The eyes of the baseball planet are on Miami as the sport’s leading talent requires aspect in the final games of the Planet Baseball Classic – till Tuesday’s title game at loanDepot Park.

From many teams who have previously lifted the trophy as tournament champions to other individuals nonetheless seeking to do so for the very first time, the field is packed with talent all seeking to showcase their talents on the international stage.

With just a couple of games left in the tournament, here’s what you will need to know ahead of the semifinal round of the Planet Baseball Classic.

MIAMI, FLORIDA – MARCH 14: Manny Machado no. 13 of the Dominican Republic hits a dwelling run in the third inning against Israel at loanDepot Park on March 14, 2023 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Photos)

How players pick out which nation to play for

One particular appear at the rosters for the WBC may well lead some folks to wonder how they had been formed — especially, how a player like Miami-born and raised Manny Machado is playing for the Dominican Republic group rather of the United States.

In addition to playing for your nation of birth, there are other techniques a player can be eligible for a certain nation:

  • Have citizenship or have permanent residence in the nation.
  • Have documentation displaying that you would be eligible for citizenship if you applied.
  • Have at least 1 parent who was born in the nation or has citizenship.
  • He previously represented the nation in the VBC.

Cuba utilizes MLB talent, debuts in Miami in Planet Baseball Classic

It comes with a lot of controversy off the court, but the Cuban national group will be in South Florida for the very first time in 5 editions of the WBC. Cuba played in Japan through the very first 4 editions and was in Taiwan to get started this year’s tournament, although also playing in San Diego through the 2006 and 2009 tournaments.

This year also marks the very first time Cuba will have Important League Baseball players on its roster – such as names like Luis Robert and Joan Moncada of the Chicago White Sox, Andy Ibanez of the Detroit Tigers, along with 3 pitchers on MLB rosters.

BUNKIO CITY, JAPAN – MARCH 16: Shohei Ohtani #16 of Group Japan reacts through the 2023 Planet Baseball Championship quarterfinal game involving Group Italy and Group Japan at Tokyo Dome on Thursday, March 16, 2023 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Mari DeCicco/VBCI/MLB Photographs by means of Getty Photos)

And then there had been (practically) 4 of them

What started as a 20-group field – expanded from 16 teams in the very first 4 Planet Baseball Classics – is now down to just 5 teams playing for a possibility to be champions.

3 locations in the semi-finals have currently been won. Japan, which won the very first two WBC tournaments, is in and will play Mexico following beating Puerto Rico on Friday. Cuba, who had been runners-up in the 2006 tournament, will meet the winner of Saturday’s quarter-final involving the United States – the 2017 winners – and Venezuela.

Miami in the spotlight

There have been occasions ahead of when the venue has hosted far more than 1 round of games in the Planet Baseball Classic, but not like what we saw at loanDepot Park this year.

The dwelling of the Miami Marlins was the internet site of very first-round Group D play, half of the quarterfinal games and will host each semifinal games and Tuesday’s title game. This is the fourth time Miami has hosted games in the WBC.

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