Breaking News: Cepeda Shatters Suzuki’s WBC Hit Record

By Gabriel Fidler (@gabrielfidler)

Cuba’s Frederich Cepeda, who has participated in three World Baseball Classics, recently became the tournament’s all-time hit leader. Cepeda now has 28, eclipsing Ichiro Suzuki’s mark of 24. Suzuki elected not to appear in the 2013 WBC.

Cepeda tied the mark of 24 on a single in the sixth inning of Cuba’s game against Brazil, but would have to wait for the second game of the opening round for the record. Cuba’s cleanup hitter did not have to wait long for the hit. That hit came in his first at bat, as Cepeda blasted a triple in the first inning against China.

Cepeda already holds Classic records for RBI (20), total bases (52), doubles (7), and is tied in home runs (5). He is second in runs scored (15) and is a career .444 hitter in the WBC.

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About Gabriel Fidler

Extra Innings UK covers baseball around the world, focussing on the sport at the national team level, with features on prominent players, scouting reports, and occasional breaking news. We are fully credentialled by MLB and have covered the World Baseball Classic, continental championships, and the U.S. minor leagues.
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