American professional baseball Major League (MLB) closer Mariano Rivera (54) will take the mound as the first pitcher at the World Baseball Classic (WBC) in March.
Citing a tournament official, 메이저사이트 Taiwan Central News Agency reported on the 22nd that Rivera would pitch as the first pitcher in the first round of the first round of the WBC finals between her home country Panama and Taiwan.
Taiwan, Cuba, Panama, the Netherlands, and Italy are drawn in Group A of the WBC and will play the first round of the finals from March 8 to 12 at the Intercontinental Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan.
The game between Panama and Chinese Taipei, where Rivera throws the first pitch, will be held on March 8 at 8pm.
Rivera will leave autographs on the ballpark and attend several charity events during the tournament.
Rivera, one of the best closers in MLB history, has 652 career saves, leading MLB in this category. The New York Yankees, who enjoyed the heyday with Rivera at the forefront, designated his number 42 permanently.
The 1st and 2nd place countries in Group A will compete against the 1st and 2nd place countries in Group B, where Korea, Japan, Australia, China and the Czech Republic compete, in the WBC quarterfinals on March 15-16 at the Tokyo Dome in Japan.