The World Baseball Classic is around the corner


Julian Mejia, Reporter

The World Baseball Classic (WBC) is an international baseball tournament organized by the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) and Major League Baseball (MLB). The tournament is played every four years and features teams from around the world competing for the title of world champion.

The first World Baseball Classic was held in 2006 and has since become a popular event in the baseball world. The tournament will be starting on March 7 with Cuba vs. the Netherlands and the championship will be on March 21 and will be televised on local channels. Sixteen teams are involved from around the world, including teams from North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania. The teams are divided into four groups of teams and each group plays a round-robin tournament. The top two teams from each group then advance to a single-elimination tournament to determine the champion.

There will be four locations hosting this year’s WBC which are: the Intercontinental Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan; the Tokyo Dome in Japan; Chase Field, the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, in Phoenix; and Loan Depot Park, the home of the Miami Marlins, in Florida. Team USA will be in pool D with teams, Canada, Columbia, Mexico, and Great Britain playing at Chase Field in Arizona.

The tournament has seen some exciting moments and upsets over the years, with Japan winning the first two championships, the Dominican Republic winning in 2013, and the United States winning in 2017. This year’s competitors are team Dominican Republic, with arguable one of the best lineups they have ever put together and team Japan who lost to team USA in last year’s tournament.

The World Baseball Classic is seen as a way to promote baseball around the world and showcase the sport’s top talent. It is also an opportunity for players to represent their home countries on the international stage and compete against other elite players from around the world.