By Guillermo Sanchez
Wonderful and wonderful V World Baseball Classic 2023 It’s over, and we’ll have many stories to tell in the years to come.
After losing the first two games and taking first place in the semifinals, we’ll certainly review the moments the Cuban team had, but not before watching Shohei Ohtani’s 100 mph hit over teammate Mike Trout to clinch the championship. All of them took thousands of dollars (in some cases millions) in the contest.
Let’s remember that the total prize pool offered by the World Baseball Classic is about 14.4 million dollars, which is distributed to all participants, of course, highlighting those who reached the final stage.
The world class prizes were distributed as follows:
- 300 thousand dollars for participation.
- 300 thousand dollars to the winner of the group.
- $400,000 to advance to the quarterfinals.
- $500,000 to qualify for the semifinals.
- $500,000 to qualify for the finals.
- $1 million for winning the title.
Based on these calculations, Team Japan advanced to all stages (first in their group) and earned a total of $3,000,000 for taking honors in the finals.
For its part, the United States received $1,700,000 for its runner-up finish.
Even those teams that didn’t qualify and didn’t actually win any games, like China or Nicaragua, pocketed around $300,000.
Team Cuba’s selection increased their coffers by an impressive $1,500,000, to name a few.
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It is clear that this money is shared between players, coaching staff and each country’s federation.
Question: How much will each player on Team Cuba earn to reach the World Classic semifinals?
According to journalist Francis Romero: “Cuban players participating in the V World Baseball Classic will win a total of $25,600 each. Payments will be made through sources, in one or more transactions, between 1-12 weeks».
What do you think about this award? Fair or fair? Taking into account 30 players in the list.
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