2023 World Baseball Classic

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The 2023 World Baseball Classic, the sixth edition of the World Baseball Classic, is scheduled to take place from March 8-21, 2023, with games played in three countries: the United States, Japan and Taiwan. Qualifiers for the tournament took place a year earlier, in September 2022. The event will be the first Classic in six years after the 2021 World Baseball Classic was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The semi-finals and finals will take place at LoanDepot Park in Miami, FL.

The 2023 edition of the tournament expanded to 20 participants, from 16 in the previous four editions, spread among four first-round pools. This guaranteed each team one extra game. All 16 teams from the 2017 tournament received an automatic entry, with the four extra teams emerging from the qualifiers - Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom, Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic, Flag of Nicaragua Nicaragua and Flag of Panama Panama - of these four countries, only Panama had participated in the past, most recently in 2009. In late December 2022, MLB reached an agreement with Cuban officials opening the door for Cuban refugees to play for the Cuban national team without being repatriated, a first. That allowed Cuba to potentially bring in players like Yoan Moncada and Luis Robert, who had never represented Cuba in a senior-level tournament. The event again featured many of MLB's biggest names, like Mike Trout, Ronald Acuña Jr., Shohei Ohtani and Juan Soto, though Clayton Kershaw was a late withdrawal. Miguel Cabrera and Oliver Pérez were the only players to make all five Classics; for Pérez, it would be his swan song as he announced he would retire at the end of the tournament.

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Pool A at Taichung Intercontinental Stadium[edit]

Pool B at Tokyo Dome[edit]

Pool C at Chase Field[edit]

Pool D at loanDepot Park[edit]

Quarterfinals: March 15-16 in Japan, March 17-18 in USA[edit]

Semifinals and finals: March 19-21 in USA[edit]

Further Reading[edit]

  • David Adler: "World Baseball Classic 2023 venues, pools announced", mlb.com, July 7, 2022. [1]
  • Anthony Castrovince: "World Baseball Classic FAQ: Here's everything to know", mlb.com, February 9, 2023. [2]
  • Michael Clair and Thomas Harrigan: "World’s stars align as Classic rosters announced", mlb.com, February 9, 2023. [3]
  • Jon Paul Morosi: "10 reasons why this World Baseball Classic will be an instant thriller", mlb.com, February 9, 2023. [4]

Related Sites[edit]

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