for myself and for other Cubans,” he said. “I’m pretty sure joining the national team will be a surreal experience.”

Until last year, special permission from the United States was required to board the Cuban national team. Last year, it was generally predicted that MLB players participating in the WBC as a Cuban national team were unlikely.

It seemed difficult for Cuban players such as Moncada and Robert to enter Cuba to prepare for the WBC. However, when permission came out in January, the two were put on the national team roster.

The two have experience as players for the Cuban under-15 (U-15) national team and the Cuban under-18 (U-18) national team in the past.

Moncada, who entered the big league in 2016, recorded a career batting average of 0.253, 82 homers, 299 RBIs and 30 stolen bases in seven big league seasons. In the 2019 season, he had a decent performance, batting 0.315, 25 homers, 79 RBIs and 10 stolen bases.

Robert entered the big leagues in 2020 and recorded a career batting average of 0.289, 36 homers, 130 RBIs and 26 stolen bases in three seasons. In 2021, he batted . 338 with 13 home runs and 43 RBI.

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