The Yankees may have an off day today, but there’s still a lot happening in the baseball world. So here’s a quick update today.
In World Baseball Classic news: last night, Team USA just dominated the Canadians 8-0, and in a nailbiter host team Mexico fended off Venezuela 11-9, forcing Venezuela into a tiebreaker later tonight (9 pm EST) against the team from Italy. Overnight, led quite dominantly by the Yankees’ own Didi Gregorius, Netherlands just dominated the team representing Israel 12-2, ending in the 8th due to the international 10-run mercy rule. Gregorius went 2-for-3, with 3 runs scored and 5 RBIs, including a 4th inning 3-run homer to right field.
Tonight, the tiebreaker in the Pool D is between Venezuela and Italy to determine which team will advance to the next round and meet Puerto Rico (also from Pool D) and the teams representing the dominant Dominican Republic and Team USA (from Pool C). These teams will play in San Diego for the semi-finals held in LA next week. Overnight, the battle for the semifinals in the Eastern Hemisphere (in Tokyo) continues with the teams from Cuba and Japan facing off (6 am EST).
The Yankees continue trimming their in-camp roster, today optioning pitchers Domingo German, Ronald Herrera, and Yefrey Ramirez to AA Trenton and reassigning them to minor league camp for the Spring.
And the Yankees announced their plans for HOPE Week this season. HOPE Week (my absolute favorite week of the year) will be held in New York May 22-26 while the team is at home facing the Royals and Athletics. Every year, the organization uses this week to honor and assist local non-profits and charities, giving them national visibility and a generous donation to continue their good work in the community. This will be the Yankees’ 9th season celebrating HOPE Week and will honor a Tampa charity prior to Wednesday night’s game (March 15) to kick off this season of giving.