Team Great Britain 2022
Team Great Britain 2022 will be playing in the World Baseball Classics for the first time in its history. Great Britain won the 1st of two qualifying tournaments to advance to the 2023 tournament.
Some World Baseball Classic History:
The World Baseball Classic (WBC) is an international baseball tournament sanctioned from 2006 to 2013 by the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) and after 2013 by World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) in partnership with Major League Baseball (MLB). It was proposed to the IBAF by Major League Baseball (MLB), the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), and other professional baseball leagues and their players’ associations worldwide. It is one of the two main senior baseball tournaments sanctioned by the WBSC.
The tournament is the first of its kind to have the national teams of IBAF’s member federations feature professional players from the major leagues worldwide, including Major League Baseball. In addition to providing a format for the best baseball players in the world to compete against one another while representing their home countries, the World Baseball Classic was created in order to further promote the game around the globe.
After a three-year gap between the first two installments of the tournament, plans were made for the World Baseball Classic to be repeated every four years following the 2009 event. The third installment of the Classic was held in 2013, and the fourth was held in 2017. The fifth was scheduled for 2021 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The CBA from the 2021–22 Major League Baseball lockout indicated that the WBC will return in 2023, with qualifiers set to begin in September 2022
As a former British Colony, players from the Bahamas were allowed to play for their teams. Hence, in 2013 two players from the Islands of the Bahamas were added to the G.B. qualifying roster, Antoan Richardson & Albert Cartwright Jr. Moreover, with the Bahamas’ low ranking in the WBSC. Therefore, playing with G.B. was a golden opportunity to play at the world level.
More opportunities to play in the WBSC Tournament:
As a result of our former heritage, nine players from the Bahamas were allowed to join the G.B. 2017 roster. Meanwhile, the 2020 qualifiers got postponed due to Covid-19; this was also a setback for Free Agent Anfernee Seymour to showcase his talent for a few MLB Scouts.
Three Years Later:
Team Great Britain 2022 has qualified for the 2023 WBSC Tournament; oh, happy day. Additionally, this team was led by the Mariner’s #1 Top Prospect & MLB #66 T.P, Harrison Ford. For instance, with his power at the plate, I saw him getting the team’s offense rolling from game one.
The Bahamas Connection:
Compared to the 2017 roster of nine players, the 2022 roster had five players and one coach. In this case, Albert Cartwright Jr made his coaching debut after playing in two tournaments for Great Britain.
Although four of five players saw action, I am sure the 5th player, a backup to Ford, knew his role. So, finally, I will break down the team and their games in part II of this story. Especially the would-be additional players who may join Team Great Britain; stay Tuned.
Praying for the full recovery of Florida, after hurricane Ian.