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Shohei Ohtani Reveals Plans for World Baseball Classic

David Kaestle
Shohei Ohtani announces his decision to represent Japan at the World Baseball Classic.
Shohei Ohtani announces his decision to represent Japan at the World Baseball Classic. / Associated Press
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The World Baseball Classic is set to return in 2023, and countries are in the process of putting together their teams for the big event. Shoehei Ohtani, one of the biggest names in the sport, officially announced he will be playing in the World Baseball Classic for his home nation of Japan.

Shoehei Ohtani World Baseball Classic

It's no surprise that Ohtani is playing for Japan, but more welcomed news that he elected to participate in the event in general.

Players sometimes choose to opt out of playing, and instead focus on getting ready for the upcoming MLB season, as the tournament takes place from March 8 through March 21, right in the middle of MLB spring training.

It's always great to see the game's best players taking the opportunity to go and represent thier country, especially since the professionals do not participate in the summer Olympics. It provides them a chance to both represent their country and also go up against the world's best, and Ohtani certainly qualifies as that.

Ohtani will be entering the final season of his contract with the Angels and speculation has already begun flying around how much longer he will be playing in Anaheim. For now, it sounds like he's getting ready for the World Baseball Classic.

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