This seems like last week’s news, and it is, but I wanted to do one last post to wrap up my World Baseball Classic custom set. (Previous posts: Part 1 and Part 2)
I intended to do a series of highlights, but it ended up being a bit hit or miss. There was no clear-cut 1988 Topps design I could use for highlights, so I created my own using elements of the 1988 design.
During the round-robin phase, Puerto Rican pitchers threw a perfect game against Israel in a game cut short short by the 10-run mercy rule… the phrase “Perfect Mercy” popped in my head and I ran with it.
Japan walked-off against Mexico in one of the semi-finals; I meant to do a “postseason” card for each of the semis, but I admit I lost interest when I struggled to find images which would work within my design (and I wasn’t making another design)
Finally, of course, there’s the card for Japan winning the whole shebang.
Shohei Ohtani was named the MVP of the tournament. Here are his tournament stats:
.435, 4 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 9 R, 1 SB
2-0, 1.86 ERA, 3 G, 9.2 IP, 2 BB, 11 SO
There was also an All-Tournament Team, which I didn’t know about until the last minute – there has been one for each WBC, I just didn’t realize it. A big part of the reason that this post is happening today instead of a more timely date is because I decided to make sure that everyone on that team should get a custom… so to wrap up this post and the custom set, here is the 2023 World Baseball Classic All-Tournament Team:
C – Salvador Perez, Venezuela
.429, 4 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 5 R
1B – Yu Chang, Chinese Taipei
.500, 2 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 5 R
Chang was on the Red Sox’ opening day roster.
2B – Javier Báez, Puerto Rico
.368, 3 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 4 R
3B – Yoan Moncada, Cuba
.435, 4 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 4 R
SS – Trea Turner, United States
.391, 5 HR, 11 RBI, 6 R
Turner was a unanimous choice
OF – Randy Arozarena, Mexico
.607, 6 2B, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 8 R
Arozarena was a unanimous choice
OF – Mike Trout, United States
.296, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 4 R
OF – Masataka Yoshida, Japan
.409, 1 2B, 2 HR, 13 RBI, 5 R
Yoshida is a “rookie” with the Red Sox this season.
DH / P – Shohei Ohtani, Japan
P – Miguel Romero, Cuba
2-0, 2.08 ERA, 5 G, 8.2 IP, 1 BB, 13 SO
Romero is currently on the roster of the Oakland A’s Triple-A team in Las Vegas
P – Patrick Sandoval, Mexico
1-0, 1.23 ERA, 2 GS, 7.1 IP, 3 BB, 8 SO