With every WBC baseball team, is a good manager. Listed below are the managers of each team and their backgrounds relating to baseball.
Team Mexico: Paquin Estrada, played over 30 years in the Mexican Baseball League. Has 33 years managerial experience and played in one game for the Mets in 1971.
Team Panama: Anibal Reluz Vasquez, scout with the Astros from 1991-2002. Has extensive coaching experience.
Team South Africa: Rick Magnante, extensive managing and scouting experience with the Tigers and A’s.
Team Cuba: Higinio Velez, Manager in the Cuban League.
Team Dominican Republic: Manny Acta, played six seasons in the Astros’ Minor League system. Currently, third base coach with the Mets.
Team Italy: Matt Galante, Special Assistant to the GM with the Astros. Part of the 2002 Mets’ Coaching staff.
Team Korea: In-Sik Kim, managing since 1972. Lead Team Korea to the Bronze Medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
Team Australia: Jon Deeble, Head Coach in the 2004 Olympic Games for Australia. Scout with the Red Sox in the Pacific Region.
Team Chinese Taipei: Hua-Wei Lin, former national team manager. Bronze finish at the 2001 IBAF World Cup.
Team USA: Buck Martinez, played 1969 to 1986 with the Royals, Brewers and Blue Jays. Managed the Blue Jays in 2001 and 2002.
Team China: Jim Lefebvre, played 1965 to 1972 with the Dodgers. Member of the 1965 World Champion Dodgers. Managed the Mariners from 1989 to 1991, the Cubs from 1992 to 1993 and the Brewers in 1999.
Team Canada: Ernie Whitt, played from 1976 to 1991 with the Red Sox, Blue Jays, Braves and Orioles. Played on the 1985 All-Star team.
Team Venezuela: Luis Sojo, played 1990 to 2003 with the Blue Jays, Angels, Mariners, Pirates and Yankees. Member of the 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000 Yankees World Championship teams.
Team Netherlands: Robert Eenhoorn, played 1994 to 1997 with the Yankees and Angels.
Team Puerto Rico: Jose Oquendo, played 1983 to 1995 with the Mets and Cardinals. Played in the 1987 World Series.
Team Japan: Sadaharu Oh, see earlier story on his career.