Get ready to watch nine Cleveland Guardians in the World Baseball Classic

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The World Baseball Classic, for the first time since 2017, will return tonight. Compiling teams from 20 different countries, mostly comprised of MLB and MiLB players, the international tournament will kick off at 11 p.m. tonight for the fifth time ever when Cuba takes on the Netherlands.

A good number of Cleveland Guardians players will participate in the tournament for their respective countries, so it’s finally time - if you’re willing to stay up late or get up early - to watch some of your favorite players in competitive baseball games.

Nine members of the Guardians organization, headlined by second baseman Andrés Giménez, will take the field in the tournament for six different squads. Though Enyel De Los Santos is listed on the roster for the Dominican Republic, he is currently dealing with a hamstring injury and might not be available. Tonight begins pool play, and the 20 teams have been divided into four pools playing in Taiwan, Japan, Phoenix, and Miami.

The winner and runner-up of each pool move on to a quarterfinal elimination bracket that will take place at the Tokyo Dome and LoanDepot (Marlins) Park. Both the semifinals and championship games will be held in Miami. The United States is looking to repeat 2017's championship and become the first back-to-back winner of the WBC since Japan won in 2006 and 2009. Three new teams - the Czech Republic, Great Britain and Nicaragua - also enter the fold.

Some of the names will be recognizable and look to make a large impact for their teams, while others are organizational arms and bats that might prove to be good depth pieces or assist in a possible championship run. The championship takes place on March 21, a little over a week before the start of Major League Baseball’s regular season.

Below is a list of Guardians organizational players who will be participating in the tournament and which country they will be representing. Games will be broadcast on Fox, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, and Tubi. The full roster, along with news and a preview of their respective teams, can be found here.

Cleveland Guardians in the WBC

  • Andrés Giménez (Venezuela)
  • Enyel De Los Santos (Dominican Republic)
  • Bo Naylor (Canada)
  • Cal Quantrill (Canada)
  • Richie Palacios (Netherlands)
  • Dayan Frias (Colombia)
  • Meibrys Viloria (Colombia)
  • Cade Smith (Canada)
  • Josh Wolf (Israel)