MLB releases schedule for the World Baseball Classic 2017

The full schedule for the 2017 World Baseball Classic, which begins on March 6, 2017, has been released by Major League Baseball (MLB)

Team Cuba will play in the Tokyo first-round pool (Pool B), and they'll be competing against Japan, China, and Australia.

Cuba's first game will be againt two-time champion Japan, on March 7 at 5 a.m. Eastern time, 7 p.m. local time, in the opening game for Pool B, which will be played at the Tokyo Dome

56 NS: Young Cuban Players Manning Up

With the defection of a number of Cuban players to the major leagues an opportunity opens up for young Cuban players to earn a spot in the starting lineup or in the rotation. Below are some players in Cuba 24 years of age or younger who are excelling in the Nacional Series.

Myworld does not know a lot about these players but their numbers seem to show the ability to play this game. Camaguey seems to have the top talent when it comes to younger players.

Position Players

MLB: Jose Fernandez's peers voted him NL Comeback Player of the Year

The legacy of Jose Fernandez was further cemented on Wednesday after the Miami Marlins pitcher was posthumously named the National League Comeback Player of the Year at the MLB Players Choice Awards.

Fernandez was selected by his peers, who cast their votes before his untimely death in a boating accident off Miami Beach on Sept 25.

In the American League, Baltimore Orioles slugger Mark Trumbo was voted Comeback Player of the Year by the players.

56 NS: Matanzas on a Roll in Cuban League

Most of the top Cuban players are in the major leagues or waiting to become declared a free agent. Those remaining in Cuba are either on the down side of their career or are still trying to prove themselves. Myworld has not followed the Cuban League and was shocked that they are already in their 40 plus games when we thought we would check in. 

WBSC Reveals Updated World Ranking. Cuba is No. 5

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The World Baseball Softball Confederation today revealed the updated 2016 standings in the Official WBSC Baseball World Rankings, which weigh a country’s entire National Team programme (from U-12 to Professional) in international competition.

The Top 10 sees five position changes with the most recent world rankings update, while 59 of the 71 ranked nations either moved up or down the ladder.  Four continents (Asia, Europe, North- and South America) are represented within the Top 10, and five (Oceania) within the Top 20.