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.