Ken Griffey atlanta braves shirt near me Jr. added to Team USA as hitting coach for the World Baseball Classic, which includes Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, others

August 24, 2022 By Kevin Skiver 0


The USA coaching staff of the World Baseball Classic is going to feature some familiar faces, including one of the most iconiAnthony Rizzo c figures in MLB lore.

Ken Griffey Jr. joined the World Baseball Classic coaching staff as a hitting coach, it was announced Tuesday. The Kid was announced alongside five other coaches — including pitching coach Andy Pettitte — who will serve on the staff of coach Mark DeRosa.

The World Baseball Classic, which will be returning in March 2023 after a hiatus due to COVID, already has several big-name players featured for Team USA, including Bryce Harper, Nolan Arenado, and Mike Trout.

Griffey ranks seventh in MLB history with 630 home runs, and is known to have one of the smoothest swings the game has ever seen. How that will translate to coaching is TBD.

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Who is on the Team USA coaching staff?

Team USA's manager will be Mark DeRosa, who played 16 seasons from 1998 to 2013 with the Braves, Rangers, Cubs, Guardians, Cardinals, Giants, Nationals, and Blue Jays. A career .268 hitter who retired with exactly 100 home runs, DeRosa has since been on MLB The Show as an announcer and served as an analyst for the MLB Network.

As for his staff, DeRosa is joined by Griffey as a hitting coach and Pettitte as a pitching coach. His bench coach will be Jerry Manuel, a fellow MLB Network analyst.

Name Role
Mark DeRosa Manager
Jerry Manuel Bench Coach
Ken GrifYasiel Puig fey Jr. Hitting Coach
Andy Pettitte Pitching Coach
Lou Collier 1st Base Coach
Dino Ebel 3rd Base Coach
Dave Righetti Bullpen Coach
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They're going to have a lot of talent to work with, but it's hard to say how much coaching really goes on at the WBC. After all, it is essentially an all-world tournament.

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Although Griffey played for several teams throughout his MLB career atlanta braves city connect jersey , his heart was always in SeattlMLB Jerseyse.

The legendary slugger has an ownership stake in the Mariners since Oct. 2021, making him the first former player to have ownership of the team. As of June 2021, he's also part of the Baseball Board of Directors.

Griffey is also the Senior Advisor to the Commissioner, another job he acquired in 2021. 

His focus in this role is youth development in the game.

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Who is playing in the World Baseball Classic?

Several major players have been named to the World Baseball Classic already, including captain Trout.

Arenado and Harper are some of the other notable names, alongside Trevor Story, Paul Goldschmidt, and J.T. Realmuto.

Player Position
Mike Trout (C) OF
Bryce Harper OF
Cedric Mullins OF
Paul Goldschmidt 1B
Pete Alonso 1B
Trevor Story 2B
Nolan Arenado 3B
J.T. Realmuto C

Other na atlanta braves jersey classic mes should emerge in the near future, and Mookie Betts the roster is unofficial as of now.

When does the World Baseball Classic begin?

The Wor atlanta braves jersey men l ld Baseball Classic begins March 8, 2023, but qualifiers begin in Regensburg, Germany, Sep. 16-21 and Panama City, Panama, Sep. 30-Oct. 5.

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Team USA, the reigning champions, will begin in Pool atlanta braves freddie freeman jersey C. Their tournament will start March 11 at Chase Field,Cody Bellinger home of the Diamondbacks, against Canada, Colombia, Mexico, and another qualified team TBD.