After the protocol ceremony, the manager of the team, Armando Johnson, highlighted the prevailing good vibes, confidence and willingness to ‘give the people the happiness of an excellent result in the difficult competition’.
In this sense, Pedro Luis Lazo, head of the pitching area, highlighted the quality of the 30 players that make up the team, including current major league players Luis Robert, Andy Ibáñez and Yoan Moncada, who will join the team as of the first week of next month.
After 30 days of preparation under the guidance of an expanded staff, the group training in Cuba will fly next Sunday to Japan to face the last stage of training and several friendly games, with the aim of facing the tournament in the best possible conditions from any angle.
For the first time, the World Classic will host 20 teams, with the Czech Republic, double champions Japan, South Korea, Australia and China in the B bracket, while the C bracket is integrated by the current champion, the United States, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Colombia and Canada.
Labeled by specialists as the ‘group of death’, segment D features the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Israel and Nicaragua, with the first three of the aforementioned groups full of players in the U.S. Major Leagues.