Who: Baseball’s best nations
When: March 6-22, 2017
In March 2017, World Baseball Classic (WBC) fans will be looking forward to the tournament, and may see one of the most exciting round robins of baseball anywhere in the world.
The World Baseball Classic is an exciting event that features many of the best players in the world competing for their home countries and territories for the forth time in global history.
Every four years, the top baseball players from around the globe come together to do battle and be called the worlds' best. Marlins Park in Miami hosts First Round action with some of the World Baseball Classic's top teams and star players.
The tournament will be conducted jointly by MLB and the MLBPA, in cooperation with Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO), their respective players associations and other professional leagues from around the world.
This year's World Classic baseball action is set to begin on March 6 in Seoul, South Korea.
Two-time champion Japan begins play the next day against Cuba at the Tokyo Dome. The United States begins play on March 10 in Miami against Colombia. The first round is a round-robin format, with the top two teams at each site advancing to the second round, which will be played at the Tokyo Dome and Petco Park from March 12-16.
The winners and runners-up then advance to the finals at Dodger Stadium from March 20-22.
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For the fourth edition of the tournament, there will now be 28 total countries competing in this prestigious event. From the original 16 WBC countries, four of those countries must now enter into a qualifying tournament in the Fall of 2012 to gain entry into the WBC.
Poor showings in 2009 means those countries must now qualify for the WBC. Baseball then added 12 new countries for the qualifying tournament for a total of 16 teams competing in the qualifiers.
From the qualifying tournament, the top four countries will advance to join the remaining 12 holdover teams for a complete field of 16 teams that will compete in the 2017 WBC.
The automatic entries into the tournament are the following 12 countries:
In the last World Baseball Classic, March 23, 2009, Japan beat Korea 5-3 to win its second straight WBC title.
With 12 new countries on board, there will be even more competition to make it to the finals. The upcoming edition of the WBC promises to be the most exciting ever!
The players from Japan and Korea lined up on the dugout rail, from the first pitch to the last. Fans of each side clapping ThunderStix and chanting for four hours straight.
Japanese cleanup hitter, Kenji Johjima, who has exactly one sacrifice in three years in the major leagues, trying to lay down a sac bunt because he so wanted his team to get on the board first. Japanese starter Hisashi Iwakuma so in command of Korean hitters through the first three innings that I wondered if maybe I'd be writing my first no-hitter story.
Korean right fielder Shin-Soo Choo driving a ball so hard over the center field wall in the fifth inning that thoughts of a no-no seemed an absurd and distant memory. Japan collecting 13 singles and 15 total hits, but Korea making them strand 29 runners, twice stemming the tide with critical 5-4-3 double plays, the second of which featured a stout, quick turn and was, in the words of one of my colleagues in the press box, "a legitimate 180-footer like you almost never see."
Two strike-'em-out-throw-'em-out double plays, one by Korea in the fifth and one by Japan in the sixth. Japan taking the lead four times and Korea battling back to tie the game on three separate occasions. Team Japan manager Tatsunori Hara riding young stud Yu Darvish late in the game for a second straight night and being rewarded when the kid hit 100 mph on the gun and pitched two complete innings to earn the win.
Team Korea manager In-Sik Kim deciding to have reliever Chang Yong Lim pitch to Ichiro with first base open in the top of the 10th and paying the price when the Mariners right fielder laced a ball up the middle to drive in the deciding runs.
Players from Team Japan, basking in the postgame moment, jogging up and down the third base line with an unfurled Japanese flag, saluting the thousands of fans who lingered more than 30 minutes after the last out. Japan 5, Korea 3 for what it was: A great night of baseball, a great night for baseball.
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