Team USA is finally World Baseball Classic Champions! With the tournament now in the rear view mirror, let’s grade the Texas Rangers performance.
Sorry, not sorry, for feeling a little extra patriotic today. After years of disappointment and early round exits, Team USA finally won a World Baseball Classic. Americans were beginning to feel like the British. How do we keep losing in a sport we invented?
Nonetheless, America beat team Puerto Rico 8-0 in the championship game which is now known as “the annexation of Puerto Rico”. A Texas Ranger was going to become a champion regardless of the outcome. Sam Dyson and Jonathan Lucroy played for team USA while Alex Claudio pitched for Puerto Rico.
In fact, there was a high chance of a Ranger becoming a champion going into the tournament. The team sent eight players in total, third highest in the Major Leagues.
With the tournament now behind us, let’s recap Rangers players performances including the good, the bad, and the ugly.