Jonathan Schoop signs up with Curaçao for the Caribbean Series in 2023

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Jonathan Schoop signs up with Curaçao for the Caribbean Series in 2023

ST PETERBURG — Detroit Tigers star second baseman Jonathan Schoop was listed first on the available list for the team that would take Curaçao to its first Caribbean Series.

“Well, well, I think so, I would like to,” Schoop told ESPN Digital about it. “If we go to the World Classic, I think that in that week we can go [a la Serie del Caribe] and get fitter before the Clasico,” he added.

Last week, the Caribbean Professional Baseball Confederation (CBPC) announced that Cuba and Curaçao will participate as special guests in the next edition of the classic that faces the champion clubs of the Caribbean winter baseball tournaments, scheduled to be played in two stadiums from the area of ​​Caracas, capital of Venezuela, from February 2 to 10, 2023.

Cuba and Curaçao will join the representatives of Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela in the contest.

“When I heard that I was happy because in Curaçao we have a lot of players trying to show that they can play in the Little Leagues, Minor Leagues and Major Leagues. I am happy that we can go to the Caribbean Series to show our talent,” said Schoop, a All-Star second baseman who has played for a decade in the Major Leagues.

Cuba was one of the founders of the Caribbean Series, but withdrew after the communist government of Fidel Castro banned professional sports, following the triumph of the socialist revolution in 1959.

Cuba returned to the Caribbean Series as a special guest in 2014 and won the 2015 edition in Puerto Rico, but was absent from the previous three.

Unlike its Caribbean neighbors, Curaçao does not have a strong professional league, but many of its players shine in some of the best professional leagues in the world. Curaçao is also the base of the great team from the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which reached the semifinals in the last two versions of the World Classic, in 2013 and 2017.

The fifth World Classic, which was canceled in 2021 due to the coronavirus, is scheduled to be played in March 2023, a month after the Caribbean Series.

“We are going to be better this time. I think everyone [los jugadores de Grandes Ligas] we’re on the same page and we’re going to show we can go far,” Schoop said.

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