February 7, 2022
A handful of baseball tryouts will be taking place across the state in the coming months, in search of youth, high school and collegiate level players with Filipino heritage. The goal is to gather top talent for upcoming international play, as well as to start fielding a database of players that could possibly fill a team for the World Baseball Classic, which should return in 2023. The WBC was cancelled in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and has earmarked a return for next year.
The first of these tryouts was held at L.A. Valley College in mid-December of 2021 and had a total of 40 prospects attend, all of whom were made up of high school, college, and pro baseball players with Filipino-American heritage. The next tryout is set for Sunday, January 23, and will be held at Chabot College in Hayward, CA.