The Cardinals MVP nominee joins star-studded Team USA for the World Baseball Classic

The St. Louis Cardinals will have a big presence, representing them on Team USA for the World Baseball Classic with Paul Goldschmidt returning.

Aside from forgetting how to play baseball, all signs point to that St. Louis Cardinals First baseman Paul Goldschmidt will win National League MVP honors at the end of the season. He was a monster for the Redbirds in the 2022 season.

But now he wants to be a monster for America ahead of the start of the 2023 campaign.

On Saturday, Goldschmidt was confirmed to be rejoining Team USA for the World Baseball Classic after playing and helping the United States take gold at the last event in 2017.

Cardinals MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt joins Team USA for the World Baseball Classic

Goldschmidt joins an already star-studded roster that is taking shape for Team USA when Mike Trout was announced first as the roster’s captain and then Red Sox Second baseman Trevor Story later confirmed that he would join the team as well.

In 2017, Goldschmidt – then a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks – was part of the American contingent but didn’t produce as well, notching just one in five games he appeared in despite having two runs in the tournament.

With that in mind, Goldschmidt has taken his game to a new level this season, hence his status as the NL MVP favorite. He’s cut an absurd .330/.411/.609 this season with the Cardinals on 26 home runs, 82 RBI, 73 runs made and 28 doubles.

This racquet will be of huge importance to Team USA as they are already assembling quite a team to defend the crown.

The World Baseball Classic is played in Taiwan, Japan and the United States, with the quarterfinals and championship being held in Miami. The tournament will take place from March 8-21, 2023 after being postponed from 2021 due to COVID-19. The Cardinals MVP nominee joins star-studded Team USA for the World Baseball Classic

John Verrall

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