Reporter Kim Hee-joon = Mariano Rivera (54), one of the best closers in MLB history, will take the mound as the first pitcher at the World Baseball Classic (WBC) in March.
Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported on the 22nd, citing a tournament official, that Rivera will start as the first pitcher in the first round of the first round of the WBC finals between her home country Panama and Taiwan.
Taiwan, Panama, Netherlands, Cuba and Italy are in Group A of the WBC and will play the first round at Intercontinental Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan, from March 8-12.
Taiwan and Panama will play the first match of the first round at 8:00 pm on March 8, Korea time, in which Rivera will be in charge of the first pitch. 메이저놀이터
Rivera will attend the signing event as well as the first pitch event.
Panamanian-born Rivera is a legendary closer who earned 652 career saves from 1995 to 2013 for the New York Yankees. He ranks first in MLB career saves.
The Yankees have permanently retired his number 42.
Rivera was inducted with unanimous support in the 2019 Hall of Fame ballot. Rivera is the only person unanimously inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame.
Meanwhile, the 1st and 2nd placed countries in Group A will compete against the 1st and 2nd placed countries in Group B, in which Korea, Japan, Australia, China and the Czech Republic compete, in the WBC quarterfinals on March 15-16 at Tokyo Dome, Japan.