Correa, Beltran among All-Classic Team standouts

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Following a thrilling World Baseball Classic that culminated in the United States winning its first title thanks to Wednesday’s 8-0 win over Puerto Rico, World Baseball Classic, Inc. (WBCI) announced the All-World Baseball Classic Team.

From the champions, tournament Most Valuable Player Marcus Stroman of the Blue Jays (2.35 ERA, six-plus scoreless innings in final), Eric Hosmer of the Royals (unanimous choice) and Christian Yelich of the Marlins were selected. Stroman, as WBC 2017 MVP, joined Japan’s Daisuke Matsuzaka (’06 and ’09) and the Dominican Republic’s Robinson Cano (’13) as MVPs in Classic history.

From Team Puerto Rico, which finished as runner-up for a second consecutive tournament, Yadier Molina of the Cardinals (unanimous choice), Javier Baez of the Cubs, Carlos Correa of the Astros, Francisco Lindor of the Indians and Carlos Beltran of the Astros were selected. Molina became only the second two-time All-WBC honoree, joining Matsuzaka (2006, ’09).

From the the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Wladimir Balentien was selected unanimously. Balentien hit .615 with four home runs and 12 RBIs in the tournament.

From Japan, pitcher Kodai Senga made the All-WBC team after posting a 0.82 ERA with 16 strikeouts and one walk in 11 innings.

Balentien's five-RBI game

From the Dominican Republic, Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco earned a selection. Polanco hit .579 with a home run for the D.R., which claimed the 2013 Classic title.

From Israel, a team that made a surprising early run in the Classic, pitcher Josh Zeid earned all-tournament honors with 10 scoreless innings. He struck out 10 and allowed just five hits in that span.

Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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