Armando Johnson appointed director of the Cuba team for the next World Baseball Classic

Pinero Armando Johnson was appointed this Wednesday as director of the Cuban team that will participate in the V World Baseball Classic and in the remaining first-level tournaments during the years 2023 and 2024, official media on the Island announced.

The Cuban Baseball Federation (FCB) also reported in a statement disclosed through the sports portal Hit that Alain Álvarez from Cienfuegos will be the helmsman of the national under-23 cast with a view to the world competition in Taiwan in October.

According to that text, the decision “involved in-depth analysis of the professional skills of each candidate to hold that responsibility,” and their international performance in recent years was also assessed.

The communication points out that Johnson has accumulated a long and fruitful career as a mentor in national series and with the Cuba team in minor categories.

Among his most recent achievements, he highlights the condition of the Island team that won the subtitle in the U-23 Pan-American contest held in Aguascalientes, Mexico, last June.

The FCB indicates that Johnson’s appointment as head of the Cuban elite team will end with the close of the 2024 international season. After that, new evaluations would be carried out with the purpose of ratifying him or not in the position to cover the four-year period that will be It would extend until the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics.

In the case of the appointment of Álvarez to replace Johnson as head of the island’s U-23 squad, the governing entity of baseball in Cuba points out that the determination is based on the preparation and experience of the chosen one in the national series, as well as well as in his «ability to overcome in the short and long term».

In addition, the FCB ponders that Álvarez has so far assumed the technical preparation of the national cast of the category that participated in the I Junior Pan American Games in Cali 2021 and in the recent continental event in Aguascalientes.

The entity announced that the manager of Villa Clara, champion of the VII U-23 National Series that concluded on Tuesday, will be part of the management team of the team that will travel to the event in the world of Taiwan.

The appointment of the manager of the team that will represent Cuba in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, scheduled for March of next year in several cities in Asia and the United States, was highly anticipated by fans and specialists on the Island, and had been postponed by the highest authorities of local baseball.

Expectations also surround the future integration of that team, and the possibility that players who play in professional leagues, including the MLB of the United States, under the protection of the FCB.

The baseball in Cuba It is going through a prolonged drought of good results in top-level international competitions in all categories.

In the recently concluded U-15 World Cup, held in the city of Hermosillo, the representation of the Island came to the discussion of the title after losing in the semifinal against the Japanese team, whose success was later confiscated by a Violation of the regulations for the termination of pitchers in the contest.

In the final they were also unable to overcome the representative of the United States, who conquered the scepter after winning a close duel 4-3.

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