The World Baseball Classic wrapped up on Tuesday night after a championship collision between Team USA and Japan. Japan won its third WBC Championship title after its 3-2 defeat over USA.
Japan was composed of several notable players, including two-way player Shohei Ohtani and pitcher Yu Darvish. The game came down to a matchup between Ohtani and Mike Trout, both of whom suit up for the Los Angeles Angels during the regular season. Trout struck out swinging in the bottom of the ninth to seal the Japan win.
Ohtani was deservingly named MVP of the WBC. As a two-way player, he hit .435 with four doubles, a homer, and ten walks. On the mound, he posted a 1.86 ERA across 9.2 frames.
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