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The British Are Coming, The British Are Coming...To The 2023 World Baseball Classic

Great Britain will play in the World Baseball Classic for the first time.

Great Britain has just secured its place in the World Baseball Classic, to be held in March of next year.

In a dramatic game against Spain this Tuesday, Great Britain was losing 9-8 entering the bottom of the ninth, but Jaden Rudd crushed a game-tying long ball to send the game to extra innings. In the bottom of the 10th, Alex Crosby drove in the winning run with a walk-off sacrifice fly to left field to give Great Britain a berth in the WBC.

Ironically, Great Britain was the first Baseball World Cup champion in 1938 and will now have the opportunity to play in today's top international tournament.

Spain was just three outs away from repeating its appearance at the WBC, and still has a chance to qualify: they must beat the Czech Republic on Thursday. The Spaniards already defeated the Czechs with a great score of 21-7 last Saturday.

Top Mariners prospect Harry Ford is the new British hero

The Seattle Mariners' No. 1 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, led Great Britain's offense in securing its spot in the upcoming WBC. Ford batted .455 in three games, with three home runs and eight RBIs.

The Mariners catcher was the No. 12 overall pick in the 2021 MLB Draft, and said his parents are completely British. That's where his connection to the team comes from.

In the last minor league season, Ford posted a .274/.425/.438 line for an .863 OPS in 104 games with the Nuts (Single-A). The catcher also belted 11 home runs, 23 doubles and stole 23 bases in 28 attempts.

Reinforcements for 2023

The Bahamian-born Jazz Chisholm Jr. of the Marlins could be one of the reinforcements for Great Britain in the World Baseball Classic. The second baseman has already played for the British national team in the 2017 WBC qualifiers.

The only thing that could prevent Chisholm Jr. from attending the WBC is if the Marlins prevent him from doing so, as he is currently recovering from a serious injury that kept him out of the 2022 season in June.

Nationals shortstop Lucius Fox was also born in the Bahamas and could join the team next year, potentially setting up an interesting duo with Chisholm Jr.