Hoey Meneses (Mexico), who earned an annual salary of 250,000 dollars (approximately 326 million won) while playing in the Major League (MLB) and Minor League last year, made the World Baseball Classic (WBC) “defending champion” America cry. All 30 players in the national team are major leaguers, and the total annual salary last year exceeded 300 million dollars (approximately 391.4 billion won).
On the 13th, Mexico won 11-5 with Meneses’ two homers in the second match of Group C of the 2023 WBC group stage against the United States held at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
Meneseth, who started playing in the minor leagues in 2011, did not make his MLB debut until August of last year. On the 13th, Meneses hit a two-run homer in the first inning of the game against American starting pitcher Nick Martinez (San Diego). He also hit a three-run home run off Brady Singer (Kansas City), who won 10 wins (5 losses) last year, in the 4th inning. After hitting his second home run, Meneseth even threw his bat in the air for joy.
The 2nd to 5th starting batters in the U.S., 먹튀검증 who earned more than $100 million in annual salary last year, performed sluggishly with a batting average of 0.154 (2 hits in 13 at-bats). The U.S., which had won 6-2 against England the previous day, fell to tied for third place in the group stage as it went 1-1 with a loss against Mexico. The United States, which was considered one of the favorites to win the tournament, is now in a situation where it is impossible to guarantee advancement to the quarterfinals. When the odds are equal, the winner-to-win rule is applied, so the United States, which lost to Mexico, is inevitably at a disadvantage.
England, which participated in the WBC for the first time, suffered a 7th cold game loss to Canada, 8-18. It is the first time in the WBC that the combined score of both teams came up with 26 points. Canada’s 18 points also tied the record for the most points scored by a team in the tournament.