J.T. Realmuto Named to World Baseball Classic 2023 Team USA Roster

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Philadelphia Phillies’ J.T. Realmuto celebrates as he runs the bases after hitting a solo home run off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Mitch Keller during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Saturday, July 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

The best catcher in baseball will officially don the red, white, and blue in 2023 as he was announced to have joined Team USA for the 2023 World Baseball Classic on Tuesday. J.T. Realmuto, 31, has officially earned his first nod onto the Team USA roster which will look to defend its 2017 world championship title.

J.T. Realmuto will represent the Phils on a global stage

The Phillies’ lone representative on the 2017 championship roster was none other than Pat Neshek. In 2017, Neshek pitched for an incredible 1.12 ERA as a standout member of the Phillies’ bullpen during the dark ages.

There is not a catcher more worthy of the honor than J.T. Realmuto. A three-time All-Star and Silver Slugger, Realmuto provides consistent offensive production from the least offensively potent position on the diamond at catcher. Additionally, his abilities behind the backstop not only puts fear into the eyes of every baserunner but also stands underrated for his ability to frame pitches.

Realmuto will now join the likes of Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story, and Mike Trout as they represent the United States of America.

The 2023 World Baseball Classic is scheduled to begin on March 8, 2023 with the Championship game to be held in Miami, Fla. on March 23.

Photo Ctedit: AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar