USA Baseball starts Women's National Team identification process

USA Baseball starts Women's National Team identification process
The US Women's National Open will involve 57 players split into four teams; 40 will participate in the National Team's open camp. Manager Veronica Alvarez will reveal the final 20-player roster on 13 July.

USA Baseball announced a roster of 57 players for the 2023 Women's National Open, the primary identification process for the 2023 Women's National Team.

They will be split into four teams, Pride, Stripes, Stars and Eagles. Each team will compete in three games from 7 to 9 July at the Riverview Baseball Complex, the Spring Training facility for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB) in Mesa, Arizona.

Seventeen players heading to the Women’s National Open are alumnae of the Women’s National Team, including nine members of the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women’s Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier gold-medal winning roster. Additionally, 26 members of the Open roster have previously participated at the Women’s National Team Development Program (WNTDP).

Forty players will be selected from the Women’s National Open on July 9 to participate in the Women’s National Team Training Camp, which will be held July 10-13 at the Riverview Baseball Complex. From there, 20 athletes will be chosen to represent the United States on the final Women’s National Team roster.

Manager Veronica Alvarez will reveal the final roster on 13 July.

Alvarez's staff includes pitching coach Reynol Mendoza and assistant coaches Alex Oglesby and Malaika Underwood. Matthew Flores, Tamara Holmes, Jim Koerner, Dave Tyosky, Tanner Vesely and Chris Villa will serve as additional coaches during the Women's National Open.

World No. 4 USA received a Wild Card and will compete in the WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup Group A, scheduled from 8 to 13 August in Thunder Bay, Canada. They will face No. 3 Canada, No. 8 Australia, No. 10 Korea, No. 11 Hong Kong and No. 12 Mexico.