The World Baseball Classic is an international baseball tournament. Initially the authorising body was the International Baseball Federation, from 2006 to 2013, and after 2013 has been taken over by the World Baseball Softball Confederation. The World Baseball Classic is the main baseball tournament sanctioned by the WBSC, which grants to the winner the title of ‘World Champion’.
Baseball has not been on the Olympic program since 2008, after it was voted out by the International Olympic Committee in 2005. The final men’s Baseball World Cup was held in 2011, and was discontinued to streamline the international calendar. The 2013 World Baseball Classic, the third edition of the event, was won by the Dominican Republic in an all-Caribbean World Baseball Classic Final.
The tournament is the first of its kind to have the National Teams of IBAF’s member federations feature professional players from the major leagues around the world including Major League Baseball. 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. After a 3-year gap between the first two instalments of the tournament, plans were made for the World Baseball Classic to be repeated every four years following the 2009 event. The third instalment of the Classic was held in 2013, and the next is scheduled for 2017.
The Next Tournament, in 2017
The World Baseball Classic in 2017 is expected to include 16 teams, as was the case in 2013. Twelve teams have earned places in the tournament based on their performance in the 2013 event. These country teams are Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, South Korea, United States and Venezuela.
The four teams that finished last in their respective pools at the 2013 World Baseball Classic were Australia, Brazil, Mexico and Spain, who must attempt to re-qualify through tournaments in 2016. The qualifying rounds for World Baseball Classic 2013 occurred between September and November of the prior year. Generally, the same schedule is expected for the next tournament.
The four venues that have been selected to host a Qualifier are the Blacktown International Sportspark in Sydney, Australia, the Estadio B Air in Mexicali, Mexico, the Rod Carew Stadium in Panama City, Panama, and MCU Park in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Aims of the World Baseball Classic
The World Baseball Classic is modelled after the FIFA World Cup, and organized in large part as a response to the International Olympic Committee’s decision to remove baseball as an Olympic sport. In fact, the final series in 2006 and 2009 rank among the highest-rated sporting events in Japanese television history.
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