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World Baseball Classic

World Baseball Classic is a celebration of international baseball where sixteen of the world’s finest baseball federations are set to clash until one country emerges with victory. WBC is an international baseball tournament that happens just once every four years, and it’s the first of its kind to feature squads boasting professional baseball players from the world’s major leagues. It has been sanctioned from 2006 to 2013 by the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) and after 2013 by the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC).

The 2017 World Baseball Classic will mark the third edition of the tournament. The inaugural event was held in 2006, and the second World Baseball Classic was held in 2009. Japan won the first two World Baseball Classics, in 2006 and 2009

It will be the first WBC to include a qualification round that expands participation in the tournament from 16 to 28 teams. The teams invited to participate will include the four World Baseball Classic teams from 2009 that did not win a game.

The 16 countries receiving Qualifying Round invitations are:

Brazil
Canada*
Chinese Taipei*
Colombia
Czech Republic
France
Germany
Great Britain
Israel
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Panama*
Philippines
South Africa*
Spain
Thailand
*Participated in the 2009 World Baseball Classic

World Baseball Classic Teams

In 2009, the all-star World Baseball Classic team included only one player from the USA. The rest of the all star team was made up of three Cubans, three Japanese, four South Koreans and one player from Venezuela, José López

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The tournament is the first of its kind to have national baseball teams feature professional players from the major leagues around the world. In addition to providing a format for the best baseball players in the world to compete against one another while representing their home countries, the World Baseball Classic was created in order to further promote the game around the globe.

The four venues that have been selected to host a Qualifying Pool are:

- Armin-Wolf-Baseball-Arena in Regensburg, Germany
- Rod Carew Stadium in Panama City, Panama
- XinZuang Stadium in Taipei, Taiwan
- and Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida

World Baseball Classic Schedule

First Round (Round Robin)

Pool A: Fukuoka Yahoo! Japan Dome - Fukuoka, Japan


Game
Date/Time (Local)
Date/Time (ET)
Matchup
1
Sat, Mar 2, 7:00 PM
Sat, Mar 2, 5:00 AM
Japan @ Brazil
2
Sun, Mar 3, 12:30 PM
Sat, Mar 2, 10:30 PM
Cuba @ Brazil
3
Sun, Mar 3, 7:00 PM
Sun, Mar 3, 5:00 AM
China @ Japan
4
Mon, Mar 4, 4:30 PM
Mon, Mar 4, 2:30 AM
China @ Cuba
5
Tue, Mar 5, 5:00 PM
Tue, Mar 5, 3:00 AM
Brazil @ China
6
Wed, Mar 6, 7:00 PM
Wed, Mar 6, 5:00 AM
Japan @ Cuba

Pool B: Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium - Taichung, Taiwan

Game
Date/Time (Local)
Date/Time (ET)
Matchup
1
Sat, Mar 2, 12:30 PM
Fri, Mar 1, 11:30 PM
Australia @ Chinese Taipei
2
Sat, Mar 2, 7:30 PM
Sat, Mar 2, 6:30 AM
Korea @ Netherlands
3
Sun, Mar 3, 2:30 PM
Sun, Mar 3, 1:30 AM
Netherlands @ Chinese Taipei
4
Mon, Mar 4, 6:30 PM
Mon, Mar 4, 5:30 AM
Korea @ Australia
5
Tue, Mar 5, 12:30 PM
Mon, Mar 4, 11:30 PM
Australia @ Netherlands
6
Tue, Mar 5, 7:30 PM
Tue, Mar 5, 6:30 AM
Chinese Taipei @ Korea

Pool C: Hiram Bithorn Stadium - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Game
Date/Time (Local)
Date/Time (Local)
Matchup
1
Thu, Mar 7, 7:30 PM
Thu, Mar 7, 6:30 PM
Venezuela @ Dominican Rep.
2
Fri, Mar 8, 6:30 PM
Fri, Mar 8, 5:30 PM
Spain @ Puerto Rico
3
Sat, Mar 9, 12:00 PM
Sat, Mar 9, 11:00 AM
Dominican Rep. @ Spain
4
Sat, Mar 9, 6:30 PM
Sat, Mar 9, 5:30 PM
Puerto Rico @ Venezuela
5
Sun, Mar 10, 12:30 PM
Sun, Mar 10, 12:30 PM
Spain @ Venezuela
6
Sun, Mar 10, 7:30 PM
Sun, Mar 10, 7:30 PM
Dominican Rep. @ Puerto Rico

Pool D: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick - Phoenix, Arizona

Game
Date/Time (Local)
Date/Time (ET)
Matchup
1
Thu, Mar 7, 1:00 PM
Thu, Mar 7, 3:00 PM
Italy @ Mexico
2
Fri, Mar 8, 12:30 PM
Fri, Mar 8, 2:30 PM
Canada @ Italy

Pool D: Chase Field - Phoenix, Arizona

Game
Date/Time (Local)
Date/Time (ET)
Matchup
3
Fri, Mar 8, 7:00 PM
Fri, Mar 8, 9:00 PM
Mexico @ United States
4
Sat, Mar 9, 12:30 PM
Sat, Mar 9, 2:30 PM
Canada @ Mexico
5
Sat, Mar 9, 7:00 PM
Sat, Mar 9, 9:00 PM
United States @ Italy
6
Sun, Mar 10, 1:00 PM
Sun, Mar 10, 4:00 PM
United States @ Canada

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