Kirk, the Toronto catcher who will become a ‘dad’, has decided not to participate in the WBC
Toronto Blue Jays catcher Alejandro Kerg, who was selected for the Mexican baseball team, will not participate in the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) due to childbirth.
According to local media such as MLB.com and ESPN, Kirk decided to give up participating in the WBC. He’s currently on maternity leave and can’t make it to Toronto spring training either.
Toronto coach John Schneider explained, “It was a decision that everyone, including Kirk, discussed, and decided it was best for him to not participate in the WBC.”메이저놀이터
Born in Tijuana, Mexico, Kirk made his major league debut in 2020 and established himself as Toronto’s primary catcher. In the 2022 season, he played 139 games, batting average of 0.285, 134 hits, 14 home runs, 63 RBIs, 59 runs scored, and OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.787. Here he was named an All-Star and won the American League Silver Slugger for catcher.
With this booty at the forefront, Kirk was also selected for the Mexican national team and was about to participate in the WBC for the first time in his life.
However, Kirk’s appearance at the WBC was hampered by the fact that his wife was due to give birth soon. Kirk, who was unable to complete normal training, decided to remain with his team and prepare for the 2023 season. He will join the Toronto camp after his child is born.
In Mexico, Kirk’s departure has weakened their power. Mexico was drawn in Group C with the United States, Canada, Colombia, and Great Britain in the first round of the WBC.