Until the start of the 38th Baseball World Cup next week, Mister-Baseball.com would like to publish a series of Q&As with representatives of the European participants in the tournament. Mauro Mazzotti, manager of the Spanish National Team is up first.
Mister-Baseball: What do you expect from your team during the Baseball World Cup?
Mauro Mazzotti: Well, we expect to pass the first round and try to win a spot in the Netherlands or Italy.
MRBB: Is Baseball getting more attention in the media and in the public due to the World Cup?
MM: At the moment I don’t see any difference, but I hope that once the BWC will start it’ll be different.
MRBB: Which team is the favorite in your pool?
MM: Cuba, of course. They’re the favorite of our pool and even to win the whole thing.
MRBB: What do you think are the keys to success during the tournament?
MM: I think you have to play all the games like it’ll be the last one and do not make any calculation.
MRBB: Any injury concerns with the current team? Everybody healthy? What about Marc Carrillo? Can he play?
MM: So far, so good. Marc Carrillo is working hard to try to come back, but it’ll not be easy. Let’s see after this week.
MRBB: Is the regular starting lineup already set or will you go with the hot hand?
MM: We played yesterday the first practice games and we’re still a work in progress.
MRBB: Which pitchers are going to start in the three games during the first round?
MM: We’re still awaiting three pitchers from the USA. We’ll decide when they’ll be here.
Mister-Baseball would like to thank Mauro Mazzotti for answering the questions and wishes good luck in the Baseball World Cup.