World Baseball Classic Begins

Posted on April 18, 2013 by

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The World Baseball Classic is an international baseball tournament that started in 2006. It includes 16 countries from all parts of the world.

The World Baseball Classic is the first international baseball tournament to include MLB players. It is played every 4 years, and Japan is the two-time defending champion. There are four pools of teams.  Pool play began on 1 March, and the top two teams of each pool advance to the next round.

The finals for the WBC were on 19 March at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California.

The favorite to win the tournament is the two-time defending champion Japan. They always have well-rounded teams that don’t necessarily have MLB stars but still know how to win.

The Netherlands look to improve off their many upset wins in the 2009 WBC.

The international fans really enjoy going to the games and create an interesting atmosphere.

The other two countries who have a good chance to win the WBC are the United States and Dominican Republic.  Both teams are full of MLB superstars.

USA has all-star players such as Ryan Braun, David Wright, and R.A Dickey leading their team. Kutztown University graduate Ryan Vogelsong is a starting pitcher for team USA.

The Dominican Republic team has a core of superstar players that include Robinson Cano, Jose Reyes, and Hanley Ramirez.

The first round took place in 4 locations: Fukuoka, Japan;Taichung, Taiwan; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Phoenix, Arizona.

Japan, Cuba, China, and Brazil played its games in Fukuoka, where Japan and Cuba moved on to the next Round.

Pool B, which consists of Korea, The Netherlands, Chinese Taipei, and Australia, played its games in Taichung.
The Netherlands and Chinese Taipei moved on to the next round.

The Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and Spain were in Pool B, which played its games in San Juan. The Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico moved on to the next round.

The United States, Mexico, Canada, and Italy were part of Pool D, which played its games in Phoenix, Arizona. USA and Italy moved on to the semifinals in Miami, Florida.

“I enjoy watching baseball, so I will probably try and catch a few USA games. I believe the Dominican Republic will win; they’re just too good,” senior Dan Judy said.

“I love watching USA play, but I believe the Dominican Republic will win.  They have too much offensive firepower,” senior Micah Storms said.

The World Baseball classic has been exciting so far, and fans across the world wait eagerly to see what will happen next. There has already been bench clearing brawls and upsets in games that kept the fans on the edge of their seats. The World Baseball Classic continues to spread in popularity across the world.

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