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Preview: Baseball United to Showcase Some Former Greats and Future Stars on Nov 24-25 in Dubai

The 2023 Major League Baseball season officially ended on November 1, 2023, when the Texas Rangers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks for their first ever World Series crown. But as MLB teams prepare for the offseason, a few ex-MLBer’s will be playing in a major All Star Showcase in Dubai on November 24-25.

Here at Legends on Deck, we spoke with Baseball United‘s CEO/President Kash Shaikh on Episode 55 of the LOD Podcast and he shared the plan to bring professional baseball to Dubai for the first time ever. Well, not only was it a plan, but it’s a reality and some of the greats in the game have joined on to help make this happen. This professional league will begin in November 2024 to December 2024, with teams that will represent cities in India, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates.

Prior to the actual league getting started, Baseball United will have two games in two days this Thanksgiving weekend, to showcase some of the best in the game and show the fans in Dubai, what is to come for the new league in 2024.

Baseball United hosted their first ever draft and 80 players were selected to fill in the four teams. Out of those teams, 43 players will make up two All Star teams filled with players that mostly have MLB experience, either from the United States or in their native countries.

Actually the teams will consist of 32 former MLB players, five that played up to AAA, one from AA, one from the Germany professional league, and one each from the Australian Baseball League, Mexican League and the Nippon Professional Baseball League.

Of these players, all will come from the newly formed Baseball United teams, the Falcons, Wolves, Cobras and Monarchs.

Along with the professional ball players, Baseball United announce on November 19th, that eight top prospects will also be included in the showcase and play alongside some of the greats in the game.

The games will be streamed live on the Baseball United website for the whole world to see and will be hosted at the Dubai International Stadium, which has been transformed from a Cricket field, to an official sized baseball field.

 

East All Star Team

Starters

Jefry Marte, 1B  – Monarchs
Shed Long, 2B  – Cobras
Andrelton Simmons, SS – Cobras
Pablo Sandoval, 3B – Falcons
Dwight Smith Jr., LF – Wolves
Jacob Robson, CF  – Cobras
Dillon Thomas, RF – Falcons
Courtney Hawkins, DH – Wolves
Hector Sanchez, C  – Monarchs
Bartolo Colon, P  – Monarchs

Reserves

Carlos Garzon, C – Cobras
Brantley Bell, IF – Cobras
Rusney Castillo, OF – Falcons
Gabriel Guerrero, OF – Falcons
David Huff, LHP – Monarchs
Severino Gonzalez, RHP – Falcons
Akeel Morris, RHP – Cobras
Brian Schlitter,  RHP – Wolves
Shingo Hirata, RHP – Monarchs
Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP – Wolves
Reggie McClain, RHP – Wolves
Konsta Kirikka, RHP – Falcons

Top Prospects

Syed Muhammad Shah (20), INF – Lahore, Pakistan
Wahid (19), INF – Khyber, Pakistan
Hashan Senewirathna (20) INF – Colombo, Siri Lanka
Dennis Kasumba (20) C/OF – Uganda

West All Star Team

Starters

Alex Liddi, 1B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Didi Gregorius, SS
Chris Beyers, 3B
Justin Williams, LF
Phil Ervin, CF
Steven Moya, RF
Alejandro De Aza, DH
Wilin Rosario, C
Jair Jurrjens, RHP

Reserves

Carlos Martinez
Drew Ward
Connor Panas
Denis Phipps
Robbie Ross
A.J. Schugel
Akeem Bostick
Andre Rienzo
J.D. Hammer
Tiago Da Silva
Karan Patel

Top Prospects

Saurabh Gaikwad (21) RHP – Satara, India
Akshay More (19) RHP – Pune, India
Akshay Mogal (22) INF – Nashik, India
Yunis Halim (26) RHP – Palestine

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