2017 WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC: GARY SANCHEZ CHOOSED YANKEES ABOVE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

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Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is coming off a fabulous rookie campaign in 2016, in which he batted .299/.376/.657 with 20 home runs in 53 games. Needless to say, the Dominican Republic would love to have their hard-hitting, 24-year-old native son on their roster for the upcoming World Baseball Classic. On that front, however …

There’s nothing wrong with changing your mind when it comes to something like the WBC, which would surely throw off Sanchez’s spring routine. After all, his professional obligation is to the Yankees, not to the WBC. The 2017 season will be a big one for Sanchez, as we’re all wondering whether a second look and larger sample size will lead to his regressing somewhat at the plate. Suffice it to say, Sanchez will need all the preparation he can get in order to build off his amazing work last season.The Dominican Republic team will surely be worse for Sanchez’s absence, but by sticking to his preparatory regimen Sanchez might be better off.

The 2017 World Baseball Classic is an upcoming international professional baseball competition. This will be the fourth repetition of the WBC.

Twelve of the sixteen nations qualified based on their performance during the first round of the 2013 tournament; the remaining four nations are the winners of four qualification tournaments that took place in February and September 2016.Two of the four qualifiers, Colombia and Israel, will each be making their first entrance in the World Baseball Classic.

The first-round hosts will be Tokyo, Seoul, Miami, and Guadalajara. The second round hosts will be Tokyo and San Diego, and the championship round will be played in Los Angeles.

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