After being postponed for two years due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the World Baseball Classic will resume this March. It will be a star-studded event with loads of MLB talent. Notable players who took part included Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Juan Soto.
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The game will be a delight for baseball fans. One of those excited about the competition is MLB Network reporter Jon Morosi.
Morosi told the MLB Network on Thursday that this would be baseball’s biggest international competition ever. “There has never been such a wealth of talent in baseball.” The World Baseball Classic has never featured such a large contingent of top players.
The World Baseball Classic will be held for the sixth time this year. Prior to the Major League Baseball season, the event has been held every four years since it began in 2006. The initial plan was for the 2023 tournament to take place in 2021.
The 2023 World Baseball Classic will kick off on March 8. On March 21, the winner of the championship will be announced. Twenty nations qualified for this year’s World Baseball Classic. In 2006 and 2009, Japan won the first two competitions. The Dominican Republic won in 2013 and finished second behind the United States in 2017.
On the rosters are exceptional players from all over the world. Included here are professional leagues in Korea, Japan, and both continents of the Americas.
COVID causes the World Baseball Classic to be postponed for two years
Both the Czech Republic and Great Britain are playing their first World Baseball Classic games. Prior to 2023, they had never earned a spot in the competition.
Starting with four groups of five teams each, the competition will be played. Pool A will be played in Taichung, Taiwan. Tokyo Pool B Miami in Japan, Pool D in Florida and Phoenix, Pool C in Arizona.
The quarterfinals are for the teams that make it through the round robin. These competitions will be held in Miami and Tokyo. The Miami Marlins’ home stadium, LoanDepot Park, will host both the semifinals and championship games.
Mike Trout, a Los Angeles Angels outfielder, will make his Team USA debut in 2023. The defending WBC champions will use him to fill one of the outfield positions.
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